Introduction: How to Make a Hanging Potted Plant Rope Holder: Kinda

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AKA: How to impress your loved one by making her the hanging potted plant holder that she wanted to buy, when you really didn't know what the heck you were doing.

Making a Potted plant hanger out of a Key ring, Rope or twine & two Beers.

My first Instructable, so please be kind, but comments welcomed!

Step 1: Gather the Materials!

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For this you will need the following

*2 Beers- Start drinking the first one as you gather your materials, Second one stays in a cool place (fridge or cooler) until you reach the later steps... you will know which ones. If you are under the required drinking age, please feel free to substitute Red Bull, Mountian Dew, your favorite soda, or skip this item entirely.

*Rope- You can use pretty much any type of rope, string, yarn, cord etc so long as it suits the application (holds up to the weight of the plant.) i.e. don't use thread to make a hanger for a Ficus.

  • Ring of some sort- I used a empty Key ring, but feel free to use any type of "ring" you can find. (O'ring, D'ring etc.) However I wouldn't recommend using your, your wife's or anyone else's wedding ring.
  • Empty Pot, or Potted plant- Generally you want to have an idea of the size of the potted plant you want to hang. In this case, we have a baby spider plant. The Blue pot is what eventually it would be transplanted into.
  • Patience.... and about 30 min.

Step 2: Prep.

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Start pulling some rope. For this small pot, I pulled about 36' of rope cut into 6' lengths (6 pieces)
I know it's a lot, but I wanted to make sure I had enough since I've never done this before, as well as possibly allowing more room for a bigger pot in the future.

Step 3: Making Your "supports"

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Ok, now that you spent the past 2 min measuring rope against your chest and cutting it with on-lookers wondering what the heck you are doing... let's start with the support structure for the plant.

Take the ring, and run one of the 6' lengths of rope through. Make the ends even and tie it off at the top. I tried to leave about an inch from the loop to the knot to allow the rope to stay as close to the other supports later. Each support will be made of two 3' pieces of rope so, 1 knot, 1 support etc. Repeat for remaining supports. Try to keep the knots even across the span of your supports.

Now here is where you can take some liberty. Add as many supports as you like (I would recommend a minimum of 3 though), just remember the more supports you have, the less room you have for the plant.

Step 4: Starting the Starting Point (even They Have to Start Somewhere)

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Now we need to start where the "basket" or "net" will begin. This area will be where you would Ideally like to have the Pot rim to start.

So, Hold up your ring with supports, and determine where you want it to start. I chose mine about where the edge of my desk was near the bottom of the picture.
One by one, go to each support and tie another knot at the level where you want to start the weave. Try to keep them somewhat at the same level or length.

  • Tip... When tying this knot, it's a good idea to try to keep the rope between the upper and lower knots even so there is no "bulging" in the supports. Keep in mind, this tip is only for aesthetic reasons, and generally will not effect the functionality of the hanger.

Getting a knot in several different pieces of string in the same place is difficult. I had to "re-do" some of my knots a few times. The technique that I found to work the best is, Pinch the "inside" portion of the rope where you want the not, keeping exactly where you want the knot at the edge of your index and thumb. Using your free hand, loop and make a loose basic knot in the rope. Now, with your "free" hand, lightly pinch the rope so your fingers "hold the knot in place"and use your middle, ring, and little fingers to pull the slack out. I'm trying to upload a movie of it to better describe it, since I know I'm probably confusing people.

** An Even Better tip: (all of you thank Zorra578 for this one!)
And thus spoke Zorra578" A tip for placing a knot exactly where you want it is a tip learned in beadweaving very early on and also how they knot the string so perfectly with pearls.

Slip a needle or a similar thin object into the knot before pulling it taught, then simply use the needle to move the knot along the string to the place you want it.'"

Once this is completed, you're most likely ready for Beverage #2, and ready to start "weaving" hopefully.

Step 5: The Weave

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Ok, There are a few ways that you can go about doing this...

You could use beads instead of knots... Fully adjustable, however pain in butt to get it "just right" after inserting plant.
You could use knots all the way... Pretty much locking yourself into size etc, however best possible scenario as far as getting your "weave" perfectly shaped"
Or Use knots every other segment... which is what I did. (in theory it's the middle ground)

So, that being said, this is the theory of the weave.

