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 and continued with the spiral knot. Now I want to show you the infinitely useful wrapping 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 previous posts in this series, including a post on the spiral knot and especially the post on square knots.
2. Fold a long working cord and lay it against the middle, or filler, cords.
3. Wrap the end of this cord around and around counterclockwise both the filler cords as well as the folded cord, starting at the top and working downward.
4. Continue wrapping, ending when you're happy with the length of the knot or when you're at least one quarter of an inch above the loop of the fold, whichever comes first.
5. Thread the end of the wrapping cord through the loop of the fold.
6. Pull up on the cord at the top of the wrap to slide the loop of the fold into the wrapped cord. Pull to tighten the wrapped cord as needed.
7. Trim both the wrapping cord and the pull cord close to the wrapped knot.
Ta-da! Admire your first-ever wrapping knot. Slick.
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.