Growing up in the 80’s, my sister did all kinds of macrame. One special one that she made a lot for people was a macrame Santa Claus face with a long beard that she brushed out.
In all my years of crafting I never ever tried macrame for some reason. Well, recently YouTube has been recommending me some YouTubers that have macrame videos so I was hooked and wanted to try.
I thought I’d start easy, learn the square knot, and make a plant holder for a hook that has been above my kitchen sink that I’ve been looking for something small to hang there for 15 years! In about 30 minutes I finally had something to hang there!
I also wanted to experiment using different types of rope so I went to our local Ollie’s and picked up some inexpensive packaging of jute, twine, mason rope, and cream colored clothesline. For this project i decided to use the jute.
I have the mason jar there cause originally I was going to use that as my pot but I didn’t eyeball measure right on the creating the holder part of the macrame so found other shorter pots I could use instead.
I cut 6 10ft lengths of jute but I had alot left over so could have cut 6 8ft lengths and had enough.
Using other things I had on hand, I had this ring and a part of a metal shelf to hang out on while I made the hanger.
I started with the larks knot on the loop.
I then started my spiral stitches keeping them a little loose looking so I could see the knots with the thin jute. I did about 8 maybe. About 3 or 4 inches down. Then repeated all the way around.
After that I went down about 4 more inches and put a proper square knot all the way around as even as I could.
Going about 3 more inches down further I then gathered, like in the video i’ve included at the end of this post, two left strands from one set and 2 from the set next to it, and made a square knot. That is what makes the holder part for the pot. I then too the other 4 strands that were left on the other side and made a square knot for that side.
To finish, I stead of just a knot, I saw a gather knot that I liked the look of so I learned how to do that to put a nice finish on the bottom.
I originally tried a small acrylic plastic pot i had. I liked it but didnt want the green foam to show when I put in some babys breath in the pot. So I found a small copper pot I had in my hutch on hand that was small and perfect to try to make a quick arrangement of things I had on hand.
I love it alot and glad I took the 30 minutes to learn and make this hanger. Time well spent! I might try some other arrangement at some point but the baby’s breath I think goes with the color and look of the jute.
This is a video from Emily Faith. Here is a DIY Beginners Macrame Hanging Planter that she made and posted a video on how she made it. I didn’t follow her pattern but it did help very much when I got to the bottom to figure out how to connect the 3 strands together to make the actual holder for the pot. I also learned from her in a separate video how to make a ‘gathering knot’ at the bottom to give it a nice finish.
Here is a website you could visit as well to give you instructions on 7 basic macrame knots. It shows you the spiral stitch, and the gathering knot that I used in mine.
Macrame might be here to stay! Ha!