How to Make Hanging Plant Holders


If there's no space on the ground for a plant holder, the next best location is to hang it from a wall, ceiling or overhang. To make hanging plant holders, you need only a few items and containers large enough to hold the plants. The container can be a plastic tub, bucket, soda jug or metal can. The trick is to make sure there is enough twine to hold the weight of the container and the plant when you are finished making the hanging plant hanger.

Step 1

Measure from the base to the top of the container. Measure the width of the container at the center. Add 12 inches onto the total of these two measurements. Double the total number to determine the length of twine needed for each of the two pieces of twine.

Step 2

Measure down 2 inches from the top of the container along the sides; make four marks on the sides equidistant from each other. Use the hole punch and hammer to create four holes at these marks. Turn the container on end. Punch five holes in the bottom of the container for drainage.

Step 3

Cut two lengths of twine the length required from the measurements above. Fold each length in half so that the ends meet. Set one of the lengths aside.

Step 4

Insert the end of one length of twine through one of the four holes from the outside. Pull the end to the inside of the hole to the immediate left. Insert the twine through the hole so it comes out of the outside of the container. Pull the twine through until the two ends match in length. Repeat this process for the other length of twine and other two holes.

Step 5

Tie the ends of the two lengths in a knot 2 inches from the ends. Tie the remaining strands above the knots to each other in a knot. This last knot is what will hang from the hook.

Step 6

Spread a thin layer of gravel on the bottom of the container for drainage. Fill the remaining portion with potting soil to 1 inch below the lip to avoid spilling. Dig a hole in the center of the soil. Place the plant into the hole and cover the roots with soil.

Step 7

Screw the hook into a wall or ceiling, making sure you are set in a stud or brace. Hang the plant holder on the hook.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Container
  • Screw hook
  • Hammer
  • Hole punch


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