The art of creating a macrame plant hanger brings together the beauty of handmade craft and the elegance of greenery. Macrame, the craft of knotting rope or cord, has seen a revival in recent years, with plant hangers being a popular project. This guide provides detailed steps to craft a simple yet stylish macrame plant hanger, perfect for showcasing your favorite indoor plants.
To begin, gather your materials. You will need macrame cord, which is available in various thicknesses and colors. A 4mm to 6mm cotton cord is ideal for beginners due to its flexibility and strength. You will also need a ring from which to hang your plant hanger, scissors, a measuring tape, and optionally, beads for decoration. Choose a ring made of wood or metal, depending on your aesthetic preference.
Start by cutting your macrame cord. For a standard plant hanger, you’ll need eight pieces of cord. The length of each piece depends on the desired final length of your plant hanger but typically ranges from 15 to 30 feet per piece. Once cut, fold the cords in half and loop them through your ring using a lark’s head knot. To do this, fold the cords in half, place the looped end over the ring, pull the loose ends through the loop, and tighten. You should now have 16 strands of cord hanging from the ring.
The next step is to start knotting. The most basic and commonly used knots in macrame are the square knot and the spiral knot. Begin by dividing your cords into groups of four. Tie a square knot with the first group of four cords. To make a square knot, take the leftmost cord (cord 1) over the two middle cords (cords 2 and 3), and under the rightmost cord (cord 4). Then, take cord 4, pass it under cords 2 and 3, and then through the loop on the left side. Pull cords 1 and 4 to tighten the knot. Repeat the process, starting with cord 4 going over cords 2 and 3 and under cord 1, then cord 1 going under cords 2 and 3 and through the loop on the right side.
Continue making square knots with each group of four cords until you have a band of knots at your desired length. This band will form the upper part of your plant hanger. For a spiral design, simply repeat the first half of the square knot without alternating. This creates a twisting spiral pattern.
After completing the upper band of knots, it’s time to form the basket part of the hanger that will hold the plant pot. Measure how long you want the basket to be and start making another series of square knots, but this time take two cords from one group and two cords from an adjacent group. This technique forms a net-like pattern. Continue around all the cords.
To secure the pot, gather all the cords at the desired length from your last row of knots and tie a large gathering knot. This knot involves taking an extra piece of cord, making a loop, and wrapping the cord around all the hanging cords several times. Then, thread the end of the cord through the loop and pull the top end of the cord to tighten, securing the wraps in place. Trim any excess cord from the gathering knot.
Finally, trim the loose ends of the cords to your preferred length to create a tassel effect at the bottom of your plant hanger.
Creating a macrame plant hanger is a fulfilling project that adds a touch of bohemian elegance to any space. The process of knotting, while methodical, allows for creativity and personal expression in the choice of knots, cord color, and the addition of beads or other decorations. The finished plant hanger not only serves as a unique piece of decor but also reflects the time and skill put into crafting it by hand.