How to Make a Hanging Window Planter

How to Make a Hanging Window Planter

This planter puts your light loving plants exactly where they do best.  The wireframe shelves and clear saucers  make the shelves almost transparent to below, making the planter light and airy.  Water wicking techniques bring moisture to the plant roots.

Constructing the hanging shelf

Shelf Materials:

3 – White wire shelf with connecting hooks – 10” x 22” 

2 – Metal pipe shelf supports and screws – 12” long

White spray paint

4 – Stainless steel lanyard cables with hooks – 12” long

Assembling the shelf

  1. Paint the pipe supports with at least two coats of white paint.
  2. Attach the pipe supports to the wall per manufacturer directions at the exact distance, center to center, as the shelf legs.  Make sure there is solid wood behind the attachments.  Above a window, there is often a solid wood header in the wall that is good to attach to.
  3. Loop the lanyard around the pipe then attach to the shelf hooks on all four legs, hanging them upside down.

  4. Attach shelves together upside down with the leg hooks looped over the shelf above.

Making the Planter Pots

Planter Pot Materials:

2”-4” clay pots

6” – 8” clay saucers

10” Clear plastic saucers

Wool or cotton felt

Landscape fabric

Potting soil



Assembling the pots

  1. Make sure each pot has a drainage hole in the bottom. I also used shallow clay saucers as pots for microgreens, so I had to drill several holes into the clay saucers for drainage. Use a 1/2” masonry drill bit.

  2. Cut a piece of landscape fabric to fit into the bottom of each pot and fit it in the bottom. Add soil to the pot.

  3. Cut a piece of felt that is the size of the pot. This will be used as a wick under the pot to help the soil and roots absorb water.

  4. Place each piece of felt into the clear plastic saucer and place the corresponding pot on top of the felt.

  5. Plant the seeds!  I found that labeling the pots helped me to keep track of what was planted.

After several weeks, the herbs and greensare doing well.  Microgreens can be harvested a few weeks after planting.  I water a couple times a week and the wicking felt combined with clay planters keeps the seedlings moist but not over watered. 


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