Colorful Propagation Tubes

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DIY Wrapped Propagation Tubes

These cotton wrapped propagation tubes are a fun way to grow some new plants!

colorful wrapped propagation tubes

I am hardly a plant expert nor do I have ANYthing resembling a green thumb. But I happen to have a wonderfully sunny corner of a playroom in which my plants are very very happy.  I’ve seen lots of folks using these large test tubes for plant propagation so I figured why not give it a try, add a little color and maybe… just maybe… I can grow some new plants! (Full materials list at the end of the post.)

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Step 1. Wrap and glue

I used a heavy duty glue because I wasn’t sure how the string would adhere to glass without it. I Leaving a tale of an inch or so, I glued one point of my yarn approximately 3 inches below the rim of the test tube . Working a few millimeters at a time, I squeezed glue onto the test tube and carefully wrapped the thread around. Make sure you keep your line of glue tidy so that it will run along the back of the test tube and it won’t be evident from the front. Change colors as you like!

place a dab of glue on the test tube

wrap the test tube with cotton thread

Once I’d wrapped about an inch, I used a sewing pin to make sure the thread was neat and tightly wound.

adjust thread with sewing pin

Step 2. Add a hanging loop

The test tubes I ordered had a little lip at the top, so I was able to create a loop of 4 or 5 threads to use as a hanging loop. Make sure you keep a few feet of string leftover once you’ve tied off your loop.

create a hanging loop from thread create a hanging loop from thread

I wrapped the leftover end of string around the test tube to secure the hanging loop.  Finish it off with the glue to hold in place.

wrap the end of the loop around the test tube

Step 3. Continue Wrapping from the top down

Once you’ve wrapped the hanging loop and secured it under the test tube lip, continue wrapping from the top edge down to where you’d wrapped earlier.

finished wrapped propagation tubes

Step 4. Create a hanging base (optional)

Because we’re renting, I didn’t want to hammer in 4 nails for the 4 propagation tubes. So I quickly made a base using scrap wood. I added some leftover trip to the side and then screwed some cabinet knobs in place along the top. To hang it, I just added D rings and picture wire to the back.

wooden hanging base for propagation tubes

colorful wrapped propagation tubes

Step 5. Add plants

I filled up each tube with water and clipped a small cutting from a few of my plants. I’m not sure I chose plants that will grow roots, but it’s a fun (colorful!) experiment! What do I need to know to propagate? Is it really this simple?

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Materials for Wrapped Propagation Tubes (affiliate links)

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