This suspended plant holder adds a mod twist to your room, and keeps vines out of reach of curious toddlers and pets.
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Credit: Johnny Fogg

We love a modern macramé planter, the boho maxi dress of the botanical world, for hanging up plants on a porch or patio. But sometimes, a fern needs a mod little shift instead. That's where these leather DIY plant hanger numbers swoop in, just in time for outdoor entertaining season. Like any suspended holder, they keep vines and tendrils out of reach of curious pets and toddlers. But in addition to their chic good looks, they have a practical advantage over macramé, too: Leather is stronger and weathers the elements better than natural rope or yarn does. Ahead, we teach you how to make plant hangers with this material, so you can reap the many benefits of this sleek design.

How to Make Plant Hangers with Leather

To give your hanging garden variety, we created two different styles of DIY plant hangers: one with a cuff-style wrap and another with vertical straps. Both are simple to make—and sustainable to boot. We cut these strips of colored leather out of items we found at a thrift store. (You can also check the scrap bin at your local fabric shop, or try districtleathers.com.) We even invented a trick to help you cut out the cuff-style pattern.

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To make a cuff holder for any size pot, lay down your leather wrong-side up. Put the pot on top on its side, and roll it across. The top and bottom edges will score the hide with an arc that has just the right curve to wrap neatly around it. Then trim it to the width you want.

Beyond this leather template for your strapped or wrapped holder, all you'll need are leather or cotton cord in a matching color, a craft punch, scissors, and, depending on the style you pick, some brass brads, and a ruler or epoxy. For more in-depth instructions, follow our step-by-step tutorials for both our wrapped and strapped DIY plant holders.

Comments (4)

Martha Stewart Member
August 15, 2020
Martha Stewart Member
November 2, 2019
M Stewart has wonnnderful ideas..... Sadly I don't see pictures of the finished product . Please provide at least 1 picture for the DIY projects. Thanks
Martha Stewart Member
June 9, 2019
Would it be possible to have the identity of the top plant in this image? I believe the nickname is "tiger paw" but I am not sure. You have inspired me to create the hanger, but I would also like to find the plant. I believe it is also planted as a ground cover so I did not know if could be a hanging plant. Thank you so much for these details!
Martha Stewart Member
May 29, 2019
I love Martha and usually find great instructions for her projects. However, this project needs more directions.