Copper Pipe Hanging Planter (Cute + Easy!)

(easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) I’m not a marathon runner (although if I was stranded and told there was a pizza parlor exactly 26 miles away, I may suddenly become one), but I’ve heard stories about how you reach a mental block when you are at certain points in the race and you have to use all your energy to keep pushing through to the finish line. We have a few rooms left in the studio that have been so close to being done for a few months now, but other projects and deadlines popped up, and it was starting to feel like those rooms would remain unfinished forever. However, I’ve felt a recent determination to dive back in and give those special spaces the treatment they deserve. One of the items on the list was a hanging planter for the dining room. I wanted to complement Josh’s beautiful copper table and the rug we adore underneath by using some pink and yellow with a copper touch. What I eventually decided on was an easy hanging planter feature that is just what the space needed. 

(easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
1/2″ copper pipe + end caps
-curtain rod brackets
-colored paracord (like this)
-small succulents in pots
-copper spray paint (this is our favorite)

First, determine where you want to install your hanging planter and measure how long you want the copper rod to be (mine is 3′). You can purchase and have them cut your copper pipe to size at your local home improvement store (and they should have end caps to match as well), or you can order your own and use a pipe cutter. Make sure that whatever curtain rod brackets you buy can fit a 1/2″ pipe in the bracket opening. Place the end caps on your copper pipe, use some copper spray paint to paint your brackets (if they aren’t already copper), and you’re ready for install!

(easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) Since the planter will be holding several plants, either use wall anchors when installing your brackets (most brackets will include some with the hardware), or use a stud finder to screw your brackets into a stud for more support. The studio dining room has really crumbly plaster walls, so it was a two-man job to make sure we were hitting a solid wooden stud (thanks, Josh!).

(easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) Once your brackets are in place, you can complete your macrame rope planters to hang on your pipe. It looks best to do an odd number, so I would suggest doing either three or five planters with alternating lengths. If you are intimidated by the idea of making macrame planters, don’t be! I love Elise’s easy rope planter tutorial for this type of project. I used her tutorial last year to make some planters for my backyard, and even though it was the first time I ever tried macrame, I was surprised at how easy it really was. Once you get the hang of the first one, you can complete the rest pretty quickly. You can see she did three to four rows of knots for her tall planters, but I only needed two since my pots are pretty small. Once you get the idea, you can mix it up by using different amounts of strands and knots to get a bit of a different look. Also, there are lots of tutorials for these online, so feel free to look around and see if there’s another style you like better.

Once you have all your rope planters completed, slip the pipe through all the top loops, add your plants into the rope planters, and place the pipe onto the mounted brackets. That’s it!

(easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) (easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) (easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) (easy + cute!) copper pipe hanging planter (click through for tutorial) There’s just something about little succulents paired with bright colors that makes me so happy. And hanging planters are the best because I just imagine that the plants are having so much more fun than if they are just on the ground. It’s like living in a treehouse or a giant swing—way more fun, right?

And if you’re wondering about the vintage-inspired copper letters for the sign above the plants, I’ll have a DIY tutorial on those coming up soon (spoiler alert—they are really easy!). Anyways, I was so pleased with this planter and with how quickly it all came together. Cute planters are great, but easy + cute wins every time… xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • The pink & yellow caught my eye! This is such a cool idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Yes! I linked an easy tutorial for rope planters in the steps 🙂


  • Did you make the plant holders too?? I’d love to know how to make those.

  • I remember you had another diy with copper pipe and it also looked so chic! Thanks for showing us what we can do with it 🙂

  • How fun! This looks amazing, so effective. Great work Laura (and josh hehe)
    Bec x

  • These are adorable. Also, I can’t wait to see how you made that sign!


  • I am desperate to know about those copper letters!
    The Accidental Mama

  • I’m so excited that the Grow Up letters will get a tutorial too! Can’t wait to see that!

  • This looks great…copper pipe installation is so easy…fun project!


  • These are ADORABLE! And I understand, our whole apartment feels just on the edge of finished;) We’re never totally there, and when we get close, I get the itch to change something else! Great job, these little planters are a pop and a joy!

  • Thanks for the inspiration. Y’all are so talented!

  • SO cute! What a fun way to decorate the wall! Love the pops of color too!

  • I love it! What a fantastic way to bring life a color to a spot on the wall. I love the pop of color too! Beautiful!!


  • This is such a cute idea! I’d love it in my flat x
    eleanor’s adventures in wonderland

  • I adore the neon ropes paired with the vintage copper. Love the words you chose, so sweet. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

    Warm Regards,

  • I love this idea! I have to admit, most of the ideas here are way too advanced for me as far as DIY skills go, but this one is so clever I have to try it! I think I can pull this off in my apartment? Not sure but what a great space saver.


    Laurali Star

  • I love this! Such a cute but simple idea. Btw I recently tried making your Strawberry Poppyseed Pie & it was a complete success! So good, thank you for the recipe!

  • SO cute!! I love that you used bright pink and yellow

    xo, erica

  • Thanks for the inspiration! I’m now looking at my own blank wall…

  • So pretty and creative! I love the copper letters, very clever ;).


  • I actually just bought the brackets at Lowes (where I got the pipe), but they seem pretty sturdy! Although, the plants are relatively small, so I think that helps 🙂

    Laura 🙂

  • This might be my favourite plant project you guys have done so far! It’s beautiful!

  • Those are so cute! You guys are really turning me on to hanging plants!

  • Love this! I think it would look great outside as well–maybe like Amanda said, with some herbs. I’m impressed that those (Ikea?) brackets can hold that much weight!

  • What a lovely touch! It’s so unique, I don’t think I would ever have thought of this. The plants have a lovely contrast to the copper pipe. It looks great! If I ever find myself with something like this in my home, I’ll definitely be thinking of adding hanging baskets.

    Joanne |

  • Think I need this in my kitchen for hanging the herbs in. Such a space saver!

  • What a nice and easy idea.
    I love it!

    Greetings & LOve

  • Can’t wait for that copper letters tutorial. Now I’m trying to figure out what else I can do with this copper pipe besides hanging plants, options are endless I’m sure.

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