This specific project came to me after seeing a photo of a mid-century log holder. I was in the shower and suddenly I realized how easy it would be to make a set of hanging planters in a similar silhouette! I tell you, shower time is sacred!
The beauty of this project is you can make a tiny little hanging planter or a window full of giant ones and each one is so quick to put together. I finished each of my last two in about 10 minutes!
I styled them as a trio in my studio and love the extra desk space it freed up. You could easily hang one of the medium or small sizes on a wall hook as well. When choosing plants to showcase, keep in mind you’ll want some that are dramatic but that also allow plenty of room to see the silhouette of the planter.
I tried a basket of cascading ivy on the largest one, but the hoops got lost in the vines. These are perfect for larger air plants or trailing succulents because you don’t have to take them down for watering as often.
-two 6″ gold hoops
-two 10″ gold hoops
-two 14″ gold hoops
-scraps of pine wood measuring about 1/2″ x 2″ x 2″, 1/2″ x 3″ x 3, and 3/4″ x 3″ x 5″
-hand saw (if cutting down scrap wood)
–#212 screw eye hooks (4 per planter)
–5 yards of 6mm cotton cord
-electrical or duct tape (not shown)
-canvas or leather gloves (optional)
Add two screw eyes to opposite sides of each piece of wood so that they are about 1/2″ from each end. You’ll want to angle them so that they’ll easily slide over your gold plated rings.
Next, find the seam of your rings and gently push it against something until you hear it give a little. You don’t want to bend your hoops out of shape but you do need to apply gentle pressure in both ways until it snaps. Using gloves will ensure you don’t accidentally cut yourself.
Slip matching rings through your screw eyes so that the seams of your hoops meet up at the top.
Wrap each broken seam in electrical tape just to bring the seams back together. You don’t want to wrap it too many times or it will be too thick. Repeat with the second hoop.
Cut about 2 yards of cotton rope for each planter (or more if you’re hanging them pretty high) and tie a knot about 1″ to one side of your electrical tape. One end of your rope should be about 2′ longer than the other.
Take the longer end and wrap it tightly around both hoops until you reach about 1″ past the other side of the electrical tape and tie another knot.
Then wrap each end under and back up through the two hoops and pull as tightly as you can. This will ensure your wraps stay taut.
Bring your rope ends together and tie another knot in the center as shown. Measure how high you want your planter to hang and then tie another loop knot at the other end. Trim your ends.
Once you’ve found the perfect place to hang them, either together or separately, you’ll just need to swap out a few plants in small planters to see which one you like best.
Enjoy these sculptural, mid-century inspired planters in a sunny space or stick a few faux succulents up there if you’re using them in a room with low natural light. We won’t tell if you won’t. –Rachel