Are you looking to add a touch of bohemian elegance to your living space? Do you want to infuse your home with greenery while showcasing your creative skills?
Look no further!
In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey into the art of Macrame and show you how to craft your own macrame plant hanger.
In just 12 simple steps, you can create a lovely macrame plant holder to proudly display in your home.
What is a Macrame Plant Hanger?
Alright, picture this: you've got a cool way to give your leafy pals the ultimate hangout spot. Say hello to the fabulous world of Macrame Plant Hangers!
So, what's the deal? Well, a macrame plant hanger is like a cozy little hammock for your green buddies.
Instead of leaving your plants lonely on the floor or squished on a shelf, these hangers let you suspend them stylishly from the ceiling or a hook. It's like creating a mini jungle in the air!
You take some groovy cords, knot 'em up with your magical macrame skills (don't worry, it's easier than it sounds!), and voilà - you've got yourself a boho-chic plant hanger ready to rock your living space.
Not only does it add a splash of nature's beauty, but it's also a fun way to showcase your artsy side.
Remember, you don't have to be a pro-crafter to whip up one of these beauties. With a little patience and a whole lot of creativity, you'll have your plants hanging out in style in no time.
5 Reasons to begin your DIY Macrame plant hanger today
A handmade macrame plant hanger is the perfect choice for your home decor for several compelling reasons:
- Unique and Personalized: Each handmade macrame hanger will carry a sentimental value. You can choose the design, colors, and materials, ensuring it perfectly complement your style and decor. The time and energy spent on making one will be appreciated.
- Artistic Expression: Crafting a macrame plant hanger is a creative adventure that unleashes your creativity. Transforming simple cords into a beautiful piece of functional art allows you to display your creation in your home proudly.
- Mindful and Therapeutic: Engaging in Macrame as a DIY project can be a therapeutic and meditative experience. Knotting and creating intricate patterns promotes mindfulness and reduces stress, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment.
- Connection to Tradition: Macrame has a rich history dating back centuries, and crafting your macrame plant hanger connects you to this ancient art form. Embracing tradition preserves a craft passed down through generations.
- Heartwarming Gifts: Handmade macrame plant hangers make thoughtful and heartwarming gifts. They symbolize the time, effort, and love invested in creating a unique decor piece for your loved ones.
Simple Plant Hanger for Beginners (No Ring Needed)
With this nifty plant hanger, you won't need any rings or hoops to start it off– just your trusty cords and a can-do attitude. I've designed this tutorial with simplicity in mind, so even if you're a macrame newbie, there's no need to worry.
This hanger is all about that chic minimalism – sleek and straightforward, allowing your beloved plant to take center stage. The magic happens when you weave together basic knots, creating a sturdy cradle to hold your green buddy. Plus, you can customize it with colorful cords or keep it classy with natural tones – it's your call!
Whether you're looking to liven up a sunny window, add some zest to a blank wall, or create an indoor jungle oasis, this no-ring-needed plant hanger will be your leafy companion's new favorite home.
Macrame Knots You Will Need To Know
Getting familiar with the basic macrame knots and sennits is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots and sennits:
- Overhand knot - It is a basic knot formed by simply passing one end of a rope or cord over and then back through the loop created, resulting in a knot that looks like a loop with the loose ends sticking out.
- Square Knot – The square knot, a classic macrame knot, is created by alternately crossing two cords over each other. This knot plays a significant role in Macrame as an essential decorative element, serving as the foundation for numerous patterns and designs on its own and in combination with other knots.
- 3-Ply Braid - A 3-ply braid, also known as a three-strand braid or plait, is a braiding technique that involves intertwining three strands of cord or rope, to create a woven pattern. It's one of the most basic and commonly used braiding methods.
- Gathering knot - A gathering knot, also known as a gathering stitch or gathering technique, is a simple and useful knot used to gather strands of cord together with a wrapping technique.
The knots and sennits above are basic knots widely used in macrame projects.
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 (including all 4 knots and sennits listed above).
This invaluable guide will help you learn the knots and provide insights into crafting unique knot sequences and pattern designs.
Macrame Cord & Materials You'll Need For a DIY Plant Hanger
To begin, you will need the following tools and materials to make a macrame plant hanger DIY:
- Single Strand Cotton Cord – For this design, I have used 5mm single-strand cotton cord.
Selecting the right macrame cord is a crucial step in your project. Various options, such as cotton, jute, or nylon, offer distinct textures and appearances. Among the most common choices, today is cotton, known for its softness and durability.
For this pattern, we recommend using our 5mm Single-strand Rainbow cords, which are soft, sturdy, certified 100% chemical-free and eco-friendly, and made from recycled cotton materials. These cords come in various colors, making them ideal for your plant hanger design.
If you cannot find the single-strand Rainbow cotton cord, don't worry!
Our 3-ply Rainbow cotton cord is a suitable substitute that will work well for this pattern and offer a more textured look.
