Spring is officially here in Wisconsin! I have been to a flower nursery, talked myself down from buying all-the-flowers and am getting my hands dirty in my yard. I created this DIY hanging planter, how to create using wood pallets a few years ago, but never shared it here on the blog. I felt it was the perfect season for this little cutie to be shared.
Making this DIY hanging planter is pretty simple and straight forward. The first step is to decide how large of a planter to make. I am making it to fit any standard sized flowers that you can get from any store in their own container. This will allow the hanging planter to be easily changed each season with new flowers.
I got a regular 2×4 and then cut it in half. After that I split the newly cut 2×4 down the middle long ways. I could have left them the full size but want to minimize the size of this. These will be on the inside of the box, so making them a little slimmer will allow for more options with flowers to set inside.
These are what is going to be the center of the planter box. I made 4 of them to be on each interior corner.
Wood pallet time! I already separated these pieces from the wood pallet.
These wood pallets are going to sit up and down, so side-by-side forming the sides of the hanging box. I used the other 2×4 boards already cut as my template on how long these needed to be.
Here you can see how the sides are being made. The wood pallets will be on the outside and the smaller wood pieces will be on the inside.
I used an air nailer to attach these. However if you do not have that a hammer and nails will work, or wood glue.
I repeated this step for all 4 sides. Here is how the hanging planter will be situated.
I felt that it still looked a little rough. I added a few finishing touches, putting smaller wood pieces on the top and the bottom. Creating a trim appearance. When working with wood pallets it is important to try and add some finishing touches to have the piece feel a little more complete. The pallet’s itself will always have a rough appearance. So things like the trim pieces on top and bottom add just that.
The bottom I used two pallets cut down to size and nailed them to the bottom of the planter. I did not want to completely box it in because when I water the plant I wanted the excess water to have a way to get out. Leaving the bottom somewhat open allows this to happen, but still has a bottom that will support the flowers set inside it.
Wood pallets should always been sanded down slightly, otherwise they are very rough feeling and can be difficult to paint.
Two coats of bright yellow paint later and the box is done. Time to turn this into a hanging box!
I had some screw in hooks. Placing them on top of the center wood pieces on the inside of the planter. I simply turned them and screwed them into the board. It took a little muscle, but I was able to do it with no other tools needed. I did this for all 4 interior boards.
I purchased a long chain, with smaller loops. I wanted a more delicate appearance. If I had wanted it to appear bulkier, getting a thicker chain would have given me that appearance. Measuring the location I want the planter to be and then how much I wanted it to hang down. This will determine how much to cut for the chain.
Using pliers to pull the chain links apart at the spot needed. This separates the chain and now gives you the needed length. I doubled the length I needed to the chain. I am going to be placing the chain with both ends connected to the planter. So there will be only two chain’s used to hang this. The chains will criss-cross in the center at the top.
Opening up one link and looping it into the hook. The running the other end through the corresponding diagonal hook.
Tada! I want to remind everyone that I made this planter over two years ago, so some of these pictures were taken then with purple flowers. A few pictures were also taken a few days ago with white flowers. Sorry for the confusion. With three years of blogging projects get lost in the shuffle of life and this one was a long time coming to share here.
I love the rustic appeal to this. Not using wood pallets but regular wood is a great way to get a more polished look if that is what you prefer.
I love the ease of this DIY hanging planter, because I have used it for a few years now I get to tell you that this has lasted as is the whole time. I am able to add new flowers each spring and it adds such a pretty color to my front porch.
When decorating outside is where adding the bright pops of color can be done. There is so much life and color outside naturally so going big in color and patterns can be done without it feeling like it overwhelms the space.
This picture shows how long it lasts, this was taken a few days ago… well over two years since I made it. I have not altered it or repainted it since. I do bring this inside during winter, but otherwise it hangs as is.
Oh Spring, you are lovely!
I love little projects like this DIY hanging planter, wood pallets, outdoor project. I would say total the price for this was maybe $10, and with the wood I purchased I could have easily made another planter with the left over wood. Anyone else ready for Spring?! I was born and raised in San Diego, California; now that I live in Wisconsin the second it warms up above 40 degrees I am ready to go in enjoying the outdoors. I put in a lot of effort into our outdoor space, adding flowers and other outdoor living areas. I try to soak in the spring and summer as much as possible. So this is my go time, my flower beds are calling to me and we have so many days relaxing in our outdoor space!