DIY: Round Wooden Plant Hanger
Houseplants are hot right now—many of us can’t get enough of them. But where do you put all those plants and how can you find new and interesting ways to display them?
A plant hanger works well to expand your growing area upward, especially for vining plants. If the current macrame trend isn’t your thing, here is a plant hanger that sports the bohemian style that’s hot right now. The steps to make it are easy and you can choose the supplies to match your taste and home decor. You could make it glitzy, formal or slightly rustic like mine.
BUILDING A PLANT HANGER
Supplies: Purchase a wooden round. Mine is roughly 11 inches in diameter. I bought it at a craft store but check Facebook Marketplace—it’s loaded with them. You could even cut your own round if you have the wood and tools to do that. You’ll also need 18 feet of 20-gauge copper wire, wooden beads and polyurethane.
Tools: Fine sandpaper, a drill with a 1/8-inch bit and a needle-nosed plier with wire cutter.
Prep the wood: If you wish, lightly sand both sides of the wood until it’s to your liking. Spraying or brushing on several coats of polyurethane will protect the round from water damage and cracking.
Drill the holes: Using the 1/8-inch drill bit, drill three holes equally spaced around the ring, forming a triangle. In the example, the holes are 7¼ inches apart.
Wire the hanger: Cut three pieces of wire, each 6 feet long. You can adjust this for a longer or shorter hanger but err on the longer side. You can always trim extra off later. Feed the wire through the first hole in the wood from the top down, then through and around a bead, and back up through the hole. Tighten and adjust the two strands of wire to the same length.
Each of my three hanger lengths has three beads added for looks. Feed both strands of wire through a bead and tie a knot around the bead. I like 20-gauge copper wire because it responds almost like string and is easy to work with. Repeat with two more beads, spacing as you like. I spaced my three beads evenly on each hanger length. Repeat the entire process with the next two lengths of wire. You can have a lot of fun crafting with beads and wire, as seen in this hanger. There are ceramic pots available with existing holes for hanging. Do your own free-form beadwork. No pattern necessary.
Finish off your hanger by bringing together all three sets of wire, creating a loop, and twisting six to eight times to secure it. Trim off any excess. You can contort the wire strands between the beads and kink them slightly for visual interest. If you need to shorten a length to balance the round, twist an extra knot in the wire.
Hang your stand: Once it’s completed, hang your hanger from a hook in the ceiling and balance a small potted plant on it.
Minneapolis-based Eric Johnson is a garden designer and writer.