Regardless of your choice, ensure you opt for a soft and sturdy cord to ensure the durability and functionality of your plant hanger design.
Other Essential tools
To create the macrame plant hanger, you'll require a few additional macrame tools to assist you throughout the process.
Macrame Plant Hanger Pattern Details
- Approx. 6" width x 1 meter in height
- This project should take approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. Depending on your skill level, the actual time can vary.
- One roll of 5mm macrame cord
Cord Lengths Needed
- 6 x 200 cm (79")
** Note: I have used 5mm single-strand Rainbow Cords to determine the cord lengths for the pattern.
Should you use a different size cord or cord from a different brand, the actual lengths of cords 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 macrame planter pattern:
- Knots: Macrame involves various knots, such as the square knot, double half hitch, and Lark's head 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. The materials of cords consist of cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Generally, cotton is the primary material used in modern Macrame. 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. Learn more
- Anchor cord refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
- The working cord is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
Other than the above terms, there are several other macrame terms you may want to know when making macrame projects. Refer to our Ultimate Macrame Beginner's Guide to learn more.
Macrame Plant Hanger Step-By-Step Pattern Instructions
Once you have the right tools and materials, you can now start. Follow these steps to create your first easy macrame plant hanger project:
Step 1: Gather your cords
- Cut six strands of a piece of rope, each measuring 200cm.
- Gather all the strands, fold the center of the cords in half, and hold onto the center.
Step 2: Make an Overhand knot
- Right at the center, shift 10 cm down and tie an Overhand knot.
Step 3: Create a 3-ply braid
- Use two cords as one cord group, resulting in three groups of two cords each to make a 3-ply braid on the slightly longer cord-ends.
Step 4: Create a 15cm braid
- Continue braiding until you reach a length of approximately 15 cm.
Step 5: Untie the overhand knot
- Once the braid is complete, untie the overhand knot created at the beginning.
- The braided section will serve as the handle for the plant hanger. Keep it folded.
Step 6: Create a Large Square knot
- Use the two cords on the far right and far left as working cords for a large square knot.
Step 7: Square knot pattern
- Separate the vertical strands into three groups containing four cords each.
- With one group of four cords, make a Square knot.
- Repeat for a Square knot with each of the remaining two groups of cords.
Step 8: Alternating square knot pattern
- In between two Square knots, make an alternating Square knot approximately 25 to 30 cm down
- Repeat this process on the remaining two sides to make two more alternating square knots
Step 9: Continue alternating square knot pattern
- Make an alternating square knot approximately 8 to 10 cm underneath two square knots you just made
- Repeat this process on the remaining two sides within the same row
Step 10: Create a Gathering knot
- Gather all the vertical cords together, approximately 10 cm below the last row of square knots.
- Use a 60 cm cord to create a Gathering knot
Step 11: Trim the fringe at the bottom.
- Cut off excess cords and trim the fringe at the bottom of your project
Essential Tips You Can Keep in Mind
- Choose the right cord: Select a set of cords sturdy enough to hold the weight of your plant pot. Natural materials like cotton or hemp cords are commonly used for macrame plant hangers.
- Practice your knots: Practice the knots on a small cord piece before starting your project. This will help you become familiar with the techniques and gain confidence in your knotting skills.
- Consider the size of your plant pot: Consider the size and weight of your plant pot when determining the length and strength of your cords. Larger pots may require thicker or more cords for added support.
- Take breaks and step back: Macrame can be time-consuming, so it's essential to take breaks when needed. Step back to observe and admire your work from a distance.
Wrapping Up How to DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
And there you have it! Your Macrame hanging planter for your home.
All you need is a ceiling hook and find the perfect spot in your home to hang up this handmade masterpiece, whether it's a cozy corner, a sunlit window, or a blank wall.
Let the beauty of nature and the artistry of Macrame elevate your living space and bring joy to your surroundings. Happy crafting and happy decorating! 🌿🧶
Youtube DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Video Step-by-Step Tutorial
Frequently Asked Questions
How much cord do I need for a macrame project?
The amount of cord needed for a macrame project depends on various factors, including the size, complexity, and design of the project.
It's essential to have an estimate of the desired finished dimensions and consider any additional length required for knots, fringes, or embellishments.
A rule of thumb: it's better to have slightly more cord than you think you'll need to avoid running out mid-project. Consulting macrame patterns or tutorials specific to your desired project can guide the approximate amount of cord required.
If you want to use a different cord size than what the pattern indicates, my cord sizing walks you through the amount of cord you will need to adjust with changes in cord sizes.
Can my macrame plant hanger be used outside?
An indoor macrame plant hanger is not ideally suited for outdoor plant hangers use. Indoor macrame plant hangers are typically made from materials like cotton, which are more susceptible to damage from outdoor elements such as moisture, sunlight, and harsh weather conditions.
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