A simple tutorial on how to use a metal bowl to create a DIY hanging planter in your home.
Do you want to liven up your home with plants? This can be done 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.
As a side note, welcome to this month’s At Home DIY challenge! Every month there is a different DIY challenge, and this month it’s an “Upcycle It challenge”. After my how-to tutorial, there is a link to other DIY home bloggers projects, so be sure to check those out.
Now back to how to create a DIY hanging planter.
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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 does give it an additional touch. 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 plus inside rim.
SIDE NOTE: I lightly sanded my bowl to give it a rough look.
You want to spray the bowl lightly, so you don’t have 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 AKA: Rope holder
It’s easy to create the macrame holder out of some rope or string, and I am going to share exactly how to create your own.
First, there are different types of hangers, ones with a knot at the bottom or ones without. I will be sharing how to create one without the knot, but please note that if you want the knot, I do share how to do this in the first part of the process.
- Measure four lengths of rope and cut each, so they are plenty long to wrap around the bowl plus extra for hanging above the bowl. You’ll want to account for a little extra for tying knots around the bowl too. If you are tying a knot at the bottom, add a couple of extra inches to each rope for that knot plus 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 at the edge of the bottom of the bowl, there will be four knots total.
- 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 then 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.
- 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 your plant to your bowl and hang the plant from the wall using a hanger. I like to use 3m command hooks, but if you have a larger plant, you will need to secure something 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.
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