I am now the proud owner of six houseplants. It started simply enough, with a couple small pet-friendly plants to help bring some life into my new home when I first moved in. But then I couldn’t stop. A tiny cactus was calling my name. Then it was a little aloe plant – so useful to have on hand – and a “polka dot plant” that has the prettiest green and white speckled leaves. But I really wanted a hanging plant. I’ve always loved ivy, and the way it makes itself at home, its vines creeping along walls and around anything that stands in its way. I found the perfect one, but I hated the plastic container it came in and set out to make a hanging plant holder that was simple, yet different from anything I’d seen.
I was stuck on a macramé holder at first, because I wanted to use materials I already had on hand. But then I spotted a wood slab that I had picked up a few weeks back, and the idea dawned on me.
What you need:
Wood slab (I love the natural appearance of this, but you could also use a regular piece of wood)
Four nails (I only had these thin nails and they worked completely fine, but if possible I’d recommend some sturdy nails with large heads)
Hot glue gun and glue
Pot of choice to hold plant
I started by re-potting my plant in a metal pail.
Hammer the four nails into the wood slab in a square formation. I just eyeballed it but you could also cut a piece of paper into a square that fits over the slab, and mark the four corners, then hammer the nails into those points.
Cut four pieces of rope into equal lengths, depending on how tall you want your hanging planter to be. Mine are about three feet each. Tie each piece of rope around a nail and knot tightly, trimming the end. Using the hot glue gun, dab a bit of hot glue around each knot and nail to keep it secure. Knot the four pieces of rope together at the top.
Set the plant onto the wood slab.
Hang your planter from a hook in the ceiling, and enjoy!
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