How to Make a Hanging Plant Holder


Liven up your patio or deck with an array of hanging plants and homemade plant holders. Instead of purchasing holders, try making one yourself. Many can be made from household materials and take little time to assemble. As you master the technique, you can perfect your style with beads and braids. It is always helpful to use a metal ring to secure knots and allow your plant to safely sway in the wind.

Step 1

Cut six pieces of cord. Measure each cord to be six times longer than the desired length of the finished plant holder.

Step 2

Fold the cords in half in order to make 12 rope ends.

Step 3

Tie the folded end of the cords to the ring. Use an overhand knot, looping the folded end around the cord and pulling through tightly.

Step 4

Separate the ends into three groups of four ends each and tie two adjacent rope ends at the top of the planter near the ring. Use a square knot, pulling the right cord over the left cord, twisting and then pulling the left cord over the right. Both ends of the rope should exit the knot together. Repeat with other sections of rope.

Step 5

Separate each section of four rope ends in half and pair off every half with the pair to either the left or right side. You should again have three sets of four strands.

Step 6

Tie all 12 rope ends, using a square knot, at the base of where the pot will be (usually about 6 to12 inches from the cut ends of the cord).

Step 7

Bead, braid or cut off the remaining ends of rope and place your pot inside the hanger. Your plant is now ready to be hung in or outside.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure all cords are cut to the same length, otherwise knots will not tie correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • Cord
  • Scissors
  • Metal ring


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Who Can Help

  • How to Tie a Square Knot
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.