Homemade Twine Plant Hangers


Cascading hanging plants look great near sunny windows and can dress up any room. The conundrum many people face is how to hang them. Wire or plastic hangers are readily available, but they are not very attractive. Fortunately, there is a better, inexpensive option. You can make your own plant hangers using twine. You don't even need to be an expert at macrame to make a sturdy, nice looking hanger to hang nearly any plant.

Step 1

Measure the distance from the ceiling to the level you want the bottom of the pot to be, using the tape. Measure the pot and determine how far from the ceiling the pot's rim will be.

Step 2

Measure and cut three segments of twine which are twice the length from the ceiling to the bottom of the pot, plus 1 foot. You will need the extra foot to secure knots and make a tassel at the bottom of the hanger. Select sturdy twine in a color you like. Consider natural fiber twine, like jute or hemp, for an earthy look. Try using dyed nylon twine for a longer lasting, weatherproof hanger.

Step 3

Gather one end of the three segments and run them through the metal ring together and then fold each piece in half so that each segment now has two equal lengths of twine. Tie the two segments together at the top, using one square knot at the base of the metal ring, so that there are now six separate string ends at the bottom.

Step 4

Tie two of the strings together with a square knot at the level you want the rim of your pot. Lay the strings on a flat work surface and repeat this with the other strings so that you have three sets of two strings joined with square knots at the same distance from the metal ring.

Step 5

Join one string from one of the three sets with another from a neighboring set with a square knot 3 to 4 inches below the first row of knots. Repeat this twice more until you have a second row of knots. Use the same technique to make a third row of knots a few inches below the second row so that the strings make diamond shaped openings.

Step 6

Place the hanger over your pot and adjust the knots as necessary to make it fit securely. Remove the hanger from the pot and pull the strings at the bottom together where the bottom of the pot should be. Tie them together using several slip knots. Tie a small slip knot at the bottom of each string to make a decorative tassel.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Metal ring


  • Roper's Knots Page: The Reef Knot or Square Knot General
  • Boston University School of Medicine: The Anatomy of a Square Knot
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About this Author

Malia Marin is a landscape designer and freelance writer, specializing in sustainable design, native landscapes and environmental education. She holds a Masters in landscape architecture, and her professional experience includes designing parks, trails and residential landscapes. Marin has written numerous articles, over the past ten years, about landscape design for local newspapers.