We may know it best from its home-decor heyday in the 70s, but macrame is a craft that traces its roots to ancient times. This means that over the centuries (yes, centuries), countless hands have learned to work a few basic knots to make beautiful and utilitarian objects for their favorite spaces. What an incredible tradition to be part of, right?
So why wait? With some practice with just a few basic knots, you'll be on your way to making your own macrame hanging planters faster than is probably legal in some countries, complete with your own twist.
This series began with the good ol' square knot. Now I want to show you the vintage-tastic spiral knot. (Wait—are you looking for my all-inclusive macrame hanging-planter kit, complete with supplies and two-day shipping? Or the PDF download of my full macrame hanging-planter tutorial? OK, just checking.)
1. Check out the post on square knots, especially the bits about how to arrange your cords for working.
2. Your next step is, basically, to complete the top half of a square knot: Take the cord furthest to the left in your left hand and the cord furthest to the right in your right hand. Lay the left-hand cord over the middle, or filler, cords. Pass the right-hand cord under the left-hand cord and behind the filler cords, the over the left-hand cord on the other side. Pull to tighten.
3. Behold! And repeat. At the gauge shown in the photo above, it takes about six knots to complete a full spiral, or 360 degrees.
How-tos and tutorials on a screen like this one are wonderful and we all love them. But the whole reason you're here is because you like to make things with your hands. We tactile people always welcome real, live instructions created for the tactile world. If that's what you're after, order the full, print version of my DIY macrame hanging planter tutorial here, complete as an easy-to-use booklet and shipped with the supplies you'll need to create a hanger for your home. It also comes with two-day shipping—just the thing you need when you have a case of the macrame fever.
I've also made the full macrame hanging planter tutorial/booklet available as a PDF download.