Two Macramé Plant Hangers

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Posted on August 5, 2021 by Samantha Cullen
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Hi plant lover! What’s better than having beautiful plants adorning your home? Hanging them in gorgeous macramé plant hangers, that’s what! If you’re running out of floor space, or just want to add a bit of boho magic to your décor, then these tutorials are for you. I’ve included two different designs; one that favours hanging foliage and one that lends itself to an upright leaf. Choose one or the other, or give both a go—you know you want to!

First, we’ll go over the different types of knots that you will be using to make these hangers.

Lark’s Head Knot

This is the most common knot that you’ll use when attaching macramé cord to a stick. Start by folding your cord in half and laying it over your stick, leaving the loop at the top. Fold the loop over the back of the stick and put the ends of the cords through it. Pull it tight.

lark's head

Square Knot and Hald Square Knot

These knots require at least four cords. The two on either side will be the working cords (the ones that you actually use), while the other two are the filler cords. Start with your left working cord and fold it over the top of the two filler cords and under the opposite working cord. Next, take the right-hand working cord and fold it underneath the two filler cords and through the loop left between the filler and working cord on the left side. Now repeat the process but in reverse. Start with the cord on the left and fold it over the top of the filler cords, then fold the left working cord underneath the filler cords. This is one square knot.

To make a half square knot, you simply stick to one side. Instead of swapping sides, fold the left cord over the top of the filler knots every time. This creates a spiral shape with your cords.

Double Half Hitch Knot

This super versatile knot is used to create lines and shapes in your work, and we will be using it to create a curvy twisted pattern in one of our hangers. It takes a little bit of practice to master, but it’s well worth the effort as you can do so much with it! You will have one filler cord which you will tie your working cords around to create your pattern.

If you want to move from left to right, start with the furthest left cord of the pattern as your filler cord. The cord to its right will be the first working cord. Lay the filler cord on top of the working cord, folding the working cord up and over the filler cord, keeping it to the left of itself. Make sure that your tension is correct at this point. Next, bring the working cord up to the front of the filler cord and to the left of the knot you’ve just made. Fold it over the back and through the loop it’s made with itself. You can now move on to your next working cord. Check out this video to see it in action.

Macramé Wrap

Also called a gathering knot, this is almost always used when making plant hangers. It brings all of the cords together at the beginning and at the end. Starting with a piece of cord approximately 40 cm long (depending on how long you want the wrap to be), fold the end over so that the short end is about 4 cm longer than you want the wrap to be. Gather your cords to be wrapped together and place the loop on top of them—it’s a good idea to do this on the back of your work to keep everything tidy. Start wrapping the long end of the cord around the loop and the cords; begin from the short end, finishing at the loop end. Keep everything as tight as possible. When you get to the end of the cord, poke it through the loop that’s sticking out. Take the other end of the cord and pull. It will draw the loop with the other end of the cord up and under your wrapping. Ensure that it is completely hidden, then trim the ends of your cords.

macramé wrap

Hanger Number One

This one is most suited to a plant with hanging foliage. The design in the top could be lost with something too top-heavy.

What you will need:

  • Approximately 66 m of 4 mm macramé cord
  • A 30 cm stick to hang it on (either a straight dowel or a natural stick that you like the look of)
  • Sharp scissors

Step One:

Cut your cord into the following lengths:

  • 8 x 3.1 m (Group A)
  • 4 x 3.7 m (Group B)
  • 8 x 2.7 m (Group C)

Step Two:

Attach your cords to your stick with a lark’s head knot in the following order:

C C B C B C A A A A A A A A C B C B C C

All of the cords will be folded in half except the B cords. These will have 1.55 m on one side and 2.15 m on the other side. The B cords on the outside will have the longer part on the outside and the ones further in will have the longer side facing toward the middle.

Step Three:

The first part of the pattern to make is the middle swirl. This is made with double half hitch knots. The middle two cords will be your initial filler cords. Cross them over each other and make your first double half hitch. Continue on an angle downwards, using seven working cords on each side. To get the double layer effect, repeat this process on the inside of your pattern using all of the same cords, finishing before you get to the original filler cord. Now change direction and bring the filler cords back towards the centre to make a diamond shape. Don’t join them together. Now come back to the original outline and follow the inner outline you’ve already made back to the centre. To cross them over, continue the lines from the right side of the pattern to make the next level of diamond—they’ll become the left side of the next diamond. The left side lines will pick back up again on the right side of the lines that crossed over. Continue this same pattern for the second diamond, but use two fewer cords. Do the same for the third diamond, again leaving two fewer cords. Join each layer of the outlines together; first the inside and then the outside.

Step Four:

The second part of the design is to make the spirals on the edge. The working cords are numbers five and ten (counting in from either side), which will be the cords that you left longer. Tie half square knots down the length of these cords until you get to about 5 cm longer than your middle design.

Step Five:

Separate your cords into two groups, half on each side. Using square knots with two working cords per side, tie all of the cords together 50 cm down from the top of the stick. Separate each group into two again, tying them together 15 cm down with square knots.

Step Six:

Finally, using a macramé wrap tie all your cords together to finish your hanger. Trim off the excess.

Hanger Number Two

This plant hanger is more of a traditional design, and with an extravagant fringe, it’s more suited to a plant with foliage that grows above the level of the pot.

What you will need:

  • A wooden or metal ring
  • Approximately 51 m of 5 mm triple twist macramé cord
  • Sharp scissors

Step One:

Cut your cords to the following lengths:

  • 3 x 1.9 m
  • 3 x 2.7 m
  • 2 x 0.4 m
  • 60 x 0.6 m (for the fringe)

Thread your main six cords through your ring, alternating long and short cords. Make sure that they have half on each side. Secure them all with a macramé wrap.

Step Two:

Separate your cords into three groups of four, two short and two long in each group. Using the longer cords as your working cords, make half square knots until your working cords are about 5 cm shorter than your filler cords.

Step Three:

Leave 20 cm untied, then cross the inside cords over the outside ones so that they become the working cords. Tie two square knots in each group. Divide them in half, then 12 cm further down join them together with square knots. Leave about 10 cm and join all of your cords together with a macramé wrap.

Step Four:

Now to add the fringe! Using lark’s head knots attach your fringe cords to the lines between the first and second groups of square knots. Untwist them all so that you have a lovely wavy fringe. Trim them to your liking. Don’t forget to untwist the cords hanging underneath your final macramé wrap!

I hope that these tutorials have inspired you to find aerial homes for your beloved plants, I know that they’ll look amazing! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.


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