This week I’m buzzed to have the girls from Macramake share an exclusive step by step guide on how to make your own macramé plant hanger! Yah!
Started by Byron Bay friends, Yvette and Miranda, who saw a gap in the market knowing that not everyone has time to craft or source supplies, they put together these awesome, ready-to-go DIY kits with everything you need to make a macramé plant hanger. You’ll just need to pop on the kettle and you’ll be enjoying your crafternoon in no time!
You can pick yourself up one of their kits over at their online shop here: www.macramake.com
CONGRATS ON TAKING THE PLUNGE INTO THE WORLD OF MACRAME!
1. To get started you will need:
- 4 x pieces of rope approx. 180cm
- 2 x pieces of rope approx. 30cm
- 8 x beads (we use 4 large & 4 small but whatever you’ve got is fine. Just remember that you’ll need to thread two pieces of rope through them).
- 1 x steel hook or keyring
- OR just pick up a full kit here
2. You’ll need to find to find yourself a sturdy hook or nail to hang your masterpiece off while you are making it… or find a super generous friend who will volunteer a finger to be a human hook.
3. Feed the four longer ropes through the ring and position it half way down their lengths. There are now eight ends of rope hanging from the ring – try and even them up if you can.
4. Now you’ll need to tie a loop knot to secure the top of the hanging. Take one of the short pieces of rope and hold it against the front of the ring and ropes.
5. Create a loop with the top of the rope above the metal ring. Then have your loop in front of the four front pieces of rope with the second end of the loop is a lot longer than the other, hanging down below.
6. Take the bottom end and wrap it around the bunch of ropes…It should go around 3-4 times. Make sure you don’t cover the loop you made at the bottom as you need to thread the end through this.
7. Come around the front with your loop end and thread it back through. Holding the wrapped knot tightly against the ropes. Pull the other shorter end of the short rope upwards… The loop at the bottom will be pulled up inside the knot coils. You’ve just made your first wrap knot!
8. Group your pieces of rope into twos – usually two pieces next to each other (or the same piece if you can work it out) Take both ends of each rope and push them through a big bead.
9. Push the beads up the rope until they sit about 20cm from the silver hoop, then tie a knot underneath the bead in each bunch of ropes, about 20cm down from your silver ring.
10. Now separate each rope. Group a rope from one length with the rope next to it. Knot these together about 10cm down from the first knots.
11. Separate the new groups and repeat Step 11 to form a third row of knots another 15cm down the rope (it’s best to come back to the two pieces which you threaded through the bead in the first place)
12. Tie another magical wrap knot about 7cm down from the third row of knots. This is the home for your hanging pot or bowl.
13. It’s time to pretty up your tassels. Slide the 4 small beads up a few of the ropes and tie knots in the ends of all your ropes. Then trim them as close to the bottom of the knots as possible.
14. Don’t forget to trim up your wrap knots so that they are nice and neat!
15. Ta-da! To finish find yourself a hangable treat and nestle it in it’s cozy home at above the bottom wrap knot – you can use anything from a potted plant to a fishbowl!