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 Bell Tower

Bell Tower

Description:  The Bell Tower is a unique Macrame Plant hanger.  The design at the top resembles a pair of double bells.  

Layered fringe is located below the small bell as well as the bottom of the cradle.  Another option is to make a beaded fringe in both areas.

The cradle is unique in that it is wide and shallow, suitable for short plant pots or bowl.

The size of the finished plant hanger is 36 to 40 inches tall, depending on the length of the long posts.  It can be made longer by adding more knots in that area.

This Macrame project is rated moderate, since some experience is necessary.  Be sure to practice all the knots used in the design before you get started.

Time Consuming

Supplies Needed:
  • 6 mm cord material (two 100-yard rolls)
  • Two 5-inch rings
  • Two 3-inch rings
  • 4 beads with 10mm holes (or larger)
  • Project Board and pins
  • Jingle bells for decoration (optional)
  • Fabric glue that dries clear

Knots Used in Design:

Mounting the Cords


  • 36-inch length: Cut 16 cords, each 6.5-yards long.
  • 40-inch length: Cut 16 cords, each 7.5 yards long.

These are referred to as the "long cords" in the descriptions below.

(Optional) Cut the cords longer if you plan to make the Bell Tower more than 40 inches long.  You need one yard for every 4 inches you add to the length.

  • Wrapped Knots: Cut 4 cords, each 36 inches long. 

Prepare the tips of the long cords with tape to prevent unraveling while you work on the Bell Tower. 

Fold Cords

Step 1: Fold 8 of the long cords, then pass them through a 3-inch ring so they rest around the bottom of it.  Match the ends to center the cords.

Secure one end of a 36-inch cord on the left.  Fold it as shown, so the long portion is resting to the left of the secured portion.


Begin the Wrapped Knot by moving the long portion of the 36-inch cord to the right, passing it over the front of the other cords.  Bring it under those cords as you move it to the left.

Pull it tightly before repeating the process to make the next wrap.  The first two wraps should be as close to the ring as possible.

Complete the Knot

Wrap several more times until the Wrapped Knot is 1.5 inches long.  Pass the working end through the folded area, which looks like a loop now.

Pull the secured end of the cord (top of knot), to move the loop and working end inside the knot

Cut the ends of the 36-inch cord as short as possible and tuck them into the wrapped portion.  Apply glue to secure the cords.

Important:  Pull down firmly on each of the long cords, so they tighten around the lower portion of the ring.

Use these same instructions each time you create a Wrapped Knot in the other areas of the Bell Tower.


 Large Bell Design

4 Cords per Knot

Step 2:  Organize the long cords into 4 groups of four cords.  Mentally number the cords in each group 1 - 4.

Tie a Square Knot in each group, using cords 1 and 4 around cords 2 - 3 (fillers).  Tighten them firmly so they rest next to the lower edge of the Wrapped Knot.


Alternate the cords in row 2 by combining cords 1 - 2 from one knot with 3 - 4 from another knot (from the first row).  

Add Cords

Step 3: Alternate the cords again into the same four groups as row 1.   Mentally number the cords in one group 1 - 4.

Fold a new long cord in half and place it around working cord 1.   Do the same around working cord 4. 

Tie a Square Knot with cords 1- 4, making sure you do not use the new cords.

Step 4:  Repeat step 3, adding the remaining long cords to the working cords in the other three groups.

Make sure you alternate the cords before you do so, and tie the SK with the original cords, not the new ones.

New Cords

Step 5: Arrange the cords coming from two SK in front of you. 

Find the 2 halves of one new cord from the left knot as well as the right knot.  These are labeled 1 and 2 on the image.

Use those four cords to tie one SK, which will rest between knots 1 and 2.

Step 6:  Repeat step 5, tying SK with all the remaining new cords


Tie 6 more rows of ASK using all the cords. Work in a circle to form a tube. 

This may be easier for you if you hang the Bell Tower from the ring at the top.


Step 7: Attach all the cords to a 5-inch ring with Double Half Hitches (DHH).  Add extra Half Hitches if needed so the entire ring is covered.

Tighten the Half Hitches as much as possible, so the last row of ASK rests against the ring.  This will cause the lower portion to spread out, forming the large bell at the top of the Bell Tower.

