If you’re anything like me, you’re running out of tabletop space for plants around the ol’ bungalow, especially now that pine needles and fresh garland have taken over for the holidays. They’re here, they’re there— they’re kind of everywhere. So naturally (pun intended), hanging some greenery from the ceiling seemed like the next best thing.
A few quick clicks on Etsy and you could snag a plant-hanger in three to five business days, but what’s the fun in that? Instead, I rounded up every last ounce of craftiness and spent three hours in a workshop learning how to make my own. The end result was a dreamy combo of vintage wood, copper, white neutrals, macrame (obviously), and airy greens— and I couldn’t be happier.
So now it’s your turn.
What you will need;
- eight, 18ft. cotton cords
- a ring (we used vintage wood)
- two, 3ft. cotton cords
- the pot of your choice
- a low-maintenance plant
Place your ring on a sturdy hook and thread all eight strands of eighteen-foot cords through the ring, making sure they drape evenly. Using one of the short cords, make a tight, two-inch wrap knot just below the ring.
Separate your sixteen strands in to four groups of four. Note: you can tie a loose knot in each group of four to keep them separated and out of your way.
Starting with your first group of four, make a square knot. You should have two “filler” strands in the middle, and one strand on each side for the knotting. Begin on the left side, and fold the strand over the two fillers in the middle— making a number four shape. With the right strand, go over the end of the left strand, behind the fillers and through the loop of the number four and pull tight. Repeat this step, alternating between starting on the left and right side each time, until you have about nine inches of square knots. Then repeat on the remaining three groups.
Once each group of four has about nine inches of square knots, you may begin on the twist knot. Note: the twist knot is the same as the square knot, but instead of alternating, you start the knot on the left side every single time.
Repeat until you have six inches of twist knots for each of the four groups. Then follow the final twist knot in each group with four square knots— this will even out your cords.
To create the cradle for the pot, drop about four inches down the excess cord and create an alternating knot. To do this, you will combine two groups by grabbing the two outer left strands of one group and the two outer right strands of the group to the left— and tie a square knot using the new bundle of strands. Repeat this step all the way around, until all of the cords have connected. Then drop another four inches down the loose cord and repeat, combining new groups together.
Finish your hanger with another wrap knot, pulling it as tight as it will go and then cutting off any excess cord. You may trim your dangling cord fringe at the bottom to whatever length your heart desires. Pick a pot, choose a plant, and snap a pic— you’re done!
I think it’s safe to say a few people on my list will be unwrapping a handmade plant hanger this Christmas.