How to Make Your Own Hanging Planter

Overview

Hanging planters add flowers and greenery where there isn't much soil to work with, such as on a patio or deck. Urban dwellers hang planters on their balconies to add color and fragrance. If you have some baskets around the house and a few other supplies, you have what's necessary to make your own hanging planters at little additional cost.

Step 1

Put the plastic inside the basket. Cut the plastic to fit, using scissors. Poke three holes in the plastic with a knife. Remove the plastic.

Step 2

Insert the coconut fiber liner inside the basket. Trim to fit. Put the plastic back into the baskets, making sure the edges are hidden by the matting. The plastic helps the soil retain moisture. Hanging containers dry out quickly.

Step 3

Cut a length of wire that is the same length as the circumference of the basket plus 4 inches, using wire cutters. If you don't know the circumference, hold the wire in one hand and wrap it around the rim of the basket with a 4-inch overhang. Twist the wires together several times where they meet, after they've wrapped around the basket. Twist the wires in the opposite direction several times. Tuck the ends of the wire into the basket.

Step 4

Cut three pieces of floral wire 36 inches long. Slip the wire under the rim of the basket through the basket and around the wire that's under the rim. Bring up both ends so the wires are the same length, which should be 18 inches. Twist to fasten the wire against the rim and the wire under the rim. Fasten the other two wires around the basket rim and wire equidistant from the first wire. If the basket were the face of a clock, the wires would be fastened at noon, 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock.

Step 5

Gather all the wires at their ends away from the basket. Form a loop with the wires that's the size of a quarter. Twist the ends of the wire both clockwise and then counterclockwise to secure at the bottom of the loop.

Step 6

Hang the basket by inserting one end of an S hook into the loop and using the other end of the S hook to hook into the hanging rope or chain.

Tips and Warnings

  • Sharp wire can cut fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • Round basket
  • Coconut fiber liner
  • Plastic (such as a black trash bag)
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • S hook

References

  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden;" Courtier et al; 2003
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