Sort your supports left and right (odds one side, evens on the other) to make it easier to retain "even" placement of the supports. (picture 1)

1 | | 2
3 | | 4
5 | | 6

Now, you want to work your way around the imaginary basket starting with #1. The easiest way that I was able to figure out (without using clamps, wire ties etc.) is make your knot segments or beads down the first strand. (picture 2)The distance between the grouping is up to you, the larger the the distance between the segments the larger pot diameter you can handle in the basket. (pictures 3+4). Starting with longer segments between knots, then gradually shortening them as you continue down will give a "tappered' effect to the basket.

Now you have knotted your first segment, start weaving the next one in line "between" the two sub strings, between the knots you just made (see pictures 5-7)You can either tie the two sub segments to itself (as I did) or use a bead, wire tie etc. Secure the segment by some means and continue down the line.

The pattern that I made was the following. Keep in mind each support has two sub strings. For this we will call each support by their support number, and their sub strings by A (left) and B (right)

1 3 5 6 4 2
AB AB AB AB AB AB "First knotted segment"
(2b)A BA BA BA BA BA B (1a) "weaved" segment"
AB AB AB AB AB AB "knotted segment"
(2b)A BA BA BA BA BA B (1a) "weaved segment"
AB AB AB AB AB AB "last knotted segment"

Step 6: Tie a Knot

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So, hopefully you have made it through that last bit. and now you're ready to fit the pot.

Slip the empty pot into the weave and see exactly where you would like it to sit. (I didn't get a picture of this, because it was difficult to handle it, and the camera at the same time.)
Remove pot, and take all the strands tying a simple knot in the end where the bottom of the basket will be. now, you can keep it some what loose untill you get the positioning right, and if your pot is on the smaller side, you can leave it loose so you can adjust later when it needs a deeper / bigger pot.

Test how it rests in the basket by putting pot back in.

Some tweaking may be required based upon how your weaved segments sit. but don't worry it'll be ok, after all, the plant doesn't care about the aesthetics of the basket it's hanging in... it's most likely freaking out because it's not in the ground swinging high above it.

All kidding aside, I hope that some of you found this helpful or a fun little project for a rainy day, or possibly a gift for someone.

Once again thank you all for inspiring me to do my own instructable. I've always loved this site, and was really excited to do this experiment / project... or maybe it was just the beer. :)

Good luck with your projects, feel free to improve upon, or use this to create your own designs etc. I think next time I will experiment with number of strands and positioning of knots etc.


SP Riley made it! (author)2016-06-05

This was cool I could make it any size I wanted for any pot I had. I skipped the ring and just went with a tied loop at top. Very easy if you keep track of what rope is doing what. You can do it while watching TV or just making sure your kid doesn't drown in the pool. Thank You!

JeannieM10 (author)2016-04-20

You should have your own site! This was hysterical. I'm going to make this and will send you photo of finished product. Thanks for the laugh!

HadiaO (author)2015-02-23


You're really wonderful, for the moment, I really do enjoy reading your instructables.

I am just looking for a way to make a shopping basket or bag, and I will try to implement your wonderful ideas.

Many real Thank You(s)!

nicolle.macvey.3 (author)2015-02-05

I am confused about the weave section.....Do you have to weave 1 and 2 together at the end as well? I got as far as the last picture you have on here, and then I got confused as where to go next. Please help!

Sorry about the late reply. But yes. To complete the "circle" or net,
you would have to weave or tie strands 1 & 2 together. It gets a
little tricky when it's not nice and flat, but just be patient and it'll
work out. At the end, I usually tie the 2 segments of the main strands
together to end my weave, but it's completely up to your preferrence.

divyak1 (author)2015-01-06

Great tutorial! Did this DIY all by myself and loved the finish. compliments have started pouring in!

coutts1 (author)2013-06-20

Thank you , Just what i was looking for to hand-up my Spider plant,
could not find a shop to buy one and your's looks better ,
So thanks again for posting ,
Derrick ( Scotland )

dkilgannon (author)2013-03-23

thank you so much for this idea! I tried it and it worked perfectly! I bought 2 no drainage pots for the bigger plants and i used recycled plastic trays for the smaller plants. (they do work) i've save a lot of money and i like the way the look.
again, thank you!

awesome job!

