Macrame has always reminded me of my Nana’s brown, ropey looking pot plant holders, complete with brown beads and droopy looking house plants. However, not long ago I saw some beautiful neon pink pot plant hangers in St Kevin’s arcade. As an ex scout with moderate to good skills with tying knots, I decided to try my hand at making my own pot plant hangers.
This is so simple, and if you can tie your shoelaces you can make one of these.
For this you will need:
- Polyester cord from Spotlight. 10 metres costs $10, for the smallest hanger I used around 4 metres, for the larger hanger I used around 7.2 metres.
- Bag Rings, about $3 a packet, also from Spotlight.
- a fishbowl vase with a succulent or whatever plant you want to use. Mine is 10 cm diameter around the top.
- A lighter to melt the ends (not pictured.
- A hook to help with the knotting process. A picture hook, or plant hook is all good.
Cut 4 equal lengths of cord. For the smallest one they were around 1.2 metres each, for the larger, 1.8 metres. Take all 4 together, and slide the ring over the 4 so it is in the middle. Then tie a basic knot using all pieces of the cord. There will now be 8 strands of cord hanging from the ring.
Hang the cord by the ring on the hook, and about 30 – 40 cm down (on the larger one), then get 2 strands that are next to each other, and tie them in the same basic knot. Repeat with the next 2 strands next to each other, and so on til all are tied.
then another 10 cm or so down, start the web by getting on strand in one of the pairs, and tying it in the same basic knot, with the string in the next pair, next to it. Make sure you grab the string next to it as if you don’t the hanger will be twisted. To this til you have gone all the way round.
once you have done this, move a few more cm down (just use your judgement) and tie all the cords into one single knot. Then get your lighter and melt the ends so they don’t fray.
then slide your bowl or pot plant or whatever into the netting and hang up somewhere.
The next ones I make will be a little more complicated, but these simple 10 knot ones look super cool! The cord is available in several different colours. You can also get more creative and add other things like silver beads or the like. Just tie a knot after you slide them on so they sit nicely. If you want a super clear video tutorial, click here. This lady is awesome!