Macramé, a textile craft that uses decorative knots, is a simple way to make a stylish holder for your hanging plant. Although the history of macramé is long and unclear, the art is still popular today. A flower pot holder makes an easy beginner's project if you are new to macramé, and the holder you make for your plant will last for years.
Cut the macramé cord into 12 6-yard cords and one 36-inch cord. Prepare the cord ends by dipping them in wax or glue, or wrapping them in tape. This preparation will prevent the cords from unravelling as you tie the knots.
Tie the long cords to one of the metal rings using a larks head knot. Make this knot by doubling the strand, pulling the folded end through the ring and then pulling the loose ends through the folded end until the cord is tight to the ring. Each strand will be doubled after you do this, resulting in 24 strands. This ring is the bottom of your plant holder.
Divide the 24 cords into six groups of four. Tie six square knots into each group. To tie a square knot, take the two outer cords of the group of four, and cross the left cord over the middle cords and the right cord underneath them, and pull tight. This first step is called a half knot. Repeat the half knot in the opposite direction by crossing the left cord underneath the middle cords and the right cord over them. Pull both knots tight; two half knots together form a square knot.
Place the flower pot on the ring, in the middle of the knotted cords. Divide each group of four into two groups of two strands, and tie a square knot halfway up the flower pot using two cords from each original group of four. Repeat all the way around the pot, forming a cradle for the pot. Tie another square knot in each new group of four at the top of the flower pot. String a bead onto these knots if desired.
Choose a knot pattern for the long arms of the plant hanger. A common, easy-to-make pattern is to include a chain of spiral stitch knots, made by tying half knots in the same direction (left cord over the middle cords and right cord underneath) over and over again. Repeat until you have formed six 8-inch arms. Complete each arm with a square knot, and string a bead over each square knot.
Finish the arms by creating a 12-inch chain of knots in each group of six. If you want to vary the arms, tie square knots instead of half knots, but if you like the spiral stitch, continue the spiral stitch.
Tie all six groups to the second metal ring using whichever stitch you have been using to make the arms of the plant holder. Secure the cords to the ring using the 36-inch cord. Make a wrapped knot with the 36-inch cord by folding it in half and looping the loose end around the other cords, the ring and the short cord several times. Pull the working end through the loop to tighten, and repeat all the way around the metal ring.
Apply a light coat of glue or wax all over the wrapped knot. This will secure the final knot and all of the cords firmly to each other and to the metal ring.
Hang the plant hanger on a hook screwed into the ceiling.
Preparing the cords by dipping them in wax or glue will make tying the knots much easier.
Many of the knots are difficult to complete, so practice each type with extra cord before starting your project.
Tips and warnings
- Preparing the cords by dipping them in wax or glue will make tying the knots much easier.
- Many of the knots are difficult to complete, so practice each type with extra cord before starting your project.