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 | $


What you’ll need:

  • Macrame cord (I used 5mm)
  • Glass or ceramic bowl/vase/planter (two thrifted versions are pictured)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Cut 6 pieces of rope being 5 ft in length (longer if you want the planter to hang lower)
  2. Take the mid-point of the 4 ropes, and start braiding a section about 4 inches in length.
  3. Fold the braid in half to create a loop.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ).
  6. Separate the ropes into three groups (4 ends in each group).
  7. 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.
  8. Repeat Step 7 for the other two sections.
  9. 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).
  10. Repeat to the other sections to create a net-like effect.
  11. Bring it back to the groups that were established in Step 6 and tie 3 flat square knots.
  12. 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.
  13. Tie off when the ropes converge on each other.
  14. 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.

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