Hang your greenery from the ceiling with an upside down planter.

By Sydney Price
July 10, 2018
upside down hanging planters next to subway tile

When you don’t have a lot of space for plants, turn to some often-overlooked retail—the ceiling. These innovative planters will have guests doing a double take when they see that your dangling herbs aren’t falling out of their pots. A sneaky trick, thanks to a piece of air conditioner filter, ensures that no dirt falls on your countertops. If watering these looks difficult, fear not: Pour water into the top of the pot and it’ll travel to the roots.

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

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

using drill to create hole in pot
Step 1

Cut Hole in Planter

Since 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 your hole saw. Use protective eyewear while cutting plastic.

using planter to cut circle in filter material
using scissors to cut air conditioner filter
using scissors to cut hole in filter
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.

adding hole to side of pot for twine
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. Hang the pot where you can easily access it to work on planting. (This doesn’t have to be its permanent location.)

thread plant through bottom of pot
add air filter once plant is placed
place potting soil into upside down planter
Step 5

Plant Herb and Hang

Remove your plant from its nursery pot and carefully 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. Add additional soil and hang in the desired location. Water your plant from the top end of the pot.

Comments (1)

How difficult was this project?
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.

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