Wine Macrame Plant Hanger, My Original Design

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Every once in a while I get an itching to macrame something. I recently received an order for two macrame plant hangers. Once they were finished I decided to make another one. Something different.

No particular idea in mind. I just cut the cord and got going. I like a wrapped hanging ring, it looks nicer, more polished. So, that part was easy. I also like the look of crown knots though they are not high up on my Love to Tie list. OK, that part was done.

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Now what!!??

Rest of the design was determined by which cords were the longest. I switched up, making sure to even out the cord lengths as I tied.

The best part about this plant hanger is its versatility. The many ways to use it. As you can see from my photos.

With glass.

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With a basket filled with greenery sitting on the glass.

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Same as the above BUT with silk greenery stems stuck in the center above it.

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Just the basket and plant.

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A huge plastic container that plants come in from the stores. The cradle holds a nice sized pot.

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Just a basket.

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And what are baskets for? To fill up!!

How about this for a child’s room? Fill it with stuffed animals.

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Thanks for looking at my original creation.

Update: February 19, 2011

To everyone who asked for the pattern, it is now available at Etsy. Thanks for your patience.

Christmas in July, Macrame Candle

How To Macrame a Candle

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Supplies Needed to Make One Candle:

  • 2″ welded ring
  • 4″ welded ring
  • 28 yards red 6mm cord
  • 14 yards green 6mm cord
  • 8″ piece of yellow cord (for flame)
  • craft glue

Tools Needed:

  • T-pins
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • scissors
  • tape measure/ruler/yard stick


Cut one 8″ yellow cord (millimeter not critical, just need a small piece long enough to wrap around the red cords to form the flame).

Cut 6 red cords 3 1/2 yards long.

Cut 6 red cords 42″ long.

Cut 12 green cords 42″ long.


Step 1. Find centers of 6 red 3 1/2 yard cords. Pin to macrame board. Lay 8″ yellow cord piece under red cords and tie a knot around them. This is the flame and will be worked in the final step. (1st picture showing 2 yellow cords. You only need one.)

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Step 2. Divide cords into 4 groups of 3 red cords and tie 7″ of crown knots (some people call this a lanyard knot).

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Step 3. Double half hitch all 12 cords onto a 2″ ring spacing the 4 groups of 3 cords evenly apart. (1st photo showing a single half hitch. 2nd photo showing a double half hitch.)

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Step 4. Fold 6 green cords in half and mount 2 cords between mounted group of 4 red cords with a reverse lark’s head knot.

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Step 5. Tie one Square Knot Button (SKB) with each group of 4 red cords only. A square knot button is created by tying 6 square knots (SK) in a sennet. One after the other. Go here if you need help.

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Tie one square knot under the button to secure it.

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Here’s how the 3 red square knot buttons look after tied.

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Step 6. Double half hitch all red and green cords onto a 4″ ring.

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Step 7. Working with each group of 4 red cords attached onto the 4″ ring, fold 2 green cords in half and mount between red cords 2 and 3 with a larks head knot. Repeat this with the remaining groups of red cord.

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Step 8. Fold 2 red 42″ cords in half and mount one to each side of a red cord group with a reverse larks head knot.

Tie 1 square knot button (making 6 square knots) with each red group and each green group.

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Step 9. When finished tying all square knot buttons, turn candle bottom up. Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots on the underside to secure the knots. (See photo for help, if needed)

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Apply glue to bottom row of knots, allow to dry. Trim off excess cord.

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Melt cord ends with matches or cigarette lighter to keep from fraying. Touch cord lightly. Don’t burn or scorch.

Step 10. Brush out yellow cord at the top to form a flame. Trim.

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You are done. Enjoy!!

Candle measures 6 1/2″ diameter and 10 1/2″ height.

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P.S. Not sure why my pictures look fuzzy. They were OK until I uploaded them.

Selecting Macrame Cord

Which macrame cord to use is pretty much up to you and the pattern you are making. You can make the item bigger or smaller but the end result will be different.

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There are lots of different types of macrame cord available.

  • different sizes (millimeters)
  • braided or twisted
  • polyprophylene, nylon, silk, satin
  • jute, string, thread
  • variety of colors

After working with a few of these, you will learn which works best for you. Which cord is easier on your hands. Which cord holds knots better. Which look you like best.

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My favorites are polyprophylene in the following sizes:

  • 2mm braided for jewelry, key chains, coin purses
  • 3 1/2 mm braided for smaller purses, belts
  • 5-6 mm braided for just about everything else

Braided cord tends to hold its shape when making knots over the twisted cord. I don’t have to tape the ends or burn them at the tips to keep the cord from unraveling as I work. Twisted cord does have its uses though, for example, when the project calls for a brushed tail or fluffed section. Twisted is excellent for this.

You can search the net for macrame cord for the best deals. You might find what you want from one of these suppliers.