How to Make a Hanging Inverted Planter


Inverted planters are popular choices for growing tomatoes, strawberries and other plants that trail or would otherwise need to be staked. You can make your own hanging inverted planter from a metal or plastic container or a flower pot with a thick rim. The secret to successfully planting a hanging inverted planter is to have two pairs of hands---one to hold the plant in place and one to secure the planting medium.

Utilitarian Hanging Inverted Planter

Step 1

Drill a 2-inch hole in the bottom center of a bucket, pail or watering can. The container can be plastic or metal, but it must have a handle that fits over the top, similar to a five-gallon pail or a watering can.

Step 2

Hang the handle of the planted container on a shepherd's hook or by chains from a tree limb.

Step 3

Insert the roots of a plant through the hole in the bottom of the container. Hold the plant in place in the center of the hole while a partner fits a coffee filter around the open hole below the roots inside the container. One person should still be holding the plant in place while another fills the container with potting soil. Fill the container up to within three inches of the top rim. You must leave enough room for water to puddle before absorbing into the soil.

Decorative Hanging Inverted Planter

Step 1

Dot the outside of a 10-inch-diameter terra cotta pot with waterproof construction adhesive.

Step 2

Press mosaic tiles into the adhesive. Hold the tiles in place on the pot with a strip of painter's tape. If you cover the pot with tiles, work from the bottom up and the painter's tape will not be necessary. Remove the tape when the adhesive is dry.

Step 3

Cut a strand of 20-gauge craft wire to fit twice around the perimeter of the pot, just beneath the rim, plus six inches. Wrap the wire around the pot. Twist the last six inches of wire around itself as it encircles the planter.

Step 4

Hook four small S hooks opposite each other on either side of the wrapped wire. Hook four equal lengths of chain to the hooks. Join the chain together at the opposite ends with a large S hook. Hang the inverted planter by the large S hook.

Step 5

Insert the roots of a plant through the drainage hole in the base of the planter. Cover the open hole with a coffee filter. Fill the planter with potting soil, up to within three inches of the top.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal/plastic container with top handle
  • Drill
  • 2-inch drill bit
  • Plant
  • Coffee filter
  • Potting soil
  • Shepherd's hook
  • 10-inch terra cotta pot
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Painter's tape
  • 20-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 4 small S hooks
  • 1 large S hook
  • 4 lengths of chain

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Keywords: hanging planter, upside down planter, pail planter, inverted planter

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.