How to Make a Hanging Planter

Overview

Hanging planters increase your available gardening space and add decorative vertical design elements inside and outside your home. Make a decorative hanging planter with large diameter bamboo stalks, cut to resemble the pipes on an organ. Look for large diameter bamboo stalks in local landscape supply stores. Grow multiple shallow rooted plants in a hanging bamboo stalk planter; the plants grow from the sides of the bamboo stalks and create an interesting visual appeal.

Step 1

Cut a 24-inch, a 16-inch and two 10-inch long sections of a 3- to 4-inch diameter bamboo stalk using a hacksaw.

Step 2

Place each pipe on a flat work surface. Measure and mark the 24-inch long stalk at the 4-inch, 10-inch, 16-inch and 20-inch points from one end. Measure and mark the 16-inch long stalk at the 4-inch, 9-inch and 14-inch points from one end. Measure and mark the 10-inch long stalks at the 3-inch and 7-inch points from one end.

Step 3

Drill 1-1/2-inch holes over each mark. Do not drill the holes all the way through the bamboo stalk, just through one side of the stalk.

Step 4

Drill a 1/8-inch diameter hole, half an inch from the top rim of the 24-inch and 16-inch long stalks, directly above the last drilled hole in each stalk.

Step 5

Glue the stalks together with waterproof construction adhesive so that the 24-inch stalk and the 16-inch stalk are back to back with the holes facing out. Glue one 10-inch long stalk between the first two with the holes facing out. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 6

Measure, mark and cut a section of treated wood to fit the base of the four pipes. The shape of the base can be rectangular, square or circular, whichever you prefer. The dimensions for the base should be at least 2 inches wider and longer than the joined bamboo.

Step 7

Sit the joined bamboo stalks on top of the wood board. Lightly trace the outline of the stalks onto the wood. Remove the stalks. Drill three 1/8-inch diameter holes in the center of the wood where each bamboo stalk will sit. These are the drainage holes for the hanging planter.

Step 8

Run a bead of waterproof construction adhesive around the bottom rim of each stalk of bamboo. Replace the bamboo stalks on top of the wood within the marked outlines. Apply pressure to the stalks until the glue sets up.

Step 9

Insert a small S hook into the 1/8-inch holes at the top of the 24-inch and 16-inch stalks. Hook a length of small chain between the S hooks to make a hanger for the planter.

Things You'll Need

  • 3- to 4-inch diameter bamboo stalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Mark
  • Drill
  • 1-1/2-inch diameter drill bit
  • 1/8-inch diameter drill bit
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Treated wood
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • 4 small S hooks
  • Two lengths small chain

References

  • Back Woods Home: Hanging PVC Planter

Who Can Help

  • Virginia Wind: How to Drill a Hole
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About this Author

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.