How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl.

MATERIALS USED:

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

  • 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord
  • 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal)
  • 4 large hole gray marbella beads
  • 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords

You can find these materials for wallet-friendly prices if you click here!


DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each.

Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continuous Larkshead Knots (or half hitches).

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 3: Fold the 6 yard cords in half through the covered ring and use a 1 yard cord to tie a 1 1/2″ Wrap Knot over all cords, hiding the ends from Step 2. (I use a push tool to hide the cut cord ends after tying the wrap knot. See photo.)

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 4: Divide the cords into 4 groups of 4 cords each and tie 2″ of Crown Knots. Pull each cord tight and smooth. (Tip: Put your work between your knees.) Go here for additional instructions on how to make crown knots. http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/how-to-tie-a-crown-knot/

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 5: Using the same groups of 4 cords, complete the following with each group:

  • Tie 9″ of square knots.
  • Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

  • Tie 3″ of half knot twists.
  • Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

  • Add a large hole bead over ALL cords in each group of 4 cords. Tie 3″ of half knot twists, using the 2 longest cords as tie cords.
  • Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

  • Tie 5″ of square knots.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 6: Drop down 4″ and connect all sinnets with a row of alternating square knots.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 7: Drop down 3 1/2″ and tie 2 rows of alternating square knots. Use the 2 longest cords to tie 1 square knot over all cords. (Note: I ended mine with a wrap knot since I had extra cord. If you purchased just 50 yards, you won’t.)

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Step 8: Add one smaller bead to each cord end. Tie an overhand knot in each cord and trim all cords just below the overhand knot.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Finish off: Burn cord ends slightly to keep cord from fraying. Hold fire to cord a nanosecond to melt cord, not scorch it.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Enjoy!!


If you would like a longer macrame plant hanger with more detail, go here for the pattern. Thanks!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69800943/pattern-for-macrame-plant-hanger

83 comments on “How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

  1. peppernys says:

    thank you, thank you :) very interesting for someone who has never done much macrame before!

  2. Mary says:

    Great! Great! Great!

  3. D-Fly says:

    I have done macrame before but had forgotten the knots. This is amazingly detailed and I am very grateful for the information. I search craft stores for an instructional guide with no success. Thanks for helping to bring back a lost craft!!!

  4. Esther says:

    Thank you for these directions. I have a 5″ pot with a spider plant in it which I want to hang in my kitchen. I only want the plant hanger to be 24″ long. At which point could I shorten this pattern? And if I wanted to attach the lower ends to a disk of stained wood instead of having tails, how would I do that?

    Thank you again so very much!

    • don_mae says:

      You could tie half of the knots. I would adjust portions of all of it, each section. I am not sure what your stained wood disk looks like so won’t be able to advise you on how to attach it.

  5. Cate says:

    This is an excellent tutorial. I was wondering, at what point should I alter the length/knots to accommodate a larger or smaller pot? I’m making two for some spider plants we just received as a gift, and I know the pots are larger than 9 in diameter. Any tips?

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Cate. Actually you can alter this plant hanger at any point. Do half the knots. Omit some sections. Experiment with the knots. The main thing is to have enough cord left to make a cradle to fit the pot. And you want the pot to be secure and not fall out. For larger pots, I start off with longer cord lengths. Hope this helps. Thanks!!

  6. monique says:

    Thank you so much for posting these instructions! I have been looking all over for instructions and yours are every clear. I have a question though, where did you purchase your supplies?

    • don_mae says:

      Hi there. I have beads from years ago. The 80’s and 90’s. Lately, I have been buying my macrame supplies from Munro Crafts and King Kountry. I have links to them on my sidebar.

      Good luck with your plant hanger. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • khadija abdul bari says:

        Hello,
        I live in Toronto,Canada.Do you know where I could buy Macrame Supplies’

        THANKYOU!

    • Darlene Hiscock says:

      I am very excited to macrame my own plant hanger, but live in Ottawa, Canada and cannot seem to find any cord/materials. Any suggestions on where I might find some supplies?
      Many thanks,
      Darlene

  7. Svetlana says:

    Tank you so much for your macrame patterns.
    Svetlana

  8. MarieDelia Ellis says:

    I just want to start on macrame and you explenation are very good and very helpful . I will have a go . thank you for cherying Marie.

