How to Build a Freestanding Plant Hanger

Overview

Plant hangers can be both decorative and functional for indoors or outside. Build a freestanding plant hanger from copper pipe and embellish it with copper foil cutouts. Copper pipe is sturdy enough to hold weighty plants and will work beautifully in the garden or in your home. Adjust the height of the freestanding plant hanger to fit your personal space.

Step 1

Cut a length of copper pipe equal to the desired height of the freestanding plant hanger. Measure and cut 10 to 15 inches from one end of the pipe. The plant hanger will have two arms for hanging plants, one at the top and one 10 to 15 inches below the top based on your preference.

Step 2

Reconnect the two pipes together with the straight ends of a copper T connector. This long pipe is the vertical support for the freestanding plant hanger. Solder the pipes to the connectors for the strongest bond. Solder a copper elbow fitting to the other end of the vertical support pipe. The open end of the elbow fitting should be facing the opposite direction as the open end of the T connector.

Step 3

Solder the short end of a copper T connector to the opposite end of the pipe. This end is the base of the plant hanger.

Step 4

Cut two 12-inch lengths of copper pipe. Solder one pipe to each of the straight ends of the T connector at the base of the plant hanger.

Step 5

Solder the short end of a T connector to the open ends of the 18-inch base pipes.

Step 6

Cut two 30-inch long sections of copper tubing. Shape each one into a semi-circle. Solder the ends of the tubing onto the straight ends of the T connectors at the ends of the 18-inch base pipes. You are creating a copper circle as the base stand for the plant hanger.

Step 7

Cut two 10-inch lengths of copper pipe. Solder one pipe to each open end of the T connector and the elbow fitting on the vertical support pipe. The plant hanger should be freestanding with one arm extending from each side.

Step 8

Solder an elbow fitting to the open ends of the 10-inch pipes. The open ends of the elbow fitting should be facing up. This lip will keep the plants from sliding off the arms of the plant hanger.

Step 9

Trace the outlines of any design templates onto the copper foil. Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies are a few ideas for the copper cutouts. Print templates from online sources or cut them out of a coloring book.

Step 10

Cut the designs from the copper foil. Glue them randomly to the copper pipe with clear waterproof construction adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Copper pipe
  • Measuring tape
  • Pipe cutter
  • Marker
  • 4 copper T connectors
  • Copper tubing
  • 3 copper elbow fittings
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Propane torch
  • Design templates
  • Copper foil
  • Household shears
  • Clear waterproof construction adhesive

References

  • Reader's Digest: How to Solder Copper Pipe

Who Can Help

  • Whimsie: Embossing and Tooling Metal Foil
Keywords: copper plant hanger, plant stand, copper connectors

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.