Learn how to make a DIY hanging planter out of wood and rope!
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:
- (1) 1×8 @ 4ft (we used white oak)
- Wood Glue
- 1 1/4″ Brad nails
- Rope (rated for 25 lbs +)
- Heavy Duty Ceiling Hook
- 6″ plastic pot
- Brad Nailer
- Miter Saw
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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″
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.
Then we clamped the board down and drilled the two holes using a 5/16″ drill bit.
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.
Repeat this process for the other 7 1/4″ board.
And then attach the two 8 3/4″ boards with the holes to finish the planter box build.
4. Apply stain or polyurethane to the DIY hanging wood planter
Now your DIY hanging planter is built!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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