Got more vertical space than horizontal? Hang up your plants! You don't need to visit the garden store for special supplies. Instead, recycle the bits and bobs that are cluttering up your house and incorporate them into a one-of-a-kind hanging flower pot design. Or think outside the planter and turn your flower pots into something else entirely.
Do-It-Yourself Pot Hanger
Convert any terra cotta pot into a hanging flower pot using some leftover twine or clothesline. First, tie some cord around the pot just underneath the place where the rim widens out. Then, cut two lengths of cord equal to twice the desired distance from the pot to the hook from which it will hang. Tie the ends of these pieces to the loop so that the four knots are evenly spaced. If the pot is fairly heavy, leave a long tail after each knot and tie the four tails together below the pot for extra support. Set the flower pot inside the loop. The two lengths of cord you tied onto the loop will resemble grocery bag handles; use these handles to hang the pot.
Upgrade this basic utilitarian design by stringing beads, braiding the cords or painting the outside of the pot. Pass the cord "handles" through an old key chain, napkin ring or bracelet before hanging up the pot. Hang tinsel from the support loop. Any disused household object can be put to new use decorating your hanging pot.
Macrame, the art of decorative knot work, lends itself perfectly to making flower pot hangers. In addition to being more attractive than a single length of clothesline, a macrame cord is stronger as well. Find free plant hanger patterns on the website Free-Macrame-Patterns.com. If you're new to macrame, this website will teach you the basics.
This craft idea from DLTK's Growing Together is ideal for small children with an adult's help and supervision. Cut a Styrofoam cup in half lengthwise so that the base of the cup is now a half-circle. Paint this and a large paper plate in bright colors. After the paint dries, glue the half-cup to the plate. Punch a hole through the plate above the top of the cup and tie a ribbon through it so you can hang your creation on the wall. Fill the cup with green tissue paper or "Easter grass" and top off with a silk flower or a paper daisy on a pipe-cleaner stem.
If you want live plants in your wall hanging flower pot, line the cup compartment with a waterproof plastic bag cut to size. Put a few tablespoons gravel at the bottom of the bag and fill up with potting soil.
Hang a terra cotta flower pot upside down, paint it and glue on household odds and ends to create any seasonal character you can think of. The pot itself will be the figure's body, and a wooden or Styrofoam ball attached to the pot's base will be the head. For example, make a snowman by attaching two twigs for arms and a wide ribbon for a scarf. A red sock and an unraveled cotton ball becomes Santa's hat and bead. Glue holly leaves or pine needles to the top and hang wind-chime pipes below, and you've got a Christmas bell.