Easy Hanging Planter DIY

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Sometimes when you move from one space to another, you realize how much (or how little) you really have of something. I don’t know if it’s because our new house is a very different shape than the last one (long, narrow ranch instead of open concept), but I definitely have more plant stands than places to put them in the house. I’ve got the “plants-on-the-ground” base covered for sure, so I’ve been able to turn my attention to hanging planters instead. As much as I adore the fishbowl planters that I had up in our last house, I wanted to find another easy solution for hanging plants that would look a little different for this new space. Elsie has these really cute brass bowl-type hanging planters at her house, and when I saw these hammered gold bowls, I thought they would be just the thing to use for a DIY version.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-3 metal bowls (like this or these)
metal drill bits
1/8″ quick links (9)
brass plated chain
screw hook (3)
-gold spray paint
-needle nose pliers

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Use your metal drill bit to drill 3 evenly spaced holes about 1/2″ from the top of your metal bowl rims (mark the spots with a marker to know where to drill). I found it easiest to place a piece of scrap wood under the bowl and then drill from the inside of the bowl down to the wood piece beneath it. I used a 1/4″ bit so I could fit my 1/8″ quick link through the hole later.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Take your 9 quick links and 3 screw hooks and give them a quick coat of gold spray paint so they match the bowl and chain. Once they are dry, unscrew each quick link to the open position and put them through the holes in your metal bowls.

You don’t need chain cutters to shorten the chain length to size—just pliers! Use your needle nose pilers to open the links enough to separate the chain where you would like it to be cut, and keep the links bent open at the top and bottom of each chain section so you can attach it to the planter. I separated three sets of chain that were 38″, 28″, and 20″ to create the different lengths.

Use the pliers to attach the bottom of each chain section to a quick link, and then before you connect them at the top, plant your plants in each bowl. Depending on the type of plant you choose, you may want to add some rocks at the bottom for drainage, but I find that a lot of plants do OK without the rocks.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Once your plants are in, attach all three of the chain tops to a single screw hook. Screw your hook into the ceiling to secure the plant. You may want to pre-drill a small hole to make this part easier, and you may also want to use an anchor in the ceiling if the weight of the planter calls for it.

Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Hanging planters out of metal bowls—love this! (click through for tutorial) Usually odd numbers looks best when grouping items, but you don’t have to stick with three! You could do just one big planter, five small ones, or heck, any odd number you want! I love using drape-y plants (is that a word? drapey??) so they fall out over the edges, but you can plant whatever you like. All in all, this was a pretty quick project to put together considering what an impact it has on my little office corner—so much green is happening now!! Think you’ll take some plants to the sky in your home? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.

  • The quick links link is now for some sort of male undergarments ????

  • Hi! I love the planters!! I was wondering what gold spray paint you used??

  • I haven’t done many DIY projects but I just made two of these using the large bowls and they came out wonderfully! Thank you for your inspiration and clear directions!

  • Gorgeous! Could you give us an estimate for how much this all cost? I started clicking on your links and adding it up, and if I did the math right this would cost upwards of $160 to make 3 (including the cost of plants and soil, which I estimated as $40). Not a huge deal, I just like to know how much to budget for my DIY projects! 🙂 Thanks so much for the tutorial and many illustrative pictures!

    • Hi Amanda! It really just depends, but can usually find potting soil for less than 10.00 and plants for pretty cheap! You could also use faux plants 🙂

  • Hello,
    I love your hanging plants and pots. I was just wondering do you sell these?

  • I am in love with this idea! I’ll definitely get on to my landlord and see if this is doable in my little flat!
    Robyn x – http://thefashionconsciousfeminist.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Love the planters but am also intrigued by the desk in the photo. Is this one of your projects as well? Would love to know how to do it.

  • The bottom one is epipremnun aureum, which has a number of common names such as ‘devil’s ivy’ and ‘golden pothos’. It’s a very easy plant to grow. I’m afraid it’s toxic to dogs and cats. Can’t help with the other two though.

  • Oh man, I’m not sure! Hang them high enough and far enough away from anything else so they can’t jump into them. You may not be able to deter them from the low hanging drapey ones so maybe do ones that don’t hang down that far…

    Laura 🙂

  • I made it that way and I’ll share more about it in an upcoming post 🙂


  • Any suggestions for deterring cats from playing with low hanging drapey plants? I would love to have these,but my cats take anything hanging from the ceiling as a challenge! haha!

  • Ohhh i just love this! Looks great
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  • This is super nice!
    It looks great. I really want hanging plants like this, but I can’t find nice things to hang up. So making it myself would be a good idea.
    I am not so much of a DIY’er, but I will absolutely keep this in mind and hopefully I will just feel inspirational someday, haha ;).

  • I love this, I wish I wasn’t in a rented flat because these would be perfect for our high ceilings! xx

  • I adore hanging plants! They bring such a wonderful and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere to a room! This DIY seems easy enough even for me to do it!

  • I’m crazy about my pot plants! I love this idea!

  • How do you keep your cats from attacking your hanging plants?? I have two cats like you-a male and a female- and I’m fairly positive that my male cat would deem this his new toy ?

  • Drapey is definitely a word 😉 Ages ago, when my mom was decorating her screened-in porch with Christmas lights, I told her not to hang them in a straight line around the top, but to hang them drapey-drapey-drapey!! She laughed for an hour (and again every time the opportunity arose to use that phrase). These are really nice and the plants are beautiful!

  • Plants in a home really add life to a room, thanks for sharing this post, it has been definitely an idea we have been wanting to realize. Especially with the hanging planters.

  • These have a very classic look to them, and this is a doable weekend project. Thanks for sharing!

  • It looks great! You must have a really, really green thumb! I’ll have to see if I have a space to try it. I was planning on getting a couple more plants soon, as I’m nowhere near the 1 plant per 100 square feet recommendation!

  • Hmm, I actually don’t know what these are! There certainly aren’t as many cool non-toxic plants, but my kitties don’t both plants so I’m pretty lucky on that side of things…


  • This is a great D.I.Y! It’s so chic! I will definitely be trying this out in the near future.

  • If they fit in the bowl and you don’t see the pot, then leave them in! It’s easier that way 🙂

    I just replant if you can see the top of the pot sticking up..

    Laura 🙂

  • I have one of those hammered gold bowls and have been trying to figure out what to do with it! LOVE this idea!!

  • You always have the cutest DIY’s! Now I actually need to go and try out some of them.

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    – Alex

  • What a great project! I need to put this on my DIY list


  • I really love the plants! Can you tell what type of plants you have in them? I have been looking at plants that are non-toxic for cats and dogs and it seems that the only ones I like are on the no-fly list! I think a post about what ABM writers have in their own homes with their animals would be awesome!


  • Hi Laura,
    I love these. Did you plant the plants directly into them or are they in a pot of some kind?

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