Inexpensive, whimsical and customizable, it’s easy to see why Macrame is back in style! Whether you’re looking for a more natural and organic feel or just another option for your eclectic decorating style, this DIY Macrame Hanging Planter Tutorial will show you how to make a statement in any room of your home.
What Is Macrame?
Macrame is a form of knotting that originated in China and became worldwide in the 70s. Macrame is an ancient craft dating back to the 1400s. It continues to be popular today because it’s eco-friendly, relatively inexpensive, versatile and easy to learn.
Newer designs have used plastic or synthetic materials for their designs and often incorporate beads for color or accents. Macrame can be identified by its geometric patterns, knots and its nature based (floral) shapes.
What Macrame Knots Are Needed?
To get started with your macrame journey, you will want to learn the 3 basic macrame knots. These include the square knot, spiral square knot and double half hitch knot. If you have these three knot types down, you are ready to get started on this macrame hanging planter.
If you are new to macrame and unsure of the knots, do not worry. We have a full tutorial showing you how easy they are, just visit our article Basic Macrame Knots for complete details and video guide to getting started.
Skill Level and Cost of Making this DIY Macrame Hanging Planter
This craft is designed for all skill levels and is beginner friendly. With only the knowledge of some basic macrame knots you should be able to make your macrame planter.
The project is also low cost as you can make it with only macrame cord if desired. In total, this would be less than $10. You can also spruce up the macrame plant hanger with wooden beads and other accessories which can add to the cost.
Supplies Needed for Our DIY Macrame Plant Hanger
If you are new to macrame, a starter kit like the one below is perfect for getting started with this macrame hanging plant project.
119pcs Macrame Kits for Starter Kit for Plant Hangers
Macrame Craft Board (optional)
8 x 300 cm Macrame cord
1 x 200 cm cord
1 x 115 cm macrame rope
Small wooden or metal ring
8 wooden beads
Below are step-by-step directions to create this wonderful DIY Macrame Hanging Planter. I have included both a Macrame Hanging Planter video guide along with the written instructions.
Creating Top Loop
Starting from the top left of your macrame craft board, measure 8 squares that add up to 300 cm. You’ll be using those to create your macrame plant hanger top loop as detailed in the video.
I prefer the natural look of creating the top loop for this project. You can also use a small metal or wooden as the top loop to save time. Again, the starter kit below includes both metal hooks and wooden rings.
119pcs Macrame Kits for Starter Kit for Plant Hangers
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Start by tying your first square knot using one of your three macrame knots. Use the cord I used in the video for each square knot as I show you in my tutorial for basic macrame knots.
Next, pull the cords so that they are evenly spaced out. Now take the cord on the top left and double it to form an X shape over the top 4 of your cords. You will want to ensure that you leave enough space for at least 4 inches (10 cm) between each of your knots. This will be for tying a loop later on in this project. This will be for tying a loop later on in this project.
Once your top loop has finished, it should look like the image below:
Creating the Design
Once you have completed the top loop, you’re ready to start making your macrame plant hanger, a step-by-step guide on how to do this is displayed in the video tutorial.
You will need to repeat the spiral square knots detailed for each of the steps until you finish your plant hanger. The design you create can be as free form or intricate as you would like. I personally prefer a more organic design as I like using the macrame knots and materials to really show that it is a natural creation. For this project, we have used plain wooden beads to accessorize. This can add a fun modern flair to the macrame plant hanger as well.
Once you have finished creating the top center of your macrame plant hanger, follow the same steps to create your 2 additional spirals and then repeat all of the above steps to finish off with the last piece of rope at the bottom half of your macrame planter.
Finishing Touches for Your Macrame Plant Hanger
To finish your Macrame Plant Hanger we will need to tie off the bottom. To do this, I have used the same 3 basic macrame knots in a row. You can tighten these knots to ensure that it will not come undone. Finally, you will use one of your shorter cords to tie around the base of your plant pot and join it to the bottom of your macrame plant hanger.
That’s it, you’re done! Your DIY Macrame Hanging Planter is ready! To hang it up simply take one of the longer cord ends and tie it into a loop.
As you can see, getting started with macrame is as easy as it is to craft. This unique macrame hanging planter will be a great addition to your home as it blends in with nature, and is a great way to adorn your space.
I really hope you have enjoyed this macrame plant hanger tutorial and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! Happy crafting.