How to Make a Homemade Hanging Basket


Hanging baskets enable gardeners to utilize unused vertical space. They are most useful to gardeners with limited planting areas. A hanging basket is basically any container that holds soil and plants that are hung from supports. Soil and plants become very heavy so be sure to use strong wire, chain, rope or leather to hang the basket from.

Step 1

Soak sphagnum moss in a large tub full of warm water for at least 1 hour. The moss will soak up a lot of the water. Wear a breathing mask to prevent yourself from breathing in the dry moss dust.

Step 2

Pick up a handful of sphagnum moss and squeeze out the excess water. Repeat this until you have drained all the moss. Wear plastic gloves when handling the moss to protect your skin from irritation.

Step 3

Line a galvanized wire cone frame with the damp sphagnum moss. Using a galvanized wire frame creates a light, sturdy basket that will last for years. Press the moss together with a little pressure. Create a 2-inch layer on the inside of the framework.

Step 4

Place a layer of plastic inside the moss layer. Punch small holes in the plastic with a sharp knife so water will drain out of the basket. Cut this layer a little smaller than the basket so the edge of the plastic falls below the rim.

Step 5

Attach the ends of three 12-inch pieces of chain equal distance around the edge of the wire frame. Connect all three pieces to a single hook used to hang the basket up with.

Step 6

Fill the hanging basket with potting soil mix to 1/2 inch from the basket rim. Place your plants in the basket and water thoroughly.

Tips and Warnings

  • A hanging basket dries out quicker than most other containers. You may need to water it every day during warm, dry weather. Water whenever the soil is dry to the depth of 1 inch.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Large tub
  • Water
  • Galvanized wire cone frame
  • Plastic
  • Sharp knife
  • 3 pieces of 12-inch chain
  • Metal hook
  • Lightweight soil
  • Plants


  • Purdue University Extension: Hanging Baskets
  • University of Florida Extension: Designing and Building a Hanging Basket
  • Lousiana State University AgCenter: Hanging Baskets
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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.