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.

By Sydney Price
April 23, 2018

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.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 5 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Drilling, Painting, Planting

What you need


How to do it

Step 1

Seal 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.

Get the wood planter we used here.

Step 2

Drill Holes into 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.

Step 3

Paint Wood 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.


Spray Painting Safety

Avoid breathing in spray paint fumes. Always paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

Step 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.

Step 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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