Upcycle an old door or window with found objects to create a trellis! Or, create your own vases by 3D printing them.
Thin Wood Screws
Door or window fram
Found objects like ceramic mugs & plates or cans
Step By Step Instructions
Start by removing broken panes of glass. We removed every other pane of glass to create a pattern. To remove the panes of glass, we used a Dremel MM40 tool with a MM452 BiM Blade. Set your tool to a mid to high speed (at a setting of 8 to 10), and cut the existing glazing, prying the glazing away from the glass pane as you work. For a video on this technique, see our demo video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foaVsgq806c
Once the glazing is removed, carefully lift the glass pane away from your door or window. You may notice that it is seated in a groove within the frame so you may need to work the pane back and forth to loosen it before removing. With your glass removed, sand away any rough areas with your Multi-Max tool fitted with 70W sand paper. If you have the MM40 tool, the Dremel Quick Lock® tool-less accessory change between the MM452 blade and the Sanding pad is easy. Just run your tool at a speed of about 8 to 10 and glide the tool back and forth over the area you'd like to smooth out. Note that applying excess pressure isn't necessary here, let the speed of the tool do the work.
Now that you've prepared your frame, it is time to get creative, upcycling found objects to be your hanging planters! We used ceramic mugs and tin cans for our hanging planters, suspended by twine. Drilling holes in ceramic and aluminum is simple with a Dremel Rotary Tool! Or you could 3D print vases with holes in them using the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, and avoid drilling the holes! If using upcycled objects, you'll need to drill three holes around the circumference of the holders and one underneath to allow water to drain. To make our holes in ceramic we used a 562 Tile Cutting Bit in our 4200 tool. With the tool set at a high speed, plunge into your workpiece. Depending on how hard your ceramic is, this may take a bit of time, but remember to let the speed of the tool do the work. To make our holes in our tin can we used a 561 Multipurpose Cutting Bit in our 4200 tool, set to high speed. As aluminum is a softer material, you should be able to easily plunge through your can. If you use
Determine how long you'd like each of your holders to hang. We made ours just long enough to fit inside of our empty door panes. String your twine through the holes you've just created, securing each strand with a knot at the top of your holders. Finally, secure all three strands with a knot. For extra hold you may want to add a dab of glue or hot glue at the knot.
To hang your plant holder, secure a cup hook into the top of your frame.
Finally, if you'd like to create ledges in your frame as we did, drill a hole in the center of a ceramic plate using the same technique as your ceramic mug drilling. Remember: To make our holes in ceramic we used a 562 Tile Cutting Bit in our 4200 tool. With the tool set at a high speed, plunge into your workpiece. Once your hole is made, secure the plate into the bottom of an empty frame by drilling a screw through the top of the plate.
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.