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Hanging-Plant Privacy Screen

Use easy-to-assemble copper pipes and rope for a planter privacy project. S-hooks, Lowe’s buckets, and DIY rope hangers allow you to hang plants at varying heights to create a stylish living privacy screen from neighbors or unsightly outdoor views.

Hanging-Plant Privacy Screen.

Planning for Your Privacy Screen

  • Choose which plants you’d like to use in your planters. This will help you better plan the dimensions of your project.
  • Trailing plants are great for filling in empty space, which helps create more privacy.
  • Choose succulents and tropical plants for a more modern, sculptural look.
  • Select ivy or more traditional trailing plants for a classic look.
  • Get creative with your hanging materials — you can use any style or texture of rope or chain that will support the weight of the planter.


Step 1

String rope through the 5-foot copper pipe. Next, slide one copper elbow onto each side of the pipe. Add some adhesive to each end of the pipe and firmly connect the elbows for a secure bond.

Step 2

Cut rope lengths to the desired hanging height, and repeat steps 1 and 2 for the smaller 1-foot copper pipe lengths.

Step 3

Remove the 2-quart bucket handles with pliers and paint the buckets with copper spray paint. Let dry. Repeat this step for the desired amount of hanging planters. In addition to the 2-quart buckets, you can also spray paint and let dry all of the S-hooks and O-rings you plan to use.

Step 4

Loop rope through one side of the 2-quart bucket where the handles were and tie in a knot to secure. Select the desired length of rope you want to hang the bucket from, cut the rope, and loop through the other handle hole. Secure with a knot. At the top, form another loop and secure with a knot.

Step 5

To use an existing Lowe’s hanging planter, remove the tripod plastic hanger clipped onto the plastic pot and replace with 3 strands of rope looped and knotted at the desired length.

Step 6

After completing the desired number of planters, hang your project. Start by hanging the 5-foot pipe section the lowest from the ceiling, followed by the two 1-foot pipe sections, hanging them within the 5-foot section at the desired height.

Good to Know

Before hanging your privacy screen, make sure that the ceiling structure you’re attaching it to can support the weight of the entire project — including the hanging containers — which may require you to hang it from a ceiling joist or use toggle bolts. Weigh individual items using a bathroom scale and check their total weight against the hanging materials you’ll be using.

Step 7

Completed hanging-plant privacy screen.


Hang the planters from the installed pipe sections in a configuration of your choice using O-rings and S-hooks to create your own living privacy wall.

For help with choosing and potting plants for your privacy screen, check out our videos Annuals vs. Perennials and How Do I Pick The Right Container?