How to Make a Hanging Plant Basket


Many gardeners love to add a splash of color onto the front porch or balcony of their home. Hanging baskets filled with flowers are an attractive addition to just about any home exterior. The price can be prohibitive, though, if you plan to decorate with multiple baskets. Make your own hanging basket planters and you can not only save money, but create your own personal design in outdoor decorating.

Step 1

Cut a plastic bag so that it is the height of the basket, minus an inch. Place the cut plastic bag bottom into the basket. Staple the top of the bag all around the basket, attaching the bag edge to the side of the basket just below the basket rim.

Step 2

Poke seven or eight holes in the bottom of the bag, using a screwdriver or other pointed object. Make the holes in spots all over the bottom of the bag. These will help excess water drain from the soil.

Step 3

Cut four lengths of macrame cord, each 3 feet long. Use a screwdriver to poke cord under the rim of the basket. When each cord has been pushed through under the rim of the basket, tie it in a secure knot. Place each cord equally distant from the others. Place them at 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the clock.

Step 4

Tie the other ends of the cords together in pairs. Tie the 12 and 6 cords in one knot, and the 3 and 9 cords into another knot.

Step 5

Fill the plastic bag interior with potting soil. Water the soil to remove any air pockets that might have formed in the soil. Plant your flower seedlings or seeds and hang your planter on a hook outdoors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Tie the knots very securely to minimize the chances of baskets falling and breaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Screwdriver
  • Macrame cord
  • Potting soil


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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.