So you’ve seen a few beautiful macrame plant hanger pictures online.
Maybe you’ve browsed around on Pinterest and came across some macrame plant hanger designs and patterns that you really like.
Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, how lovely would it be to have more greenery in your living space, but the thought of having to go out to search for the “perfect” macrame plant hanger that will fit your exact plant size and have it meet the desired length and style seemed more like a daunting task than an enjoyable weekend hobby.
You won’t be able to find the exact macrame plant hanger size and the macrame pattern you are looking for by shopping at Walmart or Amazon. The macrame plant hangers you find very easily are mostly generic and poor quality plant hangers. I should know, since I’ve bought many of them.
A nice alternative to buying one is making your own, and since it doesn’t take long to make one, and allows you to customize it to your own style…why not DIY a macrame plant hanger yourself?
Today, I’m going to walk through with you step-by-step on how to make a macrame plant hanger. By the end of this post you should have the knowledge to be able create your very own macrame plant hanger. Let’s Knotty!
Making your first DIY macramé plant hanger is a project that may seem extremely challenging at first. But the truth is, it’s actually quite simple to do-it-yourself. There’s really not much difficulty to it if you have the proper guidance. And since you’ve landed on this post, you’re in the good hands!
There are 3 Macrame knots that we’ll be using to make this macrame plant hanger.
- Gathering knot
- Berry Knot
- Overhand Knot
If you’re unfamiliar with these macrame knots, I would suggest you click over to our 50 Macrame knots and sennit PDF or check out our macrame knots video tutorial. You’ll learn how to make the most commonly used macrame knots (the basic), to intermediate macrame knots, all the way to the most advanced macrame knots.
Start by learning these macrame knots before beginning your macrame plant hanger. It will make tying the knots a lot smoother.
The macrame plant hanger materials that will be needed:
Now before jumping in headfirst in making a plant hanger, let’s briefly go over some macrame cord 101. This will help give you a basic understanding of macrame cord because when I first got started I just figured that macrame cord was all the same, but there different levels to this macrame cord game.
Below, I list the 4 main key components that you should consider looking into when choosing macrame cord for your plant hanger or other macrame projects.
How to Choose the BEST Macrame Cord For Your Macrame Plant Hanger:
Choosing the right cord for your macrame project can be a daunting task. I know I’ve experienced this dilemma when I first started out.
What fibre should I choose?
What size of cord do I use?
Do I go with macrame cord 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm?
Do I go with Twist macrame strand or non-twisted?
If you’re a beginner like I once was, and would like to know how to choose the BEST macrame cord for your DIY Macrame plant hanger or any other of your macrame projects. To help you I would like to share 4 criteria that I look at when considering the type of macrame cord to use for my projects.
1. Macrame Cord Composition
The material from which the macrame cord was made is very important. Synthetic cords, such as nylon or polypropylene, are good options for outdoor projects, as they are more water-resistant than natural materials. Natural cords, such as cotton, wool and hemp, work well for indoor decorative macrame projects. They tend to be a bit more soft on the hands, and easier to tie and unravel. Hemp cord and jute cord are more coarse.
2. Macrame Cord Strength
The strength of macrame cord depends largely on the way the fibers or strands are twisted and braided together into a larger and stronger form. You will find that the strength of the cord will depend on the number of strands twisted into a thicker cord. A cord with 6 strands twisted into cord is slightly stronger than the 3-ply cord.
3. Macrame Cord Size
Macrame cord is measured in terms of millimeters (mm). When we are talking about cord size, we are talking about the diameter and the thickness of the cord.
Let’s breakdown the cord sizes.
- A thin string which consists of cord sizes between 1 mm to 2 mm is usually used for smaller crafts that would require the string to be inserted into beads, buttons, and ornaments. You’ll find that thin string is often used to make jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces. You can use thin string to macrame plant hangers as well. If you only have a string, you can gather several strands at once to use it as one strand for the plant hanger.
- Medium cord size ranges from 3 mm to 5 mm, and this range of cord is most commonly used by most macrame artists. You’ll typically find macrame projects such as plant hangers, wall hangings, wedding backdrops are made with medium size cord.
