DIY Macrame Plant Hanger (+ Video Tutorial)

Plants are the perfect way to add some life and green to your home. And while setting pots on shelves or plant stands is great, why not try a simple macrame plant hanger DIY? It’s a fun, easy way to hang your plants from the ceiling or on the wall!

Macrame is making a big comeback and I can totally see why! It’s inexpensive, easy to use for a variety of crafts and once you understand a few different types of knots, the options are endless as to what you can do or make. Not only can you make some really fun macrame plant holder but you can try your hand at a wall hanging too!

I’m going to walk you through a simple macrame plant hanger tutorial to show you how to make not only the plant hanger shown on this post but also some easy ways to switch things up to fit different pots or your own style.

Easy DIY macrame plant hanger with video tutorial

I have both step-by-step instructions as well as a video tutorial to help make this tutorial a bit easier. Some steps are easier to understand through the video while others are better in photos. I recommend using both to make your first macrame plant hanger!

Print off these instructions for an even easier follow along. After you complete your first hanger, you’ll likely just need to use this as a reference.

Easy DIY macrame plant hanger tutorial

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First let’s start with what you’ll need:

What supplies do I need to make a macrame plant hanger?

You’ll also obviously want a plant to hang in it when you’re done! I love pothos in water since they’re easy to maintain, can survive in low light and are viney so they’ll hang super nice.

Supplies for making a DIY macrame plant hanger: macrame cord, a ring and a plant.

How much does a DIY macrame plant hanger cost?

I made three diy macrame plant hangers from the materials I bought. Here is the breakdown:

  • Macrame cord: $9.99
  • Metal Ring: $6.14

The cotton cord was long enough to make three plant hangers and we have one left over brass ring.

Combined the cost was $16.13 but divided by three it was only $5.38 per plant hanger. You can make three and give two away to a plant lover in your life if you don’t have room for three hanging plants! 😉

Macrame Plant Hanger Instructions

Macrame Plant Hanger DIY

Macrame Plant Hanger DIY

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

A simple Macrame Plant Hanger DIY tutorial!

Materials

  • Macrame cord - 8 pieces 12 feet long and 2 pieces 4 feet long
  • Ring

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Loop all 8 of your 12 feet cord through the ring so they fold in half at the center of the string.
  2. Create your gathering knot.
    Using one of the 4 feet pieces of string, have one end of the string facing up toward the ring
  3. Then you'll want to create a small "u" shape with the cord leaving a nice long tail.Wrap the tail tightly around the "u", making as long of a wrap as you want! Once you have as long of a wrap as you want, take the end of the tail and thread it through the loop. Then take the top tail and pull it tight, cinching up the loop! Pull it so it's nice and tight and so the knot goes behind the wrapped part. Trim off the extra threads and the top is done!
  4. 3. Separate the 16 cords into groups of 4.
  5. 4. Add square knots to the top.

Here's how to do a square knot.

  1. Bring the left cord over the middle 2 cords.
  2. Take the far right cord and bring it over the left cord.
  3. Then tuck the right cord under the middle 2 cords.
  4. Lastly bring it up through the loop on the left side.
  5. Then you're going to do the same thing but starting with the right cord.
  6. Bring the right cord over the middle 2 cords.
  7. Take the far left cord and bring it over the right cord.
  8. Then tuck the left cord under the middle 2 cords.
  9. Lastly bring it up through the loop on the right side.

5. Create a section of half square knots (to make a spiral)

Then a few inches below the top square knots, do a few knots of half knots. This will create the spiral look. (If you want a straight look do full square knots.)

6. Create another section of half square knots (to make a spiral), this time combining sections.

From there, we combined the strands. Take 2 groups next to one another and perform the same half knot you performed above to create another spiral section. (Again, if you want this part straight you'll want to do the full square knot.)

7. Create the basket or nest

Take 2 pieces from 2 strands next to one another and create a square knot. Keep going until you have 4 square knots.

You'll want to do this sequence again about 3 inches or so below the first set of square knots.

8. End with a gathering knot.

9. Trim off the excess cord to get the length of tassel that you like, add your pot and you're good to go!

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And now, here’s your step by step guide how to make a macrame plant hanger!

1. Loop all eight pieces of your 12 foot cord through the ring so they fold in half at the center of the string.

how to make a macrame plant hanger

Don’t worry if some of the pieces aren’t exactly even – mine were always a bit uneven!

2. Create your gathering knot.

Using one of the 4-foot pieces of string, have one end of the string facing up toward the ring.

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video)

Then create a small “u” shape with the cord leaving a nice long tail.

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video Tutorial)

Wrap the tail tightly around the “u,” making as long of a wrap as you want!

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video Tutorial)

Once you have as long of a wrap as you want, take the end of the tail and thread it through the loop.

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video Tutorial)

Then take the top tail and pull it tight, cinching up the loop!

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video Tutorial)

Pull it so it’s nice and tight, so the knot goes behind the wrapped part. Trim off the extra threads and the top is done!

