When we were kids, we remember happily helping our parents and grandparents do lots of gardening in the summertime months. To this day, it makes us smile to see flourishing gardens full of sunny summer blossoms because it reminds us of those memories. In our home, however, there’s no space for actual flower beds and large garden plots because we live in a townhome full of apartment buildings. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t have houseplants and greenery! We’re huge fans of small planters and pot displays because we can have them on mantles and side tables despite not having a full yard, so we’re always keeping an eye out for new DIY ideas to change up how we display our houseplants every once in a while. Lately, we’ve been feeling mostly hanging planters because they’re unique looking and even more space efficient than other kinds!
Just in case you’re as enamoured with how many different hanging planter designs are possible in the world of DIY as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best ideas and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far.
1. Hoop and macrame plant hanger
In all the time that we’ve been making hanging planters, we’ve always had a soft spot for macrame rope designs, possibly because the techniques used in making them remind us of making knotted friendship bracelets in summer camp. Because our current decor scheme is a little more modern than a lot of macrame designs lend their aesthetic to, however, we’ve been hoping to find a version that’s ever slightly more modern looking than usual, which is why we were so pleased to come across this tutorial from Persia Lou that has a minimalist hoop element in its hanging!
2. Knotted rope and terra cotta pot hanger
Are you actually a big fan of the way traditional terra cotta pots look like but you’d still like to get them up off the surfaces in your apartment, just so save a little bit of space? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Handimania did some of the most basic knot tying you’d find in a macrame project, but with a little more tassel on the bottom. We’re particularly fond of the way they made one of the hangers from coloured sueded to add a little personality to the room!
3. Vertical wooden platform hanger
Do you actually have more than one plant you’d like to mount into a hanging planter, but you’re wondering if there’s a way to keep them even more space efficient that creating two separate planters would let you do? Then we absolutely think you should take a look at how I Heart Nap Time created this rustic chic inspired tiered planter that hangs two wooden platforms vertically. Set one pot one the bottom wood like a shelf and put the higher pot through the whole in the centre of the top wooden piece.
4. Friendship bracelet style hemp macrame hanger
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about macrame inspired hanging planters but the part that you liked most was our mention of knotting style that you’d find in friendship bracelets? Then we have a feeling you’re going to enjoy this tutorial from Farmhouse on Boone very much indeed! They show you how to make a hanger to nestle your planting pot into that’s braided and knotted just like the bracelets we were talking about before.
5. Metallic copper plant hanging stand
Have you actually got a decent hanging planter already because you used to hang it outside on the balcony, but you’re finding that the level of sunlight out there isn’t good for your plant and you’re struggling to find a spot to hang it inside? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how Hometalk made themselves a minimalist looking stand to hang their planters on in a chic looking way so they can stand the planter wherever they have room and floor space.
6. Rounded hanging wooden planter shelf
Were you pretty intrigued by the previous hanging wooden shelf planter we showed you earlier on our list but you’re not sure the tiered set up really appeals to you? Then we think you might actually prefer the way this similar but alternative design from Refreshed Designs is set up instead! Their tutorial guides you step by step through the process of making a singular shelf from a tree stump segment, hanging it flat with strategically with ropes all around the diameter.
7. Kitschy jumbo beads hanger
Is your sense of personal style and interior decor actually a little more kitschy and unconventional than some of the nature inspired and rustic designs we’ve shown you so far? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Crafted Sparrow made the same kind of suspended hanger you’d seen before, but with spherical wooden beads strung all along their rope instead of knotting it for design.
8. Wooden hook wall hanging planter
Are you actually still thinking about where and how you’ll hang your planter now that you’ve got it, regardless of what kind you’ve bought or made, since you’re too limited for space for the free standing hook idea we showed you? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with this DIY wall hook planter idea featured on Shop Pigment! They show you how to affix a metal ring to the top of your hanger and loop it around a wooden wall peg that looks like a coat hanger.
9. Simple knotted yarn hangers
Have you been scrolling through our list and just totally loving the way the rope knotted and macrame options look, but you were hoping to make yours as soon as possible and you don’t have any thick jute string or rope right now? Well, if you’re an avid yarn crafter with a big stash of scrap yarn, then we’ve found the perfect alternative for you! Check out how Take Courage made a solid hanger using yarn, complete with a cute tassel at the very bottom!
10. DIY leather sling hanger
Do you actually have a larger plant that you’d love to get up off the ground and suspend in a hanging planter instead, but you don’t want to re-pot it and you’re worried that the current pot won’t hold in just some knotted rope? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Dream a Little Bigger changed the game a little bit using some scrap faux leather and created a stylish planter hammock instead. It’s a little more steady than what you’ve seen so far and it looks awesome as well.
11. Easy rope wrapped and woven pop bottle hangers
If you’re going to go to all the trouble of making yourself a hanging planter from scratch, would you rather also make it an opportunity to upcycle something and give it a new lease on life? In that case, we think this awesome repurposed pop bottle planter featured step by step on A Charming Project might be a little more up your alley! We love the way they give you several options for wrapping your pop bottle creatively so it’s not just clear plastic hanging in your apartment.
12. Dip dyed macrame hangers on a branch
Perhaps you’ve actually already made yourselves a whole series of awesome macrame planters that you’re ready to put terra cotta pots in, but you can’t help but wonder whether there might be an even better way to display them and maybe even add some colour? Then we think you simply must take a look at how Design Rulz not only added a little colour to their macrame by doing some bright dip dying, but also made the arrangement look a little more creative by hanging them all along a horizontal branch.
13. Geometric air plant hangers
Are you looking for something a little bit more modern or minimalist looking but the only plants you need displays for are a little too small for entire plots because they’re awesome low maintenance air plants? Then we literally cannot wait to direct your attention towards these fantastic bent wire and wooden geometric hangers! Homey Oh My guides you step by step through the process of making these for yourself and hanging them properly so the plants have room to hang down stylishly.
14. Horizontal birch hanger
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about hanging planter ideas that involved wooden tiered shelves and horizontal hanging branches but you just haven’t quite seen the idea that’s spoken to you enough to actually make it yet? Then here’s just one more branch based idea for your consideration! Made in A Day teaches you how to make a tied branch hanger with spots drilled down its length for an air plant or succulent to nestle right into.
15. Dip dyed bell cup succulent planters
We’ve already told you all about dip dying the yarn tassels of the macrame pieces you’ve made, but what if we told you that you could add colour in the same way to other parts of your project too? If that sounds great to you, we’d definitely suggest checking out how Style Caster made and dip dyed their handmade bell bowls before nesting them into their macrame hangers in order to display their fantastic succulent collection.
Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY hanging planters that you were very happy with and still have on display to this day, but you don’t actually see anything similar to your creation on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to photos of your finished product in the comments section!