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How to Make a Hanging Flower Pot

By Deborah Stephenson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Hanging flowerpots are so pretty to look at and they make caring for flowers easy, but they can be rather expensive to purchase. However, you do not have to break the bank to have your own supply of hanging pots--make your own pots cheaply from bowls, regular flowerpots or recycled, 5-gallon buckets and a bit of ingenuity. Look around for containers, gather a few simple tools and get started!

Measure the top of the bowl or bucket (or whichever round container you want to make into a hanging pot).

Divide the resulting number by three, and use that number to measure three holes of equal distance from one another on the rim. (Example: If your pot is 30 inches around the top, then each hole will be 10 inches from the next.) Mark each with a permanent marker.

Drill holes at the marked points with a small drill bit (1/8 inch to 3/16 inch should be perfect).

Cut to the desired length three pieces of wire or sturdy nylon string. These pieces should be long enough to twist or tie together at the top and should give plenty of space for the growing plant between them. (Three pieces, 24 inches long, should be sufficient.)

Thread one piece of wire or string from the bottom side, up through each hole. Secure the ends by tying the string into a large knot that will not slip through the hole or by bending the wire around itself where it emerges on the top of the hole.

Bring all of the ends together, and tie or twist to secure them. Make sure your pot is level by placing it on the ground and pulling all tree cords or wires up evenly before fastening them together.

Fill with soil (to which water-retaining crystals have been added, if desired); add plants.

Hang the pot from an ā€œSā€ hook through the joined strings or wires.


Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape (flexible--preferably cloth)
  • Bowl, pot or bucket
  • Permanent marker
  • Drill bit--1/8 to 3/16 inch
  • Drill
  • Three pieces of wire or nylon string of the same length
  • "S" hook
  • Soil
  • Plants


  • Large pots or buckets filled with dirt can be extremely heavy, so use rope, cable or three-ply wire (three strands twisted together) to securely tie them before hanging. In addition to pre-drilled holes, a final wrap of the same material under the rim and connected to all three hangers will give added strength.
  • Five-gallon buckets are great for utilitarian use in the garden but not so nice for the front porch. Use the handle to hang them from sturdy supports (such as "T" posts used for clotheslines), and plant in them cherry tomatoes, or hanging vines, such as cucumbers.


  • To prevent accidents, always wear goggles and tie back long hair when using power tools such as drills.