Spring has sprung but if your interiors could use a nice pop of green, I’ve found the perfect small apartment DIY for you: a suspended mini garden! I love decorating with houseplants, they make tired spaces look extra fresh and cozy!

This small apartment DIY by The Nest is for anyone who’d like to take their love for lush greenery a notch higher. It’s easy to make using basic tools and you have total control over the types of plants you want to add to your display. In fact, the tutorial is meant for growing a variety of herbs. You can always customize the display according to your preference.  Are you ready to make your own hanging mini garden? Let’s get started!

You will need:

2 pieces 24 x 8 x ¾ inch timber
8m sash cord or rope
Several clothespins
Screwdriver and drill bit
Pencil
Tape measure
Potting mix
Vermiculite
Plain, plastic plant pots
Decorative and waterproof planters (with drainage holes)
Your choice of plants (succulents, herbs, etc.)

Step 1: Prep the Timber

Cut the pieces of timber to size then, sand them down for a nice and smooth surface. You can do the wood cutting yourself or have the wood planks cut at your local hardware store beforehand.

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Using your pencil and tape measure, mark all the corners of the pieces of wood, about 2 centimeters from the edge. Drill a hole through the mark points. The holes should be large enough for the sash cord to slide through. Set aside.

Step 2: Assembling the Shelves

Cut the sash cord or rope into four equal lengths, about 6 feet long each (or longer if you have a higher ceiling) then tie a knot at the end of each cut cord. Insert the other end of the cord through the hole you made in the wood pieces and pull the cord. The first threaded piece of wood will serve as the base for the shelves. Mark the rope so you know at which point to make the knot for the next shelf.

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Just eyeball the measure of space between the shelves although I suggest leaving more room for larger plants. Also, make sure the shelves are level after tying the rope. You can do this by marking each rope using a clothespin and making a knot above the markers. Repeat until the rest of the cord are inserted into the shelf.

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Keep threading the lengths of the cord through each piece of wood until the shelves are done. Hang the suspended shelves on the desired spot using a couple of sturdy hooks fixed to a crossbeam in the ceiling by the window.

Step 3: Arranging the Plants

Now it’s time to assemble the plant display! Transfer your choice of plants in plastic pots carefully, filling each planter with a handful of potting mix and vermiculite.

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Place the plastic pots in decorative, waterproof pots. Carefully set the potted plants on the shelves, making sure that the weight of the display is evenly distributed otherwise.

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