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DIY Hanging Planter for Herbs

Use this quick and easy guide to build a hanging herb garden rack. Perfect for herbs, flowers, or whatever green home gardening projects your home needs – your imagination’s the limit!

Skill Level: Intermediate
  1. Step 1 Gather Materials for Your Hanging Planter

    Tools and materials on a work bench

    Anything you don’t already have on hand can be purchased online. We’re happy to help with delivery straight to your door or by bringing your online order out to you with contactless curbside pick-up at your local Home Depot store.

  2. Step 2 Measure and Cut

    Person measuring wood
    person cutting wood slat

    Cut each of the 1x6x6 boards to a length of 31 inches using a circular saw or a sliding compound mitre saw.

    On your boards, mark the centres of the 4 inch holes you’ll be using for the planters. It’s up to you how many you’d like to fit in each layer, but we fit 4 planters per layer.

  3. Step 3 Drill Planter & Rope Holes

    Person drilling holes in wood
    Person drilling holes in wood

    With your 4 inch hole saw, cut out each of the holes for the planters.

    On each of the boards you’ve marked for the planters, drill a hole 1 inch from the edges at each corner of the short edge.

    Sand down the edges of your boards, including the edges of the holes.

  4. Step 4 Paint or Stain Wood

    Person staining wood

    Apply paint or stain for whatever look you’d like. We used a dark wood stain. Allow the maximum amount of time to dry - you don’t want the rope to get stained.

  5. Step 5 Assemble Each Layer of Your Hanging Planter

    Person assembling parts
    Person assembling parts

    The last step is to thread the rope through each board, on both sides, one at a time. Measure out a length of rope for each side of the boards – keep in mind how much vertical space you’ll need between layers. We used about 12 inches of clearance per layer with 3 layers in total.

    Remember to include a little extra length, since you’ll be tying knots to secure the boards along the rope.

    Start with the top layer. Tie a small knot below the board, under each hole, to prevent it from sliding down. Repeat with each layer.

    At the top, secure the rope to the hook for your hanging rack. We drilled two holes in the wall to suit a J-hook, but there are other methods of attaching the rack if you don’t want to drill into your wall.

    You’re done!

What You Need for This Project