DIY Hanging Planter

7 Materials
3 Hours

With spring in the air, I was dying to add some greenery in our home. We came up with this DIY planter and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Start with a 1x12 board

We used a 1x12 primed pine board from Home Depot. We measured where the middle of the board is and marked it using a chalk line. We wanted the overall height of the planter to be about 4 feet, so we cut the board down to that size. However you can choose whatever size you want.

Adding a chevron pattern with MDF

We used 1x8 MDF to create a chevron pattern on the planter. Using a miter saw, we cut 14 inch pieces with a 45 degree miter cut on one end. If it was for the left side of the planter, the miter cut was on the right side of the MDF and vice versa so the angled cuts line up evenly in the middle of the planter right on that chalk line.

Nail in place

Once the chevron pattern is all laid out, use a nail gun to secure in place. The ends of the MDF are going to be overhanging off of the 1x12... Don't worry, we're going to fix that!

Cut off excess wood

Using a circular saw and a track guide, cut all the excess MDF that is overhanging the 1x12.

Add Trim

Once you're finished cutting the excess wood, flip the board face up and add trim. We used 1x2 MDF around all four sides then secured in place with a nail gun.

Paint and attach planter rings

We decided to go with a matte black paint color that I applied with a roller. I also used a tiny paint brush to get into the little cracks in between the MDF. Then we attached four 6 inch planter rings evenly spaced on the board and attached with screws that came with the rings.

Spray paint the pots

Scored these inexpensive terracotta pots from Walmart for just $1.48. I spray painted them an off white color.

Attach hanging hardware

We attached these little brackets to the back so we could hang it on the wall.

Finished! You can also just lean it up against the wall instead of hanging it.

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  • Valerie Jane Valerie Jane on Apr 11, 2020

    It's right next to the outlet, doesn't look like fake plants, what about watering?

  • SLWM SLWM on Mar 14, 2021

    Looks nice but....Won't the paint peel off when you water the plants? and how do keep the water from leaking out the bottom or keep the plants alive?

  • Donna Glenn Donna Glenn on Mar 15, 2021

    Do you have to take them out to water them,or do you have something that catches the water?


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  • Jan Jan on Mar 16, 2021

    Looks nice but time costuming if you have to take out the pots to water them even then they might leak water.

    Also a hazard unless its bolted to the wall if some one knocks it everything will go flying,

  • Patty Patty on Mar 21, 2021

    Very nice idea.