Introduction: Paracord Plant Hanger
Whether you've gotten in a spring planting mood or you're just trying to bring a little greenery into your indoor space in the winter, plant hangers are a great way to showcase your plants. Additionally when you make them yourself, you have a ton of creative leeway and can vary the look of each one dramatically with just a few simple items.
Follow along to learn how to create your own plant hanger!
Step 1: Materials
Gather the following materials:
- Paracord or Macrame Cord (You'll need at least 50ft or 15.24m)
- Metal Ring
- Beads with a large diameter hole.
- Tape Measure or Ruler (not pictured)
- Lighter or Matches (not pictured)
Again, this project is easily modified so get creative. You can add beads, skip them, or add some other form of decorative flare.
Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Cut four lengths of paracord with each measuring 10 feet (3.048 meters). This may seem long, but remember that you are going to fold all of these strands in half. You will be using up some of your cord when you tie your knots.
Step 3: Burn and Seal
Using a match or a lighter, carefully burn the ends of your paracord so seal the fraying ends. If you decide to skip this step, your paracord will continue to unravel. If you'd like a neater end, you can mold the end of the melted nylon with your thumb and forefinger but you will want to be extremely careful as the end will be hot and the melted nylon can stick to and burn your hands. I don't mind the singed end, so I generally just keep it as it melts, just insuring that the end has melted and will prevent fraying.
Repeat with both ends on all four lengths of paracord.
Step 4: Put a Ring on It
Thread your four strands through your ring. Pull them through until there is an even length of paracord on either side of the ring.
If you don't want to put a ring on it, you can simply tie an overhand knot on a bite with your doubled over strands.
Step 5: Secure
Tie an overhand knot with your grouped paracord to secure the ring at the halfway point. You should have eight strands of paracord each roughly less than 5 ft long hanging out of your knot.
Step 6: Divide and Bead
Divide your eight strands into four groups of two strands. Thread a bead onto each group of two strings. This will keep the strings grouped as well as add a decorative flare.
Repeat with all four groups of two strands.
Step 7: Secure Beads
Using a tape measure two feet below the base of your knot. Slide each of your beads to this point on their strands. Tie an overhand knot below the bead. I had a hard time getting the knot perfectly at two feet, but this process is more or less just a way to make sure that all of your beads will sit evenly in your finished product.
Repeat with all four groups of strands.
Step 8: Creating the Mesh
Arrange your beads so that they alternate if you used different colors. Also take the time to arrange the paracord strands so that they are flaked and nicely arranged (not twisted and crossed) at the top knot.
Once arranged so that the paracord sits nicely, take the neighboring strands from each group and thread a bead on to the new group of two. Place your new set of four beads four inches down from the last knot below the first bead.
Step 9: Secure One More Time
Again, using an overhand knot, secure your second set of four beads in place. Take time to make sure they line up evenly as it will determine the look of your finished product.
Step 10: Final Knot
Gather all eight strands of paracord together and tie one final overhand knot in the paracord. The length between the four small knots and the large knot can vary, I spaced them by about 5 inches, but you could shorten or lengthen this depending on the base size of your plant pot.
Step 11: Hang
Place your plant in your newly crafted plant hanger and hand somewhere in your house or outside to enjoy your new hanging greenery.