Thanks in part to Joanna, I am slowly but surely becoming what can only be described as a crazy plant lady. What started with an impulse purchase of a braided money tree in the plant section of IKEA lead to a trip to my favorite local nursery where I procured a maidenhair fern and some ivy that I promptly killed (what can I say — I’m still learning). And then, a few weeks ago, Joanna bequeathed me a beautiful monstera plant and we got to talking about our shared obsession with bringing the outside in, especially in our small city living spaces.
After that chat, I starting thinking about a chic, yet inexpensive, way to make some beautiful hanging planters, therefore fueling my newfound plant-hoarding tendencies. I settled upon a pair of terra cotta pots painted with a cool (and easy to execute) geometric pattern, strung up with rope and finished with some really cool, chunky wooden beads. Scroll on down to get the full tutorial for our paintng hanging planter DIY!
- paint brushes
Start by painting a layer of burnt orange over the pot, leaving about a one-centimeter stripe of unpainted clay at the top. Once the paint has dried (which won’t take long), you can go back in and quickly touch up any uneven areas.
Next, use a thinner brush and white paint to create the geometric pattern. I used blocks of three stripes with alternating directions, but triangles, circles and squares could all make cool checkerboard patterns.
While you let the paint dry, cut a nice, long length of rope. You’ll want to measure your space first to make sure the rope is long enough to hang at the right height and have a pretty swag.
Knot the end of the rope and add one large bead.
Now’s the time to plant your foliage of choice in the pot. Once it’s all settled in there, thread the rope up through the drainage hole in the pot to the top of the plant. You may want to use a chopstick or wooden skewer to poke a pilot hole through the soil — that’ll make threading the rope in much easier.
Thread the rope all the way through so the wooden bead is nice and snug against the bottom of the pot. At the point, you’ll probably have a lot of loose soil on the rope and around the pot, so it’s a good time to pause and tidy that up.
Next, tie another knot about 8″ above the top of the pot (this will very depending on the height of your plant).
Add a couple more wooden beads to the rope, and you’re all set to hang this beauty up. Screw-in eye hooks are perfect for this job.
One final note: due to the way these are hung, they will lean off to one side. I like this look, especially because the two planters balance each other out, but if you want the pots to hang straight, I recommend choosing a small plant that doesn’t spill over the edges. You can also correct the lean by burying little weights in the soil of the pot (coins and rocks work great for this!).
Anyone else out there identify as a crazy plant lady? I’d love to hear what you plan on planting in these pretty containers!
photography by Jojotastic, DIY by Hannah Cross.
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