DIY Plant Hanger Under $5

Plant Hanger

Hello my loves! Have you ever wanted to hang up your plants, so they can trail beautifully or get more light by your window? But couldn’t find the right plant hanger – maybe the size, length or design wasn’t right for you?

Here’s how you can make your own plant hanger for under $5!

What You’ll Need

  1. Pot – For hanging pots, an outer pot that collects excess water is great. Your plant will sit in its nursery pot inside this outer pot. You can try something similar to the galvanized steel ones from IKEA ($1-$2.90*), as they’re affordable and light. I enjoy these and never worry about them falling and breaking, or bonking anyone on the head. Of course, you can use any pot you personally like, but be careful if you’re hanging heavier pots.
  2. Tape – To secure your string down to make it easier to work with.
  3. String – For this look, we’re going with jute string ($2*). Jute compliments our pot today, and its natural texture doesn’t attract attention away from the plant. You can use any string you personally like.

Plus any scissors and ruler. The ruler is optional.

*Disclaimer: Based on local prices, exact cost may differ depending on where you are and what you choose.


Here’s the video tutorial!

Written instructions below, in case you’d like to refer to them.

1. First, figure out how long you want your hanger to be. I like to hold the string up to the pot and where I’m hanging it to estimate. Add at least a third or more additional length to the actual height of the hanger you want, as you’ll be tying some knots. You can measure it exactly too. I usually skip the ruler, unless I need a specific length. It’s up to you. Cut 8 pieces of string of the same length you want.

Pro tip: If you prefer the look of thicker string, or your current is too thin, double up each strand with a braid like what I’m doing here. I’m using 16 strings.

2. Tie your base knot – this will go under your pot.

3. If you’ve doubled up on your string (e.g. used 16 strands instead of 8), like me, tape it down so it’s easier to braid.

4. If you’ve doubled up the string, braid 2 strands at a time using rope braids. This will combine 16 thinner strands down to 8 thicker strands.

5. Place the base knot over your pot, spread the strings in 4 directions – like a compass. See how you have 4 sets of string? Check how high you want the 1st set of knots to rest, then tie these knots on all 4 sides. They should be the same distance from the centre, so your pot hanger will be balanced.

6. Place it over your pot again to see how it looks. Same as before, decide how high you want the next knot to be, and tie the 2nd set of 4 knots. This time, tie the knots between the ones you made earlier.

7. Once done, place the pot hanger over your pot and adjust if necessary. Hold it up and check if it’s balanced. If you’re happy, finish it off by tying a loop on top. This is where you’ll hang the pot from. Cut off any excess string.

8. Finally, put your plant into your hanger and enjoy!


For today’s project, we hung a philodendron micans that has been etiolating – growing long and spindly – on a shelf due to insufficient sunlight. Hanging it by the window should help it get more light and grow fuller.

I hope this inspires you to go forth and give your plants the love they deserve. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks for watching and happy planting!

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