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abeautifulmess.com · May 11, 2015

Colorful Copper Pipe Hanging Planter

There may be more hanging planter DIYs on the Internet than any other popular craft right now, but there is always a way to take your standard craft up a notch! Why not add oversized, hand-painted, wooden beads and copper pipe accents for a little more fun! Make a trio of coordinating hangers, and enjoy both cleaner air and a cuter house. You're welcome.

-three plants inserted directly into airy pots with their containers still attached. You can repot if you wish, but I'd suggest repotting succulents or something tolerant enough that it doesn't need to stay moist.
-7/32" x 100' package of braided cotton clothesline
-fifteen 3/4" unfinished round wooden beads
-nine 1" unfinished round wooden beads
-eleven 1 1/2" unfinished round wooden beads
-1/4" x 2' copper pipe
-pipe cutter
-acrylic craft paint

For your first plant hanger, cut three strands of rope that equal 10' each. Fold these in half and tie a loop knot to create your top knot as shown above.

Paint your wooden beads in your preferred colors. I didn't sand mine before painting because I have more important things to do with my life, but it's obviously up to you. The pink paints I used were from a craft paint set that belonged to Ruby and had more of a washed effect than the acrylics I used on the other two planters. I liked how subtle it turned out. I started to set my beads on copper string that I stuck in a box so the paint wouldn't get messed up, but then I realized how fast they were drying and got a little lazy. They still turned out great.

You can see how these paints still allowed the wood grain pattern to show through. I'm a fan.

I had six strands of rope hanging down from my knot and knew I wanted to double up my rope to string through the beads. I added them according to size, two strands at a time, and then tied a knot where I wanted them to hang. I altered their heights for interest but you could make them all even instead.

Next, I split each set of ropes and knotted the left strand from one set of beads to the right strand of the beads next to it. Then I repeated that one more time but splitting the strands again. You can see how this makes a tubular effect.

Finally, I knotted all of the ropes together at the bottom and trimmed the ends. If you have more rope to work with, you can let the ends hang long.

For the next one, I cut my rope strands to be about 11' long each before knotting them all into a loop knot in the middle. I then cut copper pipe into 3" pieces and added them over double strands of rope before adding my painted beads. I used acrylic paint on these and left the small beads natural. I knotted them so they'd all be even and then continued tying my knots to make the netting.

For this planter I covered more of the rope by adding more copper and smaller beads.

You can play around with varied lengths and long ends underneath your plants, or even work on a smaller scale with smaller beads, rope and copper pipe. I love how the beads kind of steal the show in this arrangement, though. Sometimes bigger is just better. Would you paint yours or keep them natural? -Rachel

Credits // Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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