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diy project: angela adams’ bait bag planters

by Kate Pruitt

well, we’ve just passed the fourth of july holiday, and summer is in full swing…where better to look for a project than vacationland? yes, i love you maine! nan at angela adams was kind enough to send us the instructions for this planter display from the angela adams store in portland. thank you nan and angela, and happy crafting everyone! -kate

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

angela had the idea of using bait bags (since her brothers and uncles are all lobstermen, these bags are from her uncle peter) and mason jars with line from the local marine store to make a hanging terrarium. once i collected all the parts, it was so fun and easy to make and people are loving the look. bait bags wash up on the beach all the time, but you can also purchase them from a marine supply store. -nan


-bait bags (these are lobstering bags: 7″ with 1″ mesh machine tied bags. they cost about $7.95/dozen. you can find them at marine stores or online here.)

– mason jars

– mending twine (this is mending twine #36 and costs $5.59/spool. you can also find this at marine stores or online here.)


1. Cut the twine to double the length you want the planter to hang. Insert jar into bait bag, weave the twine half-way around the top edge of bait bag.

2. Insert plants into the jar, pull the ends of the twine together and make a knot at the top of planter, then tie another knot at very ends of twine and hang.

3. To choose the right plants, go to local greenhouse and let them know the conditions (light and air) of the spot you are hanging the bait bag planters. You can purchase aquatic plants too, also called hydrophytic plants. The kind we purchased are happy with direct sunlight and a dry atmosphere; the aquatic ones we chose are Peace Lilly and Palm which you can plant in water in the jars. The ones we planted in dirt in the jars are Pony Tail and Norfolk Pine.

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