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How to turn a small planter into one that hangs (on a wall hook.)

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A small white hanging planter with a fern in it hanging on white vintage peg hooks

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn a small planter into one that hangs on a wall hook. Because I only used two lengths of wire to hang the planter, your pot will need to touch the wall for added stability. (See the photo below.) My little pot is about 6 inches at its widest. The opening is big enough to fit a 4″ pot. Just to give the photo perspective; my peg hooks stick out 3 3/4″ from the wall. Also, if you don’t want to use a real plant, I have a super easy tutorial on making the best faux dirt for a planter.

the hanging planter needs to rest on against a wall because it is only hung with two wires.

Supplies to turn a small planter into one that hangs

Your choice of a small ceramic planter, which you can either paint or leave as is.

  • Your choice of paint & colour if painting the pot. I used my favourite homemade chalk paint.
  • Black wire. I used wire to wrap rebar because that’s what I had. You can also find wire for crafts at a craft store.
  • Wire cutters
  • Small masonry drill bit & drill (drill press or regular drill)

Step 1. Mark the holes and drill into the sides of the planter

I’ll be honest: I eyeballed where to put the holes in the small planter! You, however, may not want to. So here’s what I suggest:

Fig. 2
  1. Turn the pot upside down and trace the shape onto a piece of paper.
  2. Cut out the circle, then fold it in half.
  3. The crease in the fold is what will give you the perfect placement when marking the holes. (Fig. 2)
  4. Place the paper on top of the opening of the planter with the crease pointing to where the holes will be drilled. Depending on the type of pot, you may have a specific side that you want to face out, so keep that in mind when marking the holes.
  5. Mark a hole on each side of the pot.
  6. I used a 1/4″ drill bit to drill the holes, but you may want a smaller hole.
  7. Hold on tight to the planter. Start the drill slowly, pressing firmly. Once the hole is started, you can speed up the drill. If needed, get someone to help you with this part.

Step 2. To paint or not to paint your planter

My little planter wasn’t awful, but I wanted a certain look, so I painted it with two coats of white chalk paint and then distressed it. You may be happy with the look of yours and don’t need to paint, so you do you!

Step 3. Adding the wire to make the planter hang

I happened to have a roll of wire that is used for tying rebar, so that’s what I used. I actually use it a lot! If you have wire that will work, use what you have. How long you make the hanging part will depend on you. Mine (once tied) was about 9″ long from one side to the bend at the top.

  1. Before you cut the wire, thread it through the hole on one side, then twist it around itself a couple of times. I use the pliers to twist it nice and tight, making sure the sharp end is pointing in.
  2. Next, and before you cut the wire to length, decide how long you want the hanger to be. Remember to add a little extra to allow for threading it through the hole and twisting.
  3. Now you’re ready to hang it!

So now you know how to turn a small planter into one that hangs on a wall hook.

If you want to make the peg board shown in the photo, check out the tutorial. I made it with new wood and new wooden pegs, then gave it a vintage look.

Thanks for stopping by. See you in the next tutorial.

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