Project Overview

Plants add a splash of colour and make a great feature anywhere around your house. This easy to make hanging pot garden will let you transform an empty space into a thriving oasis.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your ply
2 Measure and mark for the pots
3 Mark out the squares
4 Find the centre of the squares
5 Pre-drill the holes for the circles
6 Cut out the circles
7 Measure and mark the width for the ply
8 Cut the ply
9 Measure and mark the ply to the right length
10 Cut the ply to length
11 Measure and mark for the screw eyes
12 Pre-drill holes for the screw eyes
13 Attach the screw eyes
14 Cut the chain to length
15 Attach the chain to the screw eyes
16 Measure and mark for your hanging pot garden
17 Install the hanging pot garden
  • Step 1. Cut your ply

    To make this D.I.Y. project even easier you can get your form ply cut to size at your local Bunnings. Our cutting list for the 1200mm x 595mm x 17mm form ply is

    • 440mm x 220mm x 2
    • 930mm x 220mm x 2

  • Step 2. Measure and mark for the pots

    Measure and mark the form ply for the pots. You can make yours any size you like. Ours measured 220mm wide and 930mm long.

  • Step 3. Mark out the squares

    Using the combination square, measure and mark the 220mm squares along the length of the ply. We left 50mm in the centre as a design feature.

  • Step 4. Find the centre of the squares

    Draw straight, diagonal lines across the squares. Then mark where the lines intersect, this is the centre of the squares. 

  • Step 5. Pre-drill the holes for the circles

    Clamp the ply to the workbench. Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill holes in the centre of all of the squares. This will make positioning the hole saw easier.

  • Step 6. Cut out the circles

    With the ply still clamped to the work bench, use the hole saw to cut halfway through the ply. Turn the ply over and re-clamp it. Continue cutting with the hole saw. Cutting the holes out from both sides will stop the ply from splitting.

  • Step 7. Measure and mark the width for the ply

    Measure and mark the ply at the width of your choice. Use the square to draw a straight line along the length of the ply.

  • Step 8. Cut the ply

    Clamp the ply to the workbench. We’re using a straight edge to run our saw against. Before cutting, make sure you take into account the distance between the edge of the saw and your blade. Then, use the circular saw to cut the ply.

  • Step 9. Measure and mark the ply to the right length

    Work out how long you want your shelf to be. Measure and mark this distance on the ply.

  • Step 10. Cut the ply to length

    Clamp the ply to the workbench. Use the drop saw to cut the ply to length.

  • Step 11. Measure and mark for the screw eyes

    Measure and mark where you’re going to put the screw eyes. On one side of the shelf we measured and marked 10mm in on each end, and in the middle. But because we’re hanging more than one shelf, we measured in 15mm on the other side for the screw eyes to offset and help balance the planter.

  • Step 12. Pre-drill holes for the screw eyes

    Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill all of the holes for the screw eyes.

  • Step 13. Attach the screw eyes

    Hand screw the screw eyes into place. Then use pliers to secure them firmly.

  • Step 14. Cut the chain to length

    Measure and cut the chain links to the length you want. This will depend on where you’re putting your hanging pot garden and the size of your plants. Depending on the thickness of the chain you might be able to cut it with pliers or you may need to use bolt cutters.

  • Step 15. Attach the chain to the screw eyes

    Use the pliers to twist open the end link on the chain. Connect this link to the screw eyes. Repeat this for all of the lengths of chain and the screw eyes. 

  • Step 16. Measure and mark for your hanging pot garden

    Because it’s heavy, the hanging pot garden will need to be attached to a joist. Use a stud finder to locate the joists in the ceiling. Then measure and mark the position for your hanging pot garden.

  • Step 17. Install the hanging pot garden

    Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill holes to hang the garden. Then drill the holes for the larger 65mm screw eyes. Twist the screw eyes in, use pliers to make sure they’re secure. Hang the “S” hooks from the screw eyes and hang the shelves.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Combination square
  • Cordless drill
  • 2mm drill bit
  • Drop saw
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • 127mm hole cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Pointy nose pliers and pincers
  • Quick grip clamps
  • Safety glasses
  • Straight edge clamp
  • Utility knife

Materials

  • 17mm x 1200mm x 2400mm formply
  • 2.6mm x 6m zinc plated single jack chain
  • 75mm “S” hooks
  • 66mm screw eyes x 4
  • 40mm screw eyes
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Pots
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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