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A potted plant hanging on a macrame hanger in the corner of a room


Add interest to your room and create a stunning foliage focal point by hanging indoor plants from your ceiling. It's really simple, here's how.


1Choose which plant you'd like to hang

Before you start, decide what kind of plant you'd like hanging from your ceiling – we went with a Boston fern (as it has such lovely, dense foliage), but drooping/hanging plants like the ever-popular Devil's Ivy or cute String Of Pearls look just as good. You'll also need to pick a pot and hanger (if you're not making your own, like we did) – Bunnings have a great selection in store.

A person holding a spring toggle hook

2Get your screws sorted

The best way to attach your hanger to the ceiling is by using a spring toggle hook set. First, you'll want to attach your washer to the hook – this will sit flush to the plasterboard once the hook is screwed into the roof. Grab your spring toggle, place it on top of the hook and turn clockwise, turning the toggle's ‘legs' downwards. These toggles are great as they'll spring out once you've placed them through your ceiling hole. They grab onto the plasterboard, stopping your hook from popping out and can support up to 10kg of weight. You don't want to overload them though – make sure you weigh your pot and hanger first if you're concerned.

A person drilling a hole in a ceiling with a cordless drill

3Drill your hole

Once you've figured out where you'd like your pot to hang, grab some eye protection and drill and your hole. A little word of advice – don't drill too close to adjoining walls as you don't want your pot banging against them. Be decisive about where you want your pot to hang – once that spring toggle is in, it ain't coming out!

A person inserting a spring toggle hook into a hole in a ceiling

4Screw your hook in

Grab a stepladder and climb up to place your spring toggle into the hole you've just drilled. You'll hear a click once it's sprung out – give your hook a little jiggle to make sure it really is secure. Pull and twist your hook up so the washer is flush with the roof then pull down again for one last check – and you're ready to hang! 

A holding a potted plant that is hanging on a macrame hanger in the corner of a room

5Hang your plant!

Once your hook is in place you're good to go! Pre-purchase a hanging planter, and voila! You've now got your very own statement plant. How easy was that?

6Watch more from the series

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 4: Lounge Makeover by Rachel-Lee and Rachel Aust.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.