Hi friends! I’ve been MIA for a month and I sincerely apologize to any of you that have been checking the blog for posts. I’m back today and I’m here to share an easy tutorial on how you can turn any pot into a DIY hanging planter. The past month has been insane for me. I got promoted at my day job which is wonderful except that I’ve been having to do two jobs, at least until they get a backfill for my previous role. I also participated in inktober and the instagram builder’s challenge this past month (check out my instagram to see each of these challenges). So October can be described with one word for me…exhausting!
This DIY hanging planter is one of my favorites craft projects to date. I saw a cute hanging planter at the store and wanted to buy it until I saw the price tag. Then my husband suggested that we just make one. I didn’t know that there was an easy way to drill a clean hole into a ceramic pot but he assured me that the rotozip would do a fantastic job. Spoiler alert…he was right!
For this project you need just a few materials which are all listed below. Note that the only link that I could find for the bit is for a two pack. They are pricey so I would suggest that you buy a single bit from your local hardware store.
Ceramic pot of your choice
Rotozip bit (for floor tile & counter tops)
I went with a live plant for this DIY hanging planter but when that dies (and I mean WHEN), I’ll probably just replace it with a fake plant.
Step 1 – Mark your hole locations
Before you start drilling, mark the locations for your holes. I went with three equally spaced holes with my pot because it was pretty small. If you have a larger pot you may want to use four holes.
Step 2 – Drill your holes
Be sure to drill your holes large enough so that the rope fits through the openings. I used a 3/8″ bit and some coconut husk rope. When drilling the holes work the bit around in a circular motion as you move through the ceramic material.
*FYI, if you think that hand looks manly, it’s because this is my husband and not me in the picture. I was just the photographer for this step 😉
Step 3 – Cut your rope to the desired length
For this step I folded over two longer pieces of rope to get four equal length pieces that were the desired height.
Since I only needed 3 of the rope pieces to fit into the holes I used the fourth to tie a knot around the top and keep the other three together.
Step 4 – Feed the rope through the holes and tie knots
Feed three of the four ropes (not the one you used to tie the knot) into the three holes that you drilled and tie knots that are bulky enough to keep the rope from pulling through the holes.
Step 5 – Cut off the excess rope and seal with hot glue
Cut off the excess rope at each of the three holes and at the top where you tied a knot. Then, apply hot glue to each of the knots to make sure that they don’t come untied later.
Step 6 – Add your plant
Add a plant to the pot. I went with a cactus/succulent to keep the overall weight down since the soil will never need to be very saturated. A heavier plant would be fine too but just be sure that you have the proper rope and ceiling hanger to support the weight.
Step 7 – Hang the DIY Planter
For the last step, install a ceiling hanger to hang the DIY planter from. I used a simple hook that I purchased at Lowes. Here is a similar one from Amazon.
Here is what it looks like hung up in my dining room.
You may recognize a few of my other DIY tutorials in the picture above. You can find a tutorial for the Ikea forhoja kitchen cart hack and a simple faux terrarium that you see on the right of the bottom wall shelf on the site.
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I hope everyone has a great week and settles into daylight savings time better than I have been adjusting 😉 I’ll be back next week with another post. I promise I won’t go a month this time.