Learn how to make this simple DIY Hanging Planter for your front door with moss and flowers all season long.
Instead of a summer wreath, I decided to try making another planter that you can hang on the door. A while back I shared my Grapevine Wreath Planter. It was great but did need to be watered frequently. This DIY Hanging Planter has more room for soil and root growth so it should require less maintenance.
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This planter starts with a chicken wire frame. You can make it any size you want but keep in mind the larger it is the heavier the end product. If it's too heavy you may have trouble finding the right hooks to hang it on.
The one shown here measures approximately 18 inches long and 7 inches wide.
Cone Planter Supplies
- Chicken Wire
- Sheet Moss
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Wire for the Hanger
How to Make a DIY Hanging Planter
Start by shaping the chicken wire into the shape of a cone. Since you are going to hang this on a wall or door, the seam or closure can be on the back side. You can even shape it so that the back is somewhat flat.
Lay the wire cone on sheet moss and hot glue the moss to the top by running a line of glue on the top edge of the moss. Then wrap it over the top edge of the chicken wire cone and press together.
Use more hot glue to adhere the side edges together in the back. Then gather the bottom and glue it to the base of the cone.
Next, add a hanger by taking some wire and wrapping it around some of the chicken wire on the inside of the wire frame near the top.
Now your planter is ready to be filled with soil and plants. If you want, you could add some plastic nursery cells or other filler in the bottom at this point. This will make the planter even lighter with plenty of room for soil.
Choose plants that will cascade down over the front and sides of the moss.
Don't forget to consider the light for the area your planter will live. My front door receives some sun but it's quite shady, so I used some white bacopa, purple alyssum, and blue lobelia. I also added some hot pink impatiens in the back center for height.
I've already noticed that it doesn't dry out too quickly. Still, since it's under a roof I need to make sure I water it every couple of days. Especially while it is getting established.
To make it easier and less messy for the door I remove the planter and set it against the wall to water and let it drain before hanging it back up.
I think it looks great with my Two Tiered Flower Planters.
It's a very cottagey garden feel at our house this year.
P.S. You may also like my Hanging Sphagnum Moss Planter or Flower Moss Globe Planter. You can find them and many more on my DIY Projects Page.
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DIY Hanging Planter Made with Chicken Wire and Moss
- Hot glue gun
- Chicken Wire
- Sheet Moss
- Wire for the Hanger
- Shape the chicken wire into the shape of a cone.
- Lay the wire cone on sheet moss.
- Hot glue the moss to the top by running a line of glue on the top edge of the moss.
- Wrap it over the top edge of the chicken wire cone and press together.
- Add more hot glue to adhere the side edges together in the back.
- Gather the bottom and glue it to the base of the cone.
- Add a hanger by taking wire and wrapping it around some of the chicken wire on the inside near the top.
- Fill the planter with soil and plants.
I love to see your creative ideas, Patti. This looks very pretty on your front door! It’s so unique and fresh for the warm months.
Thank you for sharing.
Adorable planter idea, Patti!!! I love that you lined the chicken wire with newspaper and moss to hold the dirt and plants inside. Very pretty with the planters on the patio (which I love!). Hope your door planter grows beautifully all summer!
Happy hugs to you,
Thanks Barbara. I hope it gets lush and full this summer.
This is such a cute idea, the green looks especially pretty against your wood front door!
Thanks Roxanne. I love the look of moss against the dark door too.
I have chicken wire in my shed and always forget to use it. Thanks for this beautiful project reminder!
Janet, I know what you mean. I have so much stuff stashed away, forget to use it and have been known to re-purchase. Happy gardening.
I too am looking for something different for my front door. Love the shape of this hanging planter. Also, I didn't know sheet moss existed! Thanks for including a link to that. Oh, the possibilities....
Susan, there are so many nice moss and moss-like products out now. Makes it a lot easier to create that beautiful look of natural moss.