Plant One on Me: A $5 Hanging Planter Hack

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

Move over Ikea hacks, today a Target hack is coming through!

The other day, I was strolling through Target and stopped by the dollar spot area to see if they had anything interesting. And they totally did! I found a few hanging planters that were only $5 each and I loved the shape (just wasn’t crazy about the finish or the string they were hanging from).

I threw a few in my cart and gave them a quick makeover as soon as I got home. And now they feel like substantial pieces that I spent WAY more than five bucks on. But that’s really all it ended up costing because I had all the supplies I needed to make these guys over at the studio already.

This hanging planter DIY is actually a $5 Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

DIY Hanging Planter Idea

How to make your own hanging planters for $5…

And in case you weren’t sure if I really got theses for $5. I have the proof and I’m not afraid to post it. Haha. I kind of couldn’t believe they were so cheap when I picked them up…they’re really good quality for the price (minus the flimsy string).


  • $5 hanging planters from dollar spot area at Target
  • flat finish house paint (any color)
  • paint brush
  • rope
  • scissors
  • washi tape

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack!


When I got home with the planters, the first thing I did was remove the flimsy string from each planter. I didn’t like how thin the string was or the color. So, it had to go.

Next, I mixed up some custom colors, using my never ending supply of house paint. I swear I have every color under the sun at this point and it’s a lot of cans to keep at the studio BUT I love using flat interiors paint for projects like these (and pretty much everything really) because of the durability and matte finish.

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

Once I had my three colors mixed, I painted each planter with 1 coat of paint (1/2 way down the inside of each planter, and all the way around the outside including the bottom, since that will show when the finished pieces are hanging). I waited about 30 minutes for the paint to completely dry (the planters are porous so it didn’t take long for the paint to absorb and dry) and did a few touch ups where it was necessary.

Then, I cut long pieces (2-3 feet each – you’ll need 2 pieces of rope for each planter) of thicker rope that I already had, added a little washi tape to each end to make it easier to thread the top through each hole, and threaded the rope through. Once I had both ropes through, I tied the long pieces at the top into a strong double knot. That’s it.

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

A $5 hanging planter DIY

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

This $5 hanging planter DIY is actually a Target hack! Click through for tutorial.

What do you think of this before and after? Think it was worth the $5 to give these little guys a makeover?

P.S. Looking for another DIY hack to try? Check out the Anthro hack for a DIY desk organizer.

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Totally agree that they were begging for a makeover, Kara. The shape was too good to pass up.


I totally already have these and was planning to DUY them too! They were just kind of begging for a DIY makeover. Love your version!


Thanks Antonella. Agree on the rope. It really does help to make it feel more special / expensive.


Very cute! Love the colours and the thicker rope makes all the difference.

Antonella | White House Crafts

Nice Cat! Gotta love a dollar spot makeover. 🙂


I did the same thing to a Target dollar spot mirror aha. The color was bad and the string was terrible, but paint and new string made it a perfect prop! Love the colors 🙂


Thanks so much Michelle and Chez.


Bonjour très bonnes idées bravo bise raymonde

chez raymonde

They look wonderful, and how easy it is to make them look expensive!


Thanks Marlene. Let me know if you end up making any of these guys!


Whaaaat Brittni, these are so cute! And the colors are perfect! I’m going to target first thing in the morning!!!

Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Thanks Greta!


Love the colors you used!

– Greta


Let me know how it goes, Amy! Would love to see how they turn out, if you pick some up.


I love $5 makeovers! I’m going to have to head straight to Target now.

Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling
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