5 Simple Ways to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger

How to start a macrame plant hanger

Getting started in creating your own unique macrame plant hanger is easier than it looks! All you need is to answer a few simple questions.

What style of macrame plant hanger do you want to create…?

What specific macrame plant hanger knots and patterns do you want to use…?

What do I need to start a macrame plant hanger?

How much macrame cord and how long will each strand of cord be for my macrame plant hanger…?

For today’s topic, we will be focusing on the different ways to get started in creating your macrame plant hanger. I’ll be showing you 5 techniques you can use to help you begin your own DIY macrame plant hanger.

Once you are familiar with these different macrame tying techniques, you can jump over to my other blog post, How To Macrame A Plant Hanger, where you can learn the step-by-step process (with video) on how to make a macrame plant hanger.

Now, let’s begin on the 5 different techniques that you can use to get you started on your macrame plant hanger.

90% of the macrame plant hangers you see online or in stores will have a ring as the anchor. The ring will form the top base of your macrame plant hanger, where you can put through on a hook and have it hang from the ceiling.

If you don’t have any rings on hand, or prefer not you use a ring, that’s completely fine. There are times you might see a macrame plant hanger without a ring, and that is definitely do-able. All you have to do is create a loop with the cord you’re using that will allow for a hook to hold the loop so you can hang the plant hanger. I’ll be showing you both ways, with and without a ring. You can choose either option to what best suits you.

How to start a macrame plant hanger

The 5 different macrame techniques we will be going over to start a macrame plant hanger is:

  1. Gathering knot with ring
  2. Crown knot with ring
  3. Square knot with ring
  4. Square knot without a ring
  5. Overhand knot without a ring

The knots and patterns used to create the macrame plant hangers are fairly simple. You don’t need a lot of macrame experience or knowledge. All you would need to know are some popular knots used for macrame plant hangers- gathering knot, crown knot, square knot, and overhand knot.

If you’re unfamiliar with these knots, I would highly advise you check out my 50 Knots & Sennits video I posted on YouTube or get a FREE copy of the 50Knots and Sennits Ebook download. 50 Knots & Sennit eBook OR you can check out the brief how-to steps below on each of these knots.

Before we can begin, we will require some macrame cord/rope. If you’re interested in getting high quality 100% natural cotton cord, Bochiknot offers spools of macrame cord that will give you enough cotton cord for many of your future projects. Please see our online store SHOP.

How to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger Using a Gathering Knot With a Ring

The most popular way to start a macrame plant hanger is by tying a gathering knot using a ring. The first thing you want to do is familiarize yourself with tying a gathering knot. This will be the foundation in creating your macrame plant hanger with a ring.

You will begin by determining how long you would like your plant hanger to be. If you’re not sure how to measure how much cord you need, then watch the video below. You will need to know the length of your cords to start a macrame plant hanger using the 5 techniques in this blog post.

From there you will need to cut a few strands of lengthy cords and pull them through the ring. The number of strands depends on what knots and designs you want to use in your plant hanger. If you choose to use square knots then you need the cords in multiples of 4. For the purpose of this demonstration, we will pull through 8 cords meaning there will be 16 cords hanging down once the gathering knot is tied.

Using a shorter cord, you will now tie a gathering knot to seal the top part of the macrame.

Follow along by watching the video that I have shared below!

Once you have finished tying the gathering knot and all the cords are secured, you will end the knot by cutting off the top and bottom of the excess working cord you finished tying.

How to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger Using a Crown Knot With and Without Ring

Step 1: Space out the Macrame Cords in the Ring

To begin this plant hanger crown knot, you will need an even number of cords going through the ring. In this instance, we will use 8 cords.

Making a macrame crown knot to start your macrame plant hanger

From here, you will divide the cords evenly, 4 on top and 4 on the bottom, creating space in the middle, so that you can begin folding each of the ends across and on top of each other to form the Crown knot.

Step 2: Fold the Cords on Top & Over Each Other to Make Crown Knot

Follow the following steps to tie the crown knot

how to make a crown knot for a macrame plant hanger
making a macrame crown knot for a macrame plant hanger
Making a macrame knot for a plant hanger

Step 3: Tighten The Macrame Knot

Once you have folded the cords in step 3, you will now pull the ends on each side to tighten the knot.

