This post will share a cheap planter you can DIY, maybe even using something you have in your cabinet right now. Upcycle a thrift store bowl and turn it into a hanging planter. If you like this, check out a roundup of my 15 DIY planters you can make to help you decorate with plants.
A Cheap Planter You Can DIY From a Thrift Store Bowl
Hey guys, it’s time for the second month of the At Home DIY monthly challenges. Last month’s theme was “build to organize,” and I made a simple junk drawer organizer for under $5.
This month’s project is inspired by one of my most popular projects (and one of my most favorite projects), my Ikea stainless steel bowl hanging planter! When I saw a smaller version of the Blanda Blank bowls at my local Habitat Restore for $2, I grabbed it. I knew it would be perfect for the March year of DIY challenges theme of upcycled thrift store projects. It’s an awesomely cheap planter you can DIY easily…plus I can always use hanging planters 🙂
I was also able to pick up some s-hooks from Restore for $1. I already had the quick link connector and ceiling screw hook, so all I had to buy brand new for this project was some black chain from Home Depot. And that just ran me a few bucks.
Here are the S-hooks I used. The weight rating was on the back—make sure you check that for yours!
So here’s what I used:
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- Ikea Blanda Blank stainless steel bowl in the smaller size from my local Habitat Restore
- Drill (we have this one) and bit that is an appropriate size for my s-hooks
- S-hooks or quick links for appropriate weight
- Black chain
- Screw hook—Buy an 8-pack here or pick up a single in a hardware store
- Stud Finder
- Flat black spray paint
And here’s my cheap bowl planter you can DIY today.
Step 1: Wipe down the bowl and use your drill and a bit to drill three holes in the top of the bowl. Each should be roughly the same distance from one another.
Use an appropriately sized bit to drill a hole up into the ceiling, then screw the hook in. You’ll want to use a bit just slightly smaller than your screw hook.
Step 4: I added s-hooks in each hole in the bowl. Then I cut three lengths of chain using pliers. I used a type of black chain from Home Depot. Each of my chains is about 2 feet long. I then attached all three ends of the chain to a quick link and hung it on the screw hook.
Note—using all quick links will be easiest, but s-hooks are fine. You just have to be a bit more careful while you’re hanging it. I only used s-hooks because this is a thrift store challenge and I picked a bunch up at Restore for $1. 🙂
Make sure to check out my post about how to plant in pots without drainage. And then plant and hang! Doesn’t it look beautiful against the black wall?
If you like this DIY, check out my other DIY planters you can make on the cheap, including my modern plywood planter with hairpin legs, my upcycled tiny tea tin planter, my old candle holder repurpose into a planter, and my tiny teacup planters.
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