DIY Hanging Planter

We have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks getting our baby nursery ready to roll. From the very beginning, we always planned to have our nursery flooded with natural light and of course beautiful indoor plants. What better way to ensure our little one has the cleanest, purest air possible than to fill her space with indoor plants that specialize in just that.

After tucking a few plants around the room, we knew we had to go vertical. Most of all, we knew that a DIY hanging planter would be in the works. I started planning a way to retrofit a bowl into a planter when I came across this hanging planter from A Beautiful Mess.  They use a really cool hammered gold bowl, and I knew it would be perfect for our planters. Metal is light yet durable, and seemed like the perfect material for what Kristyn and I were going for. They just needed a little white spray paint to give it more of the look we were going for and the right hardware to bring it all together.



metal bowls
(go with an odd number. We used 2 small bowls and 1 large bowl)
white chain – about 15′
(most hardware stores sell various types of chain by the foot)
zinc ring
small piece of sandpaper
white spray paint (for use on metal)
swag light hook

trailing houseplants
well draining potting soil
perlite (optional)


drill and drill bits
needlenose pliers

diy hanging planter supplies

How to make a hanging planter

Start off by drilling 3 holes in the bowl where the chains will attach. Measure the rim of the bowl and mark the 3 hole locations. Space the holes evenly around the rim keeping them about ½” off the edge of the rim. I used a 1/8” bit that was slightly bigger than the s-hooks. To make this easier, I flipped the bowl upside down pressing it down as I drilled the holes. After the first hole is drilled, use an s-hook to check that you can thread it through the hole easily.

After all of the holes are drilled, I lightly sanded down the sharp metal pieces around the holes to keep me from accidentally cutting myself. Once the bowls are prepped, spread everything out and give the bowls, s-hooks, and rings a nice even coat of spray paint. After letting the first side thoroughly dry, flip everything over and spray paint the other side.

diy hanging planter - painting

While everything is drying, start getting the chain split into the lengths you need. Use the pliers to bend the chain open at the locations you want. Begin with splitting off the 3 pieces that connect the bowl to the single ring. For each of our hanging planters, we used 12” long pieces of chain there.


Attach the 3 pieces of chain to the ring by bending open the chain link, looping it over the ring, and closing the chain link back tight again.

diy hanging planter - chain layout

Attach one s-hook to the end of each chain and clamp it tight with pliers. Slide the opposite end of the s-hooks through the holes of the bowl to attach the chain. Hold up the ring and attached chains as you attach to the s-hooks to make sure that the chain isn’t getting twisted. Clamp each s-hook tight to the bowl.


While the planters are empty, we held all of them up in the window to decide on the heights and locations that we liked. This will really determine the right length for the chain section that runs between the ring and the ceiling hook. Mark your hook locations in the ceiling while you are doing this. Go ahead and separate the chain for this section once you figure out the lengths. We made our 3 chains for this section 12″, 16″ and 22″. Attach the chain to the ring by bending the chain link open, looping the ring, and closing it just as before.

Before you get started planting, go ahead and install the ceiling hooks where you previously marked. I drilled a very small pilot hole to help get the hook threaded a little easier. The planters are ready to plant when all of the chains are attached. Gently pull the chains around the planter, and sit them aside out of your way. Gather up the plants, soil, and perlite.


Some plants like better drainage than others. For these guys I spread a ½” layer of perlite in the bottoms of the planters since there is no drain hole. Gently packing the perlite down as I go. Though these are some tough plants (english ivy and pothos) I still want to play it safe.

Spread a layer of potting soil over the perlite enough to completely cover it. Then, take the plant and position it how you want as you continue to add potting soil up to a level just below the holes on the sides. Gently pack this soil down to keep the plants secured until they take root.

planting a hanging planter

Once the plants are all in, give them a gentle watering. (Be very careful not to over water these since there is no drainage hole.) Then, hang the planters up and enjoy.

diy hanging planter for a baby nursery

We are loving how our baby nursery is coming together. This DIY hanging planter is going to add a nice pop of green in a corner that definitely needs it. It’s like adding a living curtain. I have a feeling that we are going to be enjoying these hanging planters for years to come. We have more projects in the works as we get everything exactly as we want for our little one and can’t wait to get started on the next DIY. It’s safe to say nesting is in full swing around these parts.

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  • Reply
    Richard Carbsugh
    August 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Love it!!!

  • Reply
    Lacey Hoyer
    August 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

    So cute!

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      August 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks! We love them and might just have to make some more.


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