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Macrame Plant Hanger

Learn how to turn clothesline into a decorative macrame plant hanger.

Macrame planter hanger with pot and plant

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

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Instructions

Start by tying the long cords into a "lark's head" knot that attaches the clothesline to a metal ring.

Start with the Top Knot

Step 1

Tie a lark's head knot at the top
  • Cut four, 12-foot-long pieces of clothesline. (Use longer pieces to make a longer hanger.)  
  • Hold the ends together, fold the bunch in the middle to form a collection of loops, and pass the loops through a two-inch metal ring. 
  • Pull the long ends through the loops while holding the ring. 
  • Adjust the lines until they lay flat; pull clothesline to form a lark's head knot.
  • Cut four, 12-foot-long pieces of clothesline. (Use longer pieces to make a longer hanger.)
  • Hold the ends together, fold the bunch in the middle to form a collection of loops, and pass the loops through a two-inch metal ring.
  • Pull the long ends through the loops while holding the ring.
  • Adjust the lines until they lay flat; pull clothesline to form a lark's head knot.

Step 2

  • Cut a six-foot-long piece of clothesline to make decorative coils called a gathering knot.

Step 3

Wrap coils at the top
  • Make a loop about one foot from the end of the line.
  • Bring up the other end of the line and wind it around the loop and other strands starting just underneath the lark's head knot.
  • Make six snug coils around the lines.
  • Pass the end through the exposed loop at the bottom of the coils, pull it snug.

Step 4

Bind the coils together
  • Hold the long end of the coiling piece of clothesline in one hand and use your other hand to pull on the piece of line sticking out of the top of the coils.
  • That loop will start to grab the line at the bottom of the coils.
  • When the loop holds the long end snug at the bottom of the coils, trim the long end to about 3 inches from loop.
  • Continue pulling on the top line until the loop disappears inside the coils.
  • Trim the line at the top of the coils just long enough to tuck the end inside the coils.

Knot the Long Lines

Step 1

Tie on a short line
  • To increase the number of lines you created in the previous section, you’ll use a type of square knot. Cut four more six-foot pieces of clothesline. (use longer line for longer hangers).
  • Select two pieces of line hanging from the ring and measure 12 inches down from the lark's head knot.
  • Tie on a centered six-foot piece of clothesline using an overhand knot.
  • Note how the top of the loop passes behind the two long lines being bound together while the bottom strands are separated by the long lines.

Step 2

Complete the first square knot
  • Pull the overhand knot tight. Then add a second overhand knot to make it a square knot.
  • Pro tip: To avoid tying a granny knot by mistake, vary whether the line in your left hand is on or under the line in your right hand as you tie the two overhand knots. If it's on top for the first overhand knot, place it underneath for the second one.

Step 3

  • Once you master square knots, use them to create decorative groups. We used four square knots.

Step 4

Add more square knots
  • Tie similar knots to the remaining six-foot lines and pairs of lines tied to the ring.
  • Avoid crossing lines so they tangle or interfere with each other.

Step 5

Add a lower group of knots
  • Select lines from neighboring square knot clusters, measure down six inches, and join them with square knots – this time without adding additional lines – to form a crisscross design.
  • Repeat for the remaining pairs of lines without tangling them.

Step 6

Trim off the surplus line
  • Measure six inches down the lines from the lowest group of square knots, gather all of the lines and bind them together using wire.
  • Clip off the excess wire and flatten the tail of twisted wire against the lines.
  • Cut a six-foot piece of clothesline and use it to wrap six coils around the long lines similar to the top.
  • Then measure six inches down from the coils and trim the ends even.
  • To keep the line from unraveling, seal the ends with a flame.

Step 7

completed Macrame Plant Hanger project
  • Insert a hanging hook where you plan to use the plant holder.
  • Insert the ring in the hook and add a potted plant.
Insa hanging hook where you plan to use the plant holder.  
Insert the ring in the hook and add a potted plant

Insert a hanging hook where you plan to use the plant holder.

Insert the ring in the hook and add a potted plant