Hanging planters: how to DIY a vertical garden

Hanging planters are super cute and these herb garden planters are super tasty. Here's your next easy DIY weekend project...

DIY hanging planter for herbs
(Image credit: Curprinol)

Hanging planters are a brilliant container gardening idea for anyone with a small outdoor space – or anyone keen on creating a vertical garden, perhaps against a sunny wall near the kitchen door. What to plant in them? The humble herb is simple to grow and light enough to for a hanging planter; plus, herbs are the perfect planting solution for getting green fingered in a small space. Here, we show you how to make the perfect-sized hanging planter in your ideal colour in just a few simple steps…

If you are blessed with the space to have a full on veg garden but not really got a clue where to start, make sure you head over to our guide to creating a kitchen garden. Or if you are after some more weekend projects, head over to our hub page. 

You will need:

Step one: drill holes in your crates 

Drill small holes in the bottom of your wooden crate and sand off the rough edges. This will allow the water to drain and stop the wood from rotting. Make sure you drill a hole for the rope in each corner of the crate too and sand smooth.

Step two: Paint the crates 

Apply two coats of your favourite Cuprinol Garden Shades colour inside and out, allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats. We chose Coastal Mist, just because it looked so lovely against the lush green of the herbs. 

Step three: secure with rope

Next, cut four equal lengths of rope then thread one through each corner hole and tie securely. Create a secure loop at the top. 

Step four: fix your brackets 

Fix a bracket to the wall if needed. Fill your brand new planter with your favourite herbs and hang it up – all ready to harvest and add to your salad at your next barbecue...

DIY hanging planter for herbs

(Image credit: Curprinol)

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Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.