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Basic Plant Hanger

Basic Plant Hanger

Description: This Basic Plant Hanger is an easy Macrame pattern suitable for beginners.

It features three types of basic decorative knots.  Make sure you practice them before you get started.

You can add beads, decorations, or additional knots to add character.  The cradle is designed to support any size pot.

Finished Size: Approximately 44 inches tall, which includes the fringe.



Supplies Needed:

  • 6 mm cord material  (62 or 74 yards -- see Preparation)
  • 5 or 6 beads with 10 mm holes (depends on size, see Preparation)
  • One 2-inch Ring
  • Rubber bands
  • Measuring Tape

Knots Used: 




Measure the width of the plant pot in the widest area at the top edge.

Use this measurement to determine the number of cords to cut for the Basic Plant Hanger (below).

For pots 10 inches or wider:
  • Cut 12 cords, each 6 yards long
  • Cut 2 cords, 36 inches long

For pots less than 10 inches wide:

  • Cut 10 cords, each 6 yards long
  • Cut 2 cords, 36 inches long

Prepare the tips of the cords to prevent unraveling.  Using tape is recommended, since it helps when applying the beads.  When applying the tape, compress the tips so they are as narrow as possible.


Cords 1 - 6

Step 1: Pass half of the cords through the 2-inch ring while holding the ring upright.  They should dangle over the bottom of it.

Match the ends of each cord as you pass it through, so it is balanced.

Do the same with the remaining cords, placing them on top of the first group.

Fold Cord

Start a Wrapped Knot by tying an Overhand knot at one end of a 36-inch cord.  Secure it next to the ring. 

Fold the cord 3 inches from the knot, then bring it back toward the ring.  The long portion should be on the right (outside).  Secure it at the fold.  


Wrap Firmly

Wrap the long portion around the cords on the ring several times. 

Make sure you wrap firmly, and continue until the knot is 1.5 inches long.

Pass End Through

Pass what's left of the long portion through the folded area, which looks like a loop.



Pull the secured end, which has the Overhand knot.

The fold and the other end will be pulled inside the bottom of the Wrapped knot. 

Make sure you pull it half way through the knot.

Cut off the excess material from each end of the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot.  Be careful not to cut the long cords on the ring.

Tuck the stubs inside the knot so they can't be seen. 

Divide the cords into groups of 4.  There will be either 5 or 6 groups, depending on what you cut in Preparation.  Bundle each group separately with a rubber band.

You will be working with one group at a time, so select one now and move the others aside. 

Bundle each cord in the group by wrapping it around your hand several times.  Secure with a rubber band.

Step 2:  Mentally number the four cords.  The fillers are 2 - 3, and the working cords are 1 and 4.

Tie the first Square Knot as shown below: 
SK Step 1

Move cord 1 to the right, passing over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 4.

Step 2

Move cord 4 to the left, passing under cords 2 - 3 and over cord 1.

Tighten firmly.

Cords 1 and 4 have switched places, so the direction is reversed for the second half of the Square Knot:

SK Step 3

Move cord 1 to the left, passing over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 4.

Step 4

Move cord 4 to the right, passing under cords 2 - 3 and over cord 1. 

Tighten firmly.


Continue tying Square Knots to create a sennit.  Push the knots close together as you progress. 

Tighten each knot firmly.

Stop when the sennit is 11 inches long.

Apply Bead

Step 3:  Add a bead in the following manner:

Pass both fillers (cords 2 - 3) through the hole first.

Pass each working cord (1 and 4) through the hole resting on top of the fillers. 

Before you move on to the Spiral design for your Basic Plant Hanger, arrange the longest cords (2 and 3) on the outside, since they will become the new working cords. 

The shorter cords (1 and 4) should rest between them, as shown in the images below.  They now become fillers.

Spiral Step 1

To start a Half knot, move working cord 2 to the right, over the fillers (1 and 4) and under cord 3.

Half Knot

Move working cord 3 to the left, under the fillers and over working cord 2. 


When making the Spiral Stitch for your Basic Plant Hanger, you should tie 5 Half knots, then twist the knots to the right while holding the fillers steady.

The working cords should switch places each time you twist the knots. 

Repeat this step every 5 knots as you continue making the sennit.

Step 4: Tie a Spiral Stitch design by tying a series of Half Knots as described above.

Stop when the sennit measures 11 inches.

Finish by tying
the second half of the Square knot. 
The Spiral Stitch was the first half of a SK, so you simply change direction to make the second half.

Step 5:  Repeat steps 2 - 4 for each group of cords.




Now you will make the cradle at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger.

Measure the plant pot and find the half way point by dividing the total height by 2.   So if the pot is 6 inches tall, the half way point will be 3 inches. 

Use this measurement in step 6.

Locate two Spiral sennits that rest next to each other, and secure them  side-by-side.  Make sure the last knots you tied are not twisted.

Mentally re-number the cords in each sennit 1 - 4.


Step 6:  Alternate by selecting cords 3 and 4 from the left sennit, combined with cords 1 and 2 from the right sennit.

Measure from the bottom of the Spiral sennit down to the place that would be the half way point on the pot (see previous image). 

Tie two Square Knots at that point. 

Step 7:  Repeat step 6 using the remaining cords.  This is much easier if you suspend the Basic Plant Hanger by the ring at the top. 

Make sure the sennits are not twisted, and that you are combining cords from two sennits that rest next to each other.

Step 8:  You now need to alternate the cords again, as described in Step 6

Start by mentally re-numbering the cords coming from two sets of SK tied in the previous step. 
Alternate Again

Measure from the bottom of the SK tied in step 6, down the same distance as in step 6.  This way the next knot rests at the lower edge of the pot.

Repeat steps 6 and 7, but tie only one SK.



Step 9:  Measure the bottom of the pot from the edge to the center (1/2 the bottom area).

Tie additional SK to make a short sennit, until you reach the measurement you came up with for the bottom of the pot. 

Tie all the knots firmly to eliminate any space between them.

Step 10:  Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the remaining cords.


Finishing Touches


Organize all the cords at the bottom of the Basic Plant Hanger. 

Match the knots made in the cradle, especially those that will rest in the middle and bottom of the pot.

Step 11: Tie a Wrapped Knot around all the cords, as you did in step 1

After tightening it, place the pot in the cradle.  The knot should rest in the center of the pot.  Make adjustments as needed.

  Pull on each cord to eliminate any space between the Wrapped Knot and the SK. 

Cut off the excess material from the cord used to make the Wrapped knot, and tuck the stubs inside so they can't be seen.

Step 12:  Trim the tips of all the cords so they are even.   You have the option of tying finishing knots, or to unravel and brush to create a fringe for your Basic Plant Hanger.

When using Bonnie Braid or Nylon, you can heat the tips with a flame to prevent the cords from fraying.


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