DIY Macrame Plant Holder: Craft a Beautiful Hanger Guide
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 8 min read


  1. Gather Your Materials
  2. Cut Your Cords
  3. Create the Loop
  4. Craft the Square Knots
  5. Form the Basket
  6. Complete the Plant Holder
  7. Tips for Perfect Macrame
  8. Care for Your Macrame Plant Holder

Embrace your crafty side and get ready to create your very own lovely DIY macrame plant holder. This guide will walk you through the process step by step, making sure you have all the knowledge and tools needed to create a perfect plant accessory. Whether you're new to macrame or a seasoned pro, this guide is designed to foster creativity and inspire you to take on this fun, rewarding project.

Gather Your Materials

Before we can dive into creating your DIY macrame plant holder, it's important to gather all necessary materials. Having everything prepared and at hand will ensure a smooth and enjoyable macrame experience.

  • Macrame Cord: This is the star of the show. You'll need about 50 feet of 5mm cotton macrame cord. This cord size is perfect for a well-balanced plant holder, not too chunky, but sturdy enough to hold your beloved plants.
  • Scissors: A good, sharp pair of scissors makes all the difference when cutting your cords. Frustration-free crafting is the goal here.
  • Tape Measure: Precision is key in macrame. A tape measure will help you cut your cords to the correct length, ensuring your DIY macrame plant holder comes out just right.
  • Plant Pot: Don't forget the plant pot! This will be the home for your green friend and the final piece to your DIY macrame plant holder. The size of the pot will determine the size of the hanger, so choose wisely.
  • A Hook or Ring: This is what you'll use to hang your macrame masterpiece. You can find these at any local home goods or craft store.

And that's it! You've got your materials, you're ready to start making your DIY macrame plant holder. Remember, your project will reflect your effort and love, so take your time, enjoy the process, and let's move onto the next step.

Cut Your Cords

Now that you have all your materials gathered, it's time to cut your cords. This stage is where your tape measure comes into play. Accuracy is important in this step as it will determine how your DIY macrame plant holder shapes up, literally!

For this project, you'll need eight cords. Each cord should be roughly 10 feet long. Why so long, you ask? Well, when making knots, the cord length tends to shrink quite a bit. So, always better to have a bit more length than less.

  1. First, unroll your macrame cord and measure out 10 feet.
  2. Then, using your sharp scissors, cut the cord.
  3. Repeat this process until you have eight cords of equal length.

Don't worry if the cords aren't perfectly the same size. Macrame is a forgiving craft, and any minor differences in cord length won't be noticeable in your finished DIY macrame plant holder.

Great job on getting this far! You've carefully chosen your materials, measured, and cut your cords. You’re ready for the next step, where you'll begin to see your DIY macrame plant holder start to take shape. Let's create that loop!

Create the Loop

Creating the loop is the step where your DIY macrame plant holder starts to take form. This loop is critical because it's what you'll use to hang your holder from a hook or a nail. So, let's get right to it!

First, gather all eight of your cords together and fold them in half. You should now have a loop at one end and the loose ends at the other. Simple, isn't it? Now, let's secure this loop to make it nice and sturdy.

Take a separate piece of cord—about a foot long—and place it about two inches down from the top of your loop. Make sure it's centered. This is where we'll tie a simple wrap knot. Here's how:

  1. Wrap the short cord around the eight long cords tightly, leaving a little bit of the short cord sticking out at the top.
  2. Keep wrapping until you have about two inches of wrapped cord.
  3. Then, take the end of the short cord and push it through the loop you've created at the bottom.
  4. Now, pull the top end of the short cord until the loop is hidden inside the wrapped section.
  5. Finally, trim any excess cord sticking out from the wrap knot.

And there you have it! You've created a sturdy loop that will hold your plant holder securely. Plus, it looks pretty neat, doesn’t it? With the loop done, you're ready to move on to crafting the square knots, the fun part of creating your DIY macrame plant holder.

Craft the Square Knots

Great job on creating the loop! Let's move forward and start crafting the square knots. This is the pattern that will make your DIY macrame plant holder look intricate and beautiful. Don't worry, it's easier than you might think!

To make your first square knot, you'll need four cords. Let's take the first four cords on the left. We'll call these cords 1, 2, 3, and 4 from left to right. Ready? Here we go:

  1. First, take cord 1 and cross it over cords 2 and 3, and under cord 4. It should look like a "4" shape.
  2. Next, take cord 4 and pass it under cords 2 and 3, then through the loop created by cord 1. Pull cords 1 and 4 gently until the knot tightens. This is the first half of your square knot!
  3. For the second half, take cord 1 (which is now on the right) and pass it under cords 2 and 3, and over cord 4.
  4. Now, move cord 4 over cords 2 and 3, then through the loop created by cord 1. Pull cords 1 and 4 until the knot tightens. And voila, you've completed a square knot!

