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DIY Macrame Plant Hanger: Beginner’s Guide

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!

Macrame plant hanger with petunias and sweet potato vine with text overlay reading "Macrame Plant Hanger"

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I’m especially excited to bring you this project as part of a DIY decor hop with seven other bloggers!

Jen from Midwest Life & Style and Aliya from Open Doors Open Hearts have graciously hosted this fun collaboration. These ladies have some serious talent, so I highly suggest paying them a visit.

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 holder, she was shocked. “Really?! We used to have those!” Ah, yes, I remember seeing those as a kid. They looked great next to our lime green curtains and yellow armchair at the time.

Close up of hanging flower basket with purple flowers and green vine in a macrame hanger

If you’re not familiar with macrame, it’s simply a craft that uses a row 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.

Macrame cord being knotted to make macrame plant hanger
Making spiral square knot

This simple DIY macrame plant hanger doesn’t require fancy skills or special tools. All you need is macrame cord, a mounting ring, and some scissors.

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 you fold it in half to form two strings).

In hindsight, I probably would’ve added another 20 inches to provide some buffer.

DIY macrame plant hanger holding purple and white petunias and sweet potato vine

For a similar macrame pattern as mine, here are some helpful measuring tips:

  • Measure the height of your plant 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 tutorial).

Below you can read the full step-by-step tutorial for this macrame project. By experimenting with different basic knots, you can make a variety of macramé plant hangers with different patterns.

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Macrame hanging basket filled with petunias and sweet potato vine
Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

Author: firstdayofhome.com
Make an easy macrame plant hanger to add a boho vibe to your container garden. This simple project makes one hanging planter with four ropes using a combination of basic macrame knots. You can hang this simple plant hanger from a hook in the ceiling to display your potted plants this year.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Active Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Project Type Arts & Crafts
Cost (US$)15-20
Yield 1 plant hanger

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Rod or hanger to hang the mounting ring
  • Measuring tape

Supplies
 

Instructions
 

  • 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. You will feed each loose end of your hanging cord through the loop you have created at the fold to enclose your mounting ring. (See video.)
  • Tie the bundle of cords together using a gathering knot (see video) or a simple knot. This is also referred to as a wrapped knot.
  • Grab four strands of cord and begin making a half square knot, also called a spiral knot. You'll create a shape of the number "4" with the left cord and place the right cord over the left cord. Then, fold the right cord behind the center cords to come out through the opening in the number 4. (See video.)
    Spiral square knot steps
  • Complete 24 spiral knots.
    Spiral square knots on macrame plant hanger
  • Swap the outside cords with the center 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.
    Steps for adding beads to macrame plant hanger
  • Continue making 18 spiral knots (a.k.a. half 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. With a full square knot, you'll start with the same half square knot (spiral knot) forming the number 4 and then mirror the knot with right cord forming a reverse number 4.
    Joining macrame cords to make plant hanger
  • 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 fringe.
    Macrame plant hanger with trailing vine and petunias

Notes

You can experiment with a full square knot instead of a spiral knot (a.k.a. half square knot). If you started your spiral knot with the left cord, alternate with the right cord the next time. This will give you a straight pattern instead of a spiral pattern.
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18 Comments

    1. Hello! From the top of the ring to the bottom strands, it’s 36 inches when not hanging. Once I put a 9-inch pot inside, it’s about 28 inches from top to bottom. I hope this helps!

  1. Your macrame plant hanger is so pretty! I remember macrame very well from the 70s and always loved the plant hangers that my mom and her friends made. It’s fun that macrame is back in style for 2021.

    1. Thank you, Paula! Yes, it is fun to see things trending again. I remember having some of these around the house when I was growing up, too. I had a blast making this one and sharing the pics with my mom.

  2. With little to no experience in macrame, this is so inspiring! The end result is stunning. Thanks for simplifying a technique that’s new to me!

    1. Hi Lauren! Yes, my mom couldn’t believe I was making a macrame plant hanger. It’s funny how things come back around, isn’t it? I hope you have fun making one!

    1. Thanks, Jen! And thanks for helping to organize this hop for us! I love the variety of projects everyone shared. There’s so much inspiration to enjoy, and my project list just got longer!

    1. Thanks, Pasha! I had never tried this before, but it’s actually quite relaxing and fun. My niece is very into boho decor right now, so I might make this a gift for her! 🙂

  3. Crissy! You are so talented!! I bought a few of these a while back but was so disappointed because they weren’t exactly what I wanted. THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED!!! Now I can make exactly what I want and need!! I love this DIY! Feels perfect for Spring too!! Thank you so much for joining us on this hop! You truly have no idea how grateful I am that you did!! I’m so glad we’ve become friends!! XoXo

    1. Thanks, Aliya! Once you start, you’ll be hooked! I’m dreaming of other macrame things to make now. Thank you SO much for including me in your hop. I had a great time and loved seeing all the wonderful projects everyone shared. Yes, so glad we became fast friends! xoxo