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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.