Previously I have shown you how to make a macrame basket, a macrame cat hammock, and also a macrame hanging solar lantern. In today’s DIY project, I want to show you how to make a simple macrame plant hanger using only easy Half Square knots which form a spiral called Spiral Knots. These are very basic macrame knots for beginners and for this easy macrame plant hanger tutorial, I was also able to reuse the original plastic planter and hook. Macrame beginners will have an easy time figuring out how to do this simple project!
How to make a simple macrame plant hanger
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Before I start with my list of materials and instructions, I want to mention that you don’t have to have a plant in an existing plant hanger. You can make the same planter for a regular plant in a pot. You do however have to buy a small wooden or metal ring and hook to hang the plant with.
I wanted to use my plastic hook because, during our stay-at-home order, I’m having trouble finding the right materials, and the hook just fits our curtain rod perfectly. The best part is that this way you don’t create more waste or have any extra cost.
If you aren’t using the plastic hook part then you could also add wooden beads to the macrame plant holder.
I had all the other items needed already. The metal ring was leftover from a multi-package of rings where I had used one of them for my macrame wreath tutorial.
Materials needed for this simple plant hanger
- 3mm or 4mm macrame yarn (or you could use any cotton cord, synthetic cord for the outdoors, hemp cord, or jute yarn)
- 8-inch brass/metal ring
- plant in a plastic plant hanger (mine is a kangaroo paw fern)
- marker or tape
- measuring tape
- fabric stiffener
- craft glue (optional)
- (as mentioned above, if you don’t have a plastic plant hanger like mine you need a small wooden or metal ring and hook. Or you could use a coat hook as well. I was able to use my plastic hook because there is an opening at the top where I was able to loop my yarn to. If your plant hanger doesn’t look like that then you should also buy the ring and hook.)
Step-by-step tutorial on how to make a simple macramé plant hanger
Before starting make sure that the brass ring fits over your plant pot and isn’t too big or too small. An 8-inch ring was the perfect size for mine to hold the plastic pot.
Step 1: Mark measurements on the metal ring
Detach the plastic hanger part and measure on the ring where the macramé will eventually get tied onto evenly. For my 8-inch ring, it was about 7ish inches distance between marks.
I marked the spots with some painter’s tape but you could also use a permanent marker. Then put the ring aside for later.
Step 2: Determine how you want to start your macrame plant hanger
Securely hang your hook or wooden ring to something like a doorknob, clothing rack, or horizontally placed broomstick. Whatever works for you.
Step 3: Cut the macrame cord
How much cord and the desired length of the strings used are determined by how low you want the planter to hang. Mine hangs down about 31 inches from the rod. I wanted mine to hang a lot longer than the provided plastic pieces. You also need some extra length to be able to tie the tassels at the end.
I cut my pieces of cord five times as long as I wanted the planter to hang to be sure. You need two strings for each arm. Folded in half which actually makes 4 strings hanging down for each arm.
Step 4: Attach the macrame cord to your hook
Attach the macrame yarn to the plastic hook openings with basic knots called Lark’s Head knots (How to make a Lark’s Head knot is also shown in my video) by folding the string in half, laying it over the back of the plastic part, then pulling the ends through the loop and tightening everything.
I opted to keep the long arms that attach to the pot. You definitely do not have to do that! I wanted to because it keeps the top structured and stiff when I take the plant off to water it. Just personal preference. And you don’t see the pieces because they are hidden inside of the row of knots.
You can just cut the plastic arms/sticks off right after the hoop and use the hook like the wooden ring to make the planter.
You would loop the Lark’s Head knots on the small ring instead of my plastic planter hook.
Step 5: Knot three strands of Spiral Knots
How to tie spiral knots for the hanging planter
This is such a simple knot and all you have to do is lay the right cord over the 2 center cords, then lay the left cord over the right and thread the left cord behind the 2 center cords through the loop of the right cord, and pull tight. Now repeat the same thing over and over again which will create a spiral. This is also called a Half Square Knot.
For my planter, I gathered my two center strings and included the plastic strand in that bunch.
Spiral Knot video tutorial
I made a video for you just to show you how to make Spiral Knots. At the beginning of the video tutorial, I’m also showing you the Square Knot, just because they are so similar. And if you like the Square Knots better, then you can use them instead of the Spiral Knots to hang the planter too.
(Use the triangle on the image to turn on the video. If you are on a cellphone, hold the phone sideways to view it in full screen. If the video doesn’t load then you can watch it on my YouTube Channel instead.)
Spiral Knots are Half Square Knots stacked on top of each other. The important thing is to always use the same cord over the center cords.
When you stack Square Knots in comparison, you always have to make sure to alternate the outside cords that get passed over the center string.
Using the Half Square Knots creates a spiral which is why it is also called a Spiral Knot. Square Knots create a flat pattern that somewhat resembles a square. The basic Square Knots and Spiral Knots start out with 4 strands of macrame but you can also add more strings to the center than two if you want a thicker look. I added the plastic arm to my center strings.
When you get to the end of the plastic strands, snip the plastic connector that connects to the pot off and just keep going. You won’t be able to notice where the plastic ended.
Tie the spiral knots on all three strands and make them all the same length.
Step 6: Attach Spiral Knot strands to the metal ring
Now it is time to tie the last knots of the spirals to the metal ring which is as simple as using a standard overhand knot on each strand to all three marked spots. This is where you could add the craft glue to the metal ring to make sure the ends of the cord stay in place. I actually chose not to.
This is also the point where I added the planter to the hanger to make sure everything is hanging straight and even.
Step 7: Add Macrame tassels
Having macrame tassels on your macrame hanging planter is, of course, optional but they are a great way of ending the strings that remain hanging down. And you all know how much I love tassels. As a matter of fact, they are made the same way I made them in my previous tutorials. All you need to do is check out my tassel video below.
You could actually use a different color to tie the tassel together as I did on my macrame bracelet tassels with the gathering knot method.
I cut six 15-inch long strands of macrame cord for each tassel, folded them in half, and tied them to the dangling strands on the metal ring. Then I finished the tassels with the gathering-knot-method or also called Wrapped Knot again as shown in the above photo and in my tassel video.
Unravel the tassel yarn and comb it. Then you can use some fabric stiffener as I like using in most of my macrame tutorials but this step is optional and not necessary if you like the look.
Make sure to trim the tassels all the same length and you are done.
Photos of my finished simple macrame plant hanger
In case you are wondering if the cats are messing with my macrame hanging planter and kangaroo paw fern…well as you can see Walter does occasionally like to bat it around. Regardless, this is a perfect way to display your indoor plants safely away from your cats and it looks so pretty.
If I’d hang the planter from the ceiling it would be even higher but I prefer our curtain rods for sure.
It doesn’t matter though since he isn’t doing any damage.
I hope you liked today’s simple DIY macrame plant hanger tutorial and aren’t getting sick of macrame yet. But as I mentioned, macrame yarn is the only thing I have in abundance at home. It keeps me busy, I enjoy making it, and it looks so good with my home decor.
Check out all my other macrame projects as well for more free macrame pattern ideas. Below you can see my 4 favorite macrame wall hangings I have made over the years for a modern boho vibe.
I have to write an update about what we have been doing at home. I’ve been struggling like everyone else and we are definitely taking things day by day and trying our best not to make it appear like groundhog day.