Introduction: RECYCLED JUTE MACRAME PLANT HANGER
Most of our normal households have excess cloth lines or other pieces of threads hanging around in our backyard. These excess threads can't be used for hanging clothes because they are not long enough or tie anything for that matter. So I decided to use them for making a plant hanger. There are many conventional plant hangers out there I wanted to make something different. So I went searching for other materials that can be used for making my plant Hanger interesting. That is how I came across an old Dream Catcher that is all torn up now. It had a very strong metal ring that could actually carry the load of a pot of plants. That is how I decided to make a Macrame plant hanger using mainly these to products.
I wanted it to be a hanger that can hang many types of pots and not an exclusive one for a particular pot. It should also give the whole setup a better look to even the dirtiest of the plant pots.
Macrame is a technique of tying threads in decorative patterns to make home decor products. The boho decor is full of macrame artworks.
I wanted to combine these artistic techniques to produce a beautiful and useful product.
Step 1: COLLECT THE THINGS NEEDED:
The things needed to make this plant hanger are;
1. Jute thread (any thread is fine; I had some jute threads).
2. Metal ring (you can make a ring by bending any leftover metal cables or strings).
Step 2: LETS DESIGN:
The designing part involves deciding how the jute and metal ring can be made to work.
The metal ring along with the jute threads knotted in a square knot will become the main part which carries the load directly from the pots. Then this whole setup is strung upon a 4 stranded long square knotted ribbon at 4 quarter points.
The 4 ribbons are then joined at the top to make a loop finishing the whole design from which it will be hung.
Step 3: MAKING STAGE 1
Take small strands of jute thread of dimensions 75 cm. Fold them in half and attach them to the metal ring using a lark knot. Complete the whole ring with the small threads. Make sure there is an even number of knots.
LARK KNOT: Fold the thread you want to tie the lark's head knot within half down the middle. You now have two cord ends. Slip the folded end behind or beneath the place where the knot will be tied
Step 4: MAKING STAGE 2
Take any 2 adjacent lark knots and square knot them together. After finishing the whole ring. Take one half of one 'square knot' and the other half of the adjacent square knot to make a new square knot. Do this alternatively for 7 layers.
Square knot: Hold an end of the rope in each hand.Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand. Pass the rope end now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right. Tighten the knot by pulling both running ends at the same time.
Step 5: MAKING STAGE 3
Take all the leftover the length of the jute and tie them together in a gathering knot.
Gathering knot: Gather your cords together. With your wrapping cord, make a U shaped loop at one end and wrap the cord around firmly, over and over again, from top to bottom. After wrapping for the desired length, place the long end of the wrapping cord (extending from top) until the bottom loop disappears under the wrapped section.
Step 6: MAKING STAGE 4
Take 8 strands of 200cm jute thread. Do a 'spiraling square knot' with 2 strands. Do this 4 times to make 4 long strong rope to carry the load of the netted pot region. The spiraling knot is a half-square knot repeated to the desired length.
Step 7: MAKING STAGE 5:
Gather the 4 spiraled strands together and do a horizontal half hitch knot for 15cm wide, this will become the loop that is hung on external support.
Step 8: YOUR PLANT HANGER IS READY!!!
Let's hang our potted plants now. Another great use is to use it to hang fruits in your home like in the photo.
If you don't have any ring you can just use the tread to make the hanger as you see in the photos. Macrame is like a language and the knots are the words, the various combinations of knots you try gives you various results.
Let's all dive deep into the wondrous world of macrame.
Your very own awesome plant hanger is ready!!!!
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