How to Make a Geometric Hanging Planter

Make these streamlined hanging planters in an afternoon. Start with basic store-bought unfinished wood planters, then dress them up into a modern hanging plant display.

finished hanging geo wood planters
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Hanging planters are a stylish solution to keeping your greenery from cluttering the floor or taking up table space. Your plants lifted up to eye level also double as wall decor in their own right. We started with plain wooden geometric planters, then added a minimal stripe of paint and hoisted them up on cords for hanging. Learn how to make trendy and practical hanging planters of your own.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Sanding block
  • 1 Brush
  • 1 Drill and drill bit
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Straightedge
  • 1 Heavy-duty scissors


  • 1 Store-bought wood planters
  • 1 Polyurethane
  • 1 Painters tape
  • 1 Spray paint
  • 1 Parachute cord
  • 1 Lighter or matches
  • 1 Masking tape
  • 1 Jars to fit in planters
  • 1 Plants of choice


  1. Seal Wood Planter

    applying poly to geo wood planter

    Apply two coats of polyurethane to your small wood planter, sanding between coats. Allow about two hours of drying time between coats. This will create a protective barrier and lengthen the planter's lifetime.

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  2. Drill Holes into Wood Planter

    drilling holes in geo wood planter

    Use a straightedge to mark a small X in the center of every other top panel of your planter. (There will be two blank panels with no holes in the back). Drill holes in the center of the Xs for the cord.

  3. Paint Wood Planter

    removing painters tape from planter

    Tape off the bottom panels of the wood planter, leaving an exposed stripe around the top. Spray-paint in color of your choice. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape. Refer to your spray paint manufacturer's instructions for drying times. Avoid breathing in spray paint fumes. Always paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

  4. Cut Cords and Thread Through Holes

    Cut three lengths of cord and carefully use a match or a lighter to melt the ends. This will help prevent fraying. Allow the ends to cool, then thread each cord through a hole and tie a knot on the inside end to secure.

  5. Arrange Plants and Hang

    Place the plants in jars slightly smaller than the planter opening, and gently set them into the wood planters. Hang your new hanging planter in the desired location. Make more than one planter and display them as a group for a unique living wall hanging.

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