Get your green thumb ready for a DIY Plant Hanger!
Hello again! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far! Anyone else living off of iced coffee and air conditioning these days? I’m usually out gardening, no matter what the weather, but this recent heat streak has me hiding inside as much as possible. Since our outdoor plants aren’t getting as much attention, the indoor ones have been getting some extra TLC. I have a cute little fern plant that has been needing a new home for some time, so it made for the perfect subject of today’s DIY!
DIY Plant Hangers!
They’re simple, sweet, convenient (frees up table space!), and inexpensive! This one doesn’t require any fancy macrame type knots. If you have grade school kids, this makes for a great summer project too! You can also get creative while painting your pot (maybe gold dipping?!) to create one of a kind, handmade gifts!
Rope (cotton or jute)
Planter pot (I prefer self-watering pots for hanging plants)
Spray paint (optional)
Potting soil and plant
Screw hook or appropriate hardware for hanging the finished product
If you’re going to spray paint your planter pot, you’ll want to start with that. Since I was using a plastic container, I was sure to select a paint that bonds to plastic and similar materials. Follow the instructions on your paint and be sure to paint in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) to ensure the best results! I did two coats to help get even, non-drip coverage.
Next, you’ll start making your hanger! You’ll want to do a little bit of math to estimate how much string to use. I estimated that it would hang down three feet, plus a foot for the knot at the top and bottom, plus double the height of the pot, plus a few inches for wiggle room. I could’ve gone even longer, so don’t be conservative with your string! You can always shorten it later. Once you estimate the length needed, measure and cut eight pieces of string.
Then make a knot a few inches from one end. This will be the bottom tassel. You can leave it long for now, then shorten it later.
Now, grab your pot, turn it upside down, and center the large knot on the bottom of your pot. Divide the eight strands into four groups. Use tape to secure the four groups of two strands to the pot. Decide how far up the side you’d like your first knot to be and knot each pair of strings accordingly (I did mine just ½ an inch or so from the bottom).
You can continue with the string taped on the pot as you go, but I found it much easier to remove the string from the pot and continue on a solid work surface. The distance between the following knots may vary depending on the size of your pot. I recommend 2-3 inch spacing.
For the second row of knots, take one rope from one previous pair and one rope from the neighboring pair and tie these together (about 2-3 inches up from the base knot). Continue knotting two strings from alternating knots to start creating the “net”. Tie the two end (first and last) strings together to complete the circle. If it’s your first time doing this, you may find it helpful to pick it up a few times to check your work through this process.
Continue making rows of knots by alternating the strings and tying them together. After two to three rows, check the height by placing your pot inside the net. You’ll want the last set of knots to rest about ½ to 1 inch from the top of the pot. Continue making rows until the desired height is reached!
Now that your net section is complete, do a dry run of the hanger with an empty pot. Hold the hanger in the desired location to decide how low you want it to hang. Knot all eight strands together at the top, at the desired length. Now you can trim any excess length off the bottom tassel or the top knot.
Transplant your lucky little plant and hang it in its new home!
If you’ve tried this or any of my DIY’s, I’d love to see your creative results! <3 Tag @valeriesenff and #ckeventslifestyle so we can cheer you on!
All our best!