Hanging Planters

Hanging Planters

Learn how to make whimsical hanging planters with Designer Kenneth Wingard’s instructions.

5 col

1-inch decorator brush ­
(2) Repurposed outdoor lantern with a solid bottom
Multi-purpose rubber coating
Decorative sea glass or pebbles for drainage
All-purpose sand
Potting soil
Assortment of small succulent plants — enough to fill each lantern
Spray bottle with water
Stud finder
Drill with 1/8-inch drill bit
Decorative ceiling hook
Decorative hanging chain (1 1/2-inch link)
(2) 1-inch oval carabiner
Wire cutters


  1. Use a paintbrush to carefully apply a generous layer of rubber coating onto the inside base of the lantern — this will make the lantern planter watertight. Allow the rubber to dry and then apply a second coat, making sure there are no gaps. Discard the paintbrush after use

  1. Pour a 2- to 3-inch layer of decorative pebbles or sea glass into the bottom of the lantern. They will help with water drainage for the plants. Then pour a 2- to 3-inch layer of sand on top of the pebbles
  2. Create a 50-50 mixture of potting soil and sand, and then pour 2 to 3 inches on top of the sand. Potting soil alone has too much water for succulent plants so mixing it with sand cuts down the water content
  3. Remove the succulent plants from their pots and shake off any excess dirt from around the roots. Inside the lantern, make small holes in the soil with your hand and add the plants in an arrangement to your liking

Tip: Plant taller succulents in the center of the lantern and smaller ones around the edges.


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  1. Use a spray bottle with water to generously spray the succulents and soil

Tip: Succulents are the preferred type of plant for a sealed bottom planter since they don’t require much watering.

  1. Repeat steps 1 to 5 to make the second lantern

Hanging the Lantern:

  1. Locate a stud in the ceiling where you want to hang your lantern and drill a pilot hole into the stud with a 1/8-inch drill bit
  2. Screw a decorative hook into the hole
  3. Attach decorative chain to the ring on top of the lantern using an oval carabiner
  4. Decide how far from the ceiling you would like your lantern to hang and cut the chain to that length using wire cutters. Hang the lantern from the ceiling hook

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