Homemade Hanging Basket Bracket - DIY

Whether you have a store-bought hanging basket or one that is homemade or DIY, you'd have to hang it somewhere. Ceiling hooks, hanging basket brackets and basket trees are just among those that serve this purpose.

Ceiling hooks that can be found in hardware stores are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Hanging basket brackets, installed on walls, are more expensive. Most are made of welded metal rods or bars and some even have decorative elements.

If budget is tight and you're looking for a no-frills yet practical and functional hanging basket bracket, then here's a simple DIY project that you can do. This hanging basket bracket is assembled with simple houseware and hardware items.


Assemble a DIY Hanging Basket Bracket

The above thumbnail shows a homemade bracket with a plant basket containing a Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus speciosus). Basically, a hanging basket bracket is just made of 2 parts. One is the bracket that is mounted on the wall and projects horizontally. The second is the hook at the end of the horizontal projection which holds the basket hanger.

Materials:

For this garden project, you will need the following basic components for the bracket:


  • Shelf Bracket, 8" x 6" (use appropriate size for your needs) - 1 pc.
  • Screw Hook, plastic coated, 1 1/2" - 1 pc.
  • Nut (square or hexagonal, can easily be threaded by the hook's screw) - 1 pc.

Additional materials are:


  • Metal Screws (to mount the bracket) - 3 pcs.
  • Plastic Expansion Shields or Raw Plugs (for metal screws) - 3 pcs.
  • 2-Part Clay Epoxy
  • Oil-based Paint

Tools:

The following are the tools you will need:


  • Power Drill
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Phillips-type Screwdriver





Procedure:
  1. Position the bracket on the wall and mark the drill points with a pencil.


  2. Insert the screw part of the hook into the end screw hole of the horizontal side of the bracket. The bracket has 2 sides: the long side and short side (8" and 6" for this DIY project, respectively). You can use either side as the horizontal side.

  3. Tighten the nut on the screw part of the hook as shown below.


    The nut can be loose and need not be a perfect fit to the screw thread. It must, however, be able to hold up the hook. Here's a view of the nut-locked screw hook as seen from the bottom.


  4. Mix equal parts of the clay epoxy (hardener and adhesive). The mixed amount should be just enough to cover the nut and half of the screw.




  5. Apply the epoxy clay as shown below. Taper the epoxy clay (shown already painted) so there are no rough edges.


    Once the epoxy clay hardens, it will keep the nut adhered to the bracket and prevent the hook from rotating in the screw hole.

  6. For concrete walls, drill 3 screw holes on the points that were marked earlier.


    Insert the plastic expansion shields (sometimes called "raw plugs") into the drill holes. The plastic expansion shields secures the metal screws in the concrete. Use appropriate sized expansion shields for the metal screws.

  7. Mount the vertical side of the bracket with the metal screws as shown below. Ensure the metal screws are tight and secure using a phillips-type screwdriver.


  8. Paint the entire hanging basket bracket with heavy duty oil-based paint.


Once the paint dries, you're now ready to hang your garden plant filled hanging basket on the bracket. The hanging basket hanger is sturdy enough to support a medium-sized garden plant like the mature blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) as shown below.


Consider a bracket with a longer horizontal arm for hanging plants that have thick foliage. Do avoid mounting the hanging basket where it will obstruct paths and windows.





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