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DIY Hanging Planter

Learn how to make a DIY hanging planter out of wood and rope!

DIY hanging planter with wood and rope by window

This has been a highly requested reader project from several readers and something that I’ve wanted to make too! This wood DIY rope plant hanger is perfect for hanging your indoor plants year round!

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The final size of this DIY hanging wood planter is 7 1/4″ tall x 8 3/4″ wide x 8 3/4″″ deep.

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How to Make a DIY Hanging Planter with Wood:



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1. Make the lumber cuts from the 1×8

Make the following cuts with a miter saw:

  • (3) 7 1/4″
  • (2) 8 3/4″
Make the lumber cuts from the 1x8

Before assembling the DIY hanging planter, line up all of the boards to make sure everything will be a perfect fit. One of the 7 1/4″ boards will be the bottom, the other two will be sides lined up across from each other. The two 8 3/4″ boards will be on the other sides.

2. Drill holes for the handles of the DIY rope plant hanger

We drilled holes through the (2) 8 3/4″ boards for the rope.

First we marked where the holes would go by measuring 2 1/2″ from each side and 1″ from the top and marked with a pencil.

mark holes for rope

Then we clamped the board down and drilled the two holes using a 5/16″ drill bit.

Drill holes for the rope handles

3. Assemble the sides to the base of the DIY plant hanger

Attach one of the 7 1/4″ boards with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to the base board. Use clamps to help hold the wood in place.

Assemble the sides of the planter to the base

Repeat this process for the other 7 1/4″ board.

Assemble the sides of the planter to the base

And then attach the two 8 3/4″ boards with the holes to finish the planter box build.

Assemble the sides of the wooden DIY hanging planter to the base
Assemble the sides of the wooden DIY hanging planter to the base woth nailer
use wood glue to attach wood sides to diy hanging plant holder
use clamp to help attach wood side to diy plant hanger

4. Apply stain or polyurethane to the DIY hanging wood planter

Now your DIY hanging planter is built!

diy plant hanger built out of wood before rope

I love the raw, natural look of the white oak wood we used so we just chose to use a water based polyurethane to enhance the grain and to seal the wood. We used two coats of poly on our DIY hanging wood planter and allowed it to fully dry before proceeding.

adding top coat to diy hanging wood planter

5. Attach your rope handles

We used cotton rope that we had on hand already but I would use a rope that is rated for holding at least 25lbs or more.

First we cut 2 pieces of rope at 60″, which would allow for our planter to hang down about 30″ from our ceiling

Then, we put the rope through the drilled planter holes and secured it together with a strong knot (called an Alpine Butterfly bend knot) on each side.

wood diy hanging planter with ropes

6. Set your plant in place and hang it up

We used a hanging ivy plant inside of a 6″ plastic pot for our hanging planter (which is much lighter than ceramic)

diy hanging plant holder with plastic pot

Finally, we hung the rope handles on the planter from a ceiling hook rated for holding 35 lbs. that we installed into a stud on our ceiling.

Note, I did weigh our wood planter (which was made out of white oak which is a heavier wood) and it was about 6 1/2″ pounds without the plant. Our plant is about 2 1/2″ pounds.

DIY hanging planter with wood and rope
diy hanging wood planter
diy plant hanger

I love how our DIY hanging planter turned out and it brings so much life to our living room corner! What do you think?!

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