Those of you who’ve been around long enough to remember interior design trends from the 1970s may be surprised at the exceptional return in popularity of something we all had in our homes—macrame plant hangers.
Of course, yours doesn’t have to be avocado green or mustard yellow like those from the era, but somehow the basic macrame design still serves the purpose well.
Making your own macrame plant hanger is an easy project that requires few supplies and a basic technique.
Step 1 - Pick Your Planter
In order to make your macrame plant hanger the right size, you’ll want to first know what size planter it is required to hold.
Plastic planters are lighter, but your plant holder can handle metal, wood, or ceramic planters too.
Just make sure your drain tray is sufficient to keep water from running onto the ground.
Give your planter a fresh coat of paint if needed. Then go ahead and place your plant into the pot with good soil.
Step 2 - Cut the Macrame Cord
You can choose from a variety of thicknesses for your natural macrame cord.
The 3mm thickness will hold up well, but you can go ultra-durable with a four, five, or six millimeter thickness.
Just make sure the roll you buy at the local craft store or online is at least 100 feet long.
Cut your macrame cord into eight, ten-foot strands. You can get away with shorter strands for smaller pots.
Step 3 - Begin the Process
To start, loop the strands over the edge of the ring. This will provide you with 16 strands hanging down.
Take an additional piece of cord that’s a few feet long and wind it around the group of strands directly below the ring where they overlap.
Tie it into a macrame wrapped knot.
Step 4 - Divide Your Strands
With the ring mount secure, you will now separate the 16 strands into four groups. Each of these groups will run down the four sides of the planter, meeting underneath.
Step 5 - Make Square Knots
From your wrapped knot, measure down each group of four strands and mark a spot about 20 inches down.
At this spot, use the two outside strands to tie a square knot over the two inside strands. Make a second square knot next to the first.
Step 6 - Make Next Round of Square Knots
Measure down from the bottom of the square knots you just made. Mark a spot around four to six inches down on all of the 16 strands so the next knots are even.
Choose a length that makes sense for your planter size.
From there, create four more square knots, by taking the center and left strands from one group and tying them to the center and right strands of the adjacent group.
Tie a second set of square knots directly below the first.
Step 7 - Make a Final Knot
Once you have all of your square knots completed, gather together the bottoms of the strand groups and tie them all into one knot five to eight inches below the last knots.
Trim up any uneven strands at the bottom and you’re done.
Step 8 - Insert Plant and Hang
Now comes the rewarding part. Your hanger is complete, so it’s time to display your plant.
If you don’t already have a plant hook in the ceiling, install one now.
For drywall, be sure to use a hook with a bracket that expands on the other side. Otherwise, insert your hook into a stud.
Place your planter inside the macrame hanger with the big knot directly below the bottom of the planter and the four knotted strands going up the sides.
Rearrange the leaves or branches so they are evenly spaced around the hanger straps.
Using a securely placed ladder or step stool, hang your plant hanger from the ceiling hook and sit back to enjoy your efforts.
Tip: If you want your hanger to hang lower, add an S-hook of any length to the top of the ring. You can also simply use macrame cord tied around the top of the ring as well as the ceiling hook.
Dawn Hammon has thrived in freelance writing and editor roles for nearly a decade. She has lived, worked, and attended school in Oregon for many years. Dawn currently spends her days convincing her children she is still smarter than them while creating new experiences with her husband of 24 years.&nbsp;
Her multiple interests have led her to frequently undergo home improvement projects. She enjoys sharing the hard-earned knowledge that comes with it with the audience of DoItYourself.com. Dawn and her sister make up a power-tool loving duo that teaches classes to local women with the goal of empowering them to tackle their fears and become comfortable with power tools.
Tapping into her enthusiasm for saving money and devotion to sustainable practices, Dawn has recently launched a passion project aimed at connecting eco-friendly products and socially-responsible companies with consumers interested in making conscientious purchases, better informing themselves about products on the market, and taking a stand in favor of helping to save the planet.
When she is not providing stellar online content for local, national, and international businesses or trolling the internet for organic cotton clothing, you might find her backpacking nearby hills and valleys, traveling to remote parts of the globe, or expanding her vocabulary in a competitive game of Scrabble.
Dawn holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, which these days she mostly uses to provide therapy for her kids and spouse. Most recently, I worked for a small local professional organizing and estate sale company for four years where I learned a ton about organizing and/or disposing of just about anything.
She was raised in a tool-oriented, hands-on, DIY family. Her dad worked in the floor covering business and owned local floor covering businesses, so of course selling floor covering was one of her first jobs. Her brother was a contractor for about 30 years and site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. I worked with him often, building decks, painting houses, framing in buildings, etc. With her sister, she holds power tool classes to empower women who are scared or have never used them.
Not quite homesteaders, she did grow up with a farm, tractors, motorcycles, expansive gardens, hay fields, barns, and lots of repairs to do. Plus she and her family preserved foods, raised cattle and pigs, chopped and hauled firewood, and performed regular maintenance on two households, outbuildings, fencing, etc.
As an adult, she has owned two houses. The first one she personally ripped out a galley kitchen and opened it up to the living area, plus updated every door, floor covering, and piece of trim in the place. In her current home, she's tackled everything from installing real hardwood flooring to revamping the landscape.