Picture of How to make a hanging potted plant rope holder: kinda
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.
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HadiaO6 months ago


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)!

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!

nmb4xmas.jack (author)  nicolle.macvey.36 months ago

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.

divyak17 months ago

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

coutts12 years ago
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 )
dkilgannon2 years ago
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!
SamiJo6522 years ago
Perfect how-to instructions, THANKS!
amybuggage2 years ago
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!
kmc23 years ago
Thank you!! Spent the last two days trying to find this. This is great, love the 2 beers in the materials needed.
variella3 years ago
Great instructions- I used a washer instead of the key ring.
ccrawford53 years ago
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!
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civads4 years ago
Worked exactly as described...at first I thought I had cris-crossed the wrong support strings but after I put something into it I saw it worked great!
tmora4 years ago
this was such a pleasure to do! easy steps, funny remarks, and great photos. I love my new hanging spider plant!! thank you!!!
rhoward44 years ago
thank you i finally got directions that i could follow and made three different lenghts for plants inside and out again thank you!
fgriffin4 years ago
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!
rondagean4 years ago
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)  rondagean4 years ago
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. ;)
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 :)
vanlalruati4 years ago
nice and easy
JBizzle4 years ago
I love this! and so will my tiny jungle backyard! Thank you SO much!
majjuss5 years ago
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
normanw5 years ago
This was a fun thing. Instructions were fun and easy to follow. Thanks
sithumai5 years ago
Thank U very much ... I was exactly looking for this...
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!
 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 pie5 years ago
i messed it up here is a dawing lol
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.
nmb4xmas.jack (author)  NumberMunchers5 years ago
Just edited the "ible" to quote you... hope you don't mind.
I love your instructions, pics and the tags you putted, especially the funny ones about your cat, the beer and your son's artwork...you are the Best!! Thank you so much,..I am leaving now to make my own plant hanger...Yupeee!!
LKRowell6 years ago
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.
azdee206 years ago
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.
RaNDoMLeiGH6 years ago
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.
Pretty cool. Any tips on doing this with a bigger pot?
wait never mind u said 36'
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
Bsicker6 years ago
Sup, made your thing. it rocks going to try an idea from anther instructable i saw and see if it works out. http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-plant-hanging-upsidedown-tomatoes/
Michellene6 years ago
Sweetness, and very entertaining. I am actually motivated to get my plants up and into the sun. tchanks _
freelunch6 years ago
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.
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
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