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DIY Burlap Hanging Planter Tutorial

written by Sarah

Burlap Hanging Planter

Have you seen the price of planters these days? Either they are cheap plastic and affordable, or super cute and a fortune. If you’re like me, you  spent the garden budget on flowers and forgot all about the planters. Oops.

No need to worry, because all you need is a wire hanger and 1/2 yard of burlap to make your own planter. This burlap planter is country chic and great for your plants. The burlap drains extra water to prevent rot, while keeping the soil damp on hot summer days. I’ve used a plant liner (cost $0.99), but really, a hand full of hay or even some muslin would work. No need to get all that fancy mumbo-jumbo.

Total Cost: $5 (seriously)

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From start to finish, this project will take roughly 20 minutes. Awesome, right? They make great gifts (as my soon-to-be-birthday-girl neighbor continually reminds me) and look great hanging pretty much anywhere. I don’t recommend using indoors, because the burlap will leak excess water. Great for the plant, not so great for floors. However, if you use vinyl fabric and are careful with watering, you could definitely use this planter indoors.


1/2 yard of burlap
Plant liner (or muslin/hay; see above)
Wire hanger and pliers
Flowers! and some potting soil
Sewing Machine and Universal Needle (however, this could be done all by hand)
Hand Sewing Needle
Multipurpose Thread

Place plant liner on burlap for tracing. You’ll have to place your hand inside the liner and “mold” the circle as you trace to accommodate for the depth. If you don’t mold the planter, you’ll end up with an oval shape instead of a circle. If you don’t have a plant liner, just drawl a big circle.

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Add an additional 1 1/2 inch border to original tracing. Eventually, you will fold over the border to encase the hanger.

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Shape the circle into a bowl by folding 4 to 5 box pleats. For our purpose, it’s better if the inner folds don’t butt up together like a normal box pleat. If we did a tight box pleat, we would end up with a small opening and large base instead of a ‘bowl’ appearance. To secure the pleats in place, sew a seam 1 inch from the raw edge. Eventually, we will turn the bowl inside out and fold this raw edge under.

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The secret ingredient. Remove the tube and start unwrapping the hanger hook.

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Try your best to work out all the kinks and mold into a hoop by interlocking the two ends. If you have arthritis or carpal tunnel, ask a friend to help. This part can be a bit difficult.

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With the basket turned inside out, turn the raw edges under to enclose the metal hoop. Using a hand needle and matching thread, whip stitch in place. I really recommend taking the extra 5 minutes to do this by hand. The idea of using a sewing machine that close to thick metal makes me nervous. If you cringe at the thought of hand sewing, use a zipper foot to sew the casing. And maybe some shatter proof goggles.

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Cut 12 equal strands 1 -2 inches wide. The length will depend on how far you want the basket to dangle. Mine are about 15 inches long. As you braid, the burlap will fray. No worries. Just braid tightly into 4 separate straps. Then, you can go back and snip the strands that poke out. I’ve had my basket up for about 2 weeks and it has hasn’t unraveled.

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Criss-cross the straps over each other and sew the raw edges to the inside of the basket right below the wire hoop. Sew the straps securely with multiple seams reversing and crossing each other. This can be done on a sewing machine, just pay attention to the metal hoop.

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Finished! Go hang that beauty and show off your beautiful flowers!

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Sally Seidel May 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm

How many yards burlap to line a 12 inch hanging basket I already have???

CustomerService May 16, 2018 at 4:40 pm

I would recommend 1 yard. You would have plenty and any extra you have, you can save for the next project!

Petra Seefeld January 1, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Hi, just a couple of questions. I don’t know whether I’ve missed it somewhere. What is the diameter of the burlap circle and how did you attach the top of the 4 handles? Kind regards Petra.

Sarah January 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Hi! I’m so sorry – I should have been clearer. I used the plant liner to trace my circle. I believe the diameter came out to 15 inches.
For the strap ends: I layered all the strap ends together (to intersect like a grid) and stitched in place using a “X Box” pattern.

Anne December 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Are you using the coco plant liner for size, or could you also use it inside the burlap to help retain moisture?

Sarah December 29, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Yes, definitely use a plant liner to control the moisture level needed for the type of plant you will be hanging.

Linda June 15, 2016 at 8:47 pm

I just came across this tutorial. (Have no idea how I got here) but sure glad I did. I think this is a great idea for novel and non pricy planter containers.
They will look so nice hanging from the trees. Thank you so much.

Patty R. June 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

We buy Basmati Rice in burlap bags with big red plastic zippers at the top. I won’t throw them away because I knew I’d run across something to use them for!!
Thanks so much for the great Idea!!

Patty R.

laura May 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

This is just what I have been looking for! Do you think other material can be used or not?

Ellen June 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

Hello Laura!

What ever fabric you use needs to have holes in it like the burlap, to allow the extra water to drain out easily. Otherwise the fabric may rot.

Kathy May 30, 2016 at 10:20 pm

HOW long do you think it might take both fabrics (the burlap and muslin, to totally rot out from being wet all the time? What about sealing both fabrics with something to make them totally waterproof? The flowers would just have to be watered more often, but I would rather have my fabric planter last longer and just water the flower(s) more often.

Ellen May 31, 2016 at 8:55 am

Hello Kathy!

A co-worker of mine is still using her burlap planter that she made last year. I wouldn’t worry about rotting.

Rosa May 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to get started making these hanging planter baskets

Ellen May 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

You’re welcome, Rosa!

Sandra D. April 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Instead of burlap by the yard, I purchased used burlap coffee bags. Each one has a different design/logo. Makes for interesting hanging planters, because each one is unusual and most often from different countries.

Tania January 22, 2016 at 2:59 am

Lovely, lovely idea. Just right for some cheerful plants!!!

Joyce Santoni January 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

using the same basic idea, I have made “saddlebag” planters for mailboxes. Works great. Thank you for the great tutorial.

Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:43 am

Great idea!

Nina May 2, 2015 at 4:09 am

Splenda ideal, I just happen to have a stash of burlap. Thanks for sharing.

Carol February 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I love this idea. With spring around the corner there will several of these hanging ready for new flowers. Thank you SEW much……

Sarah February 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Our pleasure! I’m making some more for my garden this year, as well!

Betty White February 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Can’t wait to make some to hang in my trees!!

Sarah February 5, 2015 at 10:21 am

That sounds lovely! !

Qlt812 June 5, 2014 at 3:21 am

Thanks for sharing the burlap tutorial! I have a few yards of burlap (red birds and vines design) stashed away in a plastic container I can use gladly :)…

Sarah June 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm

That will look so beautiful!!!!!

Mary Smith January 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

What a great idea. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing


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