A RARE SUNDAY POST. I wanted to put a quick post together to show you all how I made this adorable little faux macramé plant holder in case you are looking for something to do with your hands other than eat junk food or drink beer while watching the NFL this afternoon. I’m calling it faux because if you’ve seen macramé before, you’ll know that I basically did nothing of the sort, but the final look is definitely reminiscent of the intricate knotted textiles that were at the height of their popularity in the US in the 70s.
Yes, I know my plant holder is actually cradling a faux golden pumpkin, but it’s September after all and well…..see my last post about my issue with September and pumpkins. You could easily pop a planter with a spider plant inside this cutesy little holder or, if you’re like me and can’t keep a plant alive, try an airplant like these from Twisted Acres on Etsy. You dip them in water once a week for a minute. That’s it!
You will only need to pick up a few things in order to make this. Here’s a list of what I used.
- Craft Store Doily (I purchased mine for $1.50 from the bargain bin at the front of Michael’s craft store)
- Thin Yarn
- Wooden Beads
- Rubber Bands
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Metal O-Ring (I purchased mine in store at Lowe’s)
- Small Planter & Plant
First, I examined my doily to see where it would make the most sense to string up my planter. I don’t know if all doilies are the same, but for me I was able to find five anchor points around the outside.
Then I cut 20 pieces of yarn into equal length. This will be the part of your plant hanger that hangs down from the ceiling so make sure you use enough length to account for that and then add about six inches for wiggle room and tying off the top. I folded two pieces of pre-cut yarn in half and threaded them through the anchor point on my doily. Then I did two more pieces right next to that, for a total of four pieces of yarn at each outer anchor point.
I wanted a tassel hanging from the bottom of my planter so I added more yarn to my doily. You could skip this part if you’re feeling flustered with all the string, but I think it adds to the look.
For this step I used ten equal length pieces of yarn and strung them, two at a time, through the same anchor points. These pieces don’t need to be as long because they will be supporting the bottom of your planter and hanging down as a tassel.
After I threaded the yarn, I gathered the longer pieces together at the top and popped in a glass planter to see where I’d need to tie off my tassel pieces. Using the bottom of the planter as a guide, I took two strands from each side that was hanging down and tied them to the neighboring two strings, creating a “V” pattern around the doily. This was a bit awkward, and in order to do it you really need to hang the planter from something or have someone hold it up for you. I tied mine to the chandelier in my kitchen in order to do this part.
I also tied a knot in each supporting strand about six inches up from the doily, threaded on a wooden bead, and then tied another knot above the bead. You could skip the wooden beads, but I think they add a nice touch. If I was doing a real macramé plant holder, I would have tied some amazing knots on this part of the piece, but my yarn wasn’t really the right heft or texture for it to turn out well so I stuck with a big ol’ knot and called it a day.
This next step could be accomplished in a variety of ways, but I took the easy way out and looped my tassel strands together using a rubber band (gum band, if you’re from Pittsburgh like me). I secured the rubber band beneath the five knots, just like I was making a pony tail. Here’s a picture of it laying flat again so you can see how it looks from that angle.
Now that the bottom was tied off, I secured the top pieces together with another rubber band. This part was also a bit tricky because you need to make sure it’s balanced so your beads are lined up at the right spot. Once again, you might enlist a friend to hold your planter from the top while you adjust it. When securing the top pieces, leave yourself enough length to loop through your metal O-ring, which is what you will use to hang your planter from the ceiling.
To finish it off, I folded the end of the top strands through a metal O-ring then tied a piece of yarn securely beneath the ring. Then I used a new piece of yarn to wrap around the hanging pieces of yarn at the top. The method is similar to what you’d do if you wanted to hide your pony tail holder by wrapping your hair around it a few times.
After I’d wrapped the yarn around a few times, I snipped off the wild edges of yarn that I’d strung through the loop. I then wrapped a bit more extra yarn around to hide the cut pieces. I used hot glue to secure the end pieces of yarn I’d been wrapping around the knot.
I used a similar wrapping method to hide the rubber band securing the tassel pieces at the bottom. Then I snipped the tassel pieces to even length.
I think this looks cute hanging in my master bathroom, and I think I’m going to make two more in different lengths and colors to create a hanging vignette in this corner. This would also look cute holding glass bulbs at Christmas time, and I do think I will eventually put some plants in it.
I hope that tutorial wasn’t too confusing. The good news is that trial and error works well with this one. Give it a try. It’s simple, inexpensive and cute!