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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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.
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.
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.
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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DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
- Rod or hanger to hang the mounting ring
- Measuring tape
- 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.)
- Complete 24 spiral knots.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.