Ending the year off with one last quick DIY – This holiday season, I tried my hand at creating a macrame plant hanger for a Secret Santa gift. The result was something way better than I could have hoped for! It’s the perfect gift to all the plant lovers out there. Though I didn’t keep this gift for myself, I definitely will be making more in the near future as I think these macrame planters are a great addition to any home.
For this project, I thrifted a glass from Value Village. I would highly recommend visiting your second-hand store for something unique and of quality to use for your DIY as well! If you decide to use a bowl or anything that doesn’t have draining capabilities, I would recommend filling it with air plants as they don’t require a lot of water. If you want to put other plants in the hanger, I would recommend a secondary draining element to your planter like filling the bottom with pebbles or to put a secondary planter with drainage within the bowl.
Read on to see how I created this macrame plant hanger!
TIME | 15-30 mins
COST | $
DIFFICULTY | Easy
What you’ll need:
- Macrame cord (I used 5mm)
- Glass or ceramic bowl/vase/planter (two thrifted versions are pictured)
- Cut 6 pieces of rope being 5 ft in length (longer if you want the planter to hang lower)
- Take the mid-point of the 4 ropes, and start braiding a section about 4 inches in length.
- Fold the braid in half to create a loop.
- Take the two ropes leftover, find the middle and tie a square knot, creating a loop. This is what will allow your macrame planter to hang upright.
- Continue with tying square knots in a rotating pattern (by starting it on the same side each time) until it reaches a length of 4-5 inches. (about 10 knots ).
- Separate the ropes into three groups (4 ends in each group).
- For each section, measure a length for your planter to hang at, and tie 4 square knots in a flat pattern (alternating starting sides). I find it helps to work with the whole creation hanging off of a doorknob or similar for better visualization.
- Repeat Step 7 for the other two sections.
- Take the outer most rope from one group, and take the outer most rope from the group that is beside the first group and tie two square knots about 3 inches lower (this will vary depending on your planter).
- Repeat to the other sections to create a net-like effect.
- Bring it back to the groups that were established in Step 6 and tie 3 flat square knots.
- Add a few more knots of choice to seal in the gaps between the sections, these knots will sit under the knots in Step 9 and 10 and at the base of the planter.
- Tie off when the ropes converge on each other.
- Trim the excess rope off and fray the ends.
Throughout this process, be sure to hold/place your planter into the macrame to see if it is sitting properly. Be sure to customize it so that it fits your planter the best!
Please note: the planter will most likely not be secure in the macrame hanger. It will sit well and best when hung up and weighted.