Japanese Hanging Plants

Japanese Hanging Plants

This design project makes 7 hanging plants using orchids and ferns.

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Difficulty: Easy

(7) Small orchids and/or ferns of choice
Large sheet of moss with mesh backing
(14) Cups topsoil
(14) Cups peat
Small roll of 22-gauge wire
Small wire cutters
Ball of twine
Bowl of water
Spray bottle with water
Dry rag
Drill with 1/8” bit, 1/4” bit and Phillips head bit

Hanging Materials
1” x 12” diameter wood disk, painted or stained in color of choice
(4) 3” Drywall screws
(7) Small decorative hanging hooks



  1. Take your first plant and remove the pot and any plastic wrapped around the root. Gently tap off excess soil to expose the root ball of the plant. Set plant to one side
  1. Cut 3’-4’ 22-gauge wire. Set wire to one side
  1. Mix approximately 2 cups of topsoil and 2 cups of peat in tray. Add a little water and mix with the soil to make a clay soil. It should be a little sticky to the touch
  1. Grab handfuls of the clay soil mix and pack it around the root ball while simultaneously wrapping the wire around the root ball. Keep adding soil and wrapping the wire until the root ball is completely sealed in the soil and there is 4” of excess wire remaining (See image below)

Expert Tip: To help the clay soil mix stick to the root, dry topsoil can be added between layers.

  1. Make a secure loop with the excess 4” of wire. This will be used to hang the plant in later steps (See image below)


  1. Measure 10” x 10” square on the moss sheet using a ruler and cut out the square with scissors. (It doesn’t need to be exact.) Wrap the moss sheet around the plant’s root ball, similar to wrapping a candy (See image below)

  1. Cut approximately 2’ of 22-gauge wire and wrap it around the top of the moss sheet, securing it in place around the root ball (See image below)
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  1. Trim off excess moss just above the wire securing it in place. Set the plant to one side
  2. Measure and cut 6’-8’ of twine. Tie one end securely to the wire loop from Step 5 (See image below)

10. Once the hanging plant is finished, spray it well with water before hanging it in the house (See image below)

  1. Repeat Steps 1 to 10 to make six more hanging plants


  1. Use a pencil to mark 6 points in an evenly spaced circle on the wood disk and one in the center. These will be where the decorative hooks to hang the plants are placed (See diagram below)

13. Use a drill with a 1/8” bit to make pilot holes through each of the pencil marks from Step 12. Screw a decorate hook into each of the pilot holes (See image below)

14. Mark an additional 4 points, evenly spaced close to the edge of the disk. These 4 marks will be where the screws to attach the disk to the ceiling will be placed (See diagram below)

  1. Use a drill with a 1/4” bit to make pilot holes through each of the pencil marks from Step 14


  1. Hold the hanging disk up to the ceiling in the place you want your plants to hang. Using a drill with a Phillips head bit, secure the disk to the ceiling with 3” drywall screws through the four holes from Step 15
  1. Once the disk is securely in place on the ceiling, tie the twine attached to the plants to the decorative hooks, one plant per hook. Adjust the length of twine to stagger the height of the plants. Cut off excess twine with scissors
  1. Spray the plants once a week with water to keep them hydrated

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