Do you want to learn how to make your own pretty Macrame Plant Hanger? Find out which knots to learn, where to buy supplies, how to set up your workstation, and where to find the best free patterns in this handy guide for Beginners!
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How to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger
Macrame plant hangers are the perfect low-budget projects to practice your Macrame knots. You don’t need any fancy cords to make them and you’ll end up with countless new ways to decorate your home with all your favorite plants!
Most Macrame plant hangers are created by just using the basic knots, knotted in different patterns. These basic knots are pretty easy to master and once you’ve learned them, you can go all out and create your own amazing Macrame plant hangers!
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Which knots to learn for a Macrame Plant Hanger
There are a couple of Macrame knots that you will see in almost every Macrame plant hanger. These knots vary from very easy to learn to a bit more difficult to get right on your first try. But, I promise with a little practice you’ll be able to master them all super fast!
Basic Macrame Knots
With just learning the 3 basic knots, you’ll be able to create countless gorgeous Macrame plant hangers. Check out this handy video to learn the Lark’s head knot, square knot, spiral knot, and double half hitch knot!
This knot is one of my favorites to use in a Macrame plant hanger. Although it looks a bit tricky at first, it’s actually quite an easy knot to learn!
The gathering knot is often used to start and end a plant hanger pattern. It’s a super easy knot to learn and can be used in many different ways in all your Macrame pieces.
Want to end or start off your plant hanger in a more fancy way? Then you might like to give the Crown knot a try. It’s a bit more difficult to figure out but once you get it, you’ll have so much fun using this knot in all your work!
Supplies for Macrame Plant Hangers
What supplies you want to get for your Macrame plant hanger totally depends on your budget. Most patterns use a wooden ring, small dowel, and beads which you can all easily source on Etsy or Amazon and in most local craft shops.
Did you know you can also start your Macrame plant hanger without using a ring? Here’s an easy tutorial that explains how to start your Macrame plant hanger with NO ring.
Buying wooden rings, hoops and dowels for Macrame
I usually browse Etsy until I find something that matches my project. You can easily look for sellers near you and support local businesses in the process! Click on the links to quickly check all Etsy sellers for each item:
Where can I buy Macrame beads?
Some plant hanger patterns use pretty wooden pretty beads to break up the knots. When you’re browsing for beads, make sure that the width of the opening corresponds with your cord size, usually displayed in mm.
Whether you’re looking for small or XL Macrame beads, Etsy is the best place to find them. Check out this Etsy seller overview for pretty Macrame beads in all colors and sizes, plus even some with cute prints!
What cords should I buy for a Macrame Plant Hanger?
For Macrame plant hangers, the standard size for Macrame cords is between 2-5 mm. Most Macrame plant hangers you see on Pinterest and Youtube are created with 3-ply cords but single twist or braided cords are also a good option.
I absolutely love working with Bobbiny Macrame cords. They’re eco-friendly, silky-soft, affordable, and available in many gorgeous trendy colors. You can read more about why I recommend this brand, especially to beginners, in my Bobbiny Macrame Cord Review.
If you want more information about which Macrame cords are available and how to choose the right cord for your project, I recommend checking out my Complete Macrame Cord Guide for more in-depth tips.
How to measure Macrame cords for a plant hanger?
Simple plant hangers usually don’t contain that many knots, so it should be easy to estimate the length you need. I recommend between 4 to 6 times the length of the total project.
When estimating the length of your cord, it’s important to look at the pattern first as your cord length will vary depending on how many knots you’re adding and which patterns you’re making.
When you’re making a plant hanger, make sure your working cords are always longer than your holding cords so you won’t run out of cords in the end. This is especially important when your plant hanger pattern contains Spiral knots.
You can find more great tips on calculating your cords in this handy article on how to measure your macrame cord lengths.
How do I set up my Macrame workspace?
To work on your Macrame plant hanger, I recommend setting up a simple vertical workstation with a standard clothing rack and S-hooks to hang your rings or dowels.
I’ve written a complete guide on how to set up your Macrame workspace and all the different handy tools that are available to make it easier for you to work on your projects.
Macrame Plant Hanger Patterns
When you’re looking for free written out Macrame patterns, I can strongly recommend browsing Pinterest. When you’re willing to pay a small fee you can find many beautiful plant hanger patterns on Etsy.
Free Macrame Plant Hanger Patterns
These free and amazing patterns, created by talented YouTube Macrame teacher Chasta from Soulful Notions are perfect for beginners and will teach you step-by-step how to make 6 different types of Macrame Plant Hangers.
TIP! Open the video on Youtube to view the instructions in the description for cutting cords and which cord type to buy for each pattern. You can slow down the speed of the video by opening the settings menu.
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