DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

Hi friends!  I’ve been MIA for a month and I sincerely apologize to any of you that have been checking the blog for posts.  I’m back today and I’m here to share an easy tutorial on how you can turn any pot into a DIY hanging planter. The past month has been insane for me.  I got promoted at my day job which is wonderful except that I’ve been having to do two jobs, at least until they get a backfill for my previous role.  I also participated in inktober and the instagram builder’s challenge this past month (check out my instagram to see each of these challenges).  So October can be described with one word for me…exhausting!

This DIY hanging planter is one of my favorites craft projects to date.  I saw a cute hanging planter at the store and wanted to buy it until I saw the price tag.  Then my husband suggested that we just make one.  I didn’t know that there was an easy way to drill a clean hole into a ceramic pot but he assured me that the rotozip would do a fantastic job.  Spoiler alert…he was right!

For this project you need just a few materials which are all listed below.  Note that the only link that I could find for the bit is for a two pack.  They are pricey so I would suggest that you buy a single bit from your local hardware store.

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Ceramic pot of your choice


Rotozip bit (for floor tile & counter tops)


Hot Glue

Ceiling Hook


I went with a live plant for this DIY hanging planter but when that dies (and I mean WHEN), I’ll probably just replace it with a fake plant.


Step 1 – Mark your hole locations

Before you start drilling, mark the locations for your holes.  I went with three equally spaced holes with my pot because it was pretty small.  If you have a larger pot you may want to use four holes.

DIY Hanging Planter

Step 2 – Drill your holes

Be sure to drill your holes large enough so that the rope fits through the openings.  I used a 3/8″ bit and some coconut husk rope. When drilling the holes work the bit around in a circular motion as you move through the ceramic material.

DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

*FYI, if you think that hand looks manly, it’s because this is my husband and not me in the picture.  I was just the photographer for this step 😉

DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

Step 3 – Cut your rope to the desired length

For this step I folded over two longer pieces of rope to get four equal length pieces that were the desired height.


DIY Hanging Planter

Since I only needed 3 of the rope pieces to fit into the holes I used the fourth to tie a knot around the top and keep the other three together.

Step 4 – Feed the rope through the holes and tie knots

Feed three of the four ropes (not the one you used to tie the knot) into the three holes that you drilled and tie knots that are bulky enough to keep the rope from pulling through the holes.

DIY Hanging Planter

Step 5 – Cut off the excess rope and seal with hot glue

Cut off the excess rope at each of the three holes and at the top where you tied a knot.  Then, apply hot glue to each of the knots to make sure that they don’t come untied later.

Step 6 – Add your plant

Add a plant to the pot.  I went with a cactus/succulent to keep the overall weight down since the soil will never need to be very saturated.  A heavier plant would be fine too but just be sure that you have the proper rope and ceiling hanger to support the weight.

Step 7 – Hang the DIY Planter

For the last step, install a ceiling hanger to hang the DIY planter from.  I used a simple hook that I purchased at Lowes.  Here is a similar one from Amazon.

Here is what it looks like hung up in my dining room.

DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

DIY Hanging Planter

You may recognize a few of my other DIY tutorials in the picture above.  You can find a tutorial for the Ikea forhoja kitchen cart hack and a simple faux terrarium that you see on the right of the bottom wall shelf on the site.

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DIY Hanging Planter

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I hope everyone has a great week and settles into daylight savings time better than I have been adjusting 😉 I’ll be back next week with another post.  I promise I won’t go a month this time.

<3 Hannah


  1. This was much more straight forward then i thought this would be! You should make 2 more hanging at different lengths for that corner!

    1. You read my mind. I started with one because I thought it would be more difficult but it was super easy. I think I’ll add at least one more to fill in that corner some more.

  2. This looks amazing! I would love something like this! A great way to add some plants indoors as well! I also participated in Inktober and loved it. I love to draw and really enjoyed the “mostly” every day practice! Now I am trying to do the Non-fiction version of NaNoWriMo.

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!



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