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How to Make a Simple Hanging Wall Planter

Indoor plants are so on trend right now, especially succulents and air plants. This simple hanging wall planter is a unique and pretty way to display the beautiful, resilient greenery.

Hi there, it’s Lori from Greco Design Company and today I’m showing you how to make a simple hanging wall planter to add some life to your walls.

How to Make a Simple Hanging Wall Planter

How to Make a Simple Hanging Wall Planter

This project is a simple way to add greenery to any room and it makes a great gift idea for Mother’s Day.

This is a really creative way to add texture to your walls when you don’t have very much space. It’s so small but also makes a huge statement.

A DIY planter hanging on a gallery wall.

What you need: 

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Supplies Needed: 

  • A piece of wood cut to your desired size. I used common board, it’s less expensive than pine or a premium wood, and it has a lot more knots and a more rustic look to it.
  • Stain – I recommend this stain, with a pecan tint. It’s durable and water-based so it dries quickly.
  • Hanging hardware
  • Miniature planters. I got mine at Home Depot but these are great options too.
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Pencil, saw, sander or sandpaper
  • Succulents and/or air plants


1. Cut your piece of wood to your desired size.

I used a hand saw and cut my piece of wood to be 32 inches long. It’s 5.5 inches wide – which worked well for the size of the space I needed it for and the size of the mini planters.

In order to find out the size of your wood backing, figure the location of the top planter and then leave an adequate, but equal space, between each planter. I placed my top planter 4 inches down, then the rest 6 inches apart. Then left an additional 4 inches at the bottom.

2. stain & sand the wood backing.

Staining a wood board that will be turned into a DIY hanging planter.

I use a piece of paper towel for easy cleanup, and rub the stain into the wood, making sure to get the side edges and that it covers completely.

Stained boards for a hanging wall planter

When the stain is completely dry, use an electric sander or sandpaper to smooth and distress the edges of your board. This adds a vintage, worn look to your piece and also gives it a finishing touch. You can sand and distress as much or as little as you’d like.

3. Attach the hanging hardware.

wall hanging hardware on the back of a board.

It’s best to attach the hanging hardware before you attach the planters so you have a flat surface to work on. I used a simple sawtooth hanger.

4. measure and attach your planters.

Using Gorilla Glue to attach cups to a board.

As I described above, I placed my top planter 4 inches down, then the rest 6 inches apart. Then left an additional 4 inches at the bottom. I used the Gorilla Glue to attach the planters and let them dry fully.

5. Now your planter is ready to be hung.

Putting plants inside the cups for the DIY wall planter.

When hanging your planter, consider areas with good, indirect sunlight. I added air plants but succulents are another good option. Just be sure to place the succulents at the bottom of the planter – at an angle – so they don’t fall out.

A Simple DIY Hanging Wall Planter on a gallery wall.

Air plants should be placed in bright but filtered sunlight too. Do not place them in direct sunlight because they will dry out very quickly. In addition, they only need to be watered once a week – I can handle that!

A close-up of a planter hanging on the wall.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will try your hand at making your own hanging wall planter. It really adds life and interest to your space. It also makes a great Mother’s Day or graduation gift.

How to Make a Simple Hanging Wall Planter

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