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How to make a Macramé Plant Hanger

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Posted on July 5, 2021 by Julie Richards

Hello. My name is Julie, and I am a plant-aholic. If it has leaves or flowers and I can grow it inside or outside, I want it in my house or garden. The problem is that there is usually only a limited amout of space for my indoor plants. So, I knew how to make a macramé plant hanger that would give me more room to display my beautiful plants.

I also learned how to make a macramé plant hanger that I can use outdoors and stands up to the weather. The secret to an outdoor macramé plant hanger is to make it from nylon cord. I use cotton cords for my indoor macramé hangers. I love the variety of colors available because I can choose ones to accent my décor.

To make a simple macramé plant hanger, you need to know three easy knots: the square knot, the half-square knot, and the overhand knot. You must have four strands of cord to make these knots. The cords hang down in a line so that the two outer cords are the working cords that tie the knots, and the inner two cords are called filler cords. In more advanced macramé plant hanger patterns, the four cords can change position whenever the knot changes. This means that the filler cords may become working cords and vice versa. The cords in this macramé hanger do not change position often.

To make this macramé plant hanger you need eight cords approximately 15 feet long. And two cords about 1 foot in length. You can add beads throughout the knotting process. Decorative beads are slid onto the various cords either at the time you need them or at the very beginning. I prefer to just slide them on as I need them because I often change my mind about where I want the decorative beads when I make a macramé hanger. I also may not like the beads I originally chose so I would have to swap out the old beads for the new ones. I just go with what inspires me at the time. That’s crafting, right?

When you make a macramé hanger, it is best to work standing up. You are better able to see the progress of the hanger. You can easily spot an error while the macramé hanger is suspended from a hook too. I use an over-the-door wreath hanger every time I make a macramé hanger. It is easier to keep track of the cords and keeps me from grabbing the wrong one and making a string of half knots only to find that I have to untie them 15 minutes later.

Another thing you need to make a macramé hanger, besides cording, is a metal or wooden ring. I use a 3-inch metal ring for all my hangers. I like the simplicity of the metal ring and I know it will not break under the weight of my plant while it is suspended. Ask me how I know! It is also easier to hang a metal ring than a wooden ring sometimes because the wood is bulkier than the ring and may not fit in a decorative hook.

For this particular macramé plant hanger, I am using four brown cords and four white cords. This lets you see how the filler cords and the working cords interchange throughout the tying process. Feel free to use whatever color of cords you want. Just remember to keep track of the cords you are working with, so you don’t tie the wrong ones.

To begin, cut eight cords to 15-foot lengths. Pull one end of all the cords halfway through the metal ring. The result will be 16 cords hanging 7 ½ feet down from the ring. Gather all 16 cords together in one hand, just below the ring, like you are holding onto a very thick rope. With the other hand take a 1-foot section of cord and form an S-shape with one end of the cord going up and the other end of the cord going down.

Put the S-shaped section of cord against the cords you are holding in the other hand. Grab it with the thumb of that hand and hold it in place. You will end up with a loop on top of your hand and a loop under your hand, along with a length of cord below your hand as well.

Starting about four inches down from the ring, wrap the loose end of the S-cord upwards around all the cords you are holding, pulling tightly as you wrap. When you reach the bottom of the ring, slide the end of the wrapping cord into the loop made by the S-cord. Pull the bottom cord of the S-cord until you pull the top part down into the wrapped cords. Do not pull it all the way through. Cut off the excess wrapping cord and tuck it into the wrapping with a pencil or wooden dowel.

Divide your cords into four sections, each containing four cords. Use an elastic band to keep three sections from getting wrapped into the section you work with while tying the macramé knots. Choose the working cords and the filler cords of the remaining section and tie seven half square knots. Move to the next section used for making the macramé plant hanger and tie seven half-square knots.

The next section of the macramé plant hanger uses the left working cord and the left filler cord of one section with the right working cord and the right filler cord of the section beside it. Gather each section accordingly, making sure you have four cords in each section. Since I am using brown as my main working cords and white as my main filler cords, I have a white and brown cord from one section paired with a white and brown section from the section beside it.

Measure down approximately 12 inches and make a slip knot with all four cords of each section. Lay the four cords flat in the palm of one hand and wrap the ends of the cords from front to back and over your hand one time. As you come to the front of your hand, cross the cords over the group laying in your hand and then push them up under the group and pull out the at the top. Repeat this process with the remaining groups of cords.  Make sure that the slip knots are all at the same level on the macramé hanger. This is the point when we continue with the new working cords and filler cords.

Drop down from the slip knots about three inches. With the new working cords make seven square knots on each section of cords. Again, make sure that the square knots all start at the same level and end at the same level. Sometimes you may start them all at the same point, but the bottoms are off kilter. This usually means the tension was not the same as each square knot was tied. To remedy the situation, simply go back and undo the knots in the section that is off and tie them again.

We are almost done! Four slip knots, a wrap, and the macramé plant hanger is done. Oh, and we are switching back to the original working and filler knots that we started with. At the end of the square knots pick the two right cords and pair them with the two left cords of the square knot section next to it. Do this until you have all four sections done. Do not worry about whether the same cords you just paired were the same cords paired above. At this point, it does not matter unless you are using a selection of colored cords.

Measure down three inches from the end of the square knots and make a slip knot with each section of cords. Grab the planter you want to use for this hanger and put it in place where you want it to be on the macramé hanger. Gather all the cords together in one hand under the planter, just like when we first started this macramé plant hanger. The point where your hand is holding the cords is where you need another wrapping cord. This wrapping cord is what holds the planter in place.

I tie one of the cords in a knot at the bottom of my hand to mark where the end of the wrapping cord needs to be. Then remove the pot and gather all the cords together again. Wrap the cords with another S-shaped cord, just like at the top of the macramé hanger.

Cut the ends of the cords off at the length you want to finish making the macramé plant hanger. Once you put a planter in the macramé hanger, you may notice that it becomes longer over time. The cords stretch under the weight of the planter. This is normal. If the very bottom cords of the macramé plant hanger are longer than you desire, simply cut them to the length you want.

There are many more knots and variations you can use when you make a macramé plant hanger. I hope you try them all out and fill your home with plants like I did.

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I'm going to have to try this one!

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Julie Richards

July 7, 2021


They are so much fun to make, and very easy, as well.

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