We’ve teamed up with houseplant gurus, geo-fleur, to share a little DIY project we thought you might enjoy. Macramé plant hangers were a huge trend in the 70s, and now they’re making a comeback in a big way. They are great for elevating plants if you start to run out of shelf or floor space and make a wonderful feature in any room. Macramé and knitted wall hangers are a fun and easy way to add colour and texture to your home. As the plant grows, it will cascade beautifully over the hanger.
- 6 × 3 m- (10 ft 4½ in-) long pieces of cotton twine or recycled T-shirt jersey wool
- Copper straight coupler plumbing fitting
- 1 × 15 cm- (6 in-) long piece of cotton twine or recycled T-shirt jersey wool
- S hook
- Lay out the 6 long pieces of twine or wool so that they are side by side. Pick up the bunch and fold it in half so that you now have 12 lengths of twine. Push the folded end through the copper straight coupler until it comes through the other side to form a loop; at the other end of the coupler you should have 12 loose strands of twine.
- Thread the 15 c m (6 i n) p iece of t wine o r woolup through the copper coupler until about half of it is at the same end as the loop. Wrap it around the loop several times to ensure the loop cannot be pulled back through the coupler. Thread the
end back under the copper coupler to hide it.
- Divide the twine into 3 groups of 4 strands. Each group of 4 strands is made up of ‘working’ strands (the 2 outside strands) and ‘filler’ strands (the 2 middle strands).
- Make a square knot by taking the right-hand working strand and bringing it over the top of the 2 filler strands and underneath the left-hand strand. Bring the left-hand working strand behind both the right-hand strand and the filler strands, and up through the loop formed by the right-hand strand and the filler strands. Pull on both strands to tighten and push this half of the knot up to the copper coupler. To complete the square knot, you simply need to repeat these steps but in reverse: take the left-hand working strand and place it over the top of the two filler strands and underneath the right-hand strand. Bring the righthand working strand behind both the left-hand strand and the filler strands and up through the loop formed by the left-hand strand and the filler strand. Pull on both strands to tighten and push up to the first knot.
5. Repeat this process, until you have 7 tight square knots in a row. Repeat for the other 2 groups of strands.
6. Starting with the first group of strands, measure a 7 c m (2¾ in) gap using a ruler or 4 fingers.
7. Beneath this gap, create a half-knot spiral by taking the right-hand working strand and placing it over the top of the 2 filler strands and underneath the left-hand strand. Bring the left-hand working strand behind both the right-hand strand and the filler strands, and up through the loop formed by the right-hand strand and the filler strand. Pull on both strands to tighten.
8. Tie a further 6 half-knot spirals onto the same group of strands by repeating step 7 until you have a spiral made up of 7 half-knots.
9. Tie 7 half-knot spirals on to the other 2 groups of strands.
10. Start the process again with the first group of strands and leave another 7 cm (2¾ in) gap. Tie another 7 half-knot spirals and repeat this process on the remaining 2 group of strands.
11. Regroup the strands into new groups of 4 by taking the 2 right-hand strands from one group and adding them to the 2 left-hand strands from the adjoining group.
12. Starting 5cm (2 in) down one of these new groups of strands, work 4 square knots on to the group of strands by repeating step 4.
13. Repeat step 11, followed by step 4, for the remaining 2 groups of strands.
14. Cut a 50cm (1ft 7½in) length from one of the longer excess twine lengths making sure you leave enough twine for the tassel.
15. Using the separate piece of twine you have just cut off, tie a gathering knot around the whole bunch of 12 strands directly underneath the rows of 4 square knots. To make a gathering knot, create a loop at one end of the separate piece by folding it over about 10cm (4in) from one end. Lay the loop on top of the bunch of strands, under the end of the row of square knots, so that the loop is at the bottom and the 2 loose pieces of the loop are over the square knots – 1 long piece and 1 shorter ‘tail’. Wind the long piece tightly around and down the bunch of strands and the loop 6 or 7 times towards the bottom of the loop. Thread the end of the twine through the loop and pull on the upper strand ‘tail’ until the loop at the bottom disappears inside the wrapped twine section.
16. Trim all the remaining lengths of twine to create a tassel.
Why not have a go yourself and share your creations with us @HabitatUK.
But first, find the perfect pot to complete your macramé plant hanger.
If that was right up your street, you’ll love geo-fleur’s workshops. They’ll be holding a number of them at our Tottenham Court Road flagship store. Get your tickets today >