I was recently at my friend’s house for a graduation party and the backporch was filled with gorgeous hanging plants. After pinning a few inspiration images, I set out to make my own plant hanger. My mom used to make these in the 70s, so she knew a bit about tying knots and what materials to use. These hanging planters are usually made from macrame cord, but I used what I already had on hand – plain white cotton twine – which worked just fine!
What you need to make your own hanging planter
– twine (or macrame cord or some string)
– plant in planter
– metal ring for hanging (like these)
This is a very simple hanger, with only ten knots total.
Cut four equal lengths of string (for a 4.5 inch planter, I used four 96-inch pieces and had a bit extra at the end, which I just cut off). Then follow these simple steps.
1. Gather the four pieces of string together at one end and find the middle. Then attach the metal ring by tying a simple knot (knot 1) around the ring. Make sure this knot is very tight. You should now have eight 48-inch strings hanging from the ring.
2. Then, starting with two strings (always use strings closest together), tie a knot approximately 9 inches down from the top knot (knot 2).
3. Repeat the above step three more times with the remaining free strings (knots 3, 4, and 5). You should now have four knots (each about 9 inches from the top knot) with two strings hanging from each.
4. This is the only somewhat difficult step. About 4 inches below your first set of knots, you will create another set of four knots. Tie a single string from one knot with a single string from the neighboring knot (look at above picture) (knot 6). Make sure to always grab from neighboring knots, or else your hanger will be twisted and won’t hold your plant properly. Repeat three times (knots 7, 8, and 9).
To finish the planter, gather the free strings and tie one final knot at the bottom, approximately six inches from the last row of knots (knot 10). Cut any excess string after allowing for a tail.
Then open the web and place your plant inside! Hang from hook and enjoy.
Hope you have a blast with this fun DIY…it’s easier than it looks, and is really rewarding. I’m excited to try it using different string and adding some beads! Let me know if you have any questions.
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