A simple tutorial on how to use a metal bowl to create a DIY hanging planter in your home.
It’s fascinating how plants flourish inside our homes even when we sometimes forget to water them.
All they need is a cozy spot near natural light, a bit of watering, occasional trimming, and they will liven up any room in your house.
But if you want to take it a step further, turn these cheerful friends into works of art with macrame plant holders!
You can do this quickly by creating a DIY hanging planter using a metal bowl, rope, and spray paint.
And if you want to save money, reuse a metal/glass bowl or find one at your local thrift store.
SIDE NOTE: Some people call this type of hanging planter a macrame plant holder.
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DIY HANGING PLANTER
- metal bowl or glass jar
- spray paint
- scotch tape
- potting soil for plant
- spray paint accessory
You can print the material list and instructions below.
STEP 1: PAINT THE BOWL
Painting your bowl is completely optional, but it gives it more contrast against the beautiful greenery.
I decided to use Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rustoleum for my planter bowls.
Place your bowl on a cardboard box and lightly spray paint the outside and the inside rim.
SIDE NOTE: Before I painted, I lightly sanded my bowl to give it a distressed look.
You want to spray the bowl lightly to avoid paint drips. And I would recommend at least two coats.
Once the paint has dried, you’re ready to create your hanger from a rope.
STEP 2: CREATE THE MACRAME PLANT HOLDER
It’s easy to create the macrame holder out of rope or string and you can have a little fun with it!
There are different types of plant hangers, and some have a knot at the bottom but others don’t. I will be showing you how to create one without the knot, but if you want the knot, I share how to do this in the first part of the process.
- Measure four lengths of rope and cut each so they are long enough to wrap around the bowl and there is extra for hanging above the bowl. You’ll also want to include more length for tying knots around the bowl. If you are tying a knot at the bottom, add a couple of extra inches to each rope for that knot and cut the ropes in half to give you eight pieces.
- Fold each length in half; this is where they will sit at the bottom of the bowl. If you want a knot, tie all eight lengths together several inches from the ends.
- Next, turn the bowl upside down and separate the ropes into pairs. Place the middle of each length (in a pair) at the center of the bowl. Tape the ropes in place.
- Now, tie a knot at each pair slightly past the edge of the bottom of the bowl. There will be four knots in total. Secure each knot slightly in place by holding it in that spot with one hand while your other hand tightens the knot.
- Next, take one rope from one pair and one rope from the neighboring pair and tie a knot in them, directly between the last knots and halfway up the bowl. Tape the knot in place and repeat this around the bowl, four times.
- SIDE NOTE: Depending on the size of your bowl, you could need additional levels of knots. If you have a large bowl, add more knots the same way as this step.
- Now, repeat the same process of tying knots until you are at the rim of the bowl. Feel free to untie and readjust the knots until you’re happy with how they’re placed but it doesn’t have to be perfect!
- Turn the bowl over and hold all the rope ends in one hand. Tie a knot at the top of the ropes (at wherever length you want to hang the bowl). Be sure that the bowl hangs evenly before trimming the ends of the rope.
- Remove the tape from the bowl and trim the ropes.
Now, add soil and your plant to your bowl and hang the plant from the wall using a sturdy hanger. I like to use 3m command hooks, but if you have a larger plant, you will need to secure something (like a towel or coat hook) to the wall to hold the weight.
Because it always helps to have a video of the process, here is a link to my video.
And that’s how easy it is to create your hanging planter. Now, you just have to remember to water it!
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