For our September First Friday make & take craft, we're making macrame plant hangers! If you're not able to make it to the DIME Store to make one using our craft supplies, follow these steps to make one at home! Invite your friends, or your mom, or your neighbor you've been wanting to get to know better, and make a night of it!
The finished product will hold a small potted plant (2.5" x 2.5" pot) and be about 2ft long.
Making the Top Loop
1. Gather all 8 strings into a strand, and about 5" from the top, loop over, as shown in Step 1.
2. Wrap the strand as shown in Step 2.
3. Bringing the "tail" towards you, insert it down into the loop you created in steps 1 and 2. See arrow illustration in Step 3 for guidance.
4. Pull taut, to create a tight knot. Trim the ends to your liking.
Separating & Making the First Knots
1. Separate your 8 strings into 4 groups of 2.
2. About 1 ft down from the top loop, knot the 2 strings in a group together. Repeat this for each group of 2.
For this project, we used your standard everyday knot, nothing fancy. If you want to get extra fancy, look up "square knot" and use that instead!
Making the Second Set of Knots
1. Using the picture above as your guide, group string B (from strand 1) and string C (from strand 2) together.
2. About 2" below the first knot you made, make your second knot, knotting strings B and C.
3. Repeat this step for all 4 strands, knotting string D (from strand 2) to string A (from strand 3, not pictured.)
Your macrame hanger should be looking like this, right about now. How's it going?
1. Line up your second knots with the bottom edge of your small (empty) pot, as best you can.
2. At approximately the spot where all your strands met at the drainage hole of the pot, join them together in one giant knot.
Tip: When you're making the bottom knot, leave it loose at first. Chances are, it won't be perfect the first time and you'll want to be able to undo your knot and tie it higher/lower, or reposition your strands to match up better!
3. Set your empty pot inside to check it's placement. If it seems crooked, like it's tilting to one side, undo your bottom knot, and re-tie it making sure all your strands are even with eachother.
4. Trim those bottom pieces to suit your style, and you're done with the macrame part!
Potting Your Plant
1. Putting gravel at the bottom of pots for drainage is really up to you. It's widely believed to aid in drainage, but there's evidence that gravel just fills space, and doesn't aid in... well, anything. No one at the DIME Store is a master gardener, so we encourage you to choose the option you think is best.
2. Gravel or no gravel, you'll want to fill up your pot about halfway with soil before you put your plant in. Then fill it up the rest of way with soil, taking care to cover all the roots.
The plant we used is commonly known as an airplane plant. It can get quite large, so it'll need to be re-potted at some point.
3. Give your new plant baby a drink of water, and once it's not dripping from the bottom, set it into your macrame plant hanger!
Thanks for following along! We hope you have fun with this DIY craft! Tag us (@dimehandmade) or hashtag (#dimediy) so we can see your beautiful projects!
XOXO - The DIME Team