One of my favorite ways to scatter plants throughout the house is to have various sizes and at varying heights—on the floor, on a plant stand, on mantels/shelves, and wall and hanging planters too! I love these gold hanging planters that I made out of bowls last year, but I wanted something a little smaller to hang next to a print in our living room. A leather strap planter seemed like just the thing to take my plant dreams to the sky. So I used some brass hardware and chains to give it a bit more of a glamorous look, and it turned out to be just what I needed!
-leather or faux leather (I got mine from a local leather store, so see what's in your area or look online.)
–brass chicago screws
-planter (I used the smaller one from this planter set.)
–rotary cutter, cutting mat, and metal ruler (you can also use fabric scissors)
–crop-a-dile or leather hole punch (should be able to punch the size hole of your chicago screw)
–brass chain or rope (check your local hardware store)
–gold key rings (4 per plant)
–cup hook to hang planter from (also use an anchor if hanging a large or heavy plant)
First you'll want to measure your planter to see how long a strap needs to be to go down the side, under, and up the other side of your planter. Add 6" to this length so you have enough room on each end to make the loops for hanging your planter. Use a rotary cutter, metal ruler, and cutting mat (or fabric scissors) to cut two 1" sections of leather your needed length.
Fold down both ends of each strap 1 1/2" and punch a hole 1/2" from the end of your strap (the hole should go through both layers of leather). Use a chicago screw to attach your folded leather ends together.
Measure up from the bottom middle of your planter where you want the horizontal loop to sit on your planter. Punch a hole through the middle of each strap and layer the straps on top of each other and secure with a chicago screw so they make an "X" pattern. Use the measurement from the bottom middle of the planter to mark 4 holes the same distance from the middle of your "X" (so one on each strap). Punch the holes with your hole punch.
Measure loosely the circumference around your planter, add 1" of length for a bit of overlap, and cut another 1" strap this length. Overlap one end 1" onto the other end and punch a hole through both layers. Measure and punch 3 more holes in this strap loop so you end up with 4 evenly spaced holes.
I love using draping plants (like a banana plant succulent) for hanging planters, and this one looks so pretty with the pale pink leather and gold accents and is a great compliment to the DIY skinny plant stand under it! Variety is the spice of life, and I really do think it's also the secret to having a balanced and varied plant collection as well. So if you're ready to take your plants to the sky, then I hope this DIY is just what you need as well! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.