Introduction: Hanging Sleeping Planter (Tinkercad)

I really wanted to create a hanging planter that can be placed on my desk.

I feel as if it is my own original decoration. You can make any other shape, but I just wanted to keep it simple and cute this time.

My desk is always messy, and I keep saying I'll organize it soon, but I never do. I made this as an inspiration for myself to clean the desk, so I could have my new planter a place to sit on.

Using Tinkercad is SO simple; in fact, I think any beginner could create his own design using it.

Step 1: Materials

A 3D printer or any 3D printing service (I use a TEVO tarantula)

Wood filler

Craft knife

Garnet paper 1 grit

Filler primer

Water sanding paper P400

Paint primer base

Light blue (with a gray undertone) and black acrylic paint

Hot glue gun and stick


3 skewers


School glue


Water based clear lacquer (water resistant)

Step 2: Designing

I used Tinkercad to design this hanging planter.

Feel free to change the size of the print. Since I made it to stand on an office desk, I made it to fit a small succulent.

Tinkercad is very intuitive, and any beginner can design a print when using it. you're more than welcome to make any changes necessary to my model. Basically, be creative and create your own original hanging planter.

If you want to use my design just download the attached files.

Step 3: Printing

I printed my planter using PLA in a TEVO tarantula 3D printer.

I used cura as the slicer with these specs:

Nozzle: 0.4 mm

Layer height: 0.2mm

Infill density: 20%

Printing temperature: 200 deg Celsius

Bed temp: 45 deg Celsius

Print speed: 200 mm/s

No Support.

Make sure you adjust the specs to your printer.

Step 4: Fill & Sand

Remove any imperfections such as small bumps using a craft knife (if needed use a sanding paper as well).

Take a bit of the wood filler and use it to smooth any uneven surface on you print. Let it dry according to the packaging instructions.

After completely dried use the 1 grit sanding paper to make it more even and lose any excess filler.

Step 5: First Priming

Using a filler primer coat the planter with a thin primer layer. Apply 2-3 coats, while waiting about an hour in between the layers.

Let dry for about a day.

Step 6: Sanding

Place water sanding paper in a water bath for about 15-30 minutes.

Place a small bowl with water and soap next to you.

Sand the print while dipping the paper in the soap water to help clean out the print while sanding.

After sanding, it should be perfectly smooth, if not, and you've reached the PLA with the sanding, coat again with primer and repeat the sanding process again.

Step 7: Second Priming

Take any paint primer and make a thin even coat on your print. I used a cream shade to create another warm undertone for my planter.

Step 8: Coloring

Create the perfect shade for your planter. I mixed an indigo shade with cream to create a light blue with a grayish undertone. You can also just buy the color you'd want to color it.

Color the entire planter.

After completely dried, use the black paint to go over the lashes.

Let it dry for a few hours, make sure both bottom and the inside of the planter are perfectly painted.

If you design a different planter, color it for your liking and jump to the next step.

Step 9: Finish

Make an even coat of the lacquer all over the planter so it becomes glossy and water resistant.

There is also a matt finish lacquer if you prefer. I like the glossy one because it looks like ceramic when done.

Step 10: Making the Plant Stand Holder

Take 3 skewers and cut their pointy edge but make sure they are all in the same length.

Use hot glue gun to glue them al together at the top, so they make a pyramid shape. While the hot glue still warm you can measure the distance in between the skewers so it will be perfect.

Let it dry standing as a pyramid.

Step 11: Covering the Ugly Glue

Use twine and school glue and hide the dried hot glue.

Create a twine ball around the dried glue just by wrapping it with the twine and putting a dot of glue every now and then, to keep it in place.

Color the skewers if you want.

Step 12: Assembling:

Cut 3 pieces of twine in the same length and thread them into the 3 holes in your planter.

Hold all edges of the twine together above the twine ball we made in our last step.

Tie all twin string together and cut the excess strings. (for better understanding look at the picture above).

Your planter is ready.

Place the planter on your clean desk and put any plant you want inside.

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