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? Especially since I want to show you some mad macrame moves. 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.
Let's start in this post with the basic-basics: the good ol' square 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.)
First things first: You're going to need some rope, cord, or chunky-gauge jersey yarn. You will also need a metal, wooden, or plastic ring; alternatively, simply fold your ropes or cords in half and leave a loop at the top as you begin knotting. Another nice thing to have is a hook or nail from which to hang the cords as you work.
1. Say you cut six lengths of your cord material, each about twice as long as you are tall, and you fold them in half—that's 12 total working cords.
Take the pair of cords furthest to the left in your left hand and the pair of cords furthest to the right in your right hand.
2. Lay the left-hand cords over the cords in the middle, or filler cords.
3. Pass the right-hand cords under the left-hand cords and behind the filler cords, then over the left-hand cords on the other side. Pull to tighten.
4. Now lay the right-hand cords over the filler cords.
5. Pass the left-hand cords under the right-hand cords and behind the filler cords, then over the right-hand cords on the other side.
6. Pull to tighten.
Admire your first-ever square knot. Perhaps have a sip of some nice, cold tea to celebrate (bonus points of peach flavor).
Since square knots can be used at any point in the process of making your own macrame hanging planter, you're basically an expert already. Combine your square-knot skills with some spiral-knot knowledge and wrapping knot wisdom and your hanging-planter toolbox will be a treasure trove indeed.
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.