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A vintage wooden trough becomes a hanging planter in a few easy steps.

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In his third book, Wild Creations, Baltimore-based “plantfluencer,” horticulturist, and interior plant designer Hilton Carter shares too many great ideas for incorporating house plants into your home decor to count. His DIY projects range from hanging wall planters to creating floral candles, or covering walls with moss. But the one project that stopped us in our tracks is the plant chandelier: A long, narrow hanging planter suspended over a table that Carter describes as “beautifully strange, robust orbs…like traditional light fixtures, but alive and without luminosity.” It was a plant chandelier that inspired Carter, after he spotted one in a cafe, to fill his own home with greenery back in 2011. A decade later, Carter has a limited edition line of planters and garden accessories at Target and a massive presence on Instagram. Will a plant chandelier change your life like Carter’s? Likely not. But it might be fun to try.

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What You Need:

Hilton Carter Plant Chandelier materials you need: plants, wooden container, plastic sheet, staple gun, paint brush and wood sealant, drill and drill bit, eye hooks, carabiners, and chains or ropes.

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Wooden container e.g. a canoe or wine crate

Plants and soil

Spray can of clear-coat wood sealant

Heavy-duty plastic sheet (a heavy-duty trash bag will do)

Staple gun and staples paintbrush

Electric drill with ¼ in. (6.5 mm) wood drill bit

4 x carabiners (size and color of your preference)

4 x eye hooks

2 x drywall anchors (if necessary)

Chain or rope to hang the chandelier

Instructions

Before you begin your project, it is important to first figure out where in your home you are going to be hanging your plant chandelier and how high or low you would like it to hang. Once you have located that spot and measured the distance from the ceiling to where it will hang to, purchase rope, chain, or whatever you would like to use to hang your chandelier with. For these projects I decided to use a chain because it added a little hardness to the softness of the wood and greenery.

Select a container for your plants. This container will make just as much of a statement as the plants, so be creative. Anything from a wine crate to a canoe will work. When making this decision, consider using hardwoods such as white or red oak that are more water-repellent, or woods like cedar that are bug-repellent. I used a salvaged wood container that was once used for industrial molds.

How to water: Start slow and place a small bowl or vessel below it to capture any runoff that comes out. You don’t want to fill the container with too much water. If it gets too heavy it could pull the hooks out of the ceiling.