DIY Hanging Planter or Sign – Easy Woodworking Project

DIY Hanging Planter

We have a very large wood stash taking up the rafters, and two corners of the garage. I have decided to use some of the wood for simple projects that I can do myself.   I let my outside projects be much more rustic than the indoor projects.  The outside projects don’t need to be as sanded, the cuts can be straight, and I am not nearly as fussy so outdoor projects are perfect for me to practice woodworking.
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Front porch with a DIY plant hangar made as an easy woodworking project. DIY Wood Hanging basket for the front step. DIY Planters, DIY Pot hangers, DIY Hanging front porch decor, easy woodworking project, Pots, DIY Hanging flower pot, DIY outdoor hanging planter.

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The first step was digging through the wood to see what was available. I found a 2 by 12, some 1 by 4, and a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, I was able to save the pallets for a larger project.

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Wood stash for DIY wood projects.

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The wood on the bottom left is the lumber I selected for making the hanging planter.

DIY  Wood Plant Hanger Tutorial

To make this DIY Hanging planter you can use whatever wood you have on hand. I hope you can make this hanger out of odds and sods of wood cluttering your garage.  If you don’t have 1 by 4 wood, 2 by 4s will work. You just need to make sure the base of the hanger is wide enough to keep the stand upright once the plant is added. If you don’t have a 2 by 12, you can use two 2 by 6 lumber, and so on.   For the remainder of this post, I will share how to make the one shown.

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I cut my wood into the following lengths.

1 – 2 by 12  cut to 24″ long

3 – 1 by 4 cut to 20″ long

2 – 1 by 4 cut to 34″ long

Start by building a box with the 1 by 4 lumber.   To prevent the lumber from cracking while screwing the boards together, pre-drill the holes using a 1/8″ bit first, then add the 1 1/2 inch screws.
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Drill the first hole and then add the screw to keep it in place,  then drill and add the second screw.  Do this on all four corners.
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Adding screws into the box of a DIY Hanging planter. DIY Planters, DIY Pot hangers, front porch decor, easy woodworking project, DIY Hanging Pots, DIY Hanging flower pot, DIY outdoor hanging planter.

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Add a second layer of 1 by 4 to the top of your box frame, this will add needed strength and thickness to the top of the frame.  Drill and screw in place.

Add Screw Eyes for Hanging

If you are making the hanger for a plant basket, you only need to place one large screw eye in the middle of your hanger.  As  I am going to use this frame to hang a plywood sign (ex. A Welcome Sign, Fall Harvest Sign or Halloween Decor Sign) attach 3 screw eye hangers one in the middle for the plant and two at the ends for a sign.

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The easiest way to attach the screw eyes is to make a tiny drill hole to start the screw eye.  Then twist it in by hand until the screw eye bites into the wood.  Then insert a screwdriver into the screw eye as leverage, this makes it incredibly easier to twist in.

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Now that your box is made, center it over the 2 by 12 base.   Predrill and then add a screw into each corner.

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Finishing the DIY Plant Hanger

Sand the planter with 120 grit sandpaper.   I chose light grey paint for this hanger because it fits with my decor, and, grey is neutral for the seasonal sign I am planning on making for Halloween.
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Hanging the Potted Plant

The commercial plastic pot hanger looked really ugly in the hanger.  Check out the huge hook at the top.  Today’s post is a bit late because I decided to make a quick macrame hanger to replace the ugly plastic one before taking the pictures.  I will share the tutorial for the hanger later this week.
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Front porch with a DIY plant hangar made as an easy woodworking project. DIY Wood Hanging basket for the front step. DIY Planters, DIY Pot hangers, DIY Hanging Pots, DIY Hanging flower pot, DIY outdoor hanging planter.

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This little hanging planter did not use up much of the wood stash,  I have thought of two more wood projects to try.    Wish me luck in finishing them on my own.

 

 

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11 thoughts on “DIY Hanging Planter or Sign – Easy Woodworking Project

  1. This is such a great little planter, especially for a porch or deck. The macrame hanger adds even more visual appeal to the hanging planter. Pinned 🙂

    1. Hi Marie. Thank you for the pin, I hope you are enjoying the outdoors finally.

      I made this on my own. I am determined to use up that wood stash, and if I learn I don’t have to wait on someone to do it for me. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Oh Leanna, this is just beautiful. A hanging basket like this would be so much easier to look after and enjoy having it lower down. Deadheading and watering will be a breeze!

    1. You got that right Julie. I have four hanging baskets, this one and three on the privacy wall in the backyard. None of them are really high because dragging out a step stool to deadhead them would be such a pain, not to mention the heavy water can.

  3. Good for you Leanna. The planter/sign looks lovely and once that woody bug bites you’ll be hooked 😉 Love the macrame hanger. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try making

    1. Thank you Michelle. I need to get busy and do some more macrame tutorial posts. I look forward to seeing what you create in macrame, your projects are always so unique and whimsical.

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