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Learn how to make your own simple DIY Macrame Plant Hanger. This simple project is a fun way to add more greenery and life to your space. We moved into our new home almost a month ago and there are about 7583926560 projects I would like to tackle. Like immediately. You know how that goes, right? Of course, time and money are the unfortunate realities that are currently limiting or at least slowing the realization of my vision. BUT – I am finding ways to incorporate little projects and touches here and there that are helping me to feel more at home in the new place.
One of the things I have been doing is incorporating lots of plants into our new space, and I am LOVING it. Houseplants can be an inexpensive and easy way to instantly bring some color, texture, and life into a space. They are definitely making our new place feel much more homey. So while the kitchen may be halfway demo-ed and many months from being completed (yikes – more on that later), at least I have some new plant friends to brighten my days in the meantime.
Because of all of this, I’ve been sharing several plant-related posts lately (like this one and this one), and I have another fun plant project to share with you all today – this simple DIY macrame plant hanger! I am loving how it is looking in the corner of our family room: What do you think? Have you jumped on the macrame trend yet? Wanting to give it a try? This project is super simple and uses only two basic macrame knots, so it is perfect for macrame beginners. And don’t worry – as always, I will walk you through each step. Ready to try some macrame? Let’s do this!
How to Make a DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Supplies:
- 3mm Natural Cotton Macrame Cord
- 6 in Gold Metal Ring (or whatever size you like)
- Pot with Tray (I spray painted mine a robin’s egg blue with a matte spray paint designed to work with plastic)
- Miracle Gro Expand ‘N Gro
Step One. Move Plant to New Pot.
Start by getting your plant situated in it’s new pot. I recently wrote a post all about how and when to re-pot houseplants, so you can read all about that process HERE. I have been using Miracle Gro’s Expand ‘n Gro potting mix with all my houseplants, and they have really been thriving. Expand ‘N Gro holds 50% more water than traditional soils, so even when we were out of town for 10 days, when we came back from our trip, my plants’ soil wasn’t overly parched.
My fiddle leaf fig, Jasper, that I thought was past the point of no return is even showing signs of new life after being repotted with the new soil. I’m holding out hope! I will keep you guys posted on how things go for Jasper. The great thing about this soil is you can order it through Amazon, and I’m all about avoiding the store whenever possible, so that’s a huge plus for me. If you want to give it a try, you can get it right here. When your plant is happy in it’s new pot you are ready to start your macrame project. I have done a few macrame projects in the past, but I’m certainly no professional, so this little hanger is definitely a project anyone can tackle. I really only used two types of macrame knots to make it, and I really like it’s simple look.
Step Two. Cut Cords.
You will start your DIY macrame plant hanger by cutting 8 long pieces of the cotton macrame cord. For my hanger I cut my pieces to be 10 feet long each. This turned out to be just about the right length. My planter is a bit on the larger size, so if you are working with a smaller pot, your pieces could be shorter. Once you have your six long strands, loop them through the gold hoop making sure they fold over the hoop at the mid point. You will now have 16 long pieces of cord hanging down from the hoop.
Step Three. Wrapped Knot.
Next, we will secure them in place using the wrapped knot. This is a simple knot that has a polished, finished look. You will need another piece of cord for this knot. I used one about two feet long.
How to Tie the Macrame Wrapped Knot
- Place the short cord over your looped cords with the short tail to the left, a loop pointing down, and the long tail to the right.
- Wrap the long tail around the looped cords and the loop of the short cord.
- Continue wrapping the long tail, pulling tight and leaving the bottom loop of the short cord uncovered.
- When you are happy with the length of your wrapped knot, thread the long tail through the loop at the bottom.
- Pull up on the short tail to tighten the knot and pull it underneath the wraps.
- Clip the tails as close to the knot as possible.
And that’s it! I love how easy this knot is to do and how pretty it looks when finished. I know I will be using this in the future for tassel making.
Step Four. First Row of Square Knots.
Next up, we will do a row of square knots. Start by dividing your 16 long strands into four groups of four strands each. We will work two square knots over each of these four groups. To get them evenly spaced around the planter, I used a measuring tape and measured the same distance from my wrapped knot along each group of cords and marked it with a pencil. For my hanger, I measured 20 inches for my first row of square knots. Each group of four strands needs to be separated into the two outer cords that will be used to tie the knots and the two center cords that the knots will be tied over.
How to Tie the Macrame Square Knot
- Lay the left cord over the center cords and under the cord to the right.
- Thread the right cord under the center cords and up over the cord on the left. Pull to tighten, lining the knot up with your measuring mark.
- Repeat this process going the opposite direction: Lay the right cord over the center cords and under the cord to the right. Thread the left cord under the center cords and up over the cord on the right.
- Pull to tighten. Square knot formed.
- Repeat to create two square knots.
Follow these steps to create two square knots over each four strand group at the same distance from the wrapped knot.
Step Five. Second Row of Square Knots.
Next, we will make another row of square knots a bit below our first row. These knots will be made over new groups of four strands. You will take two cords each from adjacent groups of four – one center cord and the right from one and one center cord and the left from the other. Measure how far below the previous row of knots you want these next knots to be. I decided that about five inches lower would look good on my planter. Next, tie two square knots at the measured mark over these new groups of four strands. At this point, your work will be forming a kind of tube, so you will have to flip your work over to tie the final group of four strands.
Step Six. Knot and Trim to Finish.
To finish off your DIY macrame plant hanger, you will need to tie all of the cords together with one final knot. Measure how far below your second row of knots you want your final knot to be. I placed mine about 7 inches below. Loop all of the cords together and pull through to tighten and secure the knot. Trim cords to even out the ends.
Step Seven. Insert Planter and Hang.
All that’s left to do is insert your planter and hang it up. Take care to carefully sort your plants’ branches between the groups of cords and make sure that the hook you hang your planter from is securely attached to the ceiling and able to handle the plant’s weight. I am loving this handsome little fellow hanging in the corner of our family room. He is really brightening up the place and making it feel more homey. But he really needs a name – any suggestions?
Have you guys tried macrame yet? Would you give this simple little macrame plant hanger a try? If you do – I want to see it! You can share your photos to my facebook page or tag me on insta. Until next time –