Ready for a little spring cleaning? While you’re sprucing up your space to make room for a bit of fresh air, add a cute DIY macrame hanging planter in a window corner this year! Fancy knots, clean white edges, and fresh succulents are a welcome sight in the spring sunlight. I love the way this looks in our breakfast nook in the morning. Plus, this macrame planter only takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
DIY Macrame Hanging Planter Materials
1 Roll of 100′ 3/16″ Cotton Rope
Potted plant with no hole in the bottom (or you have to deal with quite a mess later)
DIY Macrame Hanging Planter Instructions
Measure two arms-lengths of cotton cord, and cut four pieces.
We’ll weave the hook loop of the planter in a fishtail braid first. To start, find the center of all four cords by folding them in half. Start about six inches above the center, and fold the right outer piece into the center. Fold the left outer piece into the center. Repeat these two steps until the braid is about six inches long.
Now we’ll join them together. Fold the braid in half so the loose ends are all at the same level. You may want to hang it from a wreath hook for convenient working from now on. Find the outside cord from one end of the braid and the adjacent outside cord from the other end of the braid. The two cords should be on the same side of the braid. Pass the left piece over the right piece, and send it over itself as you bring it back to the front. So, you should make a kind of an O loop. Do this again to secure it. Repeat this through all of the cords until you come back to the front. This binds the braid in a macrame way without making a big ugly normal knot in the top of the project.
Next, we’ll make some infinity, or Josephine, knots. Separate four cords in the front – two from one side of the braid originally and two from the other. Fold the two left cords in a loop, so the tails come from the back right side of the loop. Take the two left cords, and loop them under the two right cords so the tails stay in the back. Bring the two right cords behind the left tails, then up and over the front of the top left cords. Now for the knot. Send those same tails under the rope that’s between the two top ropes, over the top rope of the rope that the tails start from, and under the loop below it. The infinity should look like the picture above. Carefully tighten the knot.
Go about a foot down, and repeat the two infinity knots, separating the cords into the two groups they were in previously. So, you should end up with the start of what looks like a really fancy net pattern.
Another foot down, we’ll start the planter knots. Work the cords in knots of two at the same level. Measure about 4 inches down, and knot a second row around by pulling together the adjacent cords. You should end up with a normal net pattern. You can start the base of the pot next, or add another net pattern row if your pot is a little larger.
Line your pot up in the net space to make sure it fits, and mark where the base knot needs to go. You can either knot all of the cords together at the base, or finish with the same fancy ring of knots we put at the base of the braid loop. Trim the tassel as needed, drop your planter in the net, place in sunlight and enjoy!
Here’s a cheat sheet to save for later in case you forget a few of the steps.
Feel free to get creative! It would be super fun to tie a rope around the center of the pot and loop a row of cords through it for some fancy seasonal fringe. To make your tassels more fringe-y, loosely unwind the cotton cord. It’ll do this a little bit on its own anyway. When it’s finished, it looks like super campy crimped hair from the eighties.
Buy Macrame Hanging Planter
Not feeling up to making your own macrame hanging planter? They’re really easy to make, seriously. You should try this one. Getting started is always the hardest part. Or you can just buy one here: