Spring means nature is in full bloom, & if you’re anything like me, this means adding some pretty flowers and small plants to all areas of your home. I love adding touches of colour to my condo with bright green plants in cute planter pots. I love the look of hanging planters and wanted to create a little area in a corner of my kitchen. After searching high and low for some pretty plant hangers, I found it easier to make my own.
Macrame is one of the easiest things to learn, and once your get the hang of it, takes little time to create. Also, it’s basically just one supply that you need (you probably have the others), making this an inexpensive project. Today, I wanted to share one of the basic methods of making a macrame plant hanger. There are many different looks that you can get from this basic way, by simply increasing or decreasing the amount of pieces you start with. You can also start from the bottom and work your way up or vice versa (which is the way I will show you below). Feel free to add beads, dye the rope, or make more of a tassel at the bottom, you can get really creative with these!
You will need:
Rope or strong yarn, scissors, and a small plant in a pot.
Lets Get Started
- Start by cutting an even amount of your rope or yarn, in the length of your open arms. It’s better to have more to work with in the beginning, as you can always trim it down later. (Below I went with 12 pieces, but you can use as little as 8). If you want to create a smaller one, cut 3 pieces, and find the middle and create your loop from this point – you will now have 6 pieces to work with.
- Gather all the ends of one side together and create a loop or a knot, making sure to secure with another piece or yarn. This will be the top, which you will use to hang.
- Separate the pieces in sets of two (shown below). Place something heavy on the loop, so it’s easier to tie the knots.
- Tie a basic knot, a 4-5 inches down. Pull tight to ensure that the pieces are as straight as possible.
- Make sure that all your knots are in the same place. (Shown below).
- Once you have tied all your knots, separate the pieces again.
- Leaving the piece at the end alone, take the next two pieces and tie into a knot, continue along so that the piece at the other end is also left alone as well. (Shown below).
- Take the two pieces from the ends and tie them together, making sure everything is tied in the same place.
- Continue along, depending on how long or short you want your hanger to hang.
- Once you’re happy with your length, take all the pieces together and tie into a knot. This will be what your pot sits on. (Shown below).
- Carefully open up one of the sections, and put your planter in.
As you can see below, I made one with 12 pieces, one with 8, and one with 3 (which I doubled to make 6). I used rope for the two on the right hand side, and a stronger yarn for the one on the left. I preferred to use the yarn, because I was able to tie the knots really tight, however, I love the look of the tassel the frayed rope creates.
Seriously, once you make one, you will want to make a whole bunch! I hope you give this little DIY a try, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook (links are on the main page).