Urban Garden: Do It Yourself Fence Planter

Exactly one year ago as part of a Lowes Creator challenge, I created and posted my tutorial for a DIY Garden Planter Bird Bath. If you haven’t seen that post before, I highly encourage you to check it out! I have gotten so much joy over the year from that fun topsy-turvy planter in my teeny-tiny urban garden. Living in the city doesn’t leave one with much space to garden. My postage-stamp yard is only a 20×20 plot which makes every square inch valuable. Vertical gardening in an urban garden is a must for maximizing space and growing potential in small yards. So today, I decided to add another do it yourself planter to my yard! Here is what you will need if you would like to create your own:

  • 6 terracota pots (I used 6 inch pots but 4 inch would honestly work better.)
  • Valspar spray paint in desired colors and Thompson’s Water Seal (optional)
  • 6 4-inch pipe hangers (found in the plumbing department)
  • Drill, screwdriver, and 6 2-inch wood screws
  • 6 plants of your choice

diy vertical garden

I saw these pipe hangers at Lowes and thought they would make fantastic pot holders. The metal is flexible, so I knew that the pots would bend and create a whimsical cascading effect on the fence. I bent the metal to create a hanger, and then just bent the excess back and forth until it snapped off. Next, I predrilled holes in the fence and secured the pipe hangers to the fence using 2 inch wood screws. With all six pipe hangers securely attached, it was time to paint my pots!

do it yourself planter

These two sat on the porch as my fluffy “foremen”. Aren’t they adorable? Love them :). To seal the interior of the terracotta pots, I used Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofer. This wasn’t entirely necessary, but I had it on hand and wanted to do all I could to protect my pots and paint from bubbling due to moisture. After the WaterSeal was dry, I spray painted my pots with several light coats of Valspar spray paint and primer in one. I actually cut my finger quite badly taking off the plastic on the spray paint cans. Drills and saws, no problem. Plastic on spray paint cans and I’m a bloody mess, LOL!

diy planter

To hang the pots in the pipe hangers, I unscrewed the screw in the circle part of the pipe hanger, slipped in the pot and then re-screwed the screw securely. Bend your metal if you need to in order to make sure your pots are securely in place. Four-inch pots would also work beautifully for this project, but I wanted my pots to tilt forward and create a more whimsical look.

vertical planter

do it yourself planter

I am in in love with the fun pop of color these pots add to my fence! This was such an easy project that created a fun focal point in my yard—instantly. If you hang herbs from your pipe hangers, I think it would be adorable to include stamped-spoon plant markers to tie in the industrial metal of the pipe hangers. Wouldn’t that be cute? Let me know if you try this project for yourself. I’d love to see your vertical planters!

pipe hanger planter

This post was brought to you by the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network. I am thrilled to be a #LowesCreator along with a team of amazingly creative bloggers. You can check out all of our latest projects on the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blog. As a part of the LCI Network, I’ve received compensation in the form of Lowe’s credit to help complete my project.


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  1. says

    I adore the many colors you used. I don’t have a backyard but I do have a balcony which I am hoping for a vertical herb garden on one end! (there is still snow on the ground here and cold nights, so I am still waiting)

  2. says

    When I was a little girl, my dad had pots of red geraniums on our white fence attached like yours, but not tilted. Except…I don’t think they can stay slanted like that though they are so cute. The soil may run out when it rains and/or not get enough water to stay healthy. Sometimes practically strikes down the cutest ideas. However…if I am wrong…let me know…I am just guessing based on a different past experience.

  3. says

    I love this look. I have pots hung in my backyard, but a different way. Definitely pinning and trying this out. Say Hi to Utah for me! I love it there.

  4. Sharon J says

    Love these ideas. I did the flower pot tower, and it is in my garden now. I chose to keep the natural look of the terracotta, rather than spray painted colours. I expect the flowers will provide all the colours required. I am going to figure out a way to NOT glue the bowl to the rebar, as I want to be able to bring the pots in for the winter to prevent them from freezing and chipping.


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