DIY OUTDOOR HANGING PLANTER (with Habitat)

A step by step tutorial on how to make a DIY outdoor hanging planter from standard plant boxes. *This post is a paid advertisement with Habitat UK .

DIY OUTDOOR HANGING PLANTER PINTERST GRAPHIC

I’m about to hit you with a load of contradictions.

Whilst I do enjoy moments spent out in nature, I wouldn’t say I was necessarily an   outdoorsy person.

I’m most definitely a homebody, but I do start to feel really restless (and a little anxious) when I’m indoors for long periods of time.

I like the idea of glamping, but would definitely turn down any offers of camping. I love seeing flowers bloom , but will run away at the first sighting of butterflies (or bees).

I’m grateful to have a garden, but on the other hand, often neglect it’s upkeep for most months of the year

Because I’ve never seen the garden as a priority. 

Well until now that is.

Image of garden furniture from habitat UK. Garden bench, table and cushion

COVID and isolation has definitely changed a lot of things for us – including how we all now view the garden. It has become our safe haven … our happy place. If any of us aren’t having such a great day mentally, ‘let’s go to the garden’ is usually the first thing we say. Sometimes a little fresh air and a little sun really does make it all better!

I have now become that person who potters around in their garden, and my recent collaboration with Habitat has made pottering even more fun! This campaign is focused around the effects of your home environment on your mental well-being.  As our garden has been that one place where we’ve been spending most of our time recently,  it seems only logical to pretty it up a little with some new garden furniture and other DIYs.

OUTDOOR HANGING PLANTER : DIY OR HACK IT?

The first thing I decided I wanted to do was build an outdoor hanging planter (I’ve wanted one for absolute ages), but rather than build it from scratch, I opted to hack a few garden planters instead.

Simple, quick and achievable.

hanging planter on garden brick wall using black boxes and rope.

That has been my manta whenever I have attempted any DIY during this period. Funny enough, even though I have more time, I’m finding I’m not as productive as I used to be. Usual day to day activities takes up much more energy, so the things I do spend time on, need be easy and achievable.  I like the feeling of going to bed knowing I’ve done something  . . .anything.

close up of hanging outdoor planter in garden

{RELATED: CHECK OUT THIS OTHER PLANTER I MADE  . . IT HAS WHEELS]

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE AN OUTDOOR HANGING PLANTER:

  • 3 x planters
  • 10 mm rope 5m long
  • Tape measure / ruler
  • 2 x heavy duty brackets
  • Drill
  • 8mm, 10mm drill bit for metal
  • 6mm masonry drill bit
  • Marker pen
  • Flowers
  • Soil

3 X PLANTERS AND 10MM ROPE

HOW TO MAKE AN OUTDOOR HANGING PLANTER:

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STEP 1: The first thing you need to do is drill holes to all four corners of the top of the plant box. Measure and mark 5 cm at each end to ensure all the holes on each planter are in the same position. This will ensure that you get a symmetrical looking planter once hung.

Drill hole to top of the planter at 5cm using ruler to measure

To create the holes, start with the smaller 8mm drill bit.

I was a little apprehensive about drilling into metal to begin with, but because the metal on these planters were so thin, making holes wasn’t difficult at all.

Next, use the 10mm drill bit to make the hole even bigger. Below is a picture of the drill bits I used.

8mm and 10mm drill bit

STEP 2: Flip the planter over and drill 4 holes into the base . .  again at 5cm distance from the edge (so the holes line up with the holes made at the top of the planter). . Repeat this step for ALL of the boxes.

Note you wont need to make base holes for the plant box that will be at the bottom of this hanging planter.

Holes to the top and bottom of the planter

You should end up with boxes that look like this (note the holes)

4 planters with holes to the top and base of the planter corner

STEP 3: Thread the rope though the top hole of the first planter and make a knot like below.

Rope knotted in the planter

Place the planter box on its side. Measure and mark 30cm on the rope from the edge of the planter

Pull the rope through the holes in the planter

Measure and mark 30cm on the rope

Tie a knot at the marked position.The knot gives the next planter something to rest on.

Make knots in the rope where you have marked

Thread the rope through the pre-drilled holes on your next planter, knot and repeat.  It should look like below. Cut the end of the rope once you’ve completed one corner.

3 planters lined up with rope attached to corners

STEP 5: Repeat this step for all four corners of the planters. Try to keep the measurements between each knot consistent.

Planters on the floor attached together with rope

STEP 6: Decide where you will be hanging this outdoor planter.

You can either hang from your garden fence using over the door hooks, or drill brackets into a brick wall. I went with the latter as our fences are a little damaged – although I got my husband to do this part, as I’m not too confident about drilling into brick.

He used a masonry drill bit and wall plugs to ensure the brackets were securely positioned (see below)

heavy duty brackets secured into brick wall

STEP 7:

Side note: Sourcing outdoor flowers during this time was an absolute nightmare. I usually buy my plants online, but this time it served better to head to my local supermarket.

Soil in three metal planters

Planting flowers into planter

STEP 8: Hang the planter from the brackets. I literally just knotted the rope around the brackets.  Now stand back and admire  your creation. From start to finish this should take you about 3 hours.

Black outdoor hanging basket on a brick wall

close up of black metal planter on brick wall

I also added in some other outdoor furniture to this space.  This black metal bench, a wooden fold-able table and these cushions.

Metal bench against the brick wall with white plant box

Also, noticed the window? That’s my plant shelves in my dining room!

Black outdoor hanging planter against brick wall next to metal bench

Foldable wooden table in front of metal bench

Black outdoor hanging planter on a brick wall in the garden

What do you think of my outdoor hanging planter? Have you ever attempted anything similar in your garden? Where have you been spending the most time during this isolation period? 

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