Mid-Century Modern Planter DIY

Learn how to make this mod planter from copper plumbing supplies, a glass orb and some low-maintenance succulents.

My sister lives in Los Angeles. Her design style is mid-century modern. It's clean, uncluttered and minimal. A breath of fresh actually. I was inspired by her decorating style on a local trip to the hardware store's plumbing aisle. It all started with a handful of copper plumbing bits and pieces. 

A hanging planter is made from copper piping and a glass hanging orb.

Make a Hanging Planter

Make this modern hanging planter for succulents and air plants.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

It took me a little while to figure out how to piece together the cooper fittings, but when I was done, I had a neat way to create the arm for this planter. The total cost of this craft was around twenty dollars and it took a few days to complete if you include drying time.

The supplies are laid out on a table.

The Supplies for the Hanging Planter

A trip to the hardware store and local garden center for supplies will have you creating in no time.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

To make this hanging planter, you will need:

  • remnant rectangular piece of wood
  • copper plumbing supplies - one 90-degree elbow 1/2", two small pieces of 1/2" copper piping cut to a 2" and a 6" piece, two 90-degree fitting elbows 1/2", one tube cap 1/2", one coupling piece 1/2"
  • tube of permanent adhesive
  • drill with an 11/16th paddle bit
  • dremel with barrel sander
  • sandpaper
  • wood stain
  • fishing line
  • hanging glass orb
  • air plant, succulent clippings
  • moss
The copper plumbing pieces are glued in place to make the hanger.

Assemble the Copper Pieces for the Hanging Planter

The copper pieces are glued into place.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Begin by laying out the pieces of copper fittings.  Starting at the bottom with the 1/2" coupling, a 90-degree fitting elbow, the six-inch 1/2" pipe piece, a 90-degree elbow, the two-inch 1/2" pipe piece, the second 90-degree fitting elbow and then the 1/2" tube cap. Glue these all into place with the adhesive and allow it to dry thoroughly as per the adhesive's directions.

The Hanging Planter's Base is Made

The Hanging Planter's Base is Made

The copper piping is added to the wooden base for the hanging planter.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Sand and stain the rectangular piece of wood you selected for the base. Allow it to dry. Next, using the paddle bit, drill a hole to fit the copper coupling. To adjust the hole's size, finish it off with the dremel's sanding barrel. Flip the wooden base over and drill a small hole for a nail for hanging. Then using the same adhesive for the piping, glue the pipe into place on the front of the wooden base.

Plants are added to the hanging planter.

Finish the Hanging Planter

Fill the hanging planter with air plants and succulents.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Next add some moss and plants to the glass orb. I used two low-maintenance plants including an air plant and a few succulent clippings. Then add a loop of fishing line to the top and hang it from the copper pipe.

Enjoy this planter for years to come. You can always add or change your plants based on the season, holiday or weather. In temperate climates, this planter can be hung in a protected area outdoors.

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