Give your hanging plants a fun twist with this easy DIY project.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Maximize your indoor planting space by turning to some often-overlooked retail: the ceiling. These innovative hanging planters literally turn things upside down, allowing herbs or other plants to dangle out the bottom of their pots instead of sticking out the top. A small piece of air conditioner filter ensures that no dirt falls on your countertops. You'll still water the plants from the top of the pot and the moisture will travel down to the roots.

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 45 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Drilling, Sawing, Planting, Cutting

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Cut Hole in Planter

Because your planter will hang upside down, you'll plant your herb through the bottom of the pot instead of the top. To fit it through, cut a 2-1/2-inch hole in the bottom of the pot using a hole saw. Use protective eyewear while cutting plastic.

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Step 2

Cut Out Filter

Using the bottom of the pot as a guide, use a utility knife to cut a circle from the air conditioner filter of the same size. Fold the foam piece into a cone and, using scissors, cut the tip of the cone to make a hole in the center of the circle. Then, cut a radius in the filter circle. Your piece should look like a donut with a line going through one side.

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Step 3

Drill Holes for Rope

Drill two 1/4-inch hanging holes on opposite sides of the pot. Place them 3/4 inch down from the top edge of the pot. You may want to drill over a piece of scrap wood to steady the pot while you work.

Step 4

Thread Rope for Hanging

Thread one end of the rope through a hole from exterior to interior and tie a knot inside the pot to secure it. Repeat with the other side. You can use one continuous piece of rope or two single pieces depending on how you want to hang the pot. Temporarily hang the empty pot somewhere you can easily access it to work on planting.

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Step 5

Plant Herb and Hang

Remove your herb plant from its nursery pot and gently brush away enough soil from around its roots so that it fits through your container. Insert the root end of the plant in the hole you cut in the bottom of the planter. From the top opening of the pot, put the foam filter around the stems of the plant and press it into the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from spilling out. Fill the rest of the pot with soil, leaving an inch or two of space at the top for watering.

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Step 6

Hang Up Pot and Water

Hang your pot in the desired location. Water your plant from the top end of the pot. Add more water whenever the soil at the top feels dry.

    Comments (1)

    How difficult was this project?
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    March 12, 2019
    You can actually place the upside down plant in as shown then place a second plant into the top. This way it makes better use of the space and you can grow twice as many herbs.