How to make a crown knot for plant hanger
Making a macrame crown knot for a plant hanger

Step 4: Repeat The Process To Get the Desired Look

Your finished crown knot should look similar to the picture above. If it does, congratulations! Now, you will repeat this process a few more times to get the desired look that you like, similar to the picture below. The more you add, the longer it will be.

How to make a crown knot for a plant hanger

Now you know how to start a macrame plant hanger using a Crown knot and ring.

How to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger Using a Square Knot Chain With Ring

Making a macrame square knot chain

The next technique to start a macrame plant hanger is by using a square knot. You will first want to start off with 4 long cords or cords in multiples of 4. Pull them through the ring and make sure that they’re even in length. From here, you will take a cord on each end, as the working cord, to make back-to-back square knots.

Macrame Square chain knot

Once you have completed a square knot, you will need to repeat this a few more times to form your desired look and pattern. I tend to make 3-4 square knots to give the top base of the plant hanger a more sturdy and detailed look.

Macrame square knot chain

How to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger Using a Square Knot Loop Without A Ring

If you don’t have a small ring handy, this macrame tying technique that I’m about to show is the best way to start a plant hanger.

For those that don’t have a ring on hand, this technique is going to help you out greatly! This is great to save on cost if you’re looking to get started with macrame, but don’t necessarily want to buy a lot of supplies.

To start this, you would need to gather 8 cords together. Starting in the middle of the cords, we will take the outer left and outer right cords and use those as working cords for a series of square knots. Ensure that as you’re adding square knots after your first one, you add one to the top and then to the bottom so that the strands of cords hanging down are the same length.

Once you have made about 8 to 10 square knots, fold the square knot part in half and then make one big square knot with the outer left and outer right cords gathering the rest of the cords in the middle.

Macrame knot plant hanger

How to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger Using an Overhand Knot Without a Ring

Last, but not least, the easiest and simplest way to start a macrame plant hanger is by tying an overhand knot. A lot of people forget and overlook this tying technique, but for new beginners that are limited in supplies and would like to just get started in making a macrame plant hanger, the overhand knot is a great way to start!

Macrame overhand knot

To do this, you will take the cords and fold it in half. Form a loop with the folded end of the cords. 

We will now take the folded end and twist it through a loop with all the cords to form the overhand knot.

Holding onto the end of the rope, pull the knot tight.making sure you leave a small loop at the end.

How to make an over hand knot

And there you have it. You’ve formed the start of your macrame plant hanger without using a ring and without having to use too many knots.

Macrame Overhand knot

I hope that was helpful for you in getting started with macrame. Once you have familiarized yourself with these different macrame techniques, you’re ready to begin making your very own DIY macrame plant hanger. Click here to jump over to start your macrame plant hanger.

All 5 ways to start a macrame plant hanger explained above is shown in the video tutorial below.

If you’re looking to get started on your first macrame piece with minimal effort, you can get started on your macrame home decor with our Macrame Kami Starter Kit here.

If you are a DIY macrame dreamer, creative genius or lover of handmade hobbies, you can unleash your creativity, engage your brain, and relieve stress by getting started in creating your own macrame. While it’s stimulating & engaging as a hobby, macrame also serves another purpose — its finished product provides you with something that you can proudly display for art or sell, or to give as a heartfelt, handmade gift to your friends and family.

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Until next time. Much love,

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7 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Start a Macrame Plant Hanger”

  1. Thank you for your examples without a ring! It helped me out a lot as I don’t have any rings and really want to create a macrame plant hanger. 🙂

  2. Thank you for your examples without a ring! It helped me out a lot as I don’t have any rings and really want to create a macrame plant hanger. 🙂

  3. Um… You said to tape down the cord that you tied to the wooden dowel to a stable surface.
    But then in your kit you include a hook. Which way are you supposed to do it?

    1. You can do either way. Both will work fine. The hooks can be used to hang your piece if you are using a macrame rack. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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