These planters are definitely not my idea and inspired by my favorite black and white African baskets that I have in several spots of our home. You all know how much I love black and white patterns, right? And there is so much inspiration on Google, Pinterest, and Etsy with similar ideas. For example, check out the below African planters which are for sale HERE.
So today I just want to show you how easy it is to make a macrame piece like this. It is however somewhat time-consuming which doesn’t matter to me because I love sitting in front of my favorite Netflix show and being able to make something like this with my hands. It is very repetitive if you pick an easy pattern.
Below are some more similar baskets for sale that I love:
Easy macrame planter using only two knots
supplies needed for this easy macrame planter
- macrame yarn (I use two different colors, my favorite combo is always black and white/ivory)
- craft scissors
- 1″ or 1.5″ wooden dowel rod
Step-by-step macrame planter instructions
Music from https://filmmusic.io: “Bossa Antigua” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
This project is as simple as lining up a row of Lark’s head knot on the dowel rod and then following those up with rows and rows of Double Half Hitch Knots also known as Vertical Clove Hitch Knots.
Below is a Lark’s head knot tied so you can see how to set it up.
And here is a Lark’s head knot tied to the dowel rod. You can see it all better in my tutorial video.
Let’s get to the Double Half Hitch Knots also known as Vertical Clove Hitch Knots which you start out the way I’m showing below:
Followed up with the next loop. I always keep telling myself in my head “behind/under the string and over” for the first loop and “over and behind/under” for the second loop.
Pull both of those loops up and tighten them for the Vertical Clove Hitch Knots.
To make a planter or even wall hanging, you have to line the dowel rod with more Lark’s head knots. This is determined by the height of the object that you want to make this cover for. If it is a planter or vase, then make sure that you have that item ready to measure how much macrame string Lark’s head knots you need on your dowel rod.
Jump to timestamp 2:29 in the video with the slider to see how I knotted a new color into the piece. You use the same method to add more yarn when you run out of macrame yarn.
In my video, I only made a cover for a small object. I just didn’t want to film the entire making of the large macrame planter because the video would have been very long 😉 After all, a large macrame planter took me several days to make.
I did, however, take photos while I was making one of my larger planters which I want to show below:
Maya thinks it is a rug for cats! By the way, I’m showing in my video how to tie in and hide the ends of new strings when you either run out of macrame string or when you want to add a different color. It’s easy!
There are wall hangings for sale on Etsy that are made the same way as I’m showing you:
Next, slide the weaving off the rod and cut the loops at the top with your craft scissors.
After that, you tie the ends together with the pretty side of the Vertical Clove Hitch Knots showing.
You can see it better on the larger macrame planter.
The next step is to unravel all the macrame string and to comb it, then cut it into the desired length. Giving the hair cut is my favorite part.
And here are two of the macrame planters in a grouping with my African baskets.
Maya below sniffing my faux plant. My kitties are the reason I had to get mostly faux plants. Thankfully there are so many great faux plant options now which I wrote about HERE.
You can find the above faux plant HERE.
“If it fits it sits” and in the case below Willy does not fit in the basket:
They fit right in with the rest of my decor!
I kept the new velvet curtain up because I love them so much. You can find them HERE.
mirror not available anymore | brass pot from Goodwill | chairs HERE | round end tables HERE | similar coffee table HERE | disco ball HERE | salt lamp HERE | fur HERE | similar pouf HERE | drum HERE | blue pillows HERE, HERE and HERE | black and white pillows HERE | velvet pillow HERE | leopard lumbar pillow HERE |similar sofa HERE | rug HERE | macrame HERE | plaid pillows HERE | vinyl plank flooring from Karndean in Texas White Ash
Check out some of my other craft and macrame projects:
On another note, I’ve had a pretty frustrating start to 2020 which was one reason that I haven’t had a blog post yet. My computer broke suddenly and now I have that bill over my head which is definitely not what I expected to start with.
I’m also working my seasonal side job again which makes it a little harder to get everything done.