How to Make a Hanging Herb Planter

Under 2 hours

Build a unique hanging herb garden using rope, lumber and terra cotta plants

This guide will show you how to turn your herb garden into a beautiful hanging display.  

Download the PDF instructions for the How to Make a Hanging Garden project.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Cut the lumber

Mark and carefully cut the 1 x 6-inch board into two 31-inch pieces, using a miter or circular saw.

2
Drill the holes

• Mark centers of the 4-inch holes and drill
• Draw a line straight down the center of one of the boards. It should be about 2 ¾-inches from the edges.
• Make a mark on the line 5 inches from the end of the board, then at 12, 19, and 26 inches.
• Using the four marks you made on each board, drill four 4-inch holes in each board.
• Measure in 1 inch from each corner edge and side. Use these marks to drill four 5⁄16-inch holes in each board.

Safety: Make sure to work off the edge of your work surface to avoid damaging it. Clamp the board down tightly to the workbench.

3
Prepare the boards

If desired, paint or stain your boards. Allow them to dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.

4
Add the rope

• Cut the 16-foot rope in half.
• Run each one down, under, and up each end of the bottom board, making sure to keep the board exactly centered.
• Measure and make a mark 12 to 14 inches up each side of the ropes and tie a knot.
• Now you can slide the top board down the ropes to rest on the knots, and tie the ends together.

5
Hang the garden

• Find a suitable spot for your garden, and screw in the J hooks. Set them 29 inches apart into a solid beam or overhang.
• Fill the pots with potting soil and your choice of herbs or veggies. Then pop the pots into the holes and you’re done.