You guys!!! I have been adding numerous plants to my house ever since my post about how to make a macrame plant hanger the quick and easy way. The reason I love the hanging plants so much is that the cats can’t get to them and I have a little more freedom in selecting plants. Plus they look really cute in our living room window.
In today’s tutorial, I want to show you how to make a hanging basket with hoops inspired by an Urban Outfitters hanging planter that I love so much but which costs $89 in the large size.
When I found a double wall woven basket on Amazon, I new I could replicate the look for cheaper.
How to make a hanging basket with hoops
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Materials needed to make a hanging basket with hoops
- basket (you can use a different basket but have to make sure the small hoop you will use for the bottom fits)
- two large 14″ embroidery hoops
- one small 9″ embroidery hoop
- white duct tape
- macrame yarn
- wooden ring
- hook for a curtain rod or other hook depending on where you will be hanging yours
For me, it was cheaper than it might be for you since I had a lot of the materials on hand already. All I had to buy was the basket and hoops. You don’t have to use macrame yarn either and can just use cheap jute twine or anything else. The inspiration planter didn’t use macrame yarn and only used cheap thin cord as well.
Instructions for how to make a hoop macramé hanging planter
Start with the two 14″ hoops lined up next to each other.
Connect the two hopes with a thin strip of white duct tape.
Place the smaller 9″ hoop between the bottom of the two larger hoops as pictured below.
Secure the 9″ hoop with duct tape to the larger hoops.
Place the basket into the smaller hoop to make sure it fits.
Cover up the duct tape part of the smaller hoop with Gathering Knots.
For the Gathering Knot you start out with a small loop laid out as shown above and then wrapping the macrame yarn tightly around the hoop and looped yarn.
At the end, pull the yarn through the loop, then grab the other end of the string hanging out so you can pull the loop and yarn end through the tightly wrapped bunch of yarn until it disappears.
Trim the yarn ends for a neat look.
For the top part of the 14″ hoops, I wanted something more chunky than the inspiration planter. So I decided to cut two pieces of macrame yarn, fold them in half and loop them over and onto the 14″ hoops with Lark’s Head knots as shown below.
I did this in reverse direction which you can see below.
To determine what length you need for those strings, you have to figure out how long and low you want the planter to hang. Measure that distance and then multiply that by 5 to determine the length. Some even multiply by 6 to be safe but I don’t.
Below you can see how the for strands will line up.
I added Spiral Square Knots to my 4 strands of macrame yarn and you can watch my below video tutorial how to make them:
Make the square knot strand as low as you want the planter to hang which you measured earlier.
Now it is time to add the wooden ring so you can hang the planter on a hook.
Randomly knot the strands onto the wooden ring. Don’t worry about it looking messy, you will cover everything up with another Gathering Knot.
Trim the ends of the knots but not too short.
Lay out another loop over the knots.
Wrap yarn around tightly again.
Pull the string and loop through behind the wrapped yarn to finish the Gathering Knot and then trim the ends.
Like I mentioned above, I like using metal hooks to hang some of the planters on my curtain rods. They work great!
Photos of finished hoop hanging planter
My little fern looks and fits beautifully into the basket. I wrap aluminum foil around the original plastic planter to avoid water and dirt ruining the beautiful handwoven basket.
The nice thing about the basket I bought is that it comes as a set of two and I can use the smaller basket yet for another project or decor.
I also wanted to show you the new blue lamps I found at Salvation Army for $3.99 each. They are the perfect shade of blue to go with all my blue pillows, don’t you think so?
And if you aren’t into DIY projects then you can always just buy a pretty planter:
What do you think? Cute right?