Wooden Box Hanging Planter DIY

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) I’ve been trying to think of more ways to add greenery to our new house, and while I love how my hanging gold bowl planters turned out, I needed something that could work on a smaller scale in our dining room area. I was playing around with making holders out of clay, but then I saw these little round wooden jewelry boxes and thought they would be just the right look once they were cut in half. Projects like these are the reason I love having a jig saw—they are super inexpensive and easy to use, but a whole new world of possibilities is opened to you when you have one. Don’t be intimidated by the word “saw” because you can totally use this one!

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-small wooden jewelry boxes with removable lids
-jig saw
-glue
-balsa wood
1/2″ cup hooks
-small gold chain (check chain section of hardware store)
-waterproof caulk and sealer (optional)

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Use a small screwdriver to remove the lid from the box. Mark down the center of the bottom and sides of the box to divide the box in half. Use your jig saw to cut the box down the line into two equal halves (go down one side, across the bottom and up the other side).

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Trace the open side of the box onto your balsa wood and cut out a back panel to close in your half box. Use glue to secure the balsa wood to the box and allow the glue to fully dry.

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Paint the outside and top lip of the planter with paint. When the paint is dry, you can waterproof the inside of your planter if you plan on using live plants on your wall. I would seal the inside seams with a waterproof caulk and then spray the inside wood with a waterproof sealer. These are small plants in small containers, so they shouldn’t need that much water at one time, but it’s good to waterproof them to protect your wall and floor. I have been finding some really good faux succulents at craft stores lately, so I decided to put in real dirt but fake plants. The dirt totally helps trick you into thinking they are real, but you never have to remember to water them—WIN!

Once your planters are painted and sealed, screw in two cup hooks into the top back corners of the planter, and cut your chain to size with chain cutters.

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) I made a mockup with tape so I could see where I wanted the planters hung and how far down they should go. I would recommend doing something like this if you are hanging multiples in a group.

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Add your plants into your mini wall planters, and you’re ready to hang those babies!

Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) Make a cute hanging planter from a round wooden box! (click through for tutorial) I mean, would you have ever guessed that those planters used to be wooden jewelry boxes?? I love how they look grouped together in staggered lengths, but this would also be a great idea as singles to flank both sides of an entryway mirror or in a grouping with some colorful prints as well. You can also apply the same idea to larger boxes if you want a bigger wall planter. So don’t be afraid to play with different shaped boxes if you find some you like. Just another DIY reminder to always “think outside the box”!! 😉 xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • OMG! A woman used a jigsaw . In India we don’t have such muscular ladies except my mother.?

  • This is a unique and easy way to decorate an empty portion of a wall at home. Adorable one, I would surely like to go with it. Many thanks for revealing it through your post.

  • These are so cute and exactly what I need in my apartment! Too bad I don’t own a jig saw 🙁

  • This is adorable!! I’m always looking for new ways to display my plant babies!

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  • I got them at Michaels, but I have seen them in other craft stores too! Keep an eye out!

    Laura 🙂

  • I don’t usually mist real succulents, just water with small bits of water ever week or so 🙂

    Laura

  • OMG, this is brilliant! I’ve been looking for a way to add some plants to my home without having pots on the floor or shelves. This is perfect! And thanks so much for the awesome and very clear tutorial. As a DIY blogger myself, I really appreciate all the detail! LOVE YOUR WORK!

  • You girls always come up with the simplest DIY and it actually looks really awesome! I will give a try to this one for sure!

    X

  • Is it noted anywhere which paint color this is? I tried looking on Instagram and this post and haven’t been able to find it. I seriously have to know! It’s perfect for the project I’m doing right now!

  • So cute and looks so simply for just us girls to get a little crafty and not need the boys! 🙂

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  • this is a great idea, but I think I may fill the pots with something else… nothing I plant ever lives lol.

  • Oh my word these are sooo cute!!! Gotta make these asap!
    ♥Heather and Melissa
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  • I love these hanging plants! They totally add so much to the room!

    Paige
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  • I love these! I made some hanging planters for my family last year for Christmas, but I love the look of the hanging chain. So simple and lovely 🙂

    Laura

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  • Sure, lots of people attach plants in some form or fashion to walls but I hadn’t seen a jewelry box redeux before! My takeaway from this post was to widen my perspective and find creative ways to personalize basic craft supplies. And that I should probably get a jig saw to expand my crafting capabilities 🙂

  • Laura! This is so good. I think I like these even more because they’re on that pink wall. Any chance you can tell me what colour and brand it is? I can’t wait to get some fake succulents – darker rooms can actually have greenery now!

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  • This looks amazing, what a great way to decorate an empty wall. Great post, will definitely try this <3

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  • They are so cool, I totally love them! Now I just have to find a spare wall!
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  • It’s a cool idea, but I feel like we’ve seen this before? Maybe it’s just the “take container, put plant in, attach to wall” concept – I know there have been similar ideas on here before.

  • This is a great idea. Some of my succulents died recently, so I bought a bundle of fake succulents to replace them. This would be a great way to use the leftover ones.

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  • Where did you get the wooden jewelry boxes from? I checked hobby lobby but can’t seem to find them…

  • Love this idea. Do the succulents not get root rot because you are misting them?

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