DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

By Liz of Love Grows Wild for I Heart Nap Time.

Hi again, friends! Are you ready to get your hands a little dirty? Go grab your garden gloves and some pretty plants, because today we’re going to create a gorgeous DIY Vertical Plant Hanger! This project makes a beautiful display for your potted plants without taking up a ton of room. Perfect for small spaces! Let’s get started…

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DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Supplies:

- scrap wood
- terra cotta pots
- plants
- rope
- metal ring
- drill and 3/8″ bit
- jigsaw
- sandpaper
- paint and/or stain

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

This project has a few different steps, but they’re all really simple to do. I’ve included plenty of pictures to show you how everything looks along the way!

Start by placing a pot upside down on the wood. Measure and mark a square around the pot, leaving a 1″ border on the sides. I used 4 – 4.25″ pots for my plant hanger, so I drew 4 – 6.25″ x 6.25″ squares on my wood and cut them with a chop saw.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

To create a hole for the pots to sit in, first trace the top of the pot in the center of the wood. Then draw another circle that is 1/4″ SMALLER inside the first circle. I traced around a small ramekin for mine.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Now you’ll need to cut the smaller circle out. I used a 3/8″ drill bit to create holes in the circle so I could fit my jigsaw blade inside. Then I used the jigsaw to cut around the circle until the piece popped out.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

And now your pots should fit inside the wood squares!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Next, drill a hole in each corner of the wood with a 3/8″ bit. This will be where the rope threads through.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Sand the wood squares down to remove any splinters and paint or stain them however you like. I chose a pretty dark walnut stain for mine!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

You can leave your pots plain or paint them if you like. I chose to dry brush some white Chalk Paint on mine to brighten them up while leaving some of the terra cotta showing underneath. I love this look! You can see this easy dry brushing technique << here.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Now it’s time to assemble! The size of your hanger will depend on how big and how many pots you’re using, so adjust the dimensions as needed.

Cut four – 6 foot pieces of rope and thread them through the holes of one wood square. Tie a knot in each rope underneath the wood to hold it in place. This will be your bottom piece.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Tie another knot in each rope about 10-12″ above the last knot. Add the next wood square and slide it down to rest on the knots you just created. Repeat this process until all your wood pieces are in place. As you’re adding pieces, check to see if they are sitting level and make adjustments in your knots as needed.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

The genius behind these vertically-hanging plants is that when you are watering, any excess water will drip onto the plant below. Talk about easy watering! If you’re hanging this indoors, you’ll want to attach a bottom piece to the last pot to catch any water that runs out. I just used some super glue to attach the two pieces. If you’re planning on hanging this outdoors, you won’t need to worry about it!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

The last step is to get some plants added to your pots! I chose a gorgeous variety of succulents, but you can use any kind of flower or plant that you like!

TIP: Cut a coffee filter down to fit in the bottom of your pot, then add the soil over the filter. This will allow water to drip through, but keep your soil from falling out!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

To hang your plants, pull the top of the rope pieces through a metal ring (found in the hardware section at Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.) and secure by tying a knot or wrapping floral wire tightly around the rope.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

Now step back and admire your new piece plant hanger! Depending on how tall each of your plants are, you may need to raise or lower some of the wood pieces to create even spacing. Just loosen your knots a little and move them into place!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

You’ll notice in these photos that I set the bottom pot ON TOP of the wood square instead of through it. I had already super glued the bottom piece to the pot BEFORE setting it inside the wood, so I had to improvise! It still worked out nicely though!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

I have my plant hanger in the corner of our breezeway right by the front door. It’s such a pretty welcome into our home!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

 

This project is perfect for anyone who loves having plants around, but doesn’t have a lot of extra table or floor space to house them all. Hanging them vertically is a great solution!

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger on iheartnaptime.com

- Inspired by a project from Design Sponge. 

Have fun creating and planting! xoxo Liz

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Liz

Hello! My name is Liz, and I’m the creator of Love Grows Wild, a blog full of ideas to beautify your home and feed your family! My husband, two adorable little boys, and I are a young family on a budget, so I love finding ways to decorate our home with a designer look for a discount price! Most days I am knee-deep in sawdust and cans of paint, but when I’m not in project mode, I am in the kitchen whipping up delicious, homemade meals for my family of hungry boys. Stop by Love Grows Wild and say hi anytime!

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Comments

  1. Ashlee H. posted on May 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm (#
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    This is SO cool! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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  2. Gina posted on May 11, 2014 at 11:16 am (#
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    LOVE seeing Liz over here Jamielyn! She’s so amazing. This project will be great to spruce up my new porch.

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  3. KayleneP @ The Links Site posted on May 12, 2014 at 6:28 am (#
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    Wow what a cool idea – pinning it for later!

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  4. jennifer+@+Tatertots+&+Jello posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am (#
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    What a great project!!

    xoxo

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  5. Chrystal posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm (#
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    “The genius behind these vertically-hanging plants is that when you are watering, any excess water will drip onto the plant below. Talk about easy watering!”
    If you do it like she suggests, water sparingly. If you super glue the saucer on the bottom, the pot will lack drainage and succulents will die quickly when over watered. It would be best to skip the saucer and use this as an outside feature if you are going to do succulents.

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  6. Kristyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm (#
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    LOVE this – and such a great gift idea!!

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  7. Karen @ a house full of sunshine posted on May 30, 2014 at 6:59 am (#
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    Wow – just utterly gorgeous! Such a clever and simple project, and it looks stunning.

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  8. Sasha posted on July 4, 2014 at 11:27 am (#
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    wonderful.

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  9. jen Schreiner posted on July 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm (#
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    Super CUTE!!! Can’t wait to share. Thanks for the idea.

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  10. Claudine posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm (#
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    This is a great way to add vertical plants! You could even use wider pots and plants which drape, not necessarily just succulents . To ease the weight you can use packing (popcorn) material at the bottom of bigger pots. I feel it would be safer to use a galvanized or brass rope clamp, which is sold at the hardware store (next to the rope) than to use wire which will rust and break very quickly.

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  11. connie posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:30 am (#
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    I am so making this tomorrow. Love the idea

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  12. Stephanie posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm (#
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    I just finished making this and looks great! I ended up just cutting two, long pieces of rope and looping them through the top ring so I didn’t have to tie them off. I used fake plants so no stopper necessary on the bottom pot. Thank you for the tutorial!

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 11th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie! Glad your plant hanger turned out great! :)

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  13. Dez posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm (#
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    I love this, it looks great!! I wish I had the tools to make it.

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