How to Make a Hanging Seashell Planter

Add budget-friendly, coastal charm to your outdoor space with this easy DIY planter.

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Save your cash, and make your own hanging planter with a little help from your seashell collection. This fun, beachy project is simple enough for even first-time DIYers.

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Add coastal charm to your patio or porch with this easy-to-make planter.

Materials Needed

  • 1 plastic container (the plastic pot your plant came in will work great!)
  • 1 can of white spray paint
  • drill
  • seashells
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • painter's tape
  • sturdy rope

Prepare & Spray Paint Container

If you’re using the plastic pot your plant came in, be sure to first remove the plant and wipe off the exterior of the container. Spray paint the exterior of your container white.

Drill Holes

Drill three equally spaced holes just under the top rim of your container. This is how you’ll later hang your planter with rope. If your container doesn’t have drain holes in the bottom, add those now, too.

Attach Seashells

Start by applying a small line of hot glue around the top rim of the container, and attach small seashells one at a time until the entire rim is lined with shells. Work your way down the container one row at a time. Make sure to leave your drilled holes completely open. As you go, fill in any gaps with small shells, leaving no plastic visible.

Cut and Prepare Rope

Determine how high you’d like your planter to hang, and measure a piece of rope accordingly. Add in some extra rope length for the two knots you’ll tie.  Measure out two more pieces of rope at the same length, and cut all three. Prepare one end of each piece of rope by wrapping it tightly with painter’s tape and pinching the tip into a point. This will prevent fraying and help the rope slide easily though your drilled holes — think of the end of a shoestring.

Attach Rope

Now, simply thread each piece of rope through each hole, and tie knots on the interior of the planter to secure them. Cut off any excess rope inside the planter. Join the three ropes together at the top with your favorite kind of loop knot.

Fill and Hang

Fill your planter with plant of your choice, and hang it on a sturdy hook.

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