DIY Recycled Hanging Planter

When you live in a 458 sq. ft apartment it makes it difficult to decorate your home the way you would like. What makes it more challenging is that I grew up in what felt like a mansion where I had the luxury of cooking in a full kitchen, having my own room (which is bigger than my current apartment), and best of all, having my own garden to grow my very own vegetables.
But of course when you grow up and move out certain things need to be sacrificed and pennies need to be pinched. However, if you put your creative juices to the test, you can come up with a way where you can get what you want in cost-effective manner. Enter my DIY Reusable Hanging Planter. Made entirely from old juice/milk cartons, scraps of linen, duct tape and string, I was able to create space-efficient hanging planters to house all my herbs. 
Now I have my hanging herb garden on my small little patio and have fresh mint and parsley available to me on demand, all for the cost of a few dollars! Hope you have fun creating your earth-friendly hanging garden!
Project: DIY Recycled Hanging Planter
Materials Needed:
- Old 1L milk/juice carton
- Duct tape
- Scraps of linen or canvas fabric
- Hot glue gun and the hot glue
- Heavy strong string
- Your favourite herb plant
1. Wash out your empty milk/juice carton and dry it.
2. Measure up 4 inches from the bottom of the carton. Using a permanent marker, make a line all the way around.
3. Using an exacto knife, cut along the line that you just drew, until you are left with an open top box.
4. Cover the entire box with duct tape (this adds stability).
5. Cut up the the canvas/linen fabric into 1′ strips. 
6. Using your hot glue gun, hot glue the strips of fabric to the box, covering the entire outside of the box. Glue strips over the opening of the box to the inside of the box.
7. Also, continue gluing the fabric onto the bottom side of the box.
8. Put some duct tape on the bottom side of the box to tape down the pieces of fabric to the base for added security.
9. Pull the strings of the edges of the material to create texture and a more weathered effect.
10. Now that the box is complete, using an exacto knife, cut a hole into each of the four corners of the box 1 cm from the top.
11. Feed a 1 meter long piece of string through one of the holes until the middle of the string is in the hole part. 
12. Tie a knot with both pieces of string just above the top of the box. Repeat the same process on the other 3 corners.
13. Gather one string from one corner knot and one string from the knot beside it and knot those two together. Repeat with the other 3 sides.
14. Same process. Gather one strong from one knot and one string from the knot beside it and knot those two together. Repeat with other 3 sides.
15. Gather all the strings together at the very top and knot all of them together.
16. Place your desired herb of choice plant in the box and hang from a railing, a peg or a hook.
17. Your DIY recycled hanging planter is ready to blossom! Enjoy! 
Happy green-thumbing!
Love. S


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13 Responses to DIY Recycled Hanging Planter

  1. Mina May 31, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Amazing upcycling idea! Have been looking for a planter for the kitchen since forever. Would’ve never thought that this one was made from an old milk carton. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Andrea June 1, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Love it, love it! I can see my fire escape garden expanding!

    • Sheryl June 3, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Glad we could help inspire you to be creative and to help you expand your gardens while saving the environment!

  3. Caroline September 26, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Really like it ladies! One question for you: do you need to create a draining system?

    • Sheryl Yen September 26, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Caroline! Glad you like our little project! As pour the draining system – we never created one and we never really ran into a problem with that. We tried not to overload our little plant with water and found that everything held together just fine. You could always poke big holes in the bottom four corners of the box and use that as a draining system. But yes, we never had one and didn’t find much problems with it :)

    • budgiebuddy November 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      As long as you don’t overwater, you’ll be fine. Water immediately after the soil becomes dry to the touch.


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