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Braided macrame plant hanger

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I've had this pretty good looking spider plant sitting on a table for ages and have been wanting to hang it up but never had the time to go shopping for a hanger. Then I remembered I had some twine lying around and decided I'd try to make one. It turns out that this type of craft is called macrame, and although there are a few photos and articles out there on how to make these things I figured I'd try it free-hand and see what comes of it.

This article, then, shows how I made my plant hanger and provides all the steps and photos. The whole thing really is a spur-of-the-moment project, though, so keep in mind you could always play around with the knots and let your imagination carry you away.
 
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Step 1: Materials and general tips

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Not much is needed in the way of materials. The only thing you'll really have to get is some twine (which is dirt cheap; you can get a good 100m or so for about $5, and I used about half of it) and a pair of scissors. Depending on how you're going to attach the hanger to the ceiling, you might want to also add in a metal ring. I chose to leave my options open, so built a loop into the top of the hanger and for the moment I'm using a carabiner hooked into it. The carabiner then easily attaches to the hook in the ceiling. I also used some masking tape for step 4 (wrapping the pot), but this was not entirely necessary.

Why twine? Why not? Twine has less bounce than the plastic cords, has a nice rustic and rough texture to it, and is easy to work with. I suppose using thin climbing rope would also work, and since it is softer and more supple might also produce interesting results. You'll be paying a bit more for it, though.

The knots and techniques I used for this hanger are extremely simple. I used straight forward three strand braiding and simple knots to keep everything together, although the top section of the hanger was slightly more complex. Refer to the next steps for details.

Finally, I found that it's good to build the hanger around a pot that is slightly smaller than the one you'll actually be using. The twine will stretch a bit once you put the real one in, so this will keep everything nice and tight.
That's cool! Does it keep it's shape when the bowl comes out, or do you need to leave the bowl in? You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
Glad you liked it. Like any macrame hanger, the shape is not really kept when you remove the bowl. You kind of need it there in order to keep the round shape.
And thx for the tip re the contest. Adding it now :)