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How To Make Macrame Hanging Planters

Time to showcase your favorite indoor plants in a fun way!

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Photography: Alyssa Roxas

More often than not, we fill our gardens with colorful planters and quirky chalkboard must-haves. While these add character to your green corner, you may also want to make the most of the available vertical space at home. A hanging planter can add interest and height to your space while giving it a laid-back, tropical feel. Get your creative juices flowing and work on this project:

What you need:

  • 1 yard stretch fabric (you can use cotton jersey knit or ITY /Interlock Twist Yarn knit fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Melamine bowl
  • Hanging plants (use Creeping Charlie, Alternanthera ‘Chinese Afro’ or Asparagus Fern)
  • Gardening tools

How-to:

1. Place you stretch fabric on a clean and flat surface.

RL Tip: You can use plain-colored or printed stretch fabric for this craft project. You may want to keep it simple—especially if you're working with colored melamine bowls and pots. 

2. Cut the fabric into eight equal strips—lengthwise with 1.5-inch width and with the aid of a measuring tape. A good length for the strips can be 45 to 50 inches or arm's length.

3. Once you're done, fold all strips into half or roll the edges inwards. The cut of the strips doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll be folding or rolling it anyway.

4. Bunch them all together and tie a big knot—measuring around five inches at the end to create a tassle at the bottom. Make sure to secure the knot properly because it will be holding the weight of your hanging plant.

4. Separate your folded fabic into four sections of two and tie a knot around each section at least three inches away from the big knot. Ensure the length with the help of the tape measure.

5. Once done, separate your folded fabrics into new sections of two that attach in the middle, then tie a knot again—similar to the first layer. You’ll create a diamond shape with it. Continue to make the knots for the second layer. Make the knots approximately two inches away from the first layer knots.

6. Repeat the whole thing for the third layer and tie each new section of fabric around two inches away from the last knot. Set aside.

7. Using your gardening tools, transfer your hanging plant into your melamine bowl or planter.

8. Stretch the fabric macramé over your melamine bowl or planter and tighten the knots. Adjust it accordingly to make sure that it's secure and perfectly in place.

9. Gather and tie all eight fabrics together and hang it up using a hook.

RL Tip: Try grouping your hanging plants in one corner—showcasing similar hues (like pastel blues and greens) for both fabric macramé and the melamine planter for a monochromatic and cohesive look.

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