Today I am going to share a DIY project my husband and I worked on over Mother’s Day! Yesterday, we built some hanging basket planters and they may very well be one of my favorite DIY projects to date! I got this idea when I saw some similar ones on the Facebook marketplace. I snapshotted the ad and sent them to my husband. Then I got to thinking..what if we recycled the old wooden studs from our nursery remodel. I’m talking studs from the 1880’s that were actual nominal lumber. They had been laying behind the house since last February and were on our list for spring cleaning. The plan was to take them to the dump but if we could recycle and save money while building a cool project, why not? So that is how my idea of hanging basket planters came to be.
Hanging Basket Planters Tutorial
Here’s the old studs, just laying behind our house looking pretty lonely.
First, you need to decide how tall and wide you want your hanging basket planters to be. Since the hanging baskets we purchased were 14 inches, we decided to make our hanging basket planters 20″ wide. Remember to account for the width of the stud too. Since our studs were 2″ wide, the inside width of the hanging basket planters ended up being 16″ giving us an inch on either side of the basket which was more than enough. We also decided we wanted our planters to stand 44″ tall. Remember with this to also take into account the width of the top studs. You’ll also want to cut a base piece that is wider than the other pieces. This will help your hanging basket planter stand.
So the lengths we ended up with were (2) 40″ 2×4 and (2) 20″ 2×4 ending up with a finished hanging basket planter that measured 44″ high and 20″ wide. Our base was a 1×10 we had laying around in the barn. We cut this piece to 23″ long.
Next, you want to use your pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes on each end of your longer boards. This allows for your screws to be hidden inside and not visible.
Now, screw all four pieces together with the shorter pieces on top and bottom and the longer pieces on the sides. You’re almost done!
Next, you just need to screw on the base and the ceiling hook that will hold your hanging baskets. Make sure you hanging basket planter is centered on the base and use a few screws to make sure it’s steady. I chose to stain my bases to match the weathered wood. Add some flowers to your baskets and hang!
We ended up making three of these as we accidentally bought three hanging baskets from the store. Two we placed in front of our front door and one in front of our side door. They add the perfect rustic charm to our deck (which needs replaced) and were so easy and cheap to make. What do you think about these simple reclaimed wood hanging basket planters? I’m in love with them and the fact that we were able to recycle and spring clean all while making a cute DIY project!