Upcycling Dad’s Funnel

Upcycling Dad’s Funnel

Upcycling Dad’s Funnel

I always see a plant container in every vessel I find. If it can hold soil, it can be a planter. So, when I saw this huge funnel in my parent’s garage, I knew it would be a perfect hanging plant holder.

Dad's antique metal funnel

Dad’s antique metal funnel

Dad isn’t with us anymore, but Mom said I could have it. I’m not sure how he would feel about this, but I think he would like it. I have a Disocactus ramulosa ‘Bill’s Red’ that has been in an undersized pot for quite some time. You can tell from the pictures that it has a lot of dried out, dead stems. This funnel is probably a little large for this plant but I am going to be extra careful when I water it and I think it will be just fine.

The point of this post is to show you that it is always a good idea to look at things in a new way. This funnel had a completely different use than for holding plants. Gas and plants definitely do not mix. It hadn’t been used in a long time and I washed it out a couple of times to make sure no gas remained. It already had a screen in the bottom but I put window screen over it anyway. I drilled 2 more holes equidistant from one another to hang the chains from and bought chain and s-hooks at the local hardware to use as the hangers. I used soil appropriate for cactus and potted it up, watered it and now won’t water it again for quite a while, as there is a lot of soil around the root ball.

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The finished product.

Disocactus ramulosa 'Bill's Red'

Disocactus ramulosa ‘Bill’s Red’

Disocactus ramulosa 'Bill's Red'

Disocactus ramulosa ‘Bill’s Red’

I had fun making this and I love that it was something that Dad used. Take a look in your or your parent’s basement or garage because  you never know what you might find.

2 Responses to "Upcycling Dad’s Funnel"

  • LOVE this Lisa! What a clever idea to give life to something sentimental of your Dad’s that you will have close by~ I think that plant looks perfect in it and will happily spend the rest of its life there.
    Bravo!!!

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