Macho Man Plant Hugger
Macho Man Plant Hugger
When plants get top heavy and need support, it's Macho Man Plant Hugger to the rescue!
It's an easy and inexpensive project that's a fun conversation piece, and it takes less than an hour to make!
Most likely you already own some of the materials needed for this project, although you may have to bribe your kids to part with one of their figurines ;)
I bought mine at a garage sale for less than a dollar each!
This makes a cool novelty gift for someone at the office, a boyfriend/hubby, or housewarming gift for someone with a good sense of humor!
I hope you have fun with this project!
- Can fit into your planter, and is proportional to the plant that he will be supporting
- Has moveable arms and legs. The arms are especially important, as they will need to be adjusted to encircle the plant stem.
2. One wire coat hanger
3. Wire cutter (strong enough to cut through the coat hanger}
4. Gorilla Glue (or something of similar strength}
5. Water sprayer
6. A drill with a bit the diameter of the coat hanger
7. Safety glasses (when cutting wire - as it can fly when it snaps)
8. And, of course, your plant!
OPTIONAL (for customization)
- Acrylic paint & small brushes
- Plaster, water and large tub
- Newspapers to cover work area
- If working with plaster, a face mask and gloves is advised.
Cut Coat Hanger Wire
Bend Wire and Cut to Size
Drill Hole in Macho Man Figurine
Using a Dremel with a drill bit the diameter of the wire coat hanger, drill a hole in the back of the figurine slightly above the waist.
Test the wire to see if it fits snugly.
Glue Wire to Figurine
IMPORTANT!! Gorilla Glue needs water to become "activated." After putting glue onto the hanger, spray or sprinkle a few drops of water onto the glue and immediately insert it into the figurine.
Hold the wire securely to the figurine and keep an eye on it for about 5-10 minutes because the glue will start to expand. I like to wipe away the excess (for aesthetic reasons) with a small piece of dampened paper towel or q-tip.
Place Your Macho Man Plant Hugger in the Planter Pot
Optional - If there are many stems going in various directions, you can use a soft string to gather up the stems before arranging them in the Macho man's arms. Do not tie it too tightly or use wire, as it may cut through tender stems and damage them.
Enjoy Your Macho Man Plant Hugger!
If you're a type "A" like me, you may take this a step further by customizing the figurine. For example, if you're giving this as a gift to someone, you can paint the hair and clothing to reflect the recipient.
I also tried dipping the figurine into Plaster of Paris for a "geeky" look. You can paint over the plaster but, in any event, it should be sealed with a water resistant Varethane or other top coat to protect the plaster from being in constant contact with water, which will affect the plaster.
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