Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Wood Bead Planter

I spent the weekend enjoying the most amazing weather. October in Utah is perfection…..or at least it can be when mother nature is nice :)  I also spent the weekend doing a little DIY project that you are going to LOVE!


I drew a sketch of this project months and months ago but it kept getting pushed back. When I partnered with Minwax for several posts, I knew this could be one of the projects which gave me the opportunity to finally cross it off my list :)




I put it up in my dining room and I like it there but it really is for my future bedroom. Since I don’t know when that room will get done, It has a temporary home that works for now.



Here is what you will need!


(3) 3/4″ square dowels

(8) 1″ wooden beads


wood glue

cotton rope ( I used clothes line)

foam brush

Minwax wood stain

drill & drill bit the same size as hole in bead


Step 1

I cut six pieces 7.5 inches long and six more pieces 6 inches long.




Step 2

Two of the 7.5 inch pieces and two of the 6 inch pieces will be glued together to form a square.




You will end up with three squares.



Step 3

Trace the inside of one of the squares into a thin piece of plywood and cut it out to act as the bottom of the planter. It should fit snugly inside one of the squares. After you sand all the pieces, you will glue along the inside seam of the bottom piece. Wipe away excess glue with a damp paper towel since even the “stainable” wood glues don’t stain as well as bare wood. The glue seams will be on the inside and won’t really be visible once the planter is hanging.




Step 4

It is time to stain! I chose my old time favorite, Dark Walnut. I like to use a foam brush to apply the stain.

*TIP* I used a paper clip that I straightened out a bit to dip the beads into the stain.




Step 5

Once the stain has dried, stack the squares up and using the bead as a guide, drill all the way through. Put a scrap piece of wood underneath to protect your work station.




Step 6

Cut four pieces of rope to your desired length. Knot one end and add tape to the other end so it won’t fray and so it will thread more easily. Thread the rope through the holes of the bottom piece.




Turn it over and start threading the beads and other squares.




Now it is ready for you to add a plant and hang it up!





What did you do over the weekend? And just for fun…. since it is Halloween today, did you dress up??? I was a party pooper this year BUT I was Gru from the movie Despicable Me last year and my dog Kevin was my minion.


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This post was sponsored by Minwax but the project idea and opinions are 100% mine :)

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  1. Miriam says

    I LOVE Utah! Climate is much like here in Ohio. I visited Utah on the first of October in Provo for the BYU/University of Toledo football game on which my grandson plays. It was a whirlwind weekend but I didn’t want to leave. LOVE your mountains. Love your blog. Thank you.
    Miriam in Ohio

    • Liza says

      I have a good friend from high school who has lived in Ohio for years and she absolutely loves it. The way she talks it makes me want to visit! Thanks for your comment :)

  2. Carole @ Garden Up Green says

    Liza this is super cute and I love the simplicity. I think that’s why I like your projects so much everything is clean and simple. That royal blue I’m telling you I love it and once again that awesome chalk board. I’m inspired to bad I’m getting ready to sell our home. Well maybe the next place I can use some of this inspiration. Thanks for sharing your awesome!

  3. Cassie says

    Very cute plant hangar! Was thinking about making one for my college-age granddaughter who lives in the dorm. Please tell me, what did you to at the top, where it hangs from the ceiling? Thank you!

    • Liza says

      How fun! I just wrapped the extra rope around the hook in the ceiling. The hook I used was very utilitarian and so I thought it looked better wrapped so it looked like a big knot. You don’t have to do that if you don’t want.