  9. rhoda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these directions. I did this years ago and just couldn’t get started right. Your step-by-step is perfect. I cannot wait to get started again. :)

  10. Glorivee Cruz says:

    Hi, I like the way you share the way to learn how to do Macrame. My aunt use to do Macrame a long time ago. Now she is looking to start again and she find hard to find the supplies in store, Specially the cords. Do you know if this supplies can be find in stores or she only can buy then online?

    Thank you
    Glory

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Glory, yep, it is probably going to be hard to find macrame cord in local stores. Few carry it any longer. I am lucky to have a store in my area that still carries it. Only other places, for me too, are on-line. Good luck in finding the cord and happy macraming.

  11. [...] If youd like to make your own heres 2 sites: How to Make a Hanging Plant Holder | Garden Guides How to Macrame a Plant Hanger This Year's Dozen __________________ ~Birds are like chips, you just can't have one!~ My flock: 2 budgies To [...]

  12. Micheline says:

    Hello –

    Great instructions for a beautiful plant hanger, thank you for sharing.

    What size beads are needed to fit four strands of the 6mm cord?

    Thank you in advance.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Micheline. Thank you!!

      Mostly, I use 30mm Marbella round, hard plastic beads. The hole is large enough for 4 strands of 6mm cord.

      Are you making plant hangers? I love making them.

      • Micheline says:

        Hello –

        Thank you for the information on the size beads.

        This will be my first plant hanger in many, many years. We’ll see how this goes! If no hitch, I’ll make more.

  13. Cheryl says:

    Hello,
    While I was on a vacation in El Salvador i had seen a macrame hanger for the kitchen to put fruit/ veggies in.
    I did not buy one but wished that I would have. I plan to make one but was hoping for some assistance.
    Do you have a pattern for such a thing?

    Thanks for your help!

    Cheryl

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Cheryl, did the basket part of this have one container for fruit/veggies? Or multiple parts? What did the bottom look like, do you remember? I may have something similar in one of my macrame books. Will let you know.

  14. nguyendan says:

    Đẹp quá …

  15. vikki freeman says:

    Hi Donna, this is spectacular, and exactly what I have been looking for. I didn’t notice but is there a print icon somewhere to print this out?
    v

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Vikki. I guess just go to File/Print from your browser. Let me know if you aren’t able to print it. Would love to see what you make. Thanks!!

  16. Mary Ellen Harris says:

    Good to know that I am not the only one having a hard time finding macrame cord. I did get lucky and found a beautiful roll of 118 6mm cord and bought it. I fould it at Hobby Lobby, in Georgetown, TX, but no luck at any of the Hobby Lobby stores. Some years ago, I got in touch with Mary Maxim. I receive their books from time to time, and alas, they had many cr

  17. Mary Ellen Harris says:

    Quite a few years ago, I called the crafts store named Mary Maxim, which carries many different crafts and supplies, but not the macrame cord or beads. However, they did give me a phone number to call and I was able to order cord from that place. I don’t know the number now,but Mary Maxim may still have it. I did not have access to the internet at that time, but I would guess they are available online now. You can try Mary Maxim.com, maybe it will work, and if they have a comment page, you can ask them where to purchase this long lost item. Just so you know, I have not found any Hobby Lobby store that carries cord or beads, but I am seeing several places as I surf the net. Good luck, Mary Ellen

  18. Clare sinclair says:

    I would like to buy some of the woll or string that is in the pictures please let me know the price and whare I can get some thanking you Clare

  19. Tana says:

    I learned to macrame as a child in Vacation Bible School and haven’t done it in over 30 years but your step by step instructions brought it back to me so fast. Thanks for such great info.

  20. Ozma says:

    Hi, thanks for the instructions for this great plant hanger!

    One question before I start. The instructions say to cut 6-foot cords, which are folded in half. The finished length of the plant hanger is 4 1/2 feet.

    When folding the cords in half, don’t you get 3 feet of cord to work with? And then isn’t some of that length taken up by knots? Wouldn’t that give you a plant hanger much shorter than 4 1/2 feet?

    Is this a typo, or is there something I don’t understand?

  21. Laurie says:

    Great directions Donna!! I have been macramé-ing for many years – but have never made a plant hanger. We’ll see how my Christmas presents turn out ;-)

    I have typically found it difficult to find supplies in stores – so I most often buy online (and you can find more bulk/wholesale supplies for less expensive than in a store). I just stumbled across the following website:

    http://www.macramesuperstore.com

    100 yd skein of 6mm braided cording is $7.59 – and they have TONS of colors.

