Mastering Functional Macrame: Create Plant Hangers and Wall Hangings

With just a few basic macrame knots, you can create stunning plant hangers and wall hangings that add a touch of boho chic to any room. In this article, we'll show you how to master functional macrame and create your own beautiful designs.

To create functional macrame plant hangers and wall hangings, here are the essentials to get started:

  1. Gather basic supplies: cord, scissors, measuring tape, starter ring (optional)
  2. Become familiar with the macrame knots
  3. Chose a macrame pattern

Continue reading as we delve into the intricacies of these macrame essentials. We'll present you with a variety of pattern ideas, as well as a few tutorials to help you get started.

Brunette woman working on a half-finished macrame piece, weaving ropes, making knots, Mastering Functional Macrame: Create Plant Hangers And Wall Hangings

Macrame Essentials You Need to Know

If you're interested in adding a bohemian touch to your home decor, macrame wall hangings and plant hangers are a perfect choice. This decor is beautiful and functional. You can display your favorite plants in an eye-catching way.

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To become a true master of functional macrame, it's essential to begin with the basics. Let's take a closer look.

1. Basic Supplies

The basic supplies you will need for every macrame hanger include cord, scissors, and measuring tape. Additionally, there are some optional supplies you can include, like a wooden ring or beads for embellishments.

First, the most important supply you'll need for your macrame hanger is the cord or rope. You can use many different types of cord, including cotton, hemp, jute, nylon, and even silk.

You can find macrame cord here on Amazon.

Additionally, the thickness of the cord you choose will depend on the size of your hanger and the weight of the item you plan to hang.

Next, you'll need a good pair of scissors to cut your cord to the desired length. Make sure they are sharp enough to cut through the thickness of the cord you are using.

Amazon offers scissors here.

Third, a tape measure or ruler is essential for measuring the length of your cords and ensuring that your knots are even and symmetrical.

Find a tape measure here on Amazon.

To make starting your macrame hanger a little easier, you can use a wooden dowel or ring. Make sure it is strong enough to support the weight of your hanger and the plant or other item you plan to hang.

Amazon offers macrame loops here.

Learn more on our blog post, Can You Use Cotton Yarn For Macrame?

2. Macrame Knots

As a beginner, it's important to learn a few basic macrame knots that will be the building blocks to each macrame project. These knots include:

  • Lark's head knot
  • Square knot
  • Spiral knot
  • Half hitch
  • Double half hitch

First, the lark's head knot is often used to attach cords to a base, such as a dowel or ring.

Second, the square knot is made by crossing two cords and looping one over the other. This knot is commonly used to create flat panels or to join cords together.

Next, the spiral knot is a variation of the square knot that creates a spiral pattern. To create it, make a series of square knots in succession. As you work, gently twist the cords to create a spiral effect.

Additionally, the half hitch is a simple knot used to loop a cord over a base.

Lastly, the double half hitch is a variation of the half hitch that adds an extra loop. This knot can be used to create textured designs or to secure cords in place.

With these knots in your arsenal, you can create a variety of beautiful and intricate macrame creations. Additionally, there are more complex knots to learn along the way.

Have a look at the video below for a visual on creating these macrame knots.

3. Macrame Patterns

Macrame patterns are formed by incorporating various fundamental knots. Whether you prefer to freestyle a one-of-a-kind design or follow a tutorial to achieve a specific look, the possibilities are endless.

Let's explore a few examples of functional macrame patterns to inspire your creativity.

First, let's take a look at a diamond macrame pattern. This pattern consists of several square and diagonal clove hitch knots. Take a look at the video below for a tutorial on this pattern.

Next, we'll look at a pattern for a macrame plant hanger. This pattern consists of square and twisting knots. Refer to the video below for a visual of this pattern.

How Much Cord Do I Need For a Macrame Hanger?

To determine the amount of cord you need for a macrame hanger, start by measuring the length you want the hanger to be. This will be the distance from the top of the hanger to the bottom.

Add a few extra inches to this measurement to account for knots and fringes. Next, multiply this measurement by two to get the total length of cord you will need.

Additionally, the thickness of the cord you choose will also affect how much you need. Thicker cords will require less length than thinner cords to create the same design.

view of the colorful single strand cotton cords for macrame DIY handcraft

As a general rule of thumb, you will need approximately 8 to 10 feet of cord for every one inch of hanger length using a 4mm to 6mm cord.

Furthermore, an important factor to consider is the type of knot you plan to use. Some knots require more cord than others, so it's essential to choose a knot that will work well with the amount of cord you have.

In summary, the amount of cord you require for a macrame hanger depends on the length of the hanger, the thickness of the cord, and the type of knot you plan to use.

Steps To Make A Simple Macrame Wall Hanger

If you'd like to create a beautiful macrame wall hanger, here's a step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. Cut your cord to your desired length.
  2. Tie the cord to your rod or stick using a lark's head knot.
  3. Use square knots to create a triangle shape.
  4. Close the triangle by using double half hitch knots.
  5. Finish your design with square knots.

With these simple steps, you'll be able to craft a stunning macrame wall hanging in no time.

The video below showcases these steps in detail.

This is one simple design to get you started with macrame wall hangers. Note, this is a mini-hanger version. To create a larger piece, plan to cut longer cords.

How Do You Attach A Macrame Hanger To The Wall?

Attaching a macrame hanger to the wall is a simple process that requires just a few basic steps. First, you'll need to locate a sturdy anchor point on your wall, such as a stud or a solid hook.

Once you have your anchor point, you can then attach your macrame hanger to it using a heavy-duty hook or nail.

Large macrame wall hanging from natural stick minimal decor

Be sure to choose a hook or nail that is strong enough to support the weight of your macrame hanger and appropriate for the type of wall you are working with.

Once you have attached your macrame hanger to the wall, you can then hang your plant or other decorative item from the hanger and enjoy your beautiful new decor.

Steps To Craft A Macrame Plant Hanger

Macrame plant hangers are a beautiful way to display your plants and add some natural decor to your home. To create your own macrame plant hanger, follow these simple steps:

  1. Pick out your flower pot and measure the height. Measure your cord to desired length.
  2. Cut six pieces of cord to your desired length.
  3. Tie the cords onto the ring or dowel
  4. Start your knot pattern
  5. Add the pot. Once you have reached the desired length, tie a knot at the bottom and insert your plant pot.

The video below gives you a great step-by-step visual representation of creating a simple macrame plant hanger.

Is Macrame An Affordable Craft?

Top down view of woman making macrame rope plant hanger

When it comes to affordability, macrame can be both affordable and expensive, depending on the materials used and the complexity of the project.

Keep in mind, macrame can be done with a variety of cords, including cotton, jute, hemp, and nylon, each with a different price point.

Beginners can start with cheaper materials and simple designs, while more complex projects may require higher quality cords or accessories, driving up the cost.

Overall, macrame can be an affordable craft with a little bit of research and planning.

In Summary

Brunette woman working on a half-finished macrame piece, weaving ropes, making knots

In this article, we have covered all the fundamentals necessary to begin mastering macrame plant and wall hangers. We hope you have found the information you need to get started. Happy crafting!

Are you searching for more insight when it comes to your macrame crafts? Have a look through our blog post,

Macrame Tips And Tricks: How To Create Professional-Looking Creations

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