Recently Josh installed these fun wood walls in our dining room (don't worry—we'll be posting more about that soon). I'm in love with the look and the way it warms up our space. Now I'm on the hunt for a little more decor to finish it off. White hanging planters felt like an obvious choice because I love plants, and the dark wood looks really pretty with the white planters as an accent.
I decided to make my own, and I'm glad I did because it was really easy. Each planter took me less than an hour to make (not counting the spray painting, I guess) and cost between $10 and $20... niceee!
-rope (I just used our leftovers from this project)
-3 plastic planters (I used 4" and 6" sizes)
*A quick note about the planters. Be sure to choose plastic planters with built-in drainage on the bottom (meaning they are intended for indoor use and will not spill water on the floor when you water your plants). I found my planters at Target in the gardening section. They were gray (and I was set on white), so I spray painted them.
Step One: Use your Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in your planters, equally spaced on opposite sides. Since my rope was a little thicker, I punched four times to create a larger hole. You can see here that my hole isn't perfectly shaped, but don't worry, your rope will cover that.
Step Two: Cut a piece of rope a foot or two longer than what you think you will need (I used 10 feet for my 4" planters and 13 feet for my 6" planters). Fold it in half and tie a knot in the middle.
Step Three: Next you will start the process of attaching your three planters. If you are unsure about how much rope to leave between each planter, see the two I made below to use as guides. String the rope through the inside of each planter, and secure with a knot on the outside. After each set of two knots, hold up your planter by the knot at the top to make sure they are not lopsided. It takes a little adjusting, but if you check after each set of knots, you'll get it all put together quickly!
Step Four: After you have tied off the bottom on your rope, use tape to secure the ends of the rope before cutting it. Some ropes fray more than others. Use white or clear tape if you don't like the pop of color.
A small but important detail! Be sure that your soil line is lower than the holes for your rope. If the soil is too high, water will spill out from the holes when you water. I learned this the hard way. Ooops. It was an easy enough fix, though; all I had to do was remove a little soil from the bottom of the pot.
I'm so happy with these! I'm considering replacing a few of my porch planters with these three-tier planters this year. I had fun fixing up our porch last year, and I'm ready for phase two. This year I have something a little more colorful in mind.
I don't think I told you guys this yet, but we decided to forgo our garden this year and put ALL our energy into unfinished house projects. I hope that will translate to lots more posts too. I'm excited to share the progress as we go! xo. Elsie
P.S. I hope you are more careful with your cactus potting than I was—ouchhhh!!!
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Imogen and Norma from The Folk Collection.