    A quick google search for “macrame cording” will turn up a lot of results.

  22. [...] How to Macrame a Plant Hanger (via This Year’s Dozen) Amazing macrame pattern! Thanks to Donna! FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl. MATERIALS USED: 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal) 4 large hole gray marbella beads 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords DIRECTIONS Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each. Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continu … Read More [...]

  23. Kathleen says:

    For those looking for macrame cord in the East Texas area, I found it at the Hobby Lobby in Tyler, TX. They had maybe 6 colors. Not a huge selection but they had the color I was looking for. I am going to make a plant hanger for my bathroom. I haven’t done macrame in many, many years. It should be like riding a bicylce though….never forget but may be rusty when restarting it! LOL

  24. Carolyn Griffin says:

    Wonderful!! I had made macrame plant hangers many years ago but had forgotten the knots, lengths to cut, etc. This was perfect! I thank you and my spider plants thank you.

  25. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much for taking time out to teach others. You made it so easy I whipped one out in one sitting!

  26. don_mae says:

    Hi everyone who recently commented… I haven’t been here for a while but wanted to thank you for your comments. Thank you very much.

  27. Tanya says:

    Hi Donna!
    Just checking in to submit my third entry for the giveaway. I am interested in the Macrame grab bag.
    Thanks much, and have a super day!
    We are getting pounded with rain here.

  28. Michele says:

    I have never attempted macrame, my mother was a macrame wiz, they were everywhere. There aren’t any left now, destroyed by weather and time I suppose. After reading your blog I think I will give it a go. Do you think in a pinch twine would work in place of the traditional cord?

    • Laurie says:

      Michelle – Any cording will work for macrame – it just depends on how you want your final product to look. Most of the macrame work that I do is with hemp twine – some polished (smooth and more consistent), some unpolished (rougher and more fibrous).

      • don_mae says:

        Thanks, Laurie, for answering Michele’s question. I mainly work with polypropylene (the regular macrame cord) and have worked with jute only once.

  29. don_mae says:

    On April 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm khadija abdul bari said:

    Hello, I live in Toronto,Canada.Do you know where I could buy Macrame Supplies. THANK YOU!

    • don_mae says:

      Hi there. I have a list of macrame suppliers that I use posted in the sidebar on my blog. On the right side. I am sure they will ship to Canada. Hope this helps.

  30. Ian says:

    Great instructions- I can’t wait to try this. We are making custom hanging basket arrangements for my wedding and I know these basket holders will look great. Thanks so much for posting this!

  31. [...] How to Macrame a Plant Hanger В« This Year's Dozen May 27, 2009 … Great instructions for a beautiful plant hanger, thank you for sharing. What size beads are needed … [...]

  32. [...] They make really nice little gifts for friends who like plants, and even better gifts for friends who like hanging plants. Yes! Interested in making a more complicated pot plant hanger, here’s a fancy pants pot plant macrame DIY! [...]

  33. Tim says:

    I used cotton twine (that I dyed different colors) to macrame over plain wire plant hangers. These are strong and secure. I continued past the point where the wires attached to the rim of the pot to gather the colorful ends under the pot, providing the illusion that the string actually supported the pot. My rope plant hung 4 feet from a simple 6 inch pot, and was the centerpiece in my bow window. That was many years ago. I now see that the cotton string I used is available at Ace Hardware, sold as Parcel Post Twine. Visit Amazon.com and search twine to find this cotton twine, or more heavy duty (indoor/outdoor) twisted nylon mason line, with 210 lb. tensile strength. Happy knotting!

  34. Jim says:

    When making the squate knot sennit we inadevertantly used the core cords for making the second square knot and continued in this fashion making the next square knot with the core cords of the previous, is there a name for this or did we just happen to create a new pattern

    • don_mae says:

      Hi there, that is one of the cross-over knots. It does have an official name but I can’t remember it right now. Glad to see people macraming again.

  35. Jim Chow says:

    Darlene; I would try Michaels, they are located throughout Canada and have a grerat supply of craft items.

    http://hosted.where2getit.com/michaels/

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks, Jim!!

      I was just going to post where I shop here in the USA. But your information is even better. It’s local.

  36. Carolin says:

    Thank you for the pattern!!!
    Greetings from Australia

  37. Betty Lane says:

    This is for Donna Mae, I have a friend that would love one of your macrame’ tables. Do you sell them? Betty

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Betty, those macrame tables sure are pretty, aren’t they!! But sadly these OLD hands wouldn’t be able to make up anything as elaborate as them any longer. Years ago, back in the 80’s and 90’s, I macramed quite a few of them. Thanks for the question.

