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DIY hanging planter from a metal bowl

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.

Hanging wall planter

SIDE NOTE: Some people call this type of hanging planter a macrame plant holder.

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DIY HANGING PLANTER


MATERIALS:

  • metal bowl or glass jar
  • rope
  • spray paint
  • scotch tape
  • plant
  • potting soil for plant

TOOLS:

  • scissors
  • 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.

spray paint metal bowl

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!

supplies to create a hanging planter

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    tape rope to metal bowl for plantertape base of hanging planter
  4. 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.
    tie knots of plant hanger
  5. 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.
    create hanging plant with rope
    • 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.
  6. 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!
    macrame plant holder
  7. 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.
    tie top knot for plant hanger
  8. 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.

hanging planter from 3m command hooks

Because it always helps to have a video of the process, here is a link to my video.

https://youtu.be/o_8QMrrwBTQ

image that links to youtube video on hanging planter in metal bowl

And that’s how easy it is to create your hanging planter. Now, you just have to remember to water it!

hanging macrame planter

Or you will love these other home decor projects of ours:

Yield: one hanging planter

DIY Hanging Planter

hanging planter from 3m command hooks

Decorate your home with a DIY hanging planter. These planters are very easy to make. All you need is a metal bowl, rope, and spray paint.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • metal bowl or glass jar
  • rope
  • spray paint
  • scotch tape
  • plant
  • potting soil for plant

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Spray paint the bowl for the hanging planter with spray paint. spray paint metal bowl
  2. Measure four equal lengths of rope, group them into pairs and find the middle of each pair. Then tape one group onto the center of the bottom of the bowl. tape rope to metal bowl for planter
  3. Then tape the other pair of rope onto the bottom of the bowl in an "x".tape base of hanging planter
  4. Tie a knot on each pair of rope at the edge of the bowl.tie knots of plant hanger
  5. 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 knots in place.create hanging plant with rope
  6. Repeat the same process of tying knots until you are at the rim of the bowl.macrame plant holder
  7. Turn the bowl over and hold all the rope ends in one hand. Tie a knot at the top of the ropes at the length you want to hang the bowl.tie top knot for plant hanger
  8. Insert your plant into the bowl and hang your bowl. Be sure that the bowl hangs evenly before trimming the ends of the rope.hanging planter from 3m command hooks
DIY hanging planters

16 Comments

  1. These are so cute! I love the way you did the macrame. I have not seen it done that way before, but it seems like it would be easier to keep your knots even, so I will have to try it out!

    1. Thanks, Cherryl! I also love the macrame, it’s so simple!

  2. These are so cute! What a great upcycle project!

    1. Thank you, Lia!

  3. Such a cute idea! These would make great gifts for new homeowners!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! They would make a fantastic gift, I am going to have to keep that in mind.

  4. I love your diy planters and they look easy to create.. How clever to use the bowls for pots.

    1. Thanks, Sherry!

  5. Love the hanging planters!!! Such a great idea to upcycle bowls!!! Great job!!

    1. Thank you, Christine!

  6. I would never guessed your planters are metal bowls! You did a fabulous job. Definitely one I want to mimic.

    1. Thanks, Meegan!

  7. Greenery is always so nice to have and these plant holders are so stylish.

    1. Thanks, Jenny!

  8. I love this! I’m not very good with plants but I would definitely try this project!

    1. Thank you, Marty! I am not very good with plants either but these would work great for fake plants too!

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