How to Make a Burlap Hanging Planter

Upgrade your hardware store planter with this easy (and chic!) DIY.

hanging burlap baskets
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Elevate your container gardening to new heights by integrating hanging baskets into your display. They're a great way to dress up porches, decks, and patios, and they have the added advantage of keeping your favorite plants out of the reach of rabbits, slugs, and other ground-dwelling pests looking for a quick snack. This burlap and twine treatment upgrades any plastic hanging planter into an eye-catching accessory in minutes.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure


  • 1 yard burlap
  • 4 yards jute twine
  • Plastic hanging basket


  1. hanging basket attachment

    Remove the Hanger from the Basket

    Gently remove the hanger from the plastic container. The hanger is usually clipped in place and is easy to remove. Snip it with heavy scissors or wire cutters if necessary.

    Related: How to Plant a Hanging Basket

  2. wrapping burlap around hanging container
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    Wrap the Container in Burlap

    Wrap burlap around the container, pleating and folding it as necessary to create the desired look. Trim away the excess burlap.

  3. wrapping twine around burlap-covered container
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    Wrap Twine Around Container

    Wrap a 2-foot length of twine around the top of the burlap-covered container. Tie a knot to hold the burlap in place, then cut the excess twine. For added interest, string beads onto each loose end and tie a knot to hold them in place.

  4. tying twine to basket for hanging
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    Create Twine Hangers

    Measure and cut the remaining twine into two equal lengths. Using the holes that once held the hanger, secure one end of a piece of twine to the container. Tie the other end to the hole on the opposite side of the container. Repeat the process with the remaining piece of twine and hang the basket.

    Related: Hanging Basket for Shade

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