DIY Natural Wood and Macrame Planter

Kim Schroeder
by Kim Schroeder
6 Materials
1 Hour

This DIY hanging planter that hits all the bohemian feels, with the macrame rope, natural wood and terra-cotta pots. It will only take you an hour to put together but draw your eye in any room. The natural simplicity and availability of materials makes this DIY a must for any indoor gardener.

Collect Your Supplies

  • Power drill
  • Hole saw kit
  • Cookie or slice of tree 2" or less in width
  • 4mm Macrame cord
  • Terra cotta pots 2" and 4"
  • Ceiling hook
  • Plants of your choice
Drilling Your Holes

Start by matching up your drill bit to the bottom of your pot to get the closest fit. It will work best if the drill bit is slightly larger than the base of your pot. Once the hole is formed the pot with rest inside the hole and sink in a little for a more secure fit.

To apply a hole saw kit to your power drill, first make sure the power supply is disconnected from the power drill. Insert the bit into the hole saw and slide the saw onto the mandrel. The mandrel is the metal filling that holds the bit. Grip the base of the saw with one wrench and the base of the drill with another to tighten.

Clamp your cookie (circular slice of wood) to your work surface and drill your holes through the wood. Depending on the strength of your drill and the hardness of the wood it may take a little pressure to get through. Your bit will get hot to the touch so don't burn your fingertips.

Protecting the Wood

Depending on where you are planning to hang your planter you may have to protect your wood. This one is going into a bathroom right next to the shower, so it needs protection from the dampness. I apply pre-stain or wood conditioner, before staining or sealing any wood.

After 10 minutes pre-stain is applied it's time to apply 3-4 coats of polyurethane. First coat should be thin and allowed to dry thoroughly. The following coats can be applied with drying thoroughly between each coat. Drying time depends on polyurethane product and the humidity in the air.

Macrame Tying

There are a variety of macrame cords available at craft stores that come in a variety of colors. Use 3 lengths of rope for the macrame hanging planter cut to 6 feet in length. Your length will depend on the height of your ceiling and width of your cookie. Cut the rope longer than you think you will need, you can always cut away any excess.

Overlap the cords and tie a simple knot at the end, this is what will attach to your ceiling hook.

Separate the ropes into three sets of two. Tie a simple knot with each of the sets.

Gather the end of the rope leaving plenty of length to trail under the planter. Tie your final knot. Hang your planter in side the ropes. Don't put your pots into the planter until it's at the height you want. I liked the look of opening up and fraying the fibers. If the strings are uneven feel free to give it a trim.

Enjoy the View

Hang your planter and place the pots into the wood cut outs. Sit back and enjoy your new planter. Don't forget to water it but make sure those drain holes are sealed.

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  • Debi O'Brien Debi O'Brien on May 24, 2020

    did the holes fit the little tray that goes under the pots to catch excess water when you water them?

  • Susan Susan on May 24, 2020

    isn't your wood slice bigger than 2 inches??

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  • Catt Catt on May 24, 2020

    I really like this idea. It is so clean and practical.

  • Leslie Leslie on May 25, 2021

    Hi Kim, Ingenious!!! Love this and will try it out. If I can't find a wood slice, I have plenty of plywood I can make to look like a slice. Thank you for sharing your idea with us.icon