Slice Into An Old Disco Ball And Remove The Top To Craft This One-Of-A-Kind Retro Planter

by Caroline Hockenbury
Caroline is an editorial intern who enjoys running, making origami, and beatboxing (simultaneously).

My hometown of Louisville, Kentucky is celebrated for being home to Muhammad Ali, The Kentucky Derby, and countless Bourbon distilleries.

But perhaps most interestingly of all, Louisville is known for having been the primary manufacturer and distributer of disco balls during the 1970s craze.

To this day, Louisville remains America’s disco headquarters as it houses the only remaining disco ball factory in the country.

And although disco may be a dying trend, people are continuing to find value in the shiny, reflective orbs that used to dangle over dance floors years ago. In fact, disco balls can be repurposed to make extraordinary crafts, perfect for anyone seeking to add a retro flare to his or her household.

Check out these simple instructions and watch the tutorial below to learn how to make your very own disco-ball planter.


  • Disco ball
  • Pointy, serrated knife
  • Hot glue
  • Extra styrofoam
  • Soil
  • Plant
  • Water


  1. Use a knife to shell the reflective panels off the top section of the disco ball. Be careful to angle the sharp edge of the blade away from your body at all times.
  2. Use the same knife to cut a circular hole out of the top. This will create an opening so you can fill the hollow ball with soil.
  3. Fashion a base for the planter using styrofoam, and hot glue the reflective panels that you peeled off in the first step onto the base.
  4. Bury your plant in the soil, and be sure to place it in direct sunlight and water it regularly.

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