In the nineteenth century, insulators were mainly used for telegraph and telephone wires, and continued to become increasingly popular within antique circles in the 1960s. These versions are ideal for any of your plants, and come in a variety of colors as well!
- Using the wood glue, attach the 2½-inch pieces of wood across the width of the longer boards, one toward the top and one toward the bottom. Screw the hook into the center of the top 2½-inch piece.
- Measure how long you want the insulator to hang, and cut the wire to the appropriate length.
- Wrap the wire 4–5 times around the lip of the insulator, and secure on one side by twisting under the wrapped wire. Use the excess wire to mold a handle shape, and secure on the opposite side by twisting under the wrapped wire. Cut away any excess.
- Place a layer of the small pebbles into the bottom of the insulator, followed by the soil, and, finally, the succulents. Hang the planter from the hook, and secure the wood board to any wall or sturdy surface to display.
Try your hand at this antique upcycling craft, and be sure to take a photo of your creation to share on social media using the hashtag #ALMcreate.
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