How to Hang Outdoor Planters


Hanging outdoor planters filled with flowers or other plants are very appealing on patios, decks or wherever else you have a ceiling overhang. Outdoor planters come in many shapes and sizes and you are sure to find one to meet your needs. You will need a few materials and a few common household tools to install hanging outdoor planters. One tip to remember is that the soil will dry out in outdoor planters more rapidly than ground soil. Without frequent watering, your plants may decline.

Step 1

Look closely at your outdoor planter. The hanging method may vary depending on the type of planter you have.

Step 2

Drill a 1/8-inch hole into a ceiling joist above the location you wish to hang your planter.

Step 3

Screw the hanging hook into the hole. Tighten it with your pliers until it is tight and secure.

Step 4

Determine how high above the ground you want your planter. Cut the chain to the correct length.

Step 5

Slide one end of the chain over the hanging hook. Hang your planter from the other end of the chain. If your outdoor planter has a round eyelet instead of a hook, you will need to purchase an "S" hook to adapt the eyelet to the chain.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear safety glasses when drilling. Wood shavings can get into your eye and possibly cause an injury if safety glasses are not worn.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • Hanging hook
  • Pliers
  • Chain
  • Bolt cutter
  • Safety glasses


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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.