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A Cheap Planter You Can DIY: Upcycled Thrift Store Bowl (DIY at Home March)

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 🙂

thrift store bowl
thrift store bowl
thrift store bowl

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!

package of S hooks

So here’s what I used:

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And here’s my cheap bowl planter you can DIY today.

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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.

drill with a bit on it
thrift store bowl with holes drilled in it
thrift store bowl
thrift store bowl with holes drilled in it

Step 2: Paint the bowl, inside and out, using the flat black spray paint. You can also paint the screw hook and s-hooks or quick links to match. I bought black chain, so I didn’t need to paint that.

painting a bowl black

Step 3: Use a stud finder to find a stud in the ceiling. If you don’t have a stud nearby, you need to use a screw hook with an anchor made for drywall, not just a plain screw hook. 

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. 🙂

package of S hooks
price tag for black chain

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?

hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl
hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl
hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl
hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl
hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl
hanging DIY planter made out of a steel bowl

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.

I also have a few pothos-themed posts you might like, how to care for pothos plants and how to grow golden pothos from cuttings.

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  1. Eileen says:

    Brittany, this turned out soo nice! I would never know it used to be a silver bowl. I’m loving your gardening DIYs 🙂

  2. Cindy says:

    Way to save an old ugly bowl…I NEVER would have thought of a plant holder!

  3. Very pretty planter! I love the contrast of the green against the blacks and grays.

  4. Anam says:

    I’ve always been scared of drilling a hole in these bowls and now seeing your project I have no excuse.
    It looks Beautiful!

  5. Kenya Rae says:

    This is so simple but so beautiful! I want to incorporate more plants in my home, but I get anxious and don’t know where to start.

  6. Randi says:

    This looks so cute … and I love that it’s super cheap to make! I love having plants in my house.

  7. Marianne says:

    It looks so pretty. What a wonderful project. Great upcycle.

  8. Amy says:

    I love it! Such a great upcycle! I have some old metal bowls I should do this with!

  9. meegan says:

    You created such a stunning piece for any home. I love the black paint. Very nice, Brittany.

  10. Megan says:

    I would have never thought that this was a regular metal kitchen bowl. And I love that you painted it black with the green from the plant, amazing!!

  11. How pretty is that hanging planter! Love it!! The green of the plant really pops with the black. Love it!

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