Published on July 5th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


VASTLIG Topsy-Turvy style planter for $2

Materials: VASTLIG

Description: This works best with younger plants, though I have transplanted full size plants into this upside-down configuration without too much problem.

Tools: Scissors, plant, dirt, boxboard or cereal box-type material-(you can use felt too.) A pole for hanging your plant.

1. Look at your plant and decide if you want to push the roots up through the bottom or if you want to push the plant down through the bottom.

2. Get you VASTLIG bag and cut a X on the bottom. It should be as wide as the branching leaves on your plant or the root ball. You don’t want to make this too big or the plant will fall out. But you can make your X smaller in the next step.

3. Cut the boxboard or felt to fit the bottom of the bag- it doesn’t have to fit exactly, but it must be a few inches bigger than the X. This is a collar.

4. Cut collar from the edge of the boxboard or felt to the center, and when you get to the center, cut a circle shape. Set this aside.

5. Now put your plant through, then grab your collar and nestle it down into the bag so it holds the roots and keeps them from falling out of the X.

6. Add dirt and water and you are done.

P.S. Ikea for City Gardening!

By looking at Ikea items in a different perspective, I have used them for my city garden.

VASTLIG- bag as upside-down planter

FNISS-waste basket as deep root planter

EVERT- as deep root planter

SMYCKA- tied together as plant supports

TROFAST- as shallow root planter

~ Ninjarita, Minneapolis

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11 Responses to VASTLIG Topsy-Turvy style planter for $2

  1. Anonymous says:

    Genius! I’m moving from a garden to a deck, so I need some creative container gardening ideas. I’m going to buy so many fniss!

  2. Ninjarita says:

    Thank you for the comments, the tomatoes are holding up well upside down. There have been huge storms, with high wind and tornadoes in the area- and the plants updside down have survived very well. The rest of the plants have some blow over wind damage. There are 3-4 drain holes in the plastic containers. We cover this with newspaper so the dirt doesn’t fall out. We have the first fruits coming in this week!

  3. Moontree says:

    yes! yes! yesss! I really hate the garish plasticky look of the topsy turvy things but this is lovely. i also love your other planter solutions!

  4. Mercredi says:

    I’m really curious to know how well these hold up after a season of sun, water, and increased weight as the plants grow and produce fruit. I hope you consider giving us all an update in fall or next spring, so we know if these will last multiple seasons!

  5. Robj98168 says:

    These are some really creative garden ideas!

  6. KWellis says:

    I think these ideas are great! thanks for sharing.

  7. Spudsmama says:

    Best.hack.ever!!! I am going to IKEA tomorrow to get these. I have all kinds of wildlife in my yard and have been thinking of getting some topsy turvy things for tomatoes. Your garden is inspirational!

  8. punk-apple says:

    I have also got I think around 8 FNISS baskets for plants – from banana to tomatoes and lemon tree to jalapenos.
    I made some holes in the bottom of it for drainage and have a plate below it. Overall – I love those. They are stylish, and work perfectly as plant pots. :)

  9. artymoi says:

    Such great ideas! Do you drill drainage holes in all the plastics? (I’m a dunce when it comes to plants)

  10. Dorothy says:

    So many pictures of gardens where the gardener has used “found” materials for planters look unsightly. Your garden looks tidy and pretty. Great work!

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