Top 8 DIY Ideas for Hanging Planters: Decorate Your Garden in Unique Ways

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If you’re someone who really loves growing flowers, but you don’t really have a garden where you can plant them, you can always bring them inside. What happens when you don’t have that much room inside either? You focus on hanging planters. While you can always buy different kinds of hanging planters, making them yourself is a nice way to ensure they’ll be unique. You can use hanging planters both outdoors and indoors, which is what makes them so great. Today, we’re going to provide 8 DIY ideas for really cool hanging planters.

8 Hanging Planters DIYs to Try for a Unique Garden Look

1. Birdcage Hanging Planter

Your garden is definitely going to be the center of attention due to this creative hanging planter made of an old birdcage. This is one of the most innovative ways of repurposing a birdcage we’ve ever seen, and the whole ensemble is only made better by the fact that the planter holds some really cool assorted succulents. If you happen to have an old birdcage you’re not currently using, you already have half of what you need for this DIY. If you don’t, you can always buy a new one, or try to find an old one at the thrift store or flea market.

old birdcage used as a planter, hanging planters

The second thing you’re going to need to complete this DIY are some succulents. This is only a suggestion, so feel free to use whatever plants you like best. We particularly like the succulent idea because we think they match the antique birdcage perfectly. The fact that they’ve been planted to poke through the bars of the cage is all the more interesting and aesthetically pleasing.

2. Coconut Hanging Planter

Another relatively simple DIY that doesn’t cost a lot of money, this one requires coconut shells and some thread, as well as other additional decorative items which are entirely optional. For instance, you can choose to decorate your planter like in the image below, which means you’re also going to have to purchase some beads and some paint. The other option would be to leave the coconut shells as they are, which would give out a more rustic look.

succulents in a coconut shell, hanging planters

Regardless of what you choose, you can safely assume that not a lot of people have hanging planters made of coconuts in their garden. Plus, if you enjoy coconut, all you have to do is keep the shells after you’ve emptied them, and then add growing medium and your favorite plants in them. The planter in the image above is also filled with succulents, which are the perfect type of plant for small containers. They also don’t require a lot of care, so you should definitely consider them.

3. Tin Cans Hanging Planter

Speaking of cheap DIYs, what do you say to building some hanging planters from repurposed tin cans? All you need for this DIY are the cans and a chain that you’re going to use to connect the cans and then hang them. You can use as many cans as you wish, depending on the space you have available and the number of plants you want to grow.

hanging planter made of tin cans, hanging planters

Something we really like about this DIY is that you can personalize the cans as you wish. They would look good in their original state, but they also look amazing painted in bright colors. In terms of colors, you can paint them all the same color, or use multiple ones, like in the image above. The color scheme is also completely up to you. As you can see, you have plenty of options when making these hanging planters, which will also ensure their uniqueness.

4. Mason Jar Hanging Planter

Mason jars can serve multiple purposes, from being great glasses to serving as cute containers, to being used as planters. One of the main reasons why using a mason jar as a planter is a good idea is because by being transparent, it allows you to see the gravel and soil in which you’ve planted your flowers. This isn’t only useful for practical purposes, but it’s also visually satisfying.

flower growing in a mason jar, hanging planters

Hanging the mason jar opens new possibilities since you can plant flowers that grow in length, and allow them to hang over the jar, as in the picture above. To hang the jar, a simple rope will do the trick. Mason jars are really inexpensive, and you can probably find a piece of rope at home, which makes this entire DIY extremely affordable.

5. Tire Hanging Planter

Tires are another item that you can repurpose in the garden. They’re quite large, which means you have plenty of room to grow plants, as well as add all sorts of decorations. For instance, you’ll notice that in the image below, next to the plants in the tire, there’s also a small garden gnome. This makes the planter more of an ensemble.

blue tire used as a planter, hanging planters

As in the case of most hanging planters described above, this one too is customizable. You can choose to paint it, add different types of decorations to it, hang it in various places, and so on. Hanging it from a tree is a really nice idea. It almost makes it look like a swing for your plants. You only need a thick chain, just to make sure it will hold the tire’s weight, which can be quite heavy. Speaking of its weight, we recommend a tree that is really sturdy. Otherwise, it might break due to the excessive weight.

6. Moss Ball Hanging Planter

A DIY that will literally cost you no money, this one is also extremely creative. Have you ever considered using moss to make a planter? Not many people probably have. This is entirely possible, and we definitely think you should try it. We’ll let you in on a little secret as well. These balls aren’t made entirely of moss. They’re actually made of soil that you cover with moss.

hanging planter made of a ball of moss, hanging planters

In order to provide your hanging planters with some color, wrap a string around the moss balls. This won’t only serve as a decorative element, but also keep everything together. We must say we’re amazed by how easy this DIY makes the process of taking care of your plants. For example, once you’ve planted them, all you need to do in order to water them is dunk the moss in some water. The whole aesthetic of these hanging planters is not easy to overlook either. They seem both rustic and modern, and they’re definitely not something you see on a regular basis.

7. Ice Cream Cone Hanging Planters

Do you still need convincing that anything can be a hanging planter? Well, this DIY might be what makes you stop questioning this assumption. Do you have an old waffle mold that you can use for this project? If you do, that’s perfect. Instead of filling it with waffle batter, you’re going to fill it with modeling clay. When the clay turns completely solid, that’s when you take it out of the mold and add the ropes that you’re going to use to hang the planters.

flowers growing in ice cream cones, hanging planters

Due to their relatively small size, you’re not going to be able to plant everything you want in them. Still, a tiny flower that makes a few blooms is more than enough. We like the fact that the hanging planters in the image above are white. This makes the contrast between them and the plants bigger. Even so, you can always use spray paint to give them a fresh and colorful look.

8. Wood & Bucket Hanging Planter

The last DIY planter in today’s article requires more materials than the previous ones, but it’s still easy to accomplish. You need a pot shaped like a bucket, a slice of wood, and rope. The idea is that you’ll fix the bucket in the wood slice. This means you’re going to have to cut a hole right in the middle of the slice. Make sure you carefully measure it beforehand. Even a few millimeters can make a difference, and the bucket might not properly fit in the piece of wood.

hanging planter made of wood and metal, hanging planters

Once you’ve placed the bucket in, create two other holes on its sides, where the rope is going to go in. The last step is to plant your flowers or whatever else you want to grow in the bucket, and then hang the planter wherever you wish. This is a truly unique idea since it combines both metal and wood. Also, the thick ropes add extra texture and a rustic charm to the entire ensemble.

Summing Everything Up

Hanging planters can provide any garden with a charming look. We hope the DIY hanging planters above have managed to convince you of that. Coming up with your own DIY ideas can be a fun experience in itself. After all, there are many items you can use as planters. All you need is a little bit of creativity and imagination, and you can create some really cool projects. Before getting started on yours, make sure to practice with some of the ideas above.

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