Hanging Basketball Planter

5 Materials
1 Hour

If you have an old basketball at home that no one is using anymore, why not turn it into a pretty plant pot? This DIY Basketball planter is so easy to make, and it took me less than hour to do.

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If you don't have an old basketball at home, try looking for one in thrift stores. Or, I've seen basketballs at Dollar Tree Plus stores for $5.



Utility knife (optional)



Yarn or other type of cord

Spray paint (optional)


Decide which pot you are going to use in the basketball. You should not cut a hole and then try to find a pot to fit. You will need specific measurements from the pot when cutting.

Turn the empty pot upside down on a sheet of white paper and trace around the outside. If your pot has a plant in it already, you can measure the width of the pot and draw a circle using that measurement. Cut out the circle template.

Trace around the circle template with a marker on top of the basketball, where all of the vertical seams meet together.

Start cutting out the circle drawn on top of the basketball. We used a utility knife to make the first cut into the basketball, then scored the circle with the utility knife to help with cutting.

Then I used scissors to cut around the circle and remove the portion of the basketball top.

Try putting the pot inside the hole. If it doesn't fit, trim the sides of the opening until the pot easily goes into the basketball but hangs over the edge just a little so that it doesn't fall through.

Keep cutting until you are happy with the way the pot fits in the basketball.

If you'd like, spray paint the basketball. We put ours in a box and then spray painted inside.

Let dry completely.

Cut eight 4-foot sections of yarn. Tie the bottom of the strands of yarn together in a knot, leaving enough hanging down to form a tassel.

At the other end of the yarn, tie all of the pieces together in a double knot to make a hanger.

Position the basketball on top of the bottom knot with the tassel. Place each piece of yarn over one of the vertical seams of the basketball.

Hang the basketball planter. Add your plant pot inside. When watering, remove the pot to prevent water dripping inside the planter and causing mold.

Be sure to see how I turned a trash can into a pretty planter, as well!

And this DIY air plant holder is super easy to make!

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  • Nancy Nancy on Jan 22, 2022

    Since it is used outdoors, couldn’t a few holes be drilled to allow for drainage? With holes you could eliminate the inner pot altogether or at least not have to remove the pot for each watering, which during hot months can be frequent. Also plants growing robustly can be damaged from frequent removal of an inner pot.

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