How to Make a Macrame Hanging Plant Holder

plants in macrame hanging plant holders
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Project Overview
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $5

Macrame is a retro craft that involves knotting cording into beautiful and functional patterns. And a DIY macrame hanging plant holder can fit right in with a variety of decor styles, whether it's part of a boho chic living room or adding a touch of nature in a bedroom. If you've never tried macrame before, some of the more intricate designs might seem intimidating. But this macrame hanging plant holder tutorial is a perfect way to learn the ropes so to speak. It's a quick and easy project that involves basic knots. And it's quite inexpensive, so you can make some for yourself and others to give away. In fact, a small plant in a DIY macrame hanging plant holder can be a perfect housewarming present, as well as a thoughtful gift for other special occasions.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape


  • Yarn, rope, or macrame cording (amount varies)
  • 1 Small metal or wooden ring
  • 1 Small pot or globe


  1. Measure and Cut the Cording

    First, get a rough measurement of how long you want your macrame hanging plant holder to be (i.e., how far down you want it to hang). Add about 12 inches to this measurement just to be sure it won't end up too short. Then, cut eight equal lengths of cording at this measurement.

    Align one end of all eight pieces, and tie the ends in a knot (as shown in the photo below). This will be the bottom tassel of your plant holder.

    Also, while you have the measuring tape out, measure the height of the pot or globe you wish to suspend in the macrame holder. Subtract 1 inch, and then divide this number by 2. The result is a rough estimate of how far apart your knots will be spaced in later steps.

    Making a knot for the macrame hanging plant holder
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  2. Tie the First Row of Knots

    Divide the eight pieces of cording into four groups with two cords each, and spread them out (as shown in the photo below). Tie each set together about an inch away from your tassel knot. It will look a little like a flower at this point.

    tying the first knot for the macrame hanging plant holder
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  3. Tie the Second Row of Knots

    Next, recall the measurement you took in step 1 to determine how far apart your knots should be spaced. Pick up the left cord from one set of cording, and tie it to the right cord from the set directly to its left, spacing the knot away from the first row of knots per your measurement. Repeat this process for the remaining three sets of cording.

    tying the second knot for the macrame hanging plant holder
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  4. Tie the Third Row of Knots

    Repeat the same process you used for the second row of knots to tie a third row of knots. At this point, you should notice a flower shape within a square shape.

    making the third knot for macrame hanging plant holder
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  5. Place Your Pot or Globe Into the Plant Holder

    After your third row of knots is tied place your pot or globe on top of the cording, so the tassel is centered on the bottom of the container. Then, bring up all four sets of cording. Adjust the container as necessary, so the cords are fairly evenly spaced around it and it hangs straight.

    putting glass pot on top of macrame hanging plant holder
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  6. Tie on the Ring

    Knot the top ends of the cording around your ring as tightly as you can. Trim the excess cording to your desired length.

    Tying the string to the ring
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  7. Hang Your Macrame Plant Holder

    Use a bracket or hook in the ceiling to hang your new macrame plant holder. Fill the container with fresh flowers, succulents, air plants, or even a candle.

    macrame hanging plant holder with flowers
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