I’m known in my family as the plant killer. Poor plants. I start off with great intentions but against all odds, my sweet plants never survive. I love having plants in my bedroom but have never been able to keep them going so when I recently discovered Spider Plants and a few other hearty indoor plants, I knew I had to incorporate them into my life. I’ve been obsessing over the look of indoor hanging plants and have been dying to get my hands on some. When I started looking for some hanging plants, I was SHOCKED at how expensive they all were. Lucky for us, I knew Amazon would have some cheaper, quick, DIY options.
What you’ll need:
- Plants (recommended plants are listed below)
- Pots (I have a favorite plastic one, also listed below)
- Indoor Plant Hooks
- Optional: Heavy Duty Command hook strips
I searched long and hard for good indoor plants. After lots of reviews and price comparisons, I found that these guys, this Pothos, and this Philodendron are the best bang for your buck. They’re great plants (hearty, will survive against most odds, and are excellent for purifying the air around you – hellllo bedroom and classroom)! They start out super tiny but will grow quickly.
These white pots are inexpensive, won’t drip water out of the bottom (my biggest concern!), and won’t break if they happen to fall (not likely, but, let’s be honest- you never know).
I love the macramé look but with an educator’s salary, I wasn’t willing to pay for a nice macramé hanger. I found some fun ones online but quickly realized I could make them myself with just a little bit of twine! You can really use any “thick string” but I love the contrast of the twine against the white pot.
If you are in a classroom where you can screw into the wall, I love these hangers. If you can’t screw into the wall, I still recommend these plant hangers but also these jumbo utility hooks to help you hang it.
And don’t forget some soil for repotting your plants!
What to do:
First, you’ll want to remove your little plants from their pots and repot them into your new and larger white pots! You can keep them mini clay pots or dispose of them. (They’d be perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!)
Fill your white planters 4/5 full of soil and then dig a small hole in the center of the soil. Plant your sweet green plant in there and fill the sides in with soil. Once you have your 4 pots, it’s time to hang them!
Grab your twine and measure how far down you want to hang your plants. I recommend about 3 feet of hanging (and will be using that number to share measurements). Measure out 3 feet of twine and then add 4 inches. Double that length and cut your twine. Do this 4 times so you have 4 pieces of twine 6 feet and 8 inches long.
Put all 4 pieces of twine together and fold in half. At the center mark, create a small loop and tie a knot. This loop is where you’ll hang your twine plant hanger from the wall hook.
Tape down the loop on your floor or counter and separate your twine into four groups of two.
Go about 2/3 down your twine and tie small knots in each group of two.
Move about 4-6 inches down and separate your strands of twine. Imagine that you number each strand from left to right. Match together strand 2 and 3 and tie a small knot. Do the same for 4 and 5 and then with 6 and 7. Then, match up 8 and 1 BEHIND the other strands and tie a small knot.
Move another 4-6 inches down your twine and grasp all the twine together. Tie it into one big knot. You now have your plant hanger!
If you’re screwing your plant hanger directly into the wall, follow the directions on the packaging and screw it into the wall! If you need to use the command hook strips, wipe down the back of the planter hooks with an alcohol wipe and wipe down the wall (where you’re hanging your planter) with an alcohol wipe. Follow the directions to place the command hook to the wall. Then, instead of placing the hook on the wall, place the back of the plant hanger on the wall. (I recommend placingthe longest part of the hanger directly on the wall. It won’t hold the plant out, but it will safely hang it from your wall) These command strips are meant to hold over 7 pounds so they should be fine holding your plant and plant hanger! Be sure to follow the directions and wait to appropriate amount of time before hanging anything.
Now, for the tricky part, gently slide your pot into your twine hanger. Make sure it’s seated down in the hanger securely by spreading the strands apart equally. Now hang your plant from the hanger and enjoy it!
How to care for your plant:
These plants need indirect sunlight and very little watering. Water whenever the soil is completely dry (once every 10 days or so) and enjoy!