I don’t know exactly what it is, but there’s something about hanging planters that can be so special (and a bit magical). Maybe it’s because you normally see those types of plants stuck on the ground, so when they are floating in midair, it’s like, “Dang plants, you’re up so high!” I can’t help but feel excited for them. Since hanging planters can get pretty expensive, I thought I’d come up with a cost-effective way to make a group of hanging planters (and it’s super easy too!)
-plastic fishbowls (I used both a 1 gallon and a 1.5 gallon size)
-eye bolts (you can use almost any size, but I used a 1/4″ x 2″ eye bolt)
-large washer that will fit over the eye bolt
-thin, metal chain to hang the planter on
-small succulents or other plants
Step One: Measure two inches from the opening of the bowl and mark the spot with a pen. Use your drill to drill a hole on your mark (you’ll want to choose a drill bit that is the same size as your eye bolt).
Step Two: Put your eye bolt through the hole and screw the washer first and then the bolt on the other side.
Step Three: Fill the bottom of your planter with two inches of soil and place your plants into the soil (you can also add an inch or so of small rocks before the soil to help the water drain better). Add more soil as needed and pat down lightly.
Step Four: Attach the “S” hook to your eye bolt and hang your planter onto the end of your chain. Follow the instructions for your ceiling hooks and attach the hooks to the ceiling in your desired spot. Hang your planter chain onto the hook and you’re done!
Note: Depending on your chain, you may or may not be able to shorten the chain yourself. If it’s thin enough, you can use pliers or a phillips-head screwdriver to open the chain at either end to hook onto your ceiling hook and screw eye (you won’t need the “S” hook if you can do that). If it’s too thick to bend open yourself, you’ll have to have it cut to the right length when you buy the chain and use an “S” hook to connect the two.
I’m really proud of how these little guys turned out. They look super clean and modern, and I love that they remind me of the clear bubble chairs that I’ve always had my eye on. So what are you waiting for? Put some of your plants up high and see how they like it! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella and Piper of the Signature Collection.