This post will teach you how to make DIY hanging planter out of an Ikea Blanda Blank stainless steel bowl
How to make a stainless steel bowl hanging planter!
Hey guys! It’s about that time again–time for month two of the 10-Minute DIY series! February is all about planters…my favorite! So this is an easy one for me. I can always use another planter, and I love getting creative with using non-traditional items as planters.
I love customizing terracotta pots, but it can get a little boring after a while…so today I am charing a quick and easy DIY for a hanging planter! This planter is for a sad and empty corner of our living room. I have a plant on the floor, but it isn’t very tall, so I decided to fill the empty space above it by hanging something.
As always, Ikea had the perfect solution: Blanda Blank bowls, which come in four sizes, all for great prices! I got the 14″, 11″, and 8″ ones. The thing I like most about the biggest Blanda Blank bowl is that it’s two inches bigger than the target bowl and $5 cheaper. I’m using the 14″ bowl for this tutorial.
Blanche thought it was for her…
Here’s what I used:
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- Ikea Blanda Blank stainless steel bowl
- Drill (we have this one) and bit that is an appropriate size for your quick links
- Quick links—You can buy them in singles in most hardware stores, or you can buy a 12-pack here OR small s-hooks
- Black chain—I got this one, but check out this one with hooks already on it on Amazon
- Screw hook—Buy an 8-pack here or pick up a single in a hardware store
- Stud Finder
- Optional: My favorite gold and black spray paint—FYI the black is much cheaper in a hardware store
And here’s how to make a hanging planter using a stainless steel bowl.
Step 1: Drill the holes.
Drill three holes on the top of your bowl, spacing them out so that there is an equal distance between all three. This was a little tougher than I expected it to be; I don’t know if it’s because the battery on my drill was dying or my bit was a bit dull. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t drill through right away. Apply some pressure!
Tip: You can use pliers to rip off any jagged pieces of stainless steel around the holes.
Step 2: Optional step: Paint.
I have gold accents in my living room, so I decided to paint my bowl using my favorite gold spray paint. I also spray painted the quick links and the screw hook black to match the chain, which already came with a black powder coating on it. This step is completely optional and will obviously prolong your DIY time while the paint dries, but the spray painting itself is quick!
Step 3: Plant and hang!
Use your stud finder to find a ceiling joist. This is a *critical* step…if you screw your hook into drywall only and there is no ceiling joist, you need to use a special toggle anchor. The screw hook alone is not enough.
Once you’ve found and marked where you want to insert your screw hook, grab your drill and a bit that is just slightly smaller than the treads on your screw hook. Drill a pilot hole up and into the ceiling, and then screw your hook in.
Pop a plant in and hang! You can easily just set a plant in its plastic nursery pot down into this bowl. That way, when you need to water it, you can just remove the plant in its pot and take it to the sink.
Hey there! I’m popping in about two years after I first published this post to give you guys an update! I wanted to let you know that this hanging planter has held up extremely well. The plant in this spot has grown like a weed! Here is a picture of it even after a few trimmings.
The only bad part is that it’s growing so well you can barely see the planter now. I’ll live, though, because the green on that black wall is stunning.
I’ve also made a few more of these planters, including a little one out of a smaller bowl I found at a thrift store and hung in my office space, as well as one in our bedroom. I did the little one black and the one upstairs in our bedroom gold as well.
If you like this, I also have full detailed posts on how to care for pothos plants and how to grow golden pothos from cuttings! You can also check out some of my other plant care tip posts, including ones for cape ivy, snake plants, string of pearls plants, prickly pear cactus, and rubber plants!
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- Drill three holes on the top of your bowl, spacing them out so that there is an equal distance between all three. Don't be afraid to apply some pressure.
- Use pliers to rip off any jagged pieces of stainless steel around the holes.
- Optional Step: spray paint the bowl and spray paint the quick links and the screw hook black to match the chain.
- Use your stud finder to find a ceiling joist. This is a *critical* step...if you screw your hook into drywall only and there is no ceiling joist, you need to use a special toggle anchor. The screw hook alone is not enough.
- Once you've found and marked where you want to insert your screw hook, grab your drill and a bit that is just slightly smaller than the treads on your screw hook. Drill a pilot hole up and into the ceiling, and then screw your hook in.
- Pop a plant in and hang!