Imagine transforming your living space into a lush oasis where vibrant greenery dances against the backdrop of intricate, handcrafted artistry.
Welcome to the world of macrame wall plant hangers, where creativity meets nature, and your walls become a canvas for botanical elegance.
In this enchanting craft, cords intertwine, and knots weave a story of both beauty and functionality.
Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just dipping your toes into the world of handmade decor, this guide will lead you through the mesmerizing art of macrame, helping you craft your very own stunning plant hanger.
So, let your imagination soar as we embark on a journey to elevate your home with a touch of botanical charm, one knot at a time.
What is Macrame?
Before we dive into the world of knotting, it's essential to grasp the essence of macramé and its intriguing history.
Macramé is an age-old craft that involves the art of creating intricate patterns by tying knots in cords or strings. To truly appreciate and master this beautiful form of textile art, it's beneficial to explore its origins and evolution.
A Glimpse into Macramé's Past: Macramé's roots can be traced back to ancient times, with its origins spanning different cultures and regions. It gained prominence during the 13th century in the Arab world, where it was primarily used for decorative purposes and to adorn clothing and textiles.
During the Age of Exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries, macramé spread across continents through trade routes and maritime journeys. Sailors and explorers embraced macramé as a practical skill for creating sturdy and decorative items like hammocks, belts, and bottle covers, often using it to pass the time during long voyages.
The craft experienced a resurgence during the Victorian era, becoming a popular pastime among women who created intricate, lacy macramé pieces for home decor and fashion. Macramé also played a significant role in the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, emphasizing handmade craftsmanship and intricate designs.
Modern Macramé: Today, macramé has evolved into a versatile and contemporary art form. It is celebrated for its blend of tradition and innovation, as artisans and crafters continue to push the boundaries of what can be created with knots and cords. From stylish plant hangers to intricate wall hangings, macramé has found its place in modern interior design and personal expression.
Understanding this rich history not only deepens your appreciation for macramé but also provides valuable context as you embark on your journey to create stunning macramé pieces.
So, as we embark on this knot-tying adventure, let's carry with us the legacy of this timeless craft and weave our own stories into the intricate patterns we'll create.
Macrame Knots You Need to Know to Make a Wall Hanging Plant Hanger Design
Getting familiar with macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:
- Half Hitch Knot / Double Half Hitch
- Lark’s Head Knot
- Berry knot
- Square knot
- Gathering knot
- Overhand knot
The above knots are basic knots widely used in many macrame projects.
By learning popular knots like the ones listed above, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects.
The Lark's Head Knot is a fundamental mounting knot for various projects. As a mounting knot, it provides a reliable and secure attachment point for your macrame design to a dowel, ring, or other supporting structure. This knot lets you easily hang cords onto your macrame creation, providing a stable foundation for further knotting and design elements.
The Half Hitch knot / Double Half Hitch Knot is fundamental and highly versatile in macrame. It is the building block for many intricate knot patterns, making it an essential technique for creating beautiful macrame designs.
The Berry Knot, also known as the modern iteration of the vintage Square knot button, features a textured design formed by transforming Square knots into a charming berry-like shape. This stylish and decorative knot is widely used in contemporary macrame projects, adding a touch of elegance to your creations.
A Square knot is a common macrame knot formed by alternately crossing two cords over each other. It holds a significant role in macrame as an essential decorative knot. It is the foundation for numerous patterns and designs, independently and with other types of knots.
The Gathering Knot is a wrapping knot, a finishing knot that gathers all cords together. Usually, you will see the gathering knot at the bottom of a macrame pattern.
The Overhand Knot is an essential everyday knot used to make a knob in a cord, string, or rope. It helps tie items together, or it can be tied on a single cord-end to prevent the ends from fraying.
Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.
I have compiled a FREE EBOOK guide, "50 Macrame Knots & Sennit Guide," that goes over step by step with pictures on how to make 50 different knots and sennits.
This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs.
Benefits of a Macrame Wall Plant-Hanger
A macrame wall plant hanger has some great benefits. It saves space by letting you hang plants up high, freeing your floor and shelves. It also looks nice and adds a decorative touch to your home.
Caring for your plants becomes more accessible because they're at eye level. Plus, it helps improve the air quality in your home by making more oxygen.
Looking after your plants can also be relaxing. You can adjust the hanger's height to fit different plant sizes, making it versatile for your space.
- Space Savers: They free up valuable floor or shelf space by allowing you to hang plants vertically.
- Aesthetic Appeal: They add a stylish and decorative element to your home decor.
- Easy Maintenance: Plants are at eye level, making it easier to care for and water them.
- Improved Air Quality: Indoor plants help purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
- Customization: You can adjust the height to accommodate different plant sizes and create visual balance in your space.
- Natural light exposure: Hanging your plants near windows or in well-lit areas ensures adequate natural light, which is essential for their growth and overall health.
- Decorative focal point: Macrame plant hangers can serve as decorative focal points in your home, drawing attention to your favorite plants and adding visual interest to your space.
- Stress reduction: Caring for indoor plants has been shown to reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being. The presence of greenery in your living space can have a calming effect.
- DIY options: Macrame plant hangers are a fun and creative DIY project if you enjoy crafting. You can make your own unique hangers that match your style and preferences.
Making a macrame wall plant hanger is a wonderful addition to any home. It brings a touch of style and beauty, simplifies plant care, improves air quality, and even brightens your mood with thriving greenery.
