How to Make a Plant Hanger with Yarn

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Plant hangers are one of the most beginner-friendly craft projects to do. Although they look complex, they’re pretty easy to make and only take a couple of minutes to complete. They’re also a good way to enhance your craft skills and of course, are practical for your home.

Especially in today’s day and age when plants are a popular must-have indoors or in your gardens, you need a way to style them around your living space. Plant hangers allow you to safely adorn your ceilings and the corners of your home with beautiful greenery — a welcome sight that keeps you in tune with nature.

This article will give you a step-by-step tutorial on making your own plant hangers using yarn.

Materials Needed

This project will only require you to gather three materials:

● At least one ball of yarn or macrame rope

● Pair of scissors

● Your choice of a potted plant.

And that’s it. While there are minimal materials needed, you also have plenty of opportunities to customize your design with different colors, details, and textures. If you want to make a colorful plant hanger, then you can select two complementary yarn colors.

The devil is in the details, i.e. how you tie your yarn together to create an intricate design to style your plants.

Easy One Knot Plant Hanger Tutorial

Now that you have all the materials you need, here’s how to make a simple macrame plant hanger using one barrel loop.

First, take your yarn and tie a knot at the end, making one big loop. For this one, you’ll need to work the pot inside the hanger so it doesn’t unravel.

Lay the rope on the floor so it’s easier to find your ends and work with the yarn. Take the end that is opposite of where you tied the knot. Twist it to create a loop then position your pot where the two sides of the yarn meet.

Take hold of the yarn and insert the nearest section to the pot. Make sure the yarn lays just on the mouth’s surface. You want to make your loops tight enough to hold the pot securely. Pull the remainder of the yarn through the first loop you made.

Take another section of yarn and insert it into the pot, ensuring the yarn lays on the mouth’s surface. You should now have four lines of yarn on top of the pot. Without tugging, hold the remainder of your yarn with one hand. With your other hand, gently pull both loops on the pot’s mouth upwards while releasing the excess yarn until all of it has been pulled to create a handle.

Fix the positioning of the yarn hugging the pot. You want them far enough to balance their hold on the pot, with a piece of rope positioned in each corner. And you’re done! Go ahead and hang the plant in your home or patio!

Simple Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial

If you’re looking for something more decorative, you can make a simple macrame plant hanger. Here’s how:

First, cut your yarn to eight 94-inch lengths. You can work work with one yarn color or use multiple. Gather all eight pieces of yarn you cut and fold them in half. Tie a tight knot about 3-4 inches from the loop.

Hang the loop from a hook, nail, doorknob, or another stable object to make it easier for you to work through the other yarn pieces.

Now you’re ready to make your macrame knots. Take two strings of yarn that are right next to each other. Create a knot about 8 to 12 inches below your loop. You can make the knot closer or further from the loop depending on the size of your pot (this is where you’ll be slipping the pot in).

Create three more knots using the same two strings of yarn. Make sure they’re all equally distanced. Stop knotting when you have a total of four sections. From each knot, take one string and knot it with another string from the section next to it. Knot them together until every string is connected.

When you reach the last 3 inches of where you want your pot to rest, gather all the strands and tie a large, tight knot in the bottom. This will create a nice tassel at the bottom of the pot.

Slip your potted plant through the wide opening at the top of the hanger. Hang it from anywhere you want to decorate your home!

Crochet Plant Hanger Tutorial
How about trying to make something with a more intricate design? Here’s a pattern you can refer to for creating a crochet plant hanger.

Hook Size: 6.5mm (US K-10½)
Gauge: 11 dc = 4” [10 cm]; 6 rows = 4” [10 cm] in double crochet.
Finished Size: Fits a 5-inch pot
● ch = chain
● cm = centimeters
● dc = double crochet
● mm = millimeters
● sc = single crochet
● st(s) = stitch(es)
● [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
● * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

Adjustable Ring
So your plant hangs securely, we recommend adding an adjustable ring at the topmost loop. Here’s how to do so:

1. Hold the thread a few inches from the end and wrap it around your finger.
2. Insert your crochet hook into the wrap then draw up a loop of working thread.
3. Chain one to secure the loop then place the ring.
4. Work a round of stitches in the ring.
5. Tighten the ring by gently pulling on the tail.

Plant Hanger
Round 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), work 11 dc in ring, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 to join – 12 dc.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, slip st in top of ch-3 – 24 dc.
Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, slip st in top of ch-3 – 36 dc.
Round 4: Ch 3, working in back loops only, dc in each st around, slip st in top of ch-3.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, skip 2 sts, *sc in next st, ch 3, skip 2 sts; repeat around, slip st in first sc – 12 sc and 12 ch-3 spaces.
Round 6: *Slip st to first ch-3 space, sc in ch-3 space, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around, slip st in first sc – 12 sc and 12 ch-3 spaces.
Rounds 7-11: Repeat Round 6.
Round 12: Ch 1, 3 sc in each ch-3 space around, slip st in first sc – 36 sc.
Last Round: [Ch 100, skip next 8 sts, sc in next st] 4 times. Fasten off.

Finally, weave in the ends and you’re done! Slip your potted plant in your crochet plant hanger and style your home!

5-Minute Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorial
Depending on the design you opt for, making a plant hanger with yarn can be as quick as five minutes. Here’s a beginner-friendly pattern you can try.

Cut five strands of yarn, each measuring 150 inches long. Gather all the strands together and insert a hoop. Pull the hoop through the middle and tie a big knot to secure it. Hang the hoop from a nail or hook to make it easier to work through the strands. You can also just tape it onto your work surface.

At this point, you’ll have 10 strings you need to work through. Pair them together, yielding 5 pairs of yarn strands. Knot each pair together, beginning at the end, around 20 inches from the top knot.

Take the right-most strings and pair them with their neighboring strings, knotting them together about 4 inches below the first set of knots. Gather the ends of all your strings and tie a big knot two inches from the last set of knots.

Slip your pot in the wide opening and hang it in place!

Creative Ideas for Personalizing Your Plant Hanger
See? Creating a plant hanger with yarn is easy as pie and takes only a couple of minutes of your time. Because it’s so simple to make, there are plenty of opportunities for you to personalize your project and add a touch of your unique style.

Consider inserting beads through your yarn to add detail to your hanger or work with different yarn colors to yield a colorful piece! There’s room for you to get creative here, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

We’d love to see the plant hangers you’ve created. Share them with us in the comments section below!