      BTW, I make up plant hangers and sell those. Mostly ones made from my Carousel Buttons pattern. Those I had for sale sold but I plan to make more. Soon. Check out my Etsy store.

  38. [...] choose. For a more pared back look, use succulent plants, plain pots and a simple macrame pattern CLICK HERE for a great tutorial on hanging macrame [...]

  39. Jacqueline Smith says:

    I used to make macrame plant hangers for myself years ago. Now I have decided I would like to make some more but cannot find anywhere to buy the cord, it seems that the only macrame work done now is bracelets with 1, or at the most 2 mm cord. I cannot find a supplier in Australia (or anywhere for that matter) who will supply the heavier cord necessary for plant hangers.

  40. aditi says:

    i have only 1 word AMAZING ……………………..

  41. macralia says:

    thanks so much to share yout work so generously. i realy appreciate :) i love the use you do of creativity

  42. Brittany says:

    Just used this to make my first ever macrame plant holder- exciting!! Thank you so much for these amazing instruction!!! :)

  43. [...] This online tutorial taught me the Larkshead (or half-hitch) knot, the Wrap Knot, the Crown Knot, and some Square Knot variations, and after practicing those a bit, I had all the tools I needed for all manner of knotting. [...]

  44. […] Remember these beauties? Get instructions on making a macrame plant hanger from This Year’s Dozen. […]

    • Brenda Pacheco says:

      I have a question; I have an alcupulco chair frame. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, it is kind of round or egg shaped ring with a much smaller ring at the bottom or seat. I would like to macrame a seat using the alternating square knot method. However my question is, how do I eliminate cords as I go as there will be way too many cords to put on the smaller ring.

      • don_mae says:

        What a cool chair!! Had never seen one before. I would start at the bottom and work my way to the top. And using only two cords allowing the metal spokes to be the “center” cord. It is easy to add cords going up, if necessary. That way you won’t have a million cords at the bottom hole to tie off. It could be done though. Single half hitch to the bottom ring instead of double. Glue the end cords before cutting off. Several ways to do this. Good luck. Going to be pretty.

      • Laurie says:

        For plant hangers & similar projects – I order the Bonnie Braid 6mm cording from here: http://www.macramesuperstore.com/
        It’s fusible – so you would be able to eliminate a cord, or add in a cord, just by melting the end & smooshing it to another cord.

  45. don_mae says:

    Thanks, Laurie.

  46. Hi there everyone, it’s my first visit at this website, and article is genuinely fruitful in favor of me, keep up posting these types of articles.

  47. […] If you want to do a similar plant hanger I found a very good DIY over at another blog. […]

  48. Sally Jones says:

    Hi everyone I’m from Georgia and for the past two days I’ve been trying to find a book that shows you all the basic knots, what kind of twine to use and how to get it as long or short as i want it to be (etc). I’ve been online, to all the local Libraries, and Thrift stores with no luck, With that being said my question is would your book give me all the info I’m looking for? I have lots of house plants and would love to hang some with my own creations. Right now I’m learning to put holes in different kinds of glass pot in the colors and shapes I like. Any all suggestions would be appreciated.

  49. I haven’t done macrame in years, but have just gotten interested in a pot hanger for a friend. Most of the plans I found on the internet do NOT take into account where the pages end. The result is pictures cut in half, etc. You are the first one that I’ve run across that has really put a lot of time into figuring out how the directions will print out. Thank you thank you.

  50. 行銷 says:

    Hi there! I simply wish to give a huge thumbs up for the
    good data you have right here on this post. I can be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.

  51. leota grewe says:

    all i want is to buy a book with different macramae hanging patterns i would even buy 2 0r 3 they seem to be no where i know i can print them but i would rather have the book can u help me to where to get them misspetunia33 @yahoo.com

  52. leota grewe says:

    am in dire need for a macramae hanging pattern please

  53. kelly says:

    I am looking for stores within toronto which carry macrame supplies, possibly also groups/classes I can attend. Am relatively new to the city and would greatly apprechiate any information. Thanks in advance.

  54. Karen says:

    I cannot find the 30mm hole beads anywhere. Does anyone know where I could find these online to order? I don’t care if they are wooden, plastic or glass. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s