How to create a wall of plants

Wall of hanging plants | Growing Spaces

We recently decorated our hallway, stairway and landing – finally ridding the house of its last areas of beige and magnolia, and painting everything a fresh, bright white. Obviously this meant taking everything down off the walls, and I’ve taken my time deciding what to fill that great, white expanse of wall on the stairway. I wanted to try to introduce some plants there if I could, but I couldn’t work out quite how to go about doing it. Then I went along to B&Q’s recent press show, and saw some clever wall hooks made using plywood – we were even given a tutorial sheet to take home. We all know what a fan I am of using plywood in interiors, and an idea started to take shape.

Wall of hanging planters | Growing Spaces

B&Q had also sent me a handy tutorial for a hanging planter when I worked on my Spring Summer styling post, but I hadn’t had the chance to try making one. I decided that I’d use both ideas at once, and make a set of hanging planters to hang from plywood hooks arranged across the stairway wall. While Ben was tasked with constructing the hooks, I started on the macramé hangers. I made one using cotton cord but quickly realised I wouldn’t have nearly enough cord, so I switched to garden twine, and I actually really love the rustic element that the twine adds to the display.

Wall of hanging plants | Growing Spaces


Wall of hanging plants | Growing Spaces

Ben knocked up the hooks for me using 18mm plywood, wooden dowel rod (20mm) and dowel screws. The tutorial from B&Q had the plywood shape screwed onto the dowel, but we cheated and used wood glue (to avoid having to fill screw holes on the front). I went for an odd number of hooks and planters (a stylist’s trick to pull an arrangement together) – five seemed the perfect number to fill the space without the display feeling too crowded and busy. I chose some trailing plants – ivy and tradescantia – as well as a couple of spider plants, and the pots and plants all came from my local B&Q store.

Wall of hanging plants | Growing Spaces

Instructions for the hanging planter (adapted from the B&Q tutorial):

  1. Measure 8 lengths of string (mine measured 1m long), and tie them all together in a knot at one end.
  2. Separate them into pairs, and knot each pair together, around 7cm from the big knot at the end.
  3. Once all four pairs have been knotted together, knot one string from one pair with a string from the adjacent pair (I left about 8cm from the last knot), to create a zigzag effect. I repeated this twice, creating what looks almost like a fishing net.
  4. Sit the plant pot onto the big knot at the bottom, bring up all the lengths of string around the pot and tie in a knot at the very top, which can loop over the hook.

Wall of hanging plants | Growing Spaces

Macrame plant hanger from twine | Growing Spaces

Wall of hanging planters | Growing Spaces


Instructions for the hooks (adapted from the B&Q tutorial):

  1. Mark out your shape onto the plywood (we made circles, triangles and squares, but you could try any shape), clamp it and cut out with a saw.
  2. Work out how deep you want your hook, mark the dowel and saw the required length.
  3. Drill a pilot hole in the centre of the dowel and fasten the dowel screw.
  4. Apply wood glue to the other end of the dowel and fix to the centre of the plywood shape.

Wall of hanging planters | Growing Spaces

There’s a video tutorial of this project up on my YouTube channel, Heather’s Space, click here to watch, or even better, subscribe to my channel and then you can be sure you won’t miss any of my videos!

I’m going to link this post up to this month’s Create Make Share linky, as I think it’s a perfect fit for the theme of ‘Bloom’. Have you got a creative project or makeover that you’d like to share? Please do head on over, and add your link too.

Disclosure: B&Q supplied the products used in this post free of charge



  1. April 21, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Looks brilliant! Love it x

  2. April 25, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Love this idea and great tutorial ! Growing up we had a house full of hanging plants but that was in the tropics and it kind of fitted. I was wondering how to hang them in my Victorian house as I thought they’d look a bit silly hanging from the ceiling but I like your idea of hanging them from the wall up the stairs. Thanks.

  3. Ang
    September 4, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Hi there, could I ask the name of the plant that’s green with tinge of purple leaves?
    Thank you

  4. February 8, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    I love this idea. every home should have plants and this is a great way to display them. and its always nice to have something to talk to.

  5. Di
    April 16, 2017 / 9:07 am

    This looks fab! Eying up this project for th bank holiday weekend 🙂 just a quick question, how do you fix the hooks to the wall?

    • Heather Young April 16, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Dowel screws have one end that screws into the dowel, and the other end is like a standard screw, so you drill a hole in the wall, insert a rawl plug and screw the hook into that. Good luck!

  6. August 11, 2017 / 9:45 am

    This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader
    amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to
    start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented
    it. Too cool!

  7. September 24, 2017 / 11:50 am

    This is a great article which I’ve bookmarked. I’m mad for houseplants, but in the last year I moved to a smaller more modern house. So the rooms are smaller and there is just less space to display or place them. I’ve known for a while that the staircase is the most sparse place in the home but didn’t like the idea of having a load of pots actually sitting on the stairs. This is so clever as I’ve loads of wall space to hang them like you have. Thanks for sharing Heather!

    • Heather Young October 2, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      This is exactly why I decided to put them on the stairs – it’s such a huge, sparse space otherwise! Good luck.

  8. October 10, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I starting to decorate my walls and this post is awesome! I learnt a lot! Please keep posting more ideas! I love them.

  9. Jo
    January 31, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    These are great! Can you tell me the length of the macrame holders from top to bottom please? Thanks!

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