How to Make DIY Hanging Planters in Minutes

Every year brings a new set of trends to the housing decor world. 

The latest and greatest styles for 2020 can be seen all over the internet, TV, and stores. While it can feel like a task to keep up with changing trends, there are a few decor items that are timeless. Plants are at the top of this list. 

No matter what is in vogue, a well-placed houseplant is an upgrade for any room in the house. To futureproof your home’s decor style, add some green friends, and see how they transform a room!

While having plants in the house is always a plus, the way you display them can enhance any theme or space tenfold. 

Shelves, tables, and countertops are great choices for showing off your succulents and leafy centerpieces. However, one way to make your plants stand out is by hanging them! 

This is a great use of oft-wasted ceiling or corner space. In addition, a hanging plant holder brings your plant’s natural beauty up to eye level.  For those species with vines or supple branches, they can hang out of the planters and extend downwards, creating a wonderful look. 

One of our favorite ways to hang the plants is with a simple cotton cord knotted design. A room instantly becomes cozier with this addition, and guests will surely share about how they love what you have “done with the place!”  

Materials Needed: 

  • Thick cotton cord or twine
  • Hook to hang from the ceiling
  • Scissors
  • Plant Pot with drainage, as well as a bottom to catch the drainage 
  • Potting soil
  • An indoor plant that can live in the pot of your choice
  • Decorative top surface (optional)

Step 1: 

To start, choose the area you would like to hang your potted plant. Once you have the area in mind, you can begin to measure how long you want your plant holder to be.

Measure down to the point where you want the end of your plant to hang. I wanted mine to hang 3 feet from the ceiling. 

Step 2:

When you know where and how far down you want your plant to hang, then you can gather the supplies. A great thing about this project is how much you can customize the DIY hanging planter.

For my cotton cord, I used a clothesline because clotheslines are a neutral color and it was the right thickness for the plant hanger I wanted. However, you can use any type of cord, rope, or twine for your personalized plant holder. 

Step 3: 

Once you know how you want your plant to hang, it is time to measure out the rope. You will need twice the length of your measurements from ceiling to the desired plant, then add 4 inches.

For example, I wanted my plant to hang 3 feet from the ceiling, so I needed to measure out 6 feet and 4 inches of rope to be the correct length. You will need 4 total pieces of rope cut to that length.

It is better to play it safe with longer rope than to realize that your hanging planter is too short. You can always trim off the ends if you would like. 

Step 4: 

After you have your four pieces of rope measured and cut, it is time to start forming the plant holder. Take the ends of the ropes and bring them together. This action should naturally make a fold in the middle of the ropes.

Step 5: 

Tie a loop knot in the middle of the ropes. This will be the starting point of the plant holder. The loop is so that the plant holder will hang from the ceiling without needing to purchase extra supplies. 

Step 6: 

Then take the pieces of the rope and pair them up. I found it easier to do this step with the plant holder laying on the ground.

Step 7:

Measure how far down you would like your plant to sit. Once you have that spot, tie a knot to connect the rope pairs. There should be one large knot at the top, and four total knots about 2 feet down (based on where you wanted our pot to sit). 

Step 8: 

Now, under each knot separate each strand of rope. Alternate the ropes to pair it up with a new neighboring partner. About four inches down from the first step of knots – knot the new paired up rope pieces.

Don’t forget to knot the furthest left and right strands together too. Those will be the final two strands that will come together and create essentially a ring of knots.

Step 9: 

About four inches down from the second set of knots repeat step 8. There should be a total of three rows of knots tied to different paired up rope pieces with each layer.

Step 10: 

Finally, take all the ends of the ropes and knot a large knot about 4 inches down from your second set of knots.

Step 11: 

For the finishing touches, you can either fold the ends up and under the potted plant, or trim tails and let them hang. My example shows the ends of the rope folded over themselves so they rest nicely under the pot. 

Step 12: 

Insert your potted plant into the rope hanger you have just created. It is important that your plant has drainage, but also a tray to catch the drained water.

You do not want water flowing from the pot and onto the ground. There are several plant pots that come with a tray attached that you can purchase, or you can slide your own smaller, round plant tray under the pot. 

Step 13: 

Lastly, anchor a hook into the ceiling where you want your plant to hang, and enjoy the view of this fresh and modern living décor. 


Plant hangers are minimal, elegant, and easy to make.  With just a few lengths of cord, hanging materials, and the instructions, you can have your favorite plant hanging in style.