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How to Upcycle Straws – DIY Geometric Plant Hanger

This How to Guide for making a geometric plant hanger out of straws was provided to Upcycle My Stuff by Penelope Quinn of Crafty Girl Life Hacks.

Here at Upcycle My Stuff we love upcycled planters and this is an example of a diy project that repurposes something you would normally throw away into something pretty and useful – a hanging planter made out of Straws!

These geometric plant hangers are inspired by the Scandinavian Himmeli designs that have been a hot homewares trend for the last season. They are perfect for indoor plants, especially the small varieties, and can easily be hung in a sunny window. For those who don’t have a green thumb, these planters also work great for succulent plants or even faux succulents or other faux plants.

This is a fun project with just a few simple steps. The best part is these planters are made with simple materials and can be completed in a few hours! The challenge is putting them together.

While there is no right or wrong way to do this, you may find that you need to thread your wire through a few times to make it secure. With the geometric shapes there are there are limitless designs you can do, so get creative with different sized straws and patterns. This is a great way to add a pop of color to your home decor.

TIP: Make mini geometric plant hangers for your air plants or as decorations for the Christmas tree.

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Materials Needed – Geometric Plant Hanger

geometric plant hanger from straws tutorial

Step 1: Cut your straws

geometric plant hanger from straws tutorial

First, cut your straws. You will need:

5 x full length straws (these will be apex)

5 x 10cm straws (these are for the large pentagon)

5 x 8cm straws (these are for the supporting straws)

5 x 5 cm straws. (these are for the small pentagon)

Step 2: Make the base

geometric plant hanger from straws tutorial
Make the base

Make the base of your plant hanger by taking the 5 x 5 cm straws and threading them together with the wire to make the small pentagon.

Bend the wire if you need to so it makes the desired shape.

Tie off the wire where you started and cut off the excess with wire cutters.

TIP: You want to make sure the small pentagon base is slightly smaller than the base of your pot plant. You may need to adjust the measurement of the straws so you can make sure it fits in snug.

Step 3: Build the large pentagon

Now build the large pentagon that will sit on top of the smaller one with the 10cm straws.

Once you’re done, thread wire through an 8cm supporting straw, back through a 5cm straw in the small pentagon, back up through another 8cm supporting straw, and back through a 10cm straw in the large pentagon.

TIP: To make it more manageable I used 30cm strips of wire at a time.

Continue until you have built the base of your hanger. You will find that you need to thread the wire through the same straw at few times to make it secure.

Step 4: Build the apex

geometric plant hangers DIY

Now it’s time to build the apex.

Thread the wire through a full length straw, then through a large pentagon 10cm straw, then thread another full length straw so it forms a triangle.

Twist the wire at the top of the two full length straws. Repeat on all sides.

Step 5: Thread the wire

geometric plant hanger DIY
Threading the wire

Take more wire, and thread through all the pieces that aren’t joined directly together.

Do this as many times as you need to until it feels secure, wrapping and tying off the wire at the joins as you go.

This will fortify your geometric shape, especially if you plan to hang it.

Lastly, cut off the excess wire.

Step 6: Spray Paint

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Last step is the spray paint

Give 3 coats of spray paint in your desired color. Start light and dry between each coat.

Step 7: Insert plant!

geometric plant hanger made from drinking straws.  DIY tutorial.

Pop in your pot plant, and you’re done! One DIY Geometric Plant Hanger made from old drinking straws!

This guide was provided to Upcycle My Stuff for republication by Penelope Quinn from Crafty Girl Life Hacks.

DIY geometric plant holder

How to Upcycle Straws - Geometric Plant Hanger

Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Make a trendy geometric succulent planter out of drinking straws.


  • Drinking Straws
  • Florist Wire
  • Copper Spray Paint
  • A pot and plant


  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors


  1. Cut your straws as follows: 5 x full length straws (these will be apex); 5 x 10cm straws (these are for the large pentagon); 5 x 8cm straws (these are for the supporting straws);5 x 5 cm straws. (these are for the small pentagon)Make the base
  2. Using your wire build the base, large pentagon and apex separately by threading wire through the straws.
  3. Then build the planter by threading more wire through to connect the pieces into one planter.
  4. Spray Paint all the straws all the way around to fully cover them.
  5. Once dry, insert plant and hang!

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