How to Make a Hanging Rope Planter

Nail the rustic boho look with a simple three-plant hanger made of just rope and barnwood.

Rustic boho meets farmhouse chic with this indoor hanging planter. And all you need by way of supplies are a strand of sturdy rope and a slab of wood! Drill holes for the rope and pots, and you’re all set to display a row of plants in style. We’ve configured this project for three 4-inch pots, but you can expand it with a longer piece of wood as long as the rope is strong enough to hold. When you’re finished making it, fill it with whatever plants your heart desires—fresh herbs, flowers, or succulents. Hang it up in a sunny spot and enjoy the bright greenery it brings to your home.

Pair this project with a hanging rope shelf!

  • Working Time 30 Minutes
  • Start to Finish 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Drilling, Planting

What you need


  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 3 1/2-inch hole saw
  • Drill
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Clamps


  • 5 1/2-inch X 24-inch barnboard
  • 3/8-inch rope
  • 4-inch pots (x3)
  • Plastic bags
  • Wall hanger

How to do it

Step 1 Drill Holes for Pots

Locate the center of your board and drill an opening with the hole saw. Use clamps to hold the wood in place on your work surface. Next, drill two additional holes on either side with the hole saw centered on the board. The center of the holes should be 5-inches from either end. We used a 3 ½-inch hole saw for this project, which fits 4-inch planters.

Editor's Tip: We recommend keeping your wood piece to 36 inches or shorter. Any longer and the wood is likely to bow.

Step 2 Drill Holes for Rope

Make a mark 1 inch from the long and short sides at each corner of your board. Drill small holes with a ½-inch bit (four holes total). Continue to use clamps to steady the wood while you work. These will be the openings you thread the hanging rope through.

Editor's Tip: Make sure your planter holes are large enough to hold the pots, but not so large that the wood is no longer stable. If you're unsure, reinforce the underside of the shelf with thin metal braces,

Step 3 Add Rope and Pots

Thread rope through holes, threading one loose end through the two holes on each narrow end. Pull the center of the rope and loose ends together and tie the loose ends in a knot. Flip board over. When you pick up your hanger, it will appear to have four strands, but it is all one piece of rope. Hang in desired location. Line your pots with plastic bags, then insert plants and place in hanger.

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