Macrame has long been my favorite fiber art. Although there are some crazy complex macrame pieces out there, when it comes down to it, you’re just tying knots! Making macrame plant hangers are similar to making friendship bracelets except on a slightly larger scale and at the end of the summer you don’t have to cut them off. This project is great for beginngers and advanced fiber artists alike (yes, you’ll be a fiber artist if you create one of these plant hangers 😉 ) because you can tie a couple familiar knots or mess around with complex combinations of knots – it’s totally up to you. I’m basically giving you an outline of how to make a plant hanger, but I want you to flex your creative muscles and make it your own unique macrame piece. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few of the finished pieces either, so feel free to tag us.
The first step is finding the right fiber for the project. You can use a wide range of materials, really anything that’s resembles rope. I used hemp, jute, cotton cord, fabric strips and embroidery floss for my DIY macrame plant hangers. When thinking about your chosen cord also think about the pot you’d like to display in the hanger. If it’s teensy tiny, you could use a really thin cord to compliment the pot. You could also do the opposite, and use a thick cord to show the dramatic difference between the hanger and the little pot. What color is your pot? What style is it? If you have an adorable teapot with pretty pink flowers planted in it, you might not want to dress it down by making a hemp macrame plant holder. Pick a fiber that will highlight the delicate planter instead. Once you’ve found your chosen cord, you may want to grab some beads or tassels to top it all off!
Next you should decide the general style of hanger you’d like to make. A simple hanger only uses three strands of cord and doesn’t involve any square knots. Instead you’ll be making several loop knots. A more advanced hanger employees several square knots and uses six strands of cord. All of the DIY macrame plant hangers in this post are made with six strands except the blue fabric hanger. Also decide if you your macrame plant hanger to have lots of square knots or just a few that will matter when it’s time to measure and cut the cord.
DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Supplies:
- potted plant
- carabeaner or shower curtain ring (optional)
- beads + tassels (optional)
Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial:
- Decide on the general style of DIY macrame plant hanger you want to make. Will there be three or six strands? Will there be lots of square knots or just a few?
- First cut your lengths of cord. To do this, unwrap some cord and hold it up at arms length to determine how long you want your plant hanger. There’s no right answer here, it’s all up to you. Once you’ve determined the approximate length of your plant hanger, triple the length and cut it off the spool OR if you want plenty of square knots in your final design quadruple the length and cut it off the spool. That’s one strand. You need three or six depending on what type of hanger you’re making.
- Even up all your strands, fold in half and tie them all together with a simple loop knot. if you want to make this easy on yourself, use a carabeaner or shower curtain loop and slip your loop knot of cords onto it. Hang the carabeaner from a curtain rod, a rack, a coat hook, something so that it is hanging down like it wood if it were completely finished and in use. This way, you’ll knot everything nice and evenly and you won’t be left with a wonkey plant hanger or a pile of knotted cord.
- All DIY macrame plant hangers follow a basic equation. 1: There are three sets of cords that will make the arms that hang down. Depending on how many strands you have you’ll have three sets of two or three sets of four strands. 2: Below the arms you’ll create the basket section of the hanger. 3: Below that you’ll secure all the strands together to create the bottom of the basket.
- 1: Decide your arm style. As you can see, I’ve used braids for the arms, I’ve also just let them hang and secured them at the bottom with a loop knot. The most time consuming, but in my opinion beautiful option, is to create square knots down the entire length of the arm. Let’s pretend that’s how we’re making this one. After the three arms of square knots are complete it’s time to craft the basket.
- 2: Divide a group of four strands (one of the arms) in half and join them with two strands from the arm closest to them. Leave an inch or two (an inch if you have a small pot, more if you have a large pot) from the section of square knots and tie the four strands with a square knot. Repeat this action around the circle of arms until you have three groups of square knots about an inch below your three arms. If you’d like you can add more square knots or beads, if not, move once again by halving each group and working adjoining strands into square knots. You should now have two rows of separated square knots resembling a basket. This is a great time to wiggle your plant in there and make sure it fits nicely.
- 3: Now you want to finish off the plant hanger by securing the bottom of the basket. The easiest way is by tying a big loop or a wrap knot. You could also add a bead or a tassle or you could go around the circle and tie each individual strand to each other. It all depends on your personal preference.
- That is simply the equation for DIY macrame plant hangers, it’s up to you to insert your creativity and make it your own! I hope this tutorial isn’t too vague, but really there’s a bunch of ways to do this and I wanted to give you a rough outline of them all.
Do you have a favorite style? Fabric, hemp or cotton? Simple or full of square knots? I’d love to know what you think! Personally, I love macrame that takes me back to the seventies. No neon cord or crazy colors here, hemp all the way 🙂