How to Make a Hanging Window Planter

Take your #plantladygoals to new heights with a DIY vertical planter that doubles as oversized wall art.

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

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Bring the garden inside with a DIY vertical planter that doubles as oversized wall art.

What You'll Need

  • (6) 9" galvanized metal French buckets
  • (6) low-maintenance house plants
  • potting soil
  • quart of interior paint
  • 12' gold chandelier chain
  • gold metallic spray paint
  • (2) 1x8 x 3’ poplar boards
  • 3' wooden dowel, 1" diameter
  • (12) large solid brass screw eyes
  • (2) small solid brass screw eyes
  • (2) 1" cup hooks
  • (2) 2" brass rings
  • router
  • drill with 3/8” all-purpose bit
  • paintbrush
  • 120-grit sanding block
  • needle nose pliers

Cut Out Circles on Boards

Turn the pots upside down and place them on the boards equally spaced apart and centered. Trace with a pencil (Image 1). Use a router and circle guide to make holes about 1/4-inch inside your trace lines (Image 2). Once cut, sand the edges (Image 3).

Paint Wood

Paint both boards and dowel with interior paint. Let dry.

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Prep Galvanized Buckets

Spray two coats of gold metallic spray paint on buckets both inside and out. Let dry. Flip buckets over and drill drainage holes.

Add Eye Screws

Place large eye screws 2 inches in from the corners on both the top and bottom side of one board. Then add the screws to corners of the top side only on the other board. This will be the bottom board. Add small eye screws 6 inches in from each end of the dowel.

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Chain Boards & Dowel Together

Using pliers, separate chain links to create eight 16-inch pieces of chain and two 8-inch pieces of chain. Attach 16-inch pieces to all corner eye screws, connecting the two boards together (Image 1). Slide a 2-inch ring just past the small eye screws on each end of the dowel, securing the rings in place. Attach the remaining four 16-inch chains to the bottom of the ring on their respective sides. Finally, attach 8-inch chain to the top of each ring, allowing planter to be hung from ceiling cup hooks (Images 2 & 3).

Plant Buckets

Scoop perlite into each bucket followed by potting soil. Add indoor house plants of your choice. Top off with more potting soil.

Photo by: Shain Rievley

Shain Rievley

Hang Planter

Hang planter from cup hooks in the ceiling and add potted buckets to the holes. Pro tip: place larger house plants on the floor beneath hanging planter to soak up drainage as you water.

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