Macrame Plant Hanger

Way back in the day… The days before cable TV, Game Stations and other unpractical entertainment, you had fun using practical techniques and turning them into art.

My Mother loved to knit and crochet. Her fingers flew and knots were fashioned at a speed I was surprised didn’t start a friction fire! I, on the other hand, couldn’t figure out where I had dropped all my stitches and became very good at knitting triangles. At least they were good trivets. πŸ˜›

One year at summer camp, they offered a macrame class on making an owl. Owls were my Mother’s favorite, so I hopped on board. I was hooked! I liked the slower, more precise work of macrame. If you tied something wrong, it was easily undone and redone. All of these knots are taken from different, practical needs of many professions including, arborists, boaters, business men (ties), climbers and even S&M fetish folks!

When I was thinking about getting a hanging plant for the corner up front, I remembered how much fun I had making these simple, plant hangers. I ran off to the local hardware store looking for supplies. I bought a ring for the top and the rope, which was a thick, cotton laundry line. It has been awhile since I have had to tie any kind of decorative knots, however I’ve always had a good memory for these things. I did take a quick, 5-minute course from YouTube University on some basic knots, and off I went!

I decided to use a couple of the four basic knots I learned from the video below. On top I used the spiral knots and at the sides and bottom a slip knot. I wasn’t going to get too fancy on the sides, as the plant will quickly cover my hard work.

I was a bit rusty, however I was proud of my creation! My Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata) looks pretty happy in her cotton hammock.

Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl


20 thoughts on “Macrame Plant Hanger

  1. I’m impressed! It looks great and doesn’t break with fatigue like a plastic holder. πŸ™‚
    I used to do macrame as a hobby – school yard craze at one point (tho not taught at school.) We all made ourselves belts. It was very satisfying to watch the work appear slowly.

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  2. This really takes me back. I did a macrame class when I was about 8 or 9 as an after school activity. A friend of mine has taken it up in a big way lately and I was quite surprised to see a number of elaborate macrame plant hangers. They were very striking, but at the same time I had this sense of travelling back in time. Yet, macrame seems to have made a come back.
    You have done a fabulous job with yours. I think all I managed to make back in the day, was a keyring. I might introduce my daughter to it. See how she goes.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for making my day!
    xx Rowena

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