DIY Woven Macrame Planter Wall Hanger

 
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I used to discover a lot of DIY ideas on Pinterest, but now I find myself saving a lot of pictures from Instagram! One of these DIY inspirations came from Nalani of @knottybloom, who sells these beautiful macrame plant hangers on Etsy! I wanted to try my hand at macrame, so I decided to attempt one of my own, and I think it came out pretty good!

I have quite a few succulents, so for this hanger, I decided it would hold a vase - motivating me to buy fresh flowers regularly! As for the project itself, I think the trickiest part was making sure it fit perfectly to my vase. The knotting itself was quite simple - I only used two different macrame knots, both of which are very easy!

Cost of materials: <$7 for cotton piping
Time: 1 hour

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Things you will need
- Cotton piping or rope (available here or at at your local craft/fabric store)
- Scissors
- Tape (masking or scotch tape)
- Hot glue gun or E6000
I got away with 12 yards of piping, but I would recommend more, maybe 18-24 yards!

Instructions

1. Cut your piping into five pieces: four with the same length, and one that is twice as long. This will be your "working" strand - the one that you will tie knots with. Tape each end to ensure the piping doesn't unravel while you're working.

2. Tape the five strands together at the center of the length. You should have at least a yard on either side of the tape.

3. Wrap your strands around something secure, like a hook or a chair leg, as I did. Start with the right side and line up your five strands, such that the longer strand is on the outside. 

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4. Use the outside strand to tie a double hitch knot to the adjacent strand. 

 
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Continue tying double hitch knots in the next strands, until you've done 4 double hitch knots, one on each of the strands. 

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5. Using the same strand, repeat steps 4 and 5, this time moving from inside to outside. This time, however, leave enough slack on the strand in between the knots from above, such that the strands create series of arcs, like a rainbow.

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6. Keep repeating steps 4 and 5 from outside to inside, and inside to outside, until you've got about half of your strands remaining. I made 4 diagonals.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side of your planter.

 
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8. Now it's time to create the net to hold your planter, vase, or container.  To do this, you'll use a different knot: a square knot. 

 
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First, for the back knot, tie a square knot using the four innermost strands - two from each side. The innermost strands from each side will be on the inside of the knot, while the second innermost strands will actually tie the knot.

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9. For the front knot, tie a square knot with the four outermost strands. Now, you only have one strand on each side that won't be in a square knot.

Similar to before, the outermost strands will be on the inside of the knot, and the second outermost strands will actually tie the knot.

10. With the front and back knotted, it's time to tie side knots. Starting with one side: take the free strand (that wasn't knotted before), one strand from the back square knot, and two from the front. Tie a square knot.

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11. Repeat for other side.

12. Place your planter or vase in your almost finished net, and adjust the knots such that the container fits snugly. You can pull on the inside strands of the square knots and adjust the knots to make it looser or tighter. 

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13. Once your knots securely fit your container, gather the ends into the center at the bottom and tape around all 5 strands. You can test the fit by just holding the loop at the top.

14. Now, all you have to do is hide the masking tape! Put a line of glue (using your hot glue gun or squeezing some out of the tube) onto the tape, and wrap one of the strands tightly around the masking tape to hide it. Glue the end down, put under one of the other strands to hide the end, and cut off any excess. (Now you will only have 4 strands hanging down.)

15. Snip off about 6-12 inches of one of the longer strands remaining, and repeat step 14 to hide the masking tape on the top of your planter, tucking ends in. 

 
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16. Lastly, cut off the taped ends at the bottom. Voila!

 

I'd say this is quite a nice little decoration to add to my wall, and a little more unique than your average vase or succulent planter!

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