SamiJo652 (author)2013-02-16

Perfect how-to instructions, THANKS!

amybuggage (author)2012-09-21

Just used this tonight to make a hanger for a Dragons Egg Pinata I made for my kids bday party. Fairly fast and easy, and works great.(not to mention entertaining to read :) thanks!

kmc2 (author)2012-08-30

Thank you!! Spent the last two days trying to find this. This is great, love the 2 beers in the materials needed.

variella (author)2012-05-27

Great instructions- I used a washer instead of the key ring.

ccrawford5 (author)2012-04-11

Love this idea! I bought a couple of inexpensive plastic pots, which I drilled small holes in and was going to tie rope through to suspend the the planters, but I really wanted to use the ceramic pots I already had my plants in. This tutorial worked great and was SO inexpensive. The white rope looks clean and modern, too. Thank you!

civads (author)2011-08-25

Worked exactly as first I thought I had cris-crossed the wrong support strings but after I put something into it I saw it worked great!

tmora (author)2011-07-27

this was such a pleasure to do! easy steps, funny remarks, and great photos. I love my new hanging spider plant!! thank you!!!

rhoward4 (author)2011-06-21

thank you i finally got directions that i could follow and made three different lenghts for plants inside and out again thank you!

fgriffin (author)2011-05-28

Oh my goodness thank you! I have all this twine everywhere from the last school project for my kids....I MEAN IT IS EVERYWHERE! Add to that the recent blooming of every single plant in my little apartment. I'm making plant hangers and I shall have at least 2 Coronas in the process. Thanks so much!

rondagean (author)2011-05-26

I love the idea but be very careful with step one. The beverage is very important. Not amuch of a drinker and dont like beer so picked wine instead. After glass #2 I finally figured out step #3. finished the bottle and tying string #4, I didnt care if they were even. Step 5 "the Weave" yup Im weaving. I forgot step #4 so had to go back. Convinced the wine was bad- switched to rum. tied my pants string into the weave. mmmmmm good rum. 3 hrs later the rope were spinning. maybe I'll try again tomorrow with a different beverage :)

nmb4xmas.jack (author)rondagean2011-05-26

Excellent Tip!

Be advised, the type of beverage that you choose can greatly effect the overall outcome of your project.

*results may vary ...

Thank you for the comment, the laughs and good luck on your second attempt. ;)

rondagean (author)nmb4xmas.jack2011-05-27

attempt #2
so- I skipped step #1. I made it to step 5 then referred back to the beverage step. I actually got it this time however; after last night, I used a bigger rope which was ok, but you need to make sure they are longer than 6 ft. It was only big enough to hold my Captian Morgan. This is an expensive project- lots of rum & rope :) cheers :)

vanlalruati (author)2011-02-16

nice and easy

JBizzle (author)2010-10-23

I love this! and so will my tiny jungle backyard! Thank you SO much!

majjuss (author)2010-07-25

Hi! Thank you for this instructable! it was just the right thing for my spider plant :) the ones at the hardware store were either ugly or too heavy, so I had to make one myself ;) keep up the good work! greetings majjuss

normanw (author)2010-07-09

This was a fun thing. Instructions were fun and easy to follow. Thanks

sithumai (author)2010-06-08

Thank U very much ... I was exactly looking for this...

Jesse Gaspard (author)2010-05-06

Thanks so much! I was really happy to find your instructable. ^_^ My lovely basil plant is now happily hanging in front of my kitchen window.
BTW. I love the Klingon pic. Hilarious!

fireincarnation (author)2010-04-22

 Thanks for this wonderful Instructable! I made an XXL plant hanger for a much larger plant than you demonstrate, and I would never have figured out how without your Instructable. I do have one suggestion to improve the structural support near the loop, I used three twelve foot ropes instead of six of the six foot ropes, and used a cow hitch knot to attach each rope with two dangling ends. 

flying pie (author)2010-02-12

i messed it up here is a dawing lol

NumberMunchers (author)2009-04-16

A tip for placing a knot exactly where you want it is a tip learned in beadweaving very early on and also how they knot the string so perfectly with pearls. Slip a needle or a similar thin object into the knot before pulling it taught, then simply use the needle to move the knot along the string to the place you want it.

