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How to Make Macrame Hanging Plant Holders

By Tanya Khan ; Updated September 21, 2017

Macrame is an ancient craft of knotting different types of thread to make decorative hanging plant holders, wall hangings, clothing and jewelry. According to Macramenia, the word macrame is of Arabic origin, meaning fringe, and the skill dates back to the 13th century, when Arab weavers knotted different material at the edges of their loomed goods. Macrame plant holders are sturdy and support heavy pots filled with potting soil and flowers to decorate a spot. Make a macrame hanging plant holder and display it outside your front porch or balcony.

Determine the height of your macrame hanging plant hanger. Cut a length of cord five times longer than the desired height of your finished macrame holder with sharp scissors. Repeat this process until you have six equal lengths of cord.

Fold all six cords in the middle so you have 12 ends. Insert a 2-inch-wide metal ring in the center of the cords. Form a grouped overhand knot to secure the ring to the cords. To do this, assemble and hold the cord ends, loop them around the ring and pull the ends through tightly.

Separate the 12 cords into three groups consisting of four cords in each. Secure one group (four cords) to a knotting board with pins so it stays in place as you begin knotting.

Form the top of the hanger by overlapping the pinned cords first. To do this, pull the two cords to the right over the two cords to the left. Twist them firmly and then pull the two cords to the left over the two cords to the right. Make loose knots so you see the design as it forms. Overlap both sets of cords until they exit the knot together.

Pin the second group of four cords to the knotting board and repeat the procedure of overlapping two sets of cords. Once complete, pin the third group and repeat the procedure.

Separate the four cords in each group into two. Join two cords from one group to two other cords to its right or left side so you have three new groups of four cords each.

Assemble and hold the cord ends. Measure 5 to 7 inches above the ends and tie a square knot. The pot will rest over the knot. Depending on personal taste, cut the ends off with scissors, braid them or slide colored beads into them and knot the ends so they are secure.


Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Macrame cord
  • Scissors
  • 2-inch-wide metal ring
  • Knotting board
  • Pins

About the Author


Tanya Khan is a freelance author and consultant, having written numerous articles for various online and print sources. She has a Master of Business Administration in marketing but her passion lies in writing.