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Upcycled hanging planter

By: Garden Gate staff
Upcycle a glass lampshade into a unique hanging planter.

upcycled-hanging-baskets-lead-tall: Glass gets hot in the sun so provide some afternoon shade for your planter so the potting mix doesn't dry out as quickly.

Make an upcycled hanging planter

A glass lamp shade can be just the right size for a charming hanging planter and has drainage already built in. Here we have started with a 9½-in. diameter glass lamp shade.


  • Glass lamp shade
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Chain by the foot
  • S-hook
  • Split rings - 2 sizes
  • Potting mix
  • Canning lid jar
  • Paper coffee filter or piece of wire mesh


  • Awl or screwdriver to drive holes through canning lid jar

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How to make an upcycled hanging planter

A) Spray paint the inside of the glass lamp shade if you don’t want to see the potting mix. Carefully plant to avoid scratching it. You’ll need to repaint every year.
B) Hang the basket with chain by the foot. Attach at the top with an S-hook.
C) Attach the chain to split rings in two sizes and colors from the craft store.
D) Form the base with a canning jar lid with holes punched in it for the split rings.
E) Place a paper coffee filter or piece of wire mesh in the bottom to keep soil from spilling out.

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What to plant in your hanging planter

Firecracker flower is a tropical plant that likes the heat. If the pansies start to fade in hot weather, you could replace them with purple verbenas (Verbena hybrids). Give these plants full to part sun.

Glass gets hot in the sun so provide some afternoon shade for your planter so the potting mix doesn't dry out as quickly.


A) Firecracker flower (Crossandra infundibuliformis ‘Orange Marmalade’)
B) Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana Matrix™ Purple)
C) Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’)

Published: April 8, 2019

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