How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

Overview

Macrame is the art of knotting threads to make decorative plant hangers, jewelry, wall hangings and clothing. Macrame plant hangers are decorative yet functional, and can be made with threads of different types and textures. Although macramé plant hangers of different sizes are available in home department stores, make it yourself at half the price with a few inexpensive materials to decorate in your house, or give as a gift to someone special. Also customize it to your tastes by adding decorative beads or marbles at the end for a decorative touch.

Step 1

Measure a length of cord five to six times longer than the planned size of the finished hanger, using measuring tape, and cut it with a sharp pair of scissors. Repeat the procedure until you have six equal lengths.

Step 2

Fold each cord in the middle to form 12 ends. Carefully slide a 1- to 2-inch-wide metal ring through them and bring it to the middle. Gather the cord ends together, loop the fold around the ring and pull the cords tightly through to form a grouped overhand knot.

Step 3

Group the 12 cord ends to form three groups of four cords each. Use pins to secure one group to a knotting board so it stays in place as you begin forming the hanger.

Step 4

Pull the cords to the right over the ones to the left to form the top of the hanger, twisting them firmly and then pulling the cords to the left over the ones to the right. Do this to the cords attached to the knotting board. Make loose knots so the forming design is visible. Do this until both sets of cords exit the knot together.

Step 5

Pin the second and third group of cords to the knotting board in turn, and repeat the procedure.

Step 6

Divide the four cords in each group into two. Pair each two cords with the two from another group to its left or right side to form three new groups of four cords.

Step 7

Attach pins to the knotting board to secure the loops. Gather the ends of the cords and hold them firmly. Tie a square knot 5 to 6 inches above, so the pot you want to hang rests there. Braid the ends, slide similar or different colored beads into them and knot them, or cut the excess knot length off. Insert the pot into the hanger and display it appropriately.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Macrame cord
  • Scissors
  • 1- to 2-inch-wide metal ring
  • Knotting board
  • Pins
  • Pot
  • Decorative beads

References

  • Dawn Shumate: Macrame Plant Hanger
  • Creativity-Portal: Exploring Macrame Knotting and Other Fiber Arts
  • Angelfire: Tses Macrame Plant Hanger Instructions
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