Intro: Macrame Tillandsia Airplant Necklace
Being a plant person, I want to incorporate plants in every aspect of my life. It's a bit harder with fashion however because you'll get dirt everywhere trying to wear a potted plant! And leaves and flowers soon whither away once they're picked from the mother plant.
But what about air plants? With the ability to absorb water through their leaves without roots, tillandsias are truly one of natures amazing wonders. A plant that lives without soil means you can display it any way you want, including jewelry! No dirt!
In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make a small minimalist plant hanger that can be worn as a pendant. It's super simple too, the whole project can be done in less than 10 minutes and costs less than $10 to make! You'll really be making a statement with this necklace with the focus point being a live plant!
Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials You Need
Here's a list of the things you need for this project
- A small pot. I got mine at a craft store for 50¢. It's about 1.5 inches at the rim but if you're using a bigger pot you'll have to cut the strings longer to fit.
- Three strands of string cut at 24 inches each. You can use any color/type just make sure it's thin enough to tie into knots
- A chain. If you're like me, you'll already have a few chains at different lengths and a whole collection of pendants that you just switch to whatever you're feeling that day. Otherwise, you'll have to buy one.
- A large jump ring that matches your chain. Make sure you can fit three strands of string and your chain in it.
- And of course, you'll need an air plant that fits snug in your pot.
Try to get an air plant that's a good size to be hanging from your neck. Maybe not something like a xerographica shown in the second photo but nobody's stopping you! If you're really going for a statement then go big or go home! However, as I mentioned above, you'll have to cut your strings longer if you're using a pot bigger than the one I'm using.
Step 2: Prep the Strings
You'll need three strings cut at 24 inches each.
First, thread the strands through the ring and push the ring to the middle of the the three strings. Bring both ends of the strands together and you'll have six strings at equal lengths.
Then, tie a simple knot just under the ring to keep the strands from getting out of line.
Step 3: Make the First Knots
It helps to tape the end with the ring down like you're making friendship bracelets.
You'll then separate three sections of the strings with two strands each. Now it really feels like we're making friendship bracelets but don't start braiding!
Tie knots in each section 4 inches down from the main knot.
Step 4: The Second Knots
Now that you have your first knots tied, separate the six strands and section them off with the strands from the neighboring knots. You'll have two single strands on each side and two sections of two strands in the middle.
Tie knots just like before about an inch below the previous knots with the two sections in the middle. You'll then bring the two stray strands at each end and bring them together and tie a knot.
Step 5: The Last Knot
Now that you have your second row of knots tied, just take the six strands and tie one big knot an inch down from the previous knots.
I decided to unravel the ends to make it fall easier but you can braid them, add small beads, anything!
Step 6: Put It Together!
Wasn't that easy? And you were worried it was going to be very complicated being a macrame project!
Now, just place the pot in the net created by the knots. Then gingerly place your tillandsia in the pot being extra careful not to break any leaves or damage any trichomes.
And that's it! You're done! Now you have a lovely statement necklace that's sure to get you lots of compliments. And as a bonus, you'll have your own mini supply of fresh air wherever you go!
If you liked this tutorial, make sure you vote as it's entered in the jewelry contest. And if you decide to make it, post a picture in the comments!