I have wanted to try making a plant hanger for years now, but never just did it. Now that we are in our new studio and I am putting together our home, it is the perfect time for these kinds of projects. I also am a “plant lady”, and I think the more plants the better! I do need to work on not killing them though….
Now let’s get into this DIY. First step–I had to find a tutorial to walk me through the process. I have never done macrame but used to make friendship bracelets like no one else. I figured that might carry over somewhat. It did, but I realized I still really needed a good enough tutorial to walk me through every step. You guys, I looked at every tutorial on Pinterest. None of them fit my needs. They were either way too complicated for a beginner like me, or too simple (I wanted a bit more than just basic knots), or they had really poor instructions. But then I found *drumroll* Persia Lou’s tutorial for a simple macrame plant holder. It was just what I was looking for–simple but with a pretty design, had great photos of the process, along with clear and concise written instructions. Perfect! I thought about making my own tutorial based on my experience, but hers is just so great, so why reinvent the wheel? I have done the work of finding the best beginner tutorial for you, you’re welcome. What I do want to show you is my experience making my own holder, and a few tips I picked up along the way.
- I used Paracord which is super strong, easy to knot, pretty, and I had a big bunch leftover from another project. Win. Also, now my plant holder acts as a lovely emergency supply item. (Paracord is a common type of rope for emergency situations due to its strength and specific type of weave).
- The tutorial used 10 foot long lengths, I used 8 feet for my smaller pot. You could probably get by with 6 feet, depending on how long you want it to hang down. Mine is hanging from a short slanted ceiling in our home, so it could have been shorter, but I do like the length I ended up with as it became eye level with my sofa. Anyways, you get the idea– the shorter the length of rope, the shorter the planter. Just don’t make it too short, you will need plenty to make the knots.
- Once you cut one length of your rope, just use that as a guide for the remaining seven. Trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to measure and cut every one using a tape measure.
- I used a gold bangle I had for the ring. It worked perfectly! Look around your house, use what you have.
- I frayed the end of mine to make a little pom-pom looking end. I think it’s cute. I think it also would look good to leave them hanging longer if you cut your cords longer. With paracord, I think it looks best to fray, or brad the ends. It’s not the most pretty cord to leave raw. Other types of rope might look better left hanging.
- I used a gold planter to go with my pretty gold ring at the top. I also love white planters for a minimalistic look, but don’t be afraid to add some color via the pot. It helps the macrame stand out.
- Just start! It’s an easy, fun craft, and makes a lovely addition to any room in the house. This is coming from someone who is admittedly not very crafty. You can do it. I want to work up to some of the more difficult patterns. Starting with this one gave me the confidence to try more.
Here are a few photos of my process. I think seeing some of these close up with paracord might help anyone who wants to use this type of rope for their project.