Remember to keep a consistent tension as you're tying your knots. It's the secret to making your DIY macrame plant holder look professional and neat. Repeat these steps with the remaining cords, and keep going until you have a row of square knots. It's a bit repetitive, sure, but that's part of the fun of macrame!

You're doing great! Next up, we'll form the basket of your plant holder. Excited? So am I!

Form the Basket

Well done on mastering the square knots! Now, it's time to form the basket part of your DIY macrame plant holder. This is where your plant will sit, so it's an important step. Ready? Let's get to it.

Now, arrange the cords in pairs. Take the right-most cord from one pair and the left-most cord from the pair next to it. These two cords become a new pair. You'll be tying square knots again, but this time, they'll be offset from the first row. It's like a brick wall pattern:

  1. Start about an inch down from your first row of knots. Make a square knot with your new pair of cords.
  2. Repeat this with all the other new pairs.

There you go—your first row of offset square knots. This is the start of the basket shape. Continue making more rows, always offsetting the knots, until you've created a good-sized basket. The size will depend on the pot you're planning to put in your DIY macrame plant holder. So, have that pot handy!

It's turning out pretty well, isn't it? It's amazing what you can create with just your two hands, some cord, and a bit of patience. Let's keep going and complete your plant holder! Ready for the final steps?

Complete the Plant Holder

Alright, your DIY macrame plant holder is nearly complete. You've crafted the knots, formed the basket—now, it's time to give it a finishing touch. Let's wrap this project up!

First, gather all the cords together underneath the last row of your basket knots. This is where your plant pot will hang. Now, tie a simple overhand knot with all the cords together. This knot will act as a stopper for your pot. Be sure to leave enough room for the pot to sit above the knot.

  1. Next, divide the cords into pairs again, but this time, tie simple knots with each pair about 3 inches below the big overhand knot. This will give your plant holder a nice, fringed look.
  2. Finally, trim the ends of your cords to your desired length. You can leave them long for a boho look or cut them short for a more modern style.

And there you have it—a finished DIY macrame plant holder! You've taken a piece of cord and transformed it into a beautiful, functional hanger for your plants. You should be proud of yourself! Your green friends are going to love their new home.

Ready to move on to the next level of macrame? Or perhaps you're eager to get started on another plant holder? No matter what your next crafting adventure is, just remember: patience, creativity, and a bit of knot-tying prowess can lead to some truly remarkable creations.

Tips for Perfect Macrame

Now that you have a grasp on the basics of creating a DIY macrame plant holder, let's look at some tips that can help elevate your macrame crafting game. These are some pointers that can make your knotting smoother and your final product even more stunning.

  1. Choose the Right Materials: The type of cord you use can greatly affect the end result. Cotton rope is a popular choice for DIY macrame plant holders because it's soft, sturdy, and available in a variety of thicknesses. Plus, it frays nicely for that fringed look at the end.
  2. Keep Your Knots Consistent: When it comes to macrame, consistency is key. Try to keep your knots the same size and tension throughout your piece. This will give your plant holder a more polished look.
  3. Don't Rush: Macrame is a craft of patience. Don't rush through your knots. Take your time to make sure each one is just right. Trust me, the extra time and care you put in will show in your final piece.
  4. Practice Makes Perfect: Don't be discouraged if your first few attempts don't turn out exactly as you had hoped. Like any craft, macrame takes practice. The more you knot, the better you'll get!

Remember, the goal of macrame is not only to create beautiful pieces but also to enjoy the process. It's a calming, meditative craft that allows you to express your creativity and make something truly unique. So, have fun with it!

Care for Your Macrame Plant Holder

Creating your DIY macrame plant holder is just the first step. Like any crafted piece, it needs a little TLC to keep it looking fresh and beautiful. So, how do you care for your macrame plant holder? Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it might seem. Here's a simple guide:

  1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause your macrame plant holder to fade and become brittle over time. To keep it looking its best, hang your plant holder in a spot that doesn't get too much direct sunlight.
  2. Keep it Dry: While your macrame plant holder is designed to hold plants, it's important to keep the actual cord dry. Over time, constant moisture can weaken the cord and cause it to break. So, when watering your plant, be sure to remove it from the holder or take care not to splash the cord.
  3. Dust Regularly: Like any item in your home, your macrame plant holder can collect dust. A simple dusting every now and then can keep it looking fresh. You can use a feather duster, or even better, a hairdryer on a cool setting to gently blow the dust away.
  4. Occasional Wash: Every few months, it might be a good idea to give your DIY macrame plant holder a gentle wash. Hand-washing with a mild detergent and letting it air dry should do the trick. But remember, always check the washing instructions for your specific type of cord.

With a little care and attention, your DIY macrame plant holder can remain a beautiful addition to your home decor for years to come.

If you enjoyed crafting your DIY Macrame Plant Holder and are looking for more creative DIY projects, we recommend exploring Daisie's classes. Discover a wide range of workshops and tutorials that will help you unlock your creativity and enhance your skills in various artistic disciplines. Happy crafting!