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How to Make a Macramé Plant Hanger – Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

Bhavna Khandelwal Avatar Bhavna Khandelwal


  • 3mm Cotton string
  • Wood Ring
  • Scissors


Those who like to include plants in their home décor invariably end up falling in love with hanging planters. Rope plant hangers are an excellent way to display plants, as they allow them to trail downwards from the pot, creating a charming décor feature. While trailing plants can also be placed on shelves, they look much better in hanging planters, even if it’s just a homemade rope planter that hangs from a hook on the wall or ceiling. The best DIY plant hanger to attempt making is one that uses the macramé rope craft. It goes with almost any home décor theme and is a relaxing hobby to learn. In this tutorial, you will get tips on how to make a macramé hanging planter. All you need is some cotton string, a wood ring and scissors for getting started on this macramé plant hanger DIY project.

1 hourDifficultyEasy

Step 1: Measure and cut the strings

You will need 8 strings of 3 metres each, so first, you should measure the string and cut it into equal lengths. Then, pass the strands through the wooden ring, adjusting the length so that they are all even on both sides.

Step 2: Separate the strings at the sides

To start making the first knot, you need to separate the cords on either end of the wooden ring, as shown.

Step 3: Make a square knot

Start by stretching the strings on the left above the centre ones. Then, take the strings on the right over the ones on the left to form a ‘4’ shape.

Step 4: Making the square knot (continued)

Now, take the string on the right under the ones in the centre and through the centre of the ‘4’.

Step 5: Making the square knot (continued)

Pull the cords equally on both sides to create the knot, adjusting to make sure it is even.

Step 6: Making the square knot (continued)

Follow the same process, but this time, start with the string on the right.

Step 7: Square knot (ready)

Once you finish, you will have your first square knot, which should look like this.

Step 8: Make more square knots

Repeat the procedure, alternating between the left and right strings, until you have 6 square knots at the top of the strings.

Step 9: Divide the strings

For the next step (half square knot), you need to separate the cords into sets of 4.

Step 10: Making the half square knot

Repeat the process you followed in Steps 3 to 5, but don’t go ahead with knotting the strings on the opposite side. That will give you the half square knot. You need to make 20 of these on each set of 4 that you divided in Step 9.

Step 11: The half square knot.

Look at the image to see how it should look.

Step 12: Another square knot

Next, separate the cords once again into new sets of 4. It’s best to group the strings that are next to each other. Then, make two square knots in each of the groups.

Step 13: The second set of square knots

It will look like this once you finish knotting it.

Step 14: Finishing the planter hanger

To finish the planter hanger, take a string that is around 50 cm long and fold in to form a ‘U’ as shown. Hold it around 15cm below the last knot you made.

Step 15: Finishing (continued)

Wrap the string around the ‘U’. Be sure to make it tight so that the ‘U’ is stuck firmly in place. 

Step 16: Finishing (continued)

Take the end of the cord through the loop of the ‘U’.

Step 17: Finishing (continued)

Pull the top end of the cord to secure the knot. Hold the bottom thread firmly in place and move the knot to the middle of the cord.

Step 18: Finishing (continued)

Trim the excess length of the cords to create a tassel-like finish.

Step 19: Hang up your plant!

Place the pot with your decorative plant and hang up your piece of macramé DIY home décor in a suitable place.

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