Macrame Cord Divider


Small Bell Design

Step 8:  Mentally number the cords 1 - 32.  Locate cords 5 - 8, 13 - 16, 21 - 24, and 29 - 32 (total of 16 cords). 

Bundle these cords and pull them to the inside of the remaining groups, since they will be used to create the small bell for the Bell Tower design.

16 cords

Use a 36-inch cord to make a 1.5-inch Wrapped Knot around the bundled cords (as in step 1). 

Cut the ends of the 36-inch cord short and tuck them into the wrapped portion.  Apply glue inside the knot to secure them.

Pull Cords

Important: Pull firmly on each of the cords in the bundle.  They should be straight and taut in the area above the Wrapped Knot.  

The top of the knot should be lined up with the ring and rest in the center of it.  Adjust the knot so the Bell Tower is balanced.

Small Bell

Step 9:  Tie 4 rows of ASK, moving in a circle to form a tube, just like you did with the large bell.

Attach all the cords to a 3-inch ring with DHH.  Make sure you pull the cords firmly when tightening, so the last row of ASK rests against the ring.  Add extra Half Hitches if needed so the ring is completely covered.

Wrapped Knot

Bundle the 16 cords in the center of the ring.  Tie a 1.5-inch Wrapped Knot around them using a 36-inch cord.

Cut the ends short and tuck them into the wrapped portion.  Apply glue to secure them.

Important:  Pull each cord so the segments above the knot are flat and taut.

Step 10:  Measure from the lower edge of the Wrapped Knot down 7 inches.  Cut the cords at that point. 

SAVE THE SCRAPS.  They will be used to make the cradle.  Apply tape to the tips to prevent unraveling.


Long Posts

Like most plant hangers, the Bell Tower has 4 long posts.  These are made with Buttonhole designs. 
  • 36-inch size = total of six Buttonhole designs
  • 40-inch size = total of eight Buttonhole designs

If you cut the cords longer than 7.5-yards in Preparation, you can make additional Buttonhole designs to lengthen the Bell Tower.  Each buttonhole design is approximately 2 inches long.

Make sure there are the same number of designs above and below the bead.

Step 11:  The 4 groups of cords coming from the ring of the large bell are used to tie the posts. Mentally number the cords in one group 1 - 4. 

Tie a tight Square knot using cords 1 and 4 around fillers 2 and 3. 

Part 1

Step 12: Use cord 4 to tie a clockwise Vertical Larks Head onto cord 3, as described below:

The first half is tied by making a loop with cord 4, passing over - under cord 3.  As you pull it right, pass over cord 4.

Part 2

The second half is tied by making another loop with cord 4 under - over cord 3. 

Pass it under cord 4 as you pull it right.

Step 13:  Repeat step 12 three more times, for a total of 4 Larks Head knots.

Second Half

Step 14:  For the left half of the Buttonhole design, use cord 1 to tie four counter-clockwise Vertical Larks head knots onto cord 2.

Complete the Buttonhole design by tying another SK with the four cords.  The working cords are 1 and 4.

Step 15:  Repeat steps 12 - 14 to create more Buttonhole designs using the same group of cords.

  • 36-inch size:  Make 2 more Buttonhole designs (total of 3)
  • 40-inch size:  Make 3 more Buttonhole designs (total of 4)

Switch Cords

Step 16:  Slide all 4 cords through one bead, and position it against the last SK. 

Important:  Switch the cords so the shortest two are between the two longer cords.

Step 17:   Use the two longest cords to tie a Square Knot around the two short cords (fillers).

Make a second set of Buttonhole designs:

  • 36-inch Size:  Repeat steps 12 - 14 three more times.
  • 40-inch Size: Repeat steps 12 - 14 four more times.

If you increased the number of Buttonhole designs above the bead, do so here as well. 

Step 18: Repeat steps 11 - 17 in each of the remaining 3 sets of cords coming from the ring of the large bell.

Step 19:  Before you create the cradle for the Bell Tower you should make the fringe in the upper area.

Divide the cords dangling below the small bell so that the 8 cords on the inside center area of the bundle are used to make the long fringe. 

