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Alexandria enjoys writing on a variety of topics including floral design and wedding inspirations for FTD Fresh. When she's not writing, she can be found at the beach or hiking.

How to Make A Macramé Plant Hanger

Macramé is the art of knotting rope. This trend originated in the 70’s and has evolved to be used in many different ways. One popular way is to make macramé plant hangers! If you are a plant lover and are looking for a way to spice up your home decor, you are going to love the way these hangers put your plants on display both indoors and outdoors.

However, making these hangers can seem a bit challenging at first. To help you learn the basic knots and patterns of macramé, FTD has put together a video tutorial and guide that will go over the process in simple and easy steps. You are going to love the way your macramé plant hanger turns out!

Here is a list of the three types of basic knots we will be using in the video:

  • Loop knot

  • Half square knot or spiral knot

  • Square knot

Materials we will be using in the video:

  • 2 pieces of 5-foot long rope

  • 8 pieces of 15-foot long cotton cord (3.1 mm thick)

  • 2” brass ring

Macramé Plant Hanger: Video Tutorial

How to make a macramé plant hanger:

  1. Gather all 8 pieces of cord, fold in half and loop through the ring.

  2. Using your 5-foot long piece of string, tie a loop knot right below the ring.

  3. Take four strands and tie a square knot. Repeat 6 times.

  4. Repeat this pattern with the next group of 4 cords, and repeat for the remaining cords.

  5. Leave a 2 1/2 inch gap and tie a half square knot.

  6. Repeat until you’ve created a 5-inch spiral.

  7. Repeat this pattern for the remaining knot groups.

  8. Leave a 6- inch gap and create a crossover square knot using the 2 right cords from your first group and the 2 left cords from the adjacent group.

  9. Repeat for the remaining knot groups.

  10. Leave 6- inch gap and create another crossover square knot by alternating the cords from the previous step.

  11. Leave a 3 1/2 inch gap and and tie a loop knot.

  12. Trim off excess cord to create a tassel finish.

Decorating With Your Macramé Plant Hanger

Now that you have learned how to make your own macramé plant hanger it’s time to decorate! Here are two ways that you can accessorize your macramé plant hanger:


Here’s how you can dip-dye your macramé plant hanger in five easy steps:

  1. Prepare dye solution according to package instructions. Be sure to use a glass jar or bowl to prevent staining. For this project, we used half a package of Rit dye in Teal.

  2. Carefully lower the plant hanger into the solution until ⅓ of the length is submerged.

  3. Loop the upper part of the plant hanger over a wooden dowel and place over the opening of the jar or bowl. This will keep the plant hanger suspended while the lower part is being dyed. Wait 30 minutes.

  4. Remove the plant hanger from the dye solution. Rinse in warm water to remove excess dye. Ring out until water runs clear.

  5. Let completely dry.


Here’s how we used colorful bands to decorate our macramé plant hanger:

  1. Lay a piece of embroidery floss down, and wrap over the piece. Continue until desired length has been covered.

  2. To finish the section, cut the floss and tuck the loose piece into the wrapped portion by using a wooden stick or toothpick.

  3. Repeat this with other colors to complete the pattern.

Now that you know the basic steps on how to make a macramé plant hanger, have fun displaying your houseplants all around you home! You can find more ideas and FTD’s full guide here.