Macrame Plant Hanger tutorial

3. Separate the 16 cords into groups of four.

How to Make The Easiest DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Ever (+ Video Tutorial)

I try to combine cords that lay near one another but don’t worry about this too much!

Time to start knotting!

There are two different types of basic macrame knots that you’ll need to know. A square knot (which creates a straight line and is actually a very simple knot despite it sounding difficult) and a half knot (which creates a twisted line).

I do my best to share a square knot using colored string below. Watching the video may also help understand it. If you have any questions, please let me know!

The first knot you’ll make is a square knot. Here’s how to do a square knot.

First we’ll start with the left side.

How to make a square knot
  1. Bring the left cord (green) over the middle 2 cords (purple and blue).
  2. Take the far right cord (pink) and bring it over the left cord (green).
  3. Then tuck the right cord (pink) under the middle 2 cords (purple and blue) and bring it up through the loop on the left side.

Then you’re going to do the same thing but starting with the right cord.

how to do a square knot
  1. Bring the right (green) cord over the middle 2 cords (purple and blue).
  2. Take the far left cord (pink) and bring it over the right cord (green).
  3. Then tuck the left cord (green) under the middle 2 cords (purple and blue) and bring it up through the loop on the right side.

There you go! A square knot! If you keep going with this you’ll create a straight line.

If you like the twisted look (like me!), you’ll want to do just the first half of the knot (a half square knot).

Here’s how to do a half square knot.

How to make spirals in a macrame plant hanger doing a half square knot

Repeat step 1-4 (starting with either side) and just keep repeating the same side over and over again.

  1. Bring the left cord over the middle 2 cords.
  2. Take the far right cord and bring it over the left cord.
  3. Then tuck it under the middle 2 cords.
  4. Lastly bring it up through the loop on the left side.

Make your design!

I’m going to share how to make the macrame plant hanger shown here but once you know how to make you own design!

To make mine:

4. Add square knots to the top.

Right under the gathering knot, add square knots, so you’ll have 4 knots total.

5. Create a section of half square knots (to make a spiral)

Then a few inches below the top square knots, do a few knots of half knots. This will create spiral knots and a fun spiral look. (If you want a straight look do full square knots.)

Spirals as part of a macrame plant hanger

6. Create another section of half square knots (to make a spiral), this time combining sections.

From there, we combined the strands. Take 2 groups next to one another and perform the same half knot you performed above to create another spiral section.

Again, if you want this part straight you’ll want to do the full square knot.

Spirals as part of a macrame plant hanger

Another thing to note. If you have a large pot you may want to skip combining sections together and wait to do that when you create the basket at the end.

Combining sections together further up makes a smaller hole to insert your pot. Just something to consider when making your macrame plant hanger!

Creating a macrame plant hanger

7. Create the basket or nest

After you have your second round of spirals, now is the time to make your basket!

You’re going to want to do the exact same thing as above where you combine strands.

Take 2 pieces from 2 strands next to one another and create a square knot. Keep going until you have 4 square knots.

Spirals as part of a macrame plant hanger

Try to make sure all of the knots line up in the same spot. You can easily move them up or down after you’re done so don’t stress about it too much while you’re doing the square knots.

Then, do it all again!

You’ll want to do the next sequence about 3 inches or so below the first set of square knots.

8. End with a gathering knot.

Just like above, the final knot you’ll do is a gathering knot! Follow the exact same instructions as the first one!

Gathering knot to hold the pot in a mcrame plant hanger

9. Trim off the excess cord to get the length of tassel that you like, add your pot and hang it up!

I hung mine from a nail on the wall but you can also hang it from the ceiling using a hook! One thing to note when choosing your pot. Look at the bottom of the pot to see if it has drainage holes. I highly recommend using pots without drainage holes so you don’t have water seeping down your walls when you water it!

I also recommend using a small plant so it’s not too heavy. Some of the best plants are hanging plants like a pothos!

Macrame Plant Hanger DIY FAQ

How long does it take to make a macrame plant hanger?

Your first plant hanger will take longer. Our first one took about 2 hours. We had to learn the different knots and did some trial and error on our design. The second one took about half that!

What is the best cord for macrame?

I used this macrame cord from Amazon and as mentioned above, we were able to make 3 plant hangers from it! If you like thicker looking macrame plant hangers, get a thicker rope. You can even use jute!

Is macrame easy?

Yes! What I love most about macrame is once you get the hang of the easy knots and different things you can do, you can move on to more difficult knots the options are endless as to what you can make!

You can make everything from macrame plant hangers to wall hangings and you can always get more advanced with different knots or adding different beads, etc!

How to hang your macrame plant hanger?

There’s a variety of ways to hang them. You best bet is to find the stud in your wall to hang it from so it doesn’t pull off the wall. You could also use an S hook to hang them from existing art, curtain rods or even light fixtures!

And there you go! An easy macrame plant hanger diy for your pothos in water, your lipstick plant or any other plant you want! I hope this inspires you to make your own macramé plant hanger!

For more DIY fun be sure to check out how to make a balloon garland!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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