This DIY Hanging Planter Reuses Those Glass Jars You Have Laying Around

You may have already heard of people using old glass jars for storing pantry staples such as rice and pasta, but what about plants? If you're looking to install a hanging planter in your home, rather than spending the cash on something from the store, you could instead upcycle an old glass jar you have and transform it into a magical DIY hanging planter. Not only is this a great way to save any old jars you have, but it could also save you money since you won't have to buy anything if you already have what you want to plant. 

You also have the option to customize it however you want and make as many as you like, depending on how many jars you have. Not to mention, it can also create a pretty unique look. For this DIY planter, grab an old glass jar, some string, potting soil, small plants, and small stones. If you want to use your jars to propagate root plant cuttings, the stones and potting soil aren't necessary. 

Prep your glass jars

Okay, so you have your glass jars on hand, now what? First, you'll need to prep them, which you can do by taking off any outer packaging or stickers. To get the sticky film off, TikTok user @Hannashappyhome recommends scrubbing with a solution of two parts baking soda and one part oil, then giving them a good washing on both the inside and the outside before letting them dry. When this is done, take your string and create a macrame pattern to use as a plant hanger, tying it in a knot at the top to hang it somewhere.

For the next step, you'll need to decide whether you want to use potting soil or propagate some cuttings you have. If you want to use potting soil, first create a thin layer of pebbles at the bottom before placing some soil on top, insert your small plant, and top off the jar with more soil to about an inch or so from the top of the jar. If you are propagating rather than planting, simply add water to fill the jar about half or two-thirds the way full and place your cuttings in the jar. Just ensure you change the water every week to keep your plant healthy and try to hang it somewhere that gets optimal sunlight for the type of plant you use. 

Customizing your hanging planter jar

If you want to add your own touch to your hanging planter, there are plenty of ways to do so. One of the more obvious options is to paint it. However, the color you choose and the theme you want to go for will be up to you. For example, if you have a white kitchen, you could experiment with bright colors such as yellow and pink to create a "pop." Just make sure you choose a paint that works with glass, for example, with this option that comes in an array of colors from Walmart for $5.80. You could even create a custom design such as painting faux stained glass. In addition to this, experiment with different colors of string for your hanger, even incorporating several different colors to create a rainbow effect.

Another way to add a custom look would be to adhere some material around the outside, such as this gingham fabric from Etsy for $3.99 for a traditional look or a modern artsy look for $6.59, again from Etsy. One thing to keep in mind with this hack is the jar's weight with everything inside, as you'll need to ensure the string is strong enough to hold it all. For this reason, it is better to opt for a thicker string rather than one that's very thin. You should also ensure that it's tightly knotted as you won't want it to fall and shatter, which will be especially important if you suspend your plants from the ceiling