How to make a Macrame Plant Hanger

Easy way to make a simple Macrame Hanger for your houseplants

Do you love plants and flowers as much as I do? Do you have a house full of houseplants like I do? They sort of multiply around here.

I’ve been busy making some super simple macrame indoor plant hangers to get the houseplants off the floor. Don’t let the word ‘macrame’ scare you. These are not the complicated macrame plant hangers from the ’70s. Those were way too involved! No, these are a super easy, quick (and cheap) way to make your own DIY Plant Hanger.

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Learn how to make a macrame plant hanger. Super quick, easy and cheap home craft project.

Macrame Plant Hanger Supplies:


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– 50 ft. Rope Clothes Line (check the Dollar Store)
Sharp Scissors

Remember the hemp friendship bracelet craze from about 10 years ago? That was macrame so if you made friendship bracelets, this will be super easy for you. The only knot you need to know how to make is the ‘square knot’.

DIY Plant Hanger Instructions:

Making this macrame plant hanger is very easy although the intial instructions may appear confusing. Just follow the tutorial step by step and you will get the hang of it.

First, you need to cut 8 pieces of the rope, each 6 ft. long. This should leave you 2″ if you bought a 50 ft. rope. Mine was about 6″ short lol. Don’t worry, if the pieces are a few inches short, this plant hanger will still turn out fine.

Next, you want to match up the ends of all 8 sections of your rope and then tie a simple, overhand knot, leaving a few inches of rope at the end. This is the bottom of your plant hanger ‘basket’. Also, it doesn’t matter if the ends of the rope match up perfectly. You can always trim them later.

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

Now, you want to separate the 8 strands of rope into 4 pairs of 2 pieces. Using your ruler, measure appr. 4″ down from the knot and tie each set of two strands into a square knot.

How to tie a Square Knot: Begin by tying the two strands as you would tie your shoes. Then, tie the second knot the same, only in reverse. This makes a flat knot which locks the strands and keeps them from untying. If the knot tries to twist and won’t lie flat, it’s backwards.

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

It’s confusing, I know! WikiHow explains it like this:
1. Cross the right rope over the left rope.
2. Wrap the right rope under the left rope.
3. Bring the right rope back over the left rope.
4. Bring the original right rope over the other rope.
5. Pull the original right rope under the other rope.
6. Pull on both ends to tighten the knot.

Repeat tying a square knot with the other pairs of strands until you have 4 square knots, each appr. 4″ away from the center.

Tie the second row of Square Knots

Now, for the second row, take one strand from a pair and tie it into a square knot with one strand from a neighboring pair. ( I just noticed that two of my knots are backwards lol. Can you spot them?)

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

Repeat tying square knots all around the rope until you have a second row of 4 additional square knots. These knots are forming the basket portion that hold your flower pot.

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

Now, you simply repeat the same knots for the third row. Tie one strand together with one neighboring strand. When you lay it down on the table, your rows of knots in the plant hanger will roughly be square. You should now have 3 rows of square knots (12 knots total), each row about 4″ apart.

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

Finishing the Macrame Plant Hanger

Finally, gather up the 8 strands of rope. Set your flower pot into the center of the macrame ‘basket’ and lift the hanger. Now, just tie the top of the ropes together into a simple overhand knot. That’s all there’s to it. Hang your macrame plant hanger onto a hook in the ceiling or a bracket. You can also add big, colorful wood beads to dress it up.

That’s it! You just learned how to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger. Enjoy!

More Macrame Plant Hanger Tutorials

Here are some more cool ideas for making a simple DIY Plant Hanger from bluprint and House Beautiful

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY Plant Hanger, a tutorial

How to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger


  1. So crafty! Thank you for this quick and easy idea!