I have been looking for a way to get some more green into my house for a while, but with two cats it’s so hard to bring in plants that wont get destroyed! I finally found an idea to make hanging planters and let me tell you this is my favourite DIY to date! I love them so much, I think they look adorable and like they cost a fortune! It did take a while to complete this project (I also made two so it took twice as long). But if you’ve got a good flick on the TV then it’s a good way to pass the time. (I’m going to be honest and tell you I watched an entire season of Supergirl while doing this… trash tv is the way to go, friends). This project is not too difficult but it is time consuming so be warned! It’s worth it if you ask me though… and so far, the cats have not touched the plants! Win! This did take me a while so half the photos I have nail polish on and half I don’t 😉 haha small details! I also highly recommend not doing this with cats around as they make it very challenging!
What You Need:
Plant of your choosing
45 meters of 3mm cotton cord
Wood Beads (make sure the holes are big enough to fit the cord through twice)
Ceramic Pot Base
Pot for Plant (mine is from ikea)
White Chalk Paint
What To Do:
1. Paint ceramic base with chalk paint, allow to dry.
2. Measure out cord and cut into the following:
– 550 cm (x8)
– 100 cm (x1)
– 200 cm (x1)
3. Lay out all eight strips of the 550cm pieces together, then fold in half to find the centre. Form a loop and secure with a piece of tape about 6-8 cm down from centre fold.
4. Now, using the 200 cm cord, you are going to tie a lanyard hitch knot at the top of the loop you’ve created.
5. This next part is tricky to explain, so the pictures can help. Take one end of the cord you just tied the lanyard hitch with. You are going to pass it over the back of the loop then through like so:
6. Now that same end is going to pass through the hole you’ve created at the top of the loop.
7. Repeat this with the same section all the way down the one side of the loop. Then repeat with the other sides. (Don’t be confused about the knot at the bottom of the picture above, that would be where your tape is!)
8. Once you have finished with both sides, remove tape and take your 100 cm cord and create a small loop with one end. Point it downward and hold against where the tape once was.
9. Now you are going to do a gathering knot. Take the other end of this same 100cm cord, and begin to wrap it around all pieces of cord (and the ends of the 200cm cord left over from previous steps). Leave a tiny tail from the top of the loop you created in step 8 so you are able to grab this later.
10. Once you have wrapped it around multiple times, take the remaining end and slip it through the loop you created in step 8.
11. Pull the top tail that you left when wrapping, until bottom loop is secured under the newly wrapped section. Snip any small ends that were left over.
12. Now the complicated part is done. Divide your now 16 strings into 4 groups of 4. It looks kind of like an octopus!
13. Beginning with one group, you are going to start with knotting! Spread the 4 strings out so you have 2 in the middle. Take the right string and bring it overtop of the middle. Then take the left string and bring it underneath the middle. The string you crossed over from the right is then going to go behind the string on the left, and vice versa for the other side. (The picture makes this more clear)
14. Repeat step 13 crossing the sections the SAME way each time to start creating a spiral effect. Continue this pattern until you have the desired length of this knot. Mine is about 2 inches. You can then add a bead to the middle two strings, and carry on with the same knot for another 2 inches. Once you are done with this type of knot, tie it off with a simple knot.
15. Leave about 3 inches of straight cord and then begin to do a square knot. This is similar to the knot we just did, but instead of crossing the same side over each time, you are going to alternate. Right will go over first, then left will go over. I did 1 square knot before adding another bead to the middle 2 strings. Then added a square knot on the bottom of the bead.
16. I then left another 3 inches of straight cord before continuing to do a square knot about 2 inches long. Repeat this pattern for every set of 4 strings. (This takes time!)
17. Once each section is done you are now going to join sections together. Take two sections and take the outer 2 strings from each section and join them to form a new section of 4. Here is a photo to help.
18. Leave 2-3 inches of straight cord and then begin the same square knotting as you did before. I did 2 square knots here. Repeat this with all other sections. By the end you should have formed a circle by joining all the ends with each other.
19. Once all the sections are joined, tied all the lose strings into one large basic knot at the bottom and cut to desired length. Rest your dry ceramic pot base in the circle and add the potted plant. Attach to a hook and voila!
As you can see I made 2 but switched up the knots length and style (I used the same 2 knots in this tutorial). I think having them a little different each other is really nice! These are so cute! I love them so much and am so happy with how they turned out. If anything doesn’t make sense in this tutorial please let me know and I will clarify! And if anyone wants one commissioned let me know! I had a blast making it!
Thanks for reading, and happy DIY-ing!