How to build a hanging planter

How to build a hanging planter

DIY Wall Planter

If you need extra space to plant herbs or small plants, then hanging wall planters are the answer. They are also great to liven up a dead wall space with a bit of greenery.


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Safety Information

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Tools required

Materials required (see figure 1)

Item Description Length Width Qty
1 Timber 2×2″ (38×38 mm) 39.96″ (1015 mm) 2
2 Plywood 3/4″ (19 mm) 31.49″ (800 mm) 5.9″ (150 mm) 6
3 Plywood 3/4″ (19 mm) 5.9″ (150 mm) 5.9″ (150 mm) 6
4 Plywood 3/4″ (19 mm) 30″ (762 mm) 5.9″ (150 mm) 3
5 Screws – 3″ (75 mm) 17
6 Nails 2″ (50 mm) 12
7 Nails 1.5″ (38 mm) 27


  1. Cut 3/4″ plywood to the sizes and quantities listed in the Materials required table above.
  2. Attach 3 of the plywood pieces (2) to the 2×2 timbers (1) using nails (6). Use 2 nails (6) on each side of the plywood pieces (2), as shown in figure 2.
    Hanging Planter Figure 2
  3. Attach the 3 plywood pieces (4) to the plywood pieces (2) using 3 screws (5) on each of the plywood pieces (4), as shown in figure 3.
    Hanging Planter Figure 3
  4. Attach the 6 plywood pieces (3) to the structure using screws (5) and nails (7) on each of the plywood pieces (3), as shown in figure 4.
    Hanging Planter Figure 4
  5. Attach the remaining 3 plywood pieces (2) to the structure using nails (7) on each of the plywood pieces (2), as shown in figure 5.
    Hanging Planter Figure 5
  6. Optional: Line the inside each of the planter boxes with plastic or paint with waterproof paint to preserve the wood.
  7. Drill small holes for drainage in the bottom of the boxes.
  8. Attach the structure to a wall using screws (5), as shown in figure 6.
    Hanging Planter Figure 6
  9. Fill the boxes with a potting soil and fertilizer mixture and plant your herbs or flowers.

Hanging Planter FAQs

How do you hang wall planters?

Hanging wall planters are usually attached with either nails or screws, and brackets. But depending on the location and design, magnets, suctions, wire or string can be used.

What are the best plants for vertical gardens?

Wall planters are ideal for smaller plants. Herbs, lettuce, ferns, succulents and small flower varieties are very popular.

How do you know when to water your plants?

The best way to check is to put your finger in the soil, about an inch (2.5 cm) deep. If the soil is dry the plant needs watering. However some plants don't like to be watered too often, so read up on specific plants. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to