When we saw these genius Floppy Disk Coasters a few weeks ago, we know we had to cook up some flippy floppy do-it-yourself action of our own. We foraged for saved floppy disks of tech days past, and ended up supplementing those with a cheap pack of 25 from Amazon. And what better way to conclude a month of May Flowers than with a DIY planter that combines digital with analog? ;)
The planters we created in the steps to follow are decorative planters. You'll still want to keep your plant in a plastic container or the planter it comes in. If you're set on putting soil directly in your Floppy Disk Planter, these are good for that too, but will need a plate or tray to sit on for excess water flow. These are fun to make, a great gift for nerds and 90s fanatics, and add a lovely burst of color to your desk, bureau, or kitchen window.
- floppy disks (if you don't have a treasure trove of them from the 90s, head to Amazon)
- hot glue or Marine Glue if you have more time
- plants! (or soil + seeds + yogurt containers)
Get all of your materials in order. The glue will be for attaching the disks to each other. The scissors are for cutting the rim off your plastic planters, if they don't quite fit in your floppy disk box.
Arrange your floppy disks by color. A set of 25 is perfect for 5 planters – 5 disks for each planter.
Heat up your glue. Squeeze a thin line onto the edge of a disk and attach it to the second disk's edge. Keep going until you've gone all the way around.
The great thing about hot glue is that if you don't get it quite right the first time, you can easily peel off. If you do turn this into full soil-ready planters, we recommend sealing with a more serious epoxy or hardware glue.
For the bottom, glue four edges of your fifth disk and attach!
Now to get your plant ready. The rims of the planters we bought were just a touch too wide, so we used scissors to cut off the rim. If you're planting something from scratch, we recommend reusing an old yogurt container.
If you really want to nerd out, you can use floppy disk labels to name your plants, and to make notes about how to care for them. We named ours Blossom for obvious reasons.
Make sure all their leaves are in place, trim off any dead branches or weeds, and get them watered.
Et Voila! A little extra oxygen at your desk, kitchen table, or coffee table is just what the doctor ordered.
On a balcony railing.
Cozied up next to the world.
And they love the sun! We used a mix of succulents and hearty houseplants. Head to your local gardening store and see what they recommend.