After experiencing a record-setting freeze a few months ago, I’ve been craving all things spring! This DIY macrame plant hanger is just what I needed. It has a retro/boho vibe and was oodles of fun to make. If you’re new to macrame (or even if you’re not), this tutorial is for you!
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I’m especially excited to bring you this project as part of a DIY decor hop with seven other bloggers!
In fact, some of you may have clicked over from Aliya’s beautiful DIY aged stone vase project. If so, you already know what an absolutely charming and talented lady she is. We became fast friends on this blogging journey!
There are plenty of other DIY projects to add to your list at the end of this post.
The Basics of Macrame
When I told my mom I was weaving a macrame plant hanger, she was almost aghast. “Really?! We used to have those!” Ah, yes, I remember. They looked great next to our lime green curtains and yellow armchair at the time.
If you’re not familiar with macrame, it’s simply a craft that uses a combination of knots to form various textile patterns. It also happened to be all the rage in the 70s and has now come roaring back.
With macrame patterns, you can make decor and accessories like wall hangings, handbags, and yes–plant hangers.
Okay, I also added some wooden beads just to complete my homage to the 70s.
Related: DIY Mosaic Flower Pots
Tips for Measuring Your Cord
My pot was about 8.5 inches tall and 9 inches in diameter at the top. I measured each cord to be about 120 inches long (or 60 inches when folded in half to form two strings).
In hindsight, I probably would’ve added another 20 inches to provide some buffer.
For a similar macrame pattern as mine, here are some helpful measuring tips:
- Measure the height of your pot, then multiply by 16. Cut out a set of eight cords for a four-rope plant hanger or six cords for a three-rope hanger.
- If you plan to add beads or more complicated knots, adjust your length accordingly.
- You can always change your pattern if you find yourself running out of cord. You’ll notice I have sections of cords without knots (see video).
Below you can read the full step-by-step tutorial.
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- Macrame cord, jute, twin, yarn, or hemp
- Mounting ring (wooden or metal)
- Wooden beads (optional)
- Rod or hanger to suspend ring
- Measure your flower pot height, and multiply by 16 to find the required length of each cord. Cut eight cords of this length. (My pot was 8.5 inches tall, so I cut eight cords, each 136 inches long.)
- Cut two additional pieces of cord about 1 foot in length. These will be used for gathering knots.
- Begin by folding each cord in half. Attach each cord to the mounting ring using a lark's spur knot. (See video.)
- Tie all cords together using a gathering knot (see video) or a simple knot.
- Grab four strands of cord and begin making a spiral square knot.
- Complete 24 spiral square knots.
- Swap the outside cords with the inside cords. Leave about 2 inches of un-knotted cord, then continue making 12 spiral square knots.
- Add two beads, if desired. Make a full square knot in between the beads.
- Continue making 18 spiral square knots.
- Repeat the process for all four cords.
- Once finished, measure your pot to determine where the cords should be joined together. Join two adjacent cords from each set of four using a full square knot.
- Make a final gathering knot to join all 16 cords together at the bottom. You also have the option of making a simple knot instead.
- Trim cords at the bottom to create a hanging tassel.
You can experiment with a full square knot instead of a spiral square knot. Simply complete a mirror image of the spiral square knot steps.
Continue Your Tour
Don’t stop here! You have 7 other inspiring home decor projects calling your name below. Next on your list is Jordan from A Blue Nest. She’s sharing a very clever idea for a lampshade makeover.