This summer I am using my draped hanging pots
Two years ago, I made several draped hypertufa pots and now I am enjoying them as hanging pots. It seems to work and I have experimented last spring to be sure they hold and don’t allow the weight of the pot to “tear” the fabric.I am glad to report that they worked just fine, and are continuing to hold more plants this year.
These pots were made with linen napkins and were just about the size I wanted to hang. You may want to test yours too to see if they would work as draped hanging pots.
I have used some smaller versions of the draped hypertufa pots as seen in these posts:
and there are three videos beginning with this one:
I had wondered if these would work as a hanging planter. And I found out that they do! I have had them hanging for a long time, since early last spring 2015, and the weight of the pot and plant have not torn out any of the edges where I have attached a chain.
You need: A drill and some chains with slip/spring links
I used some of the planters that I made in past years, so these have weathered the outdoors in Ohio, wind and snow, ice and rain, all the elements of fall and winter and spring.
I just felt that the silhouette of the planter would be perfect hanging up on hooks or from the eaves of the deck roof, so I have made them and left them hanging during rains etc during two spring seasons. The rains created extra weight but this has not torn the holes drilled in the sides and they are still hanging beautifully.
It is really simple and easy to change one of these into a hanging planter. You will need some chains, slip link/hooks, and your drill. A ruler or yardstick will help too.
#Affiliate Links – I selected a chain with slip link/hooks ( mine were from an old discarded wire basket). Some of these are sets of three chains or four chains, so whichever you may have or order, you will need to measure three or four points on the draped planter judging where the chain will attach as needed for a balanced planter.
Or if you are good at macrame which was used a while back but seems to be back in fashion, make a hanger out of that. Or buy one like this pretty macrame pot hanger.
Attaching Chains to the Draped Hypertufa Pots
Measure points either in a triangle pattern for three chains or a rectangle/square for a four chain set. In order for the planter to hang level, you need to be sure to balance out your hanging points.
I filled the planter with the soil so that I would know the correct line to drill above. Using a long yardstick or ruler, make your holes on the same level plane.
The holes drill easily as you know from when you drilled drainage holes in the bottom. I don’t recommend using the “points” of your pot as the hanging attachment area. To me, it wouldn’t look right, but to each his own. Also I think is would distort the silhouette of the planter.
I went ahead and planted the plant, wave petunias in this one in the photo ( I have Baby Sun Rose in one this year) , and when all was watered and settled and any extra soil added, it was at this point that I put the slip hook into the holes.
Then adjust your chain to get an even hanging “situation” and you are ready. I have one out by the hummingbird feeder next to my garden shed. I really like looking at it against the green of the woods. Another is on a hook on the garden fence. Hopefully, my Baby Sun Rose will bloom soon.
So what do you think of the draped hanging pots? I really like them. See what you think by hanging one for yourself. They are reuseable for next year too, so could even be sheltered over the winter with a perennial. The ones I made last year are still hanging with no separation at the holes. Great!
Let me know if you try it and like it. I love it. And I hope you will too!
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.