Brighten up your space and fill this pajaki-inspired hanging with fresh blooms
Brighten up your home with Karolina Merska’s colourful pajaki chandelier planter
HOW TO MAKE… A PAJAKI PLANTER MATERIALS
Metal hoop, 30cm (11 7/8") diameter Crepe paper Tissue paper Coloured card Clear straws Cotton twine Embroidery needle Ribbon Circle punch Compass Craft glue Aluminium foil Four small plant pots or tealight holders, 6cm (2 3/8") diameter Still feeling the loss of cheery festive decorations in your home? Then inject some colour with Karolina’s pajaki-inspired planter. A traditional Polish decoration, pajaki chandeliers are intended to be bold and bright, so fish out your most eye-catching shades of paper and card to make a statement hanging to hold four mini plants.
If you really want to go all out, make pom poms – known as kalinka – in rainbow hues by using a different shade of tissue paper for each layer. Or, pick a selection of colours that will complement the flowers you’ll be planting.
01 Cut a 2cm (¾") wide strip from your crepe paper and glue one end to your hoop. Wrap it around the hoop, overlapping the paper as you go, then glue the end in place.
02 Cut four 80cm (31½") lengths of twine and tie them at evenly spaced points around the hoop. Use the punch to cut 32 circles from the coloured card, then cut the straws into eight 8cm (3 1/8") pieces and 28 3cm (1 ¼") pieces.
03 Thread each string with seven short straws and two long straws, starting and finishing with the longer pieces, and adding a circle between each straw. Once each string has been threaded, gather all four strings together and knot.
04 To make the top pom pom, fold your tissue paper to create 15 layers. Use your compass to draw out a 10cm (4") diameter circle onto the tissue paper, then push a needle through the layers to hold them together. Cut out the circles, then make eight evenly spaced cuts around the centre.
05 Separate out the layers. Twist the sections on each layer between your fingers, squeezing and folding in the same direction as shown.
06 Thread a needle with a doubled length of twine, knot it at the base, then wrap a small piece of foil around the knot. Thread on each layer of tissue paper, changing the direction of the curved sections each time to create a round pom pom. Knot the thread to secure.
07 To attach the pom pom, thread the needle with two of the lengths you knotted together in Step 3. Thread through the centre of the pom pom, pushing it down towards
the four knotted lengths. Knot to secure, then tie a loop of ribbon through the knot for hanging. Trim off any excess twine.
08 To make a plant holder, cut four 60cm (23 5/8") lengths of twine. Thread over the hoop where a length of twine is already attached, creating eight equal lengths. Repeat at the other three points where the twine meets the hoop.
09 Separate a set of eight lengths into four pairs. Knot the pairs about 15cm (6") down, then knot another two lengths from a different pair roughly 5cm (2") down. Repeat once more, then knot all lengths together at the bottom. Repeat with the remaining three sets.
10 Cut four 70cm (27 5/8") lengths of twine, then use the circle punch to cut 20 circles from the coloured card. Cut the straws into eight 8cm (3 1/8") pieces and 16 3cm (1 ") pieces, then thread each string with four short straws and two long straws, starting and finishing with the longer pieces, and adding a circle between each straw.
11 Tie the end of each string to the hoop, either side of the plant holders, so they hang in between.
12 Repeat Steps 4-6 to make another four pom poms, this time using your compass to draw an 8cm (3 1/8") diameter circle onto your tissue paper. Attach them to the hoop, covering the knots where the plant pot holders are tied on.
13 Pot a small plant into each of your four pots, then carefully place one into each of the holders. Hang in your home to display.
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