- Last is the thick cord, 6 mm and higher. These large size cords are typically used for large projects of scale. They’ll most likely be covering a larger area of space to capture a certain visual appeal. If you have 6 mm to 8 mm rope, you won’t need too much cord length to make a plant hanger as it won’t be necessary to make a lot of knots.
If you are just starting off, I would recommend sticking between the 3 mm-5 mm cord size range.
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4. Macrame Cord Quantity Needed
Macrame cord usually comes spools of 50 m (approx. 55yd), 100 m (approx. 109yd), 200 m (approx. 218yd), and 400 m (approx. 437yd).
Knowing the amount of cord you will need for a macrame project can be a bit tricky. A rule of thumb I go by is to measure the length of your project multiple that size by 4 or 5 times. If you are folding the cord in half like what we are doing for the macrame plant hanger, then you will need to also double that length. the cord that you will need. It’s better to have more cord than to have too little. Sometimes, you would never know when you might run out of cord.
How to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger:
Now that you know the different criteria of choosing macrame cord, this should help you out in picking the right type of cord for the plant hanger.
Next, let’s quickly go over the knots that will be used in making this macrame plant hanger pattern.
As previously stated at the beginning of this post, we will use 3 knots for this macrame plant hanger project. – The gathering knot, berry knot, and overhand knot.
Steps on How to Create a Macrame Plant Hanger:
- Place a wooden or metal ring onto a hook on to a rack. Cut 6 x 300 cm strands of 4 mm cord and place them through the ring.
- Using a 50 cm cord, make a gathering knot and tighten the uneven strands. After that, take the first 4 strands hanging down and make a berry knot. Leave 1 cm of space from the top of your first square knot so that you can pull the middle cords through easier. Then take the rest of the cords beside it and make 2 more berry knots. You should have 3 berry knots right after the gathering knot side by side.
- Next, leave approx. 16 cm of space from the last berry knot made above and make an alternating berry knot. Use the right 2 cords beneath the berry, as well as, the left 2 cords beneath the berry knot to the right. Repeat this 2 more times in the same row with the remaining cords
- Underneath the berry knot that we just made, we will make another berry knot. This time, we will use the same cords as the berry knot we just made to make the bottom berry knot. Leave approx. 16 cm of space from the berry knot that you previously made. Repeat on the other 2 sides.
- Now, what you will want to do is measure the circumference of your plant pot and divide that number by 6. Ex: my plant circumference was 23″ when I divide it by 6 I got approx. 3.8″
- Take the right two strands of a berry knot with the left two strands beneath the berry knot to the right, and make another berry knot leaving about 3.8′ of space between the last berry knot above. Do this 3 times.
- Place the pot in the hanger while holding the cords at the bottom to measure out where the gathering knot will be at the bottom.
- The last 3 Berry knots you made should be at the center of the pot.
- Hold the strands at the bottom where the last gathering knot will go, and take out the pot. Make another gathering knot at the bottom and pull the cords at the bottom to ensure they are even.
- Cut the excess top and bottom strands of the gathering knots (the one at the top and at the bottom).
- Take an 11″ strand and place it on top of the Berry and weave through the outer ends from the back in between the side cords. Once done, make an overhand knot leaving 1 cm of space from the top.
- Take 4 strands of 8-9″ cords and place them through the hole above the overhand knot.
- Using a 10″ strand of cord make a gathering knot. Cut off the top and bottom excess cords. Comb through the fringe and cut off the uneven strands. Then make 2 more tassels on the other sides.
- Lastly, double-check to make sure all the cord is evenly cut and all the excess macrame cord is cut off.
There you have it! – A beautiful DIY macrame plant hanger made in just 14 steps. I have also added the DIY macrame plant hanger video from my Youtube channel below so that you can follow along too.
How To Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial
If you’re curious in watching how I make this macrame plant hanger, below is a video from my YouTube where I share an over-the-shoulder look at how I tie and knot the macrame plant hanger together. The steps and process are fairly straightforward and simple. By watching and following along with me, in just a matter of a few minutes…(or hours depending on your skill level), you’ll be able to hang up your completed DIY macrame hanging planter to be showcased and admired by all!
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Hope you enjoy making this DIY macrame plant hanger, if you have any questions or comment be sure to leave them below!
Until next time,