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Macramé Inspired a Young Jenny Lemons

I first got into macrame when I was a teenager in the early 2000s. I spent my free time feverishly knotting hemp jewelry and accessories back in those days. This obsession landed me my first job at The Bead Monkey (RIP), a bead shop in Minneapolis. Working there was like my version of heaven. I was surrounded by colorful beads and creative older women who inspired me to pursue art as a career. I remember bringing in my embarrassing sketchbooks full of angsty drawings to work. My coworkers poured over them, sharing tips and words of encouragement. 

It was through this job that my teaching career began. My manager believed in me so much that she let me, a teenager with too much eyeliner and technicolored hair, teach a macrame jewelry class to adults! I recall standing in front of the small group of students, carefully planning my words to ensure my directions were clear.

As of today, I have taught thousands of people many things, but macrame has always held a special place in my heart. Every time I teach knotting, I channel my 17-year-old self and think of the kind women who helped me get to where I am today.




Making Plant Hangers

I haven’t changed my bathroom decor since we moved into our apartment 5 years ago. The way it’s decorated is fine, but I wanted to add some more plants to our tiny room. 

Macrame plant hangers are the perfect small space solution because they can be hung on the wall or from the ceiling, freeing up shelf space for other things.



Supply List

I love macramé because you don't need any special equipment to get started! All you need are two hands and some rope.

Materials:

  • Eight, 108 inch pieces of 3mm macrame cord
  • Two, 36 inch pieces of 3mm macrame cord
  • 2” wooden ring
  • Scissors
  • Potted plant

Step 1: Slide your cords through the ring

Take the eight 108 inch piecesof cord and slide them through your ring.

Center the ring on the cords, making sure your ends are even.

Step 2: Tie a gathering Knot 

Grab your 36 inch piece of cord.

Lay the 36 inch piece of cord on top of your cord bundle in a "V" shape.

Position the 36 inch piece of cord so the left side of the V is shorter than the right side.

Holding the bottom of the V shape, wrap the bundle with the longer piece of cord.

Continue wrapping from the top down, positing each coil neatly underneath the last.

Once you are satisfied with the length of your gathering knot, slide the wrapping cord into the loop.

Pull the short end of your original V shape up. 

Watch as your loose end is secured within the coils of your knot

Trim your excess cords.



Step 2: Square Knot

You are now ready to start knotting your cords! 

The square knot is one of the most basic knots of macrame. It creates a lovely box-shaped knot.

Split four cords away from the rest of the group.

Separate the cords so two are in the middle (your anchors) and one cord is on each side (your knotting cords). 

Pull the left knotting cord over the other cords making the shape of a number 4. 

Place the right knotting cord over the left knotting cord that is now on the right side.

Grab the right knotting cord and bring it behind the two middle anchor cords and up through the triangle part of the number 4 shape.

You should have cord on the top and the bottom of the anchors.

Pull the right and left knotting cords evenly and slide the knot up the anchor cords. *You finished one half of the square knot! We are now going to do the same steps on the other side to complete the knot!

Pull the right knotting cord over the two anchor cords making the shape of a backward number 4. 

Place the left knotting cord over the right knotting cord that is now on the left side.

Place the left knotting cord over the right knotting cord that is now on the left side.

Pull the right and left knotting cords evenly and slide the knot up the two center cords. 

Continue this pattern for about  10 inches. Repeat for the rest of the cords. 



Step 5: Create a Net

Next, we're going to use an alternating square knot to create a net to hold our pot! 

To create a net, combine the left anchor and knotting cord from one group with the right anchor and knotting cords of the adjacent group.


Create a single square knot about three inches down from your knotted cords.

Repeat, creating a square knot in between each group of knotted cords. 

At this point, you should have four square knots connecting all your cords.  


Complete a second row of alternating square knots approximately 3" down from your last row.

Gather all cords in your hand. 

Tie a final gathering knot 3 inches down from the last square knot. Make sure it is tight enough to hold your pot! 



My Green Oasis

I couldn't be happier with the way my plant hangers turned out! I can't wait to relax in my tub, surrounded by beautiful plants. 

I hope you are all able to create a plant hanger for your home and have some fun with this accessible and relaxing craft. 

Want to learn more about macrame? Check out these tutorials!

This blog was originally posted in 2020 and updated in January, 2022. Thanks for visiting! You can check out more DIY projects on our blog here

By Jennie Lennick
Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco

Comments (12 Responses)

23 October, 2021

Ava Fradkin

Thanks so much for these instructions! I’ve known how to macramé for over 50 years but couldn’t quite remember how to improvise a plant hanger. I followed your instructions exactly and it made I hanging that would be for a very tiny plant pot so I started again and used much longer string In order to accommodate the medium sized pot I am using and now it came out perfectly. I never knew how to make that gathering knot and I really appreciate learning that from you!

20 November, 2020

Samantha

Cute! My finished length seems a little short, might try another to get a longer hanger. Roughly 20” from base of ring to the bottom knot.

20 November, 2020

Ashtin Morgan

Thank you for this tutorial!

20 November, 2020

Michelle Shuck

This is the easiest and most relaxing thing ever ! Thank you!!

01 September, 2020

Christine

Thanks for posting this! I do have an issue with my knitting cords being super short after I get done with about a foot of square knitting. I don’t see shorter knitting cords are addressed in the pictures or video so I feel like I must be doing something wrong. Thanks!

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