A shorter fringe is made with the 8 cords on the outside.

Measure from the bottom of the Wrapped knot down to the following lengths:


Long Fringe: Unravel the cords as much as possible, then brush and trim them to 6 inches.

Short Fringe:  Unravel the cords, then brush and trim them to 3 inches.

Macrame Cord Divider

The Cradle

The Cradle for the Bell Tower starts out by adding several cords to each of the long sennits.   You need a total of 32 cords, each 1.5 yards long.

Sort through the scraps you cut off from the small bell in step 10.  Use any scraps that are at least 1.5 yards long (54 inches).   For scraps over 3 yards long, cut them in half.

Step 20:  Each time you are asked to add cords, you fold a 1.5 yard cord in half and place it under the two cords that will hold the knot.  Secure it at the center, and make sure it's balanced.  Use the new cord to tie a Square Knot.  

Adding Cords

Row 1:  Mentally number the four cords coming from one of the long posts. 

Add a 1.5-yard cord onto cords 1 - 2.

Add another 1.5-yard cord onto cords 3 - 4.

Row 2

Row 2:  Mentally re-number the 8 cords. 

Add a 1.5-yard cord onto cords 1 - 2.

Add another one onto cords 7 - 8.

Tie an ASK with cords 3 - 6.

Row 3

Row 3:  Mentally re-number the 12 cords.

Add a 1.5-yard cords onto cords 1 - 2.

Add another one onto cords 11 - 12.

Tie an ASK with cords 3 - 6 and with 7 - 10.

Row 4:  Mentally re-number the 16 cords.  

Add a 1.5-yard cord onto cords 1 - 2, and another onto cords 15 - 16.

The ASK with cords 3 - 6,  7 - 10, and 11 - 14.

5 Rows

Row 5:  Mentally re-number the 20 cords.  Do not add any new cords to this row.

Tie ASK with cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, 11 - 14, and 15 - 18.

Mark cords 1, 2, 19, and 20 with a small piece of tape so you can easily identify them.

Step 21:  Repeat step 20, adding a total of 8 new cords to the other three long posts. 

Be sure to mark cords 1, 2, 19, 20 after tying the knots in row 5.

Step 22:  Place two of the V designs next to each other. Make sure the long sennits for the Bell Tower are not twisted and are face up.


Locate cords 19 - 20 from the left V design.

Locate cords 1 - 2 from the V design on the right (all marked cords) 

Tie a SK with the 4 cords.  The working cords used to tie the knot should be 19 and 2.

Step 23:  Repeat step 22, linking all four V designs by connecting cords 19 and 20 with cords 1 and 2 (marked cords).    

Each design should be connected to another on both sides.

Step 24:  Tie several more rows of ASK, working in a circle all the way around the cradle for the Bell Tower. 

The number of rows is up to you, but make sure you stop when the shortest cords are 18 inches long.   

Step 25:  You will now be attaching half the cords to the last 5-inch ring at the bottom of the Bell Tower.  Pass the four cords from each SK into the ring one set at a time. 

Attach cords 2 and 3 in each set of four with DHH (fillers of SK).  Cords 1 and 4 should dangle freely inside the ring.

Make sure these DHH are firmly tied so the ring rests against the last row of ASK.  You can add extra Half Hitches if necessary to completely cover the ring.

Step 26:  Gather all the cords you did not attach to the ring into a bundle.  Make sure they are as straight as possible and don't overlap one another.

Gather Working Cords

Tie a 1.5-inch Wrapped Knot around them using a 36-inch cord. Make sure it rests in the center of the ring.

Important:  Pull down on each cord, so they are straight and taut in the area above the knot. 


Lower Fringe

The fringe for the Bell Tower consists of 3 layers.  You can make the layers any length, but try to keep each layer at least 2 inches different from the next, so you can see all three levels.

Two Sizes

Step 27:  Select 12 cords from inside the bundle of cords you just wrapped, and cut them to at least 7 inches.

Trim the remaining cords from the bundle to at least 5 inches.

Third Layer

To make the third layer of Fringe for your Bell Tower Planter, trim the cords attached to the ring to at least 3 inches.

Unravel and brush all the cords to create the fringe as you did in step 19.   

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