Here’s a cool (but simple) project that can be done with some Mao poles.
I saw it in India. Take a 3” to 6” pole, cut off a length of two feet or so. Make the ends attractive by beveling them out. Hallow out the center, add some rope, and ta-dah. An interesting planter you can hang from a ceiling or balcony.
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