This post has been a loooooong time coming! I always decide to try a diy project and jump right in forgetting that I should document it on the way. The macrame plants hangers were no different. It all started with seeing some that I really liked. Of course that prompted me to start looking up on Etsy and various places to see if I could grab some of my own. They are so cute and I am really leaning into the boho feel a little more lately. Well after looking around I discovered that they aren’t the cheapest things in the world to buy. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, they do take a little bit to make after all. So I did what I often do. I can make these right!? How hard could they possibly be?? If you are wondering this is pretty much how all my DIY projects start!
After convincing myself that I could figure this out and it would be much cheaper I set out to find the materials. Off to Michaels I went. I’m sure you could use a couple of different things out there. I decided on grabbing some cotton rope. I ended up with two different sizes and I will show you the end result for both so you can see the difference. I also found some metal rings and hooks so that it would finish off the look and make them easy to hang.
Before we start here let me remind you that I am no expert. I taught myself as I went and I will try to explain the steps as easily as I can. If you have any questions at all please feel free to leave a message and I will do my best to help! I am going to show you the basics knots that I learned. All of the hangers I made only used one main knot (I promise, its really that easy)! I will show you the basics and you can design your planter to your own liking. Lets get started. I will show you a lot of pictures so hopefully it will be easy to follow.
The first thing you need to do is cut your length of rope. This will depend on how long you want your planters. I think I used about 15ft for each. It’s also easier to use multiples of 4 which I actually discovered on the hanger below. Don’t be like me and use 4 or 8. You are actually going to fold the top in half so if you cut 4 you will actually end up with 8 strands. Also something to remember is that your working strands will get shorter then the others as you go so be sure to give yourself a little extra room to play with. 15ft gave me plenty but again depends on how long you want them.
Ok, so first cut your lengths. Once you cut your strands of rope you want to put the two ends together and fold everything in half. Once you do that find the middle where it folds.
Now you don’t have to use a metal ring. You can just tie a knot here leaving a loop on the top to hang if you can’t find rings or don’t want to buy any. I will show you both below that I did. For this one I used a ring. Place the rope through the ring and then pull the loose rope through the loop of the rope as shown below. Once its all through tighten it around the ring.
From this point you again have a choice. You can skip the next step and go right into the knots. it depends on the look you want. If you would like to start with a slightly more finished look you can start with a wrap knot (I believe its called that). To start you will need a separate piece of rope a couple of feet long. You want to start with a loop or U shape. Start from the top and start wrapping the cord around the top working your way down. Make sure you have enough of the bottom of the U sticking out. Once you wrap the cord as long as you would like it, take the end and place it through the loop sticking out the bottom. You will then take the TOP short rope that is sticking up and pull that nice and snug. Trim the pieces sticking out.
If you decide to not do the above step that’s fine. You will start the next step the same either way. You ready for the next step? For this hanger I start with a spiral stitch. I will walk you through the spiral stitch and the square knot. You want to first start by separating the ropes. In the middle will be the majority of the ropes and you will have one rope on each side which will be your woking rope. (In the smaller version of this with the thinner rope I would use more then one strand for the working rope to make it thicker). Hopefully that makes sense.
Step one: Take the left strand and cross over the middle making a sort of letter 4 and under the opposite strand.
Step two: The right strand will go UNDER the strand from the left, across the BACK of the middle strands, and THROUGH the letter 4 opening.
Step Three: Gently pull toward the top and tighten.
Thats it you guys. For the spiral you just continue these same steps over and over again. As you go you will get a spiral shape. Do this for however length you want it to be. (A little tip, anchor your work down. I used scrap rope and tied the ring to a table leg as I worked. It will make it easier. Once you get better at the knots you can also hang it as you work as shown later).
From here you can go the easy route and tie knots to make the plant holder part and you would be all done! I did that so you could see how in case you wanted a super simple hanger. You could skip the spiral knot all together and just go straight to the bottom knots if you feel like the different knots are difficult. That is what is awesome about these, you can make them as hard or easy as you want.
If you decide to just knot the bottom you will take two strands and form a knot. Tie every two until they are all tied together. Line them up so that they are the same length down from the top. Once that is done, take a strand from two separate knots that are next to each other and tie another knot. Again make sure they are the same length down from the knot above so thats it comes out even. You will want more space between the top and bottom rows for bigger planters and less for smaller. After finishing the second row leave a little more space and then tie all of the rope into a knot for the bottom and your done! Place a pot in and hang. Super easy!
This post is so long, sorry guys. You can stop with the above if you are going for simple. If you would like a little more detail I will show you how to also do a square knot.
First thing I did was spilt the total strands into two and did two columns of square knots. You will start with a spiral knot first. However instead of doing the same knot over and over you will reverse it. Start with a spiral (with the number 4 technique). For the second one you will reverse it. Right strand to the left. Left strand UNDER the right, BEHIND the middle strands, and THROUGH the reverse 4. You will alter this back and forth as you go. You thought it was going to be harder didn’t you? Told you it was easy!
Once you go the length you want you can end with the knot technique at the bottom or using the square knot if you like. Honestly now that you know these two basic knots the skies the limit! There are so many different ways you can arrange them. Here are the ones I did using just these knots to give you an idea of what you can do and hopefully help you understand a little better on the different looks.
You can see, in the smallest one above, that I skipped the wrap knot and started with four separate columns of the spiral knot. For this I used 8 strands of rope (folded in half so total of 16). Each of the 4 columns of spiral knots have 4 ropes. The knots where the plant is are 3 square knots each. The bottom I finished with Square knots as well.
The larger one above also skips the wrap knot and I started with one column of spiral knots. Those branch out into three columns of square knots. For the area that holds the planter I just did a basic knot for those and finished the bottom with spiral knots.
The ones below are with the thicker rope and are a bit more simple if you want to go that route.
I also wanted to show you the super basic ones I did. You can see above that the two smaller ones are only regular knots. The top is knotted and then it goes straight down to the part that holds the pot which is also basic knots along with the bottom.
The hanger holding the terra-cotta pot is again just the two knots I showed you. It starts with a regular knot, then spiral knots, square knots, and the part that holds the pot is regular knots. As you can see you can go as fancy or simple as you want! The skies the limit here. All of these are hung with hooks that I screwed into the ceiling in case you are wondering.
I know this was a long post but thank you for sticking it out! I hope it really helped walk you through the steps to make your own! If you would like me to walk you step by step a specific plant hanger style let me know and I can do a separate post on that. This post leaves you open to options so you can customize your own! It is definitely a little trial and error but hey, the rope is pretty cheap especially with a coupon which makes it not as bad when making mistakes! I truly hope you enjoyed this and I would love to see pictures if you decided to make your own!