So, whether you're a seasoned plant lover or just starting your indoor gardening journey, these hangers offer a simple yet delightful way to elevate your living space and enjoy the benefits of a greener, happier home.
Macrame Wall Plant-Hanger Cords and MaterialsYou will need 3mm macrame cords and a small ring to make this macrame wall plant hanger.
Choosing the cord
The most crucial material is the cord. Macrame cords can be made from various materials such as cotton, jute, or nylon, each offering a different texture and appearance.
Choosing a soft, sturdy cord for your desired wall plant hanger is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.
We used a 3mm single-strand cord in a natural color from our Rainbow cord line, which is a soft and sturdy cord that is perfect for all skill levels.
Here are the benefits of using our Rainbow Cord line:
- Our Rainbow cotton cord line is certified 100% chemical-free and eco-friendly, made from recycled cotton materials.
- Beautiful color offerings
- We love it because it's smooth, soft, and sturdy, making it easy to work with.
Other Supplies & MaterialsYou will need a 3” metal or wooden ring as the mounting object for your macrame wall-plant hanger.
Macrame Wall Plant-Hanger Details
- 3” wide x 25” length
- Fits a small to medium-sized plant pot
- 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on skill level
Materials Needed (for 1 unit):
- 30m of 3mm macrame cord
- 1 x 3” ring
Cotton lengths needed:
- 1 x 200 cm (79”)
- 8 x 300cm (119”)
* Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using a 3mm Single Stand Rainbow Cord. Should you use a different size cord or cord from another brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and, therefore, should be adjusted accordingly.
Important Macrame Terms for Beginners
Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:
- Knots: Macrame involves various knots, such as the Double half-hitch knot and the Square knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of Macrame. Refer to the "Macrame Knots You Will Need To Know" section for the knots used in this pattern.
- Cords: Cords are the primary material used in Macrame. They are made of cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Macrame cords come in various thicknesses and colors.
- Fringe: Fringe refers to the loose ends of cords that hang down, adding a decorative element to beginner projects. The fringe can be left as is or trimmed to a desired length.
- Anchor cord: refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
- Working cord: This cord is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
Step-by-Step Pattern Instructions
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make the Macrame Wall plant hanger:
- Take a 200 cm cord and wrap it around the ring with Half Hitch knots, leaving 1/3 of the ring empty.
- Attach 8 x 300 cm cords onto the empty section of the ring with Lark's Head knots.
- Use the far-right and far-left cords as anchor cords for a row of Double Half Hitch ("DHH") knots on both sides towards the center.
Step#4: With the middle four cords, make a Berry knot. Finish it with a Square Knot underneath.
- Make a row of DHH knots towards the center with the far-right cord as the anchor cord. Repeat on the left-side. Then finish with one more DHH knot in the middle.
Take the second cord on the right from the middle, and make one DHH knot to the middle. Repeat on the left-side. Then finish with one DHH knot in the middle.
- Make another row of DHH knots on both sides, stopping before the middle section.
- Separate the middle two cords. Then add one more DHH knot onto the same anchor cords on both sides.
- About 3.5" down from the middle, make a Square knot Diamond, leaving the far-left and far-right two cords out.
- About another 3.5" - 4" downwards from the middle, make a Square knot Diamond, adding in the far-left and far-right 2 cords for a larger Diamond.
- Measure the circumference of your plant pot and divide that measurement by 2 then subtract 1 inch.
- Measure the length from the measurement calculation on both sides and make a Square knot in the middle with the far left and far-right 2 cords.
- Then add the next two cords on both sides for two Alternating Square knots. Finish off with one more Square knot in the middle.
- Turn the pattern to the back side and about 3.5" down from the large Square knot Diamond, add a mini Square knot Diamond.
- Align the front and back mini Square Knot Diamonds together, then connect the sides with a Square knot on both sides.
- Using a strand of 60 cm cord as a working cord, make a Gathering knot at the bottom.
- At the top with the middle two cords, make a Double Overhand knot and cut off the excess cords, leaving a few inches of cord ends remaining.
- Cut off the excess cords at the bottom fringe.
- Take 10 x 7" strands of scrap cord and comb through them.
- Then weave them through the top loop from the Overhand knot
- Use a strand of 20 cm cord to make a Gathering knot for the tassel. Trim the tassel fringes.
Learn Macrame: How to Create a Macrame Plant Hanger Using 6 Basic Knots | Video Tutorial
Wrapping Up Our Macrame Plant Hanger Using 6 Basic Knots
With its intricate knots and earthy charm, the macrame wall plant hanger isn't just a pretty piece on your wall; it infuses a three-dimensional, lively energy that's impossible to overlook. Its creative blend of square shape and rose-inspired design creates a captivating fusion of geometry and nature, ensuring it stands out in a big way.
Place it in your living room, bedroom, or any space where you hang out, and watch as it becomes a magnet for curious compliments and intrigued inquiries like, "Where did you get that?" It's more than just a decor item; it carries the dedication and love of the artisan who crafted it, quite literally woven into its fibers.
So, let this charming macrame wall plant hanger jazz up your living space, revel in the admiring comments it attracts, and bask in the satisfaction of owning a piece of art as unique as you are. Your macrame wall plant hanger is all about radiating positive vibes, turning heads, and giving your space an artistic and refreshing twist.
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