Just edited the "ible" to quote you... hope you don't mind.

freerangeanimalsisright (author)2009-09-21

I love your instructions, pics and the tags you putted, especially the funny ones about your cat, the beer and your son's are the Best!! Thank you so much,..I am leaving now to make my own plant hanger...Yupeee!!

LKRowell (author)2009-08-06

You just made your first macrame hanger! Great job! You crack me up. I'll have to try adding that beer step to my next project.

azdee20 (author)2009-07-30

oh so crude, but interesting enough to practice with some better rope, thanks for the step by step, couldn't have done it w/o the pics and the cold beer.

RaNDoMLeiGH (author)2009-07-24

By cleverly adjusting the spacing, you could make a hanger for keggers, too. I wouldn't hang it from the ceiling, though. Maybe from a garage rafter.

SirBrittanicvs (author)2009-07-06

Pretty cool. Any tips on doing this with a bigger pot?

jarheadwithm16 (author)2009-06-19

wait never mind u said 36'

jarheadwithm16 (author)2009-06-19

just to tell u in step 3 u said 6' lengths which is six feet but u said that to start u cut 36" so it should 6" which is six inches

Bsicker (author)2009-05-03

Sup, made your thing. it rocks going to try an idea from anther instructable i saw and see if it works out.

Michellene (author)2009-05-02

Sweetness, and very entertaining. I am actually motivated to get my plants up and into the sun. tchanks _

freelunch (author)2009-04-27

Sorry about the crummy phone pic. I had been looking for another macrame plant hanger, like the long white one on the left. Then I came across your Instructable. I already had a few hundred yards of jute twine, and they had these small, light-weight pots at the dollar store down the road. It was so easy, I decided to buy a few more plants and made a whole cluster in the corner of my dining room. The one on the curtain rod is a rooting jar. Inspired by your Instructable, I learned some ultra simple macrame and added some beads. The rooting jar is a gift for a friend who says she can only grow lucky bamboo, since it just sits in water. These pothos cuttings will continue growing the same way for years. Awesome Instructable. Thanks.

Revolverkiller (author)2009-04-23

this is an excellent thing for me to do to replace the hanger for my glass float that a friend gave me. Im afraid to hang it because the rope looks a bit tattered. so now i can replace the netting and have it be secure and look good! Revo

codongolev (author)2009-04-15

I read the whole thing. very detailed. it explained it perfectly. somehow, I still don't know how to make one.

Zill150 (author)2009-04-03

Cat does not approve.

imthatguy1125 (author)2009-03-17

i worder if i could build a hammock like this

You probably could. I would recommend 1/2" nylon Yaht's braid chord. It's pretty soft for rope, and very strong. We carried it back when I used to work for this fastener company. if you do end up doing it, I'd like to see what your results are. Good luck, and thanks for the comment!

Vijapa (author)2009-03-16

Excellent!! Just what I was looking for to hang my topsy turvy plant bag.....a costom made one at that. Great instructable. Please post any more variations if you can. Thanks a LOAD.

MizzMouse (author)2009-03-11

Sah-weet! I was looking for a hanger for my roomies spider plant... Nice instructable! Very funny ;op'

monaleon42 (author)2008-11-19

Just finished 4 hangers thanks to your instructions. I did get confused on the weaving part and improvised by tying the knots in sequence instead of trying to understand the weave instructions. But other than that, without your help, I would have never been able to get started or know how to finish it off. I did end up using 90 inch lengths and nylon cord. My tomato plants thank you for sparing them my even poorer attempts at staking!

nmb4xmas.jack (author)monaleon422008-11-22

Excellent! I'm glad that I could have helped! I kept going over the weaving process in my head trying to figure out how to phrase it so it wouldn't be confusing, but I knew it would be regardless of what I did. :) I'm starting to wonder what everyone else's hangers look like. Thanks for the comment, and I'm glad that I was able to help you out!. Tell your Tomato plants, "Anytime ;)"

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