Plant hanger: space efficient and infinitely charming
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration1-3 h
Are you looking to add a touch of individuality to a room, garden or balcony? This flower and plant hanger will really transform your space. Stacked on top of one another in just four steps, your favourite plants or flowers will seem to be floating in the air - creating your very own vertical garden for you to enjoy.
- hole saw
- Set square
- screw clamps
- 1 sheet/plank of your preferred material: 80 x 20 x 2 cm (L x W x H)
- thin rope: 12 mm in diameter, length as required
- ceiling hook
- anchor for hook
Let's go - step by step
Divide the plank into four pieces
You need: pencil, ruler, Set square, plank
Your beautiful plant hanger consists of four levels floating one above the other. This means you need to cut the plank into four separate pieces. We’ll get to the sawing part later; for now we’re just going to divide the plank up. You need to draw three straight lines on the plank: place the ruler on the plank with the shortest side facing you and, with the triangle, draw the first horizontal line 20 cm in. Then measure another 20 cm from that line and mark that with your pencil, followed by the third line. Now your plank should be divided up into four sections.
Locate the middle of the squares
You need: pencil, ruler
To make sure you position the hole saw correctly, you first need to find the centre of each square panel. To do this, draw two diagonal lines on each square, from corner to corner. The point where they cross is the centre. Always use a pencil to mark the lines, so you can rub them out later on.
Drill the holes for the plant pots
You need: impact drill, hole saw, screw clamps
Use the clamps to secure the plank firmly to your work surface, with one complete square panel hanging over the edge. Attach the hole saw to the impact drill and position it in the centre of the square. The size of the hole saw will depend on the diameter of your plant pots. Measure the diameter of the top of the pot and subtract around 2 cm – that’s how big your hole saw should be. Make sure that your impact drill is suitable for use with this size hole saw. Then hold the drill with both hands and drill through the plank with considerable pressure.
INSIDER TIP: SAW A CIRCLE WITH A JIGSAW
Drill holes for the rope
You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bit
You can leave the plank clamped to your work surface because you’re now going to drill the holes for the rope. Drill a hole in each corner of the square panel, around 1 cm from the edges.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other square panels. We chose not to drill a hole for the plant pot in the last panel because we wanted the plant to stand on top of it. It is entirely up to you whether to do the same, but either way you will still need to drill holes for the rope.
Cut the plank into four square panels
You need: Cordless circular saw
Now you can saw the plank, which is still fixed firmly to your work surface, into four separate pieces – along the lines you drew earlier. To do this, you can use either a jigsaw or cordless circular saw. We opted for the latter, and would recommend you do too.
INSIDER TIP: USE A CORDLESS CIRCULAR SAW TO CUT THE PLANK INTO FOUR
A cordless circular saw is a mini handsaw that, like all circular saws, may seem a little daunting at first. But once you've used it for the first time, you’ll see how easy it is. Its biggest advantage is that it enables you to saw even long straight lines with extreme precision.
Before you start sawing, you need to configure the cordless circular saw to the right cutting depth. To do this, add 2 mm to the thickness of your board. Then position the blade, still switched off, over the plank so that it’s not yet touching. Turn the saw on and wait until it’s running at full speed. Then carefully move the blade forward and slowly move it through the wood, applying equal and constant pressure.
If you’re still not confident about using the circular hand saw or need to cut a very long piece, we recommend using a guide rail.
Sand down the edges
You need: Multi-sander, grit sandpaper for the multi-sander
To prevent any bits of wood from sticking out, you should sand down the freshly sawn edges.
Cut the rope into four pieces
You need: ruler, scissors, string/ cord
The panels that the plant pots sit in will be suspended using four pieces of rope. You've already sawn four holes, one in each panel corner, for this. Now you need to cut four pieces of rope of equal length. The length is up to you: base your measurement on the height of your ceiling, and how low you want your plant hanger to hang.
Assemble the panels on top of one another
You need: string/ cord, panels, plants/ flowers in pots
Now it’s time to assemble your masterpiece. Make a knot in the end of each piece of rope and thread it through the first panel (which, in our case, is the one without the hole for the plant pot). Before tying the next knot, first measure how tall your plants are and decide how much space you would like between the various plants. Then tie an additional knot in the rope. In our hanger, there was a distance of 30 cm. Then thread the rope through the next panel and repeat the process. Once you've connected all the panels, tie the tops of the four pieces of rope together and attach the hanger to your ceiling – or wherever you would like it to hang from.
INSIDER TIP: TRY HANGING YOUR PLANTS FROM THE CEILING
You’ll need: ceiling hook, drill and drill bit (based on type of ceiling), anchor.
To attach your vertical garden to the ceiling, we recommend using a ceiling hook. Mark the spot you’d like to hang it from with a pencil. You can find out which type of drill and drill bit are suitable for your ceiling here. Once you know that, you can start drilling. Simply insert the anchor, screw the hook in tightly and suspend your finished plant hanger from it.