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How to make a SIMPLE Rope Plant Hanger

I don’t know what it is about succulents, but I may have a mild addiction to them.  Okay, mild isn’t quite accurate…..because I keep adding them to shelves, bookcases, giving them as teacher gifts, etc.  Ha!  But that’s because they are so darn easy to care for, and pretty much go with any type of decor.

Anyway, the builder of our home created this really strange cutout in one of the wall dividers in our house, right between the dining room and living room and I haven’t known what in the world to do with it.  The space is narrow and kind of tall and I have tried setting a variety of things in there, but nothing has quite worked.  But then, when I found out that the Michaels Maker theme for this month was “DIY Trends” and I started thinking about trends that I love and wanted to try……I knew exactly what I wanted to try, especially because it involved more SUCCULENTS!

So yep, a simple Rope Plant Hanger, that I could keep nice and narrow, but also fill the space vertically.

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It’s similar to those macrame plant holders our moms were all making in the 70’s, but not nearly as complicated and a lot less shag hanging down below.  Plus, this only takes MINUTES to make because it’s not very fussy at all…..but it has just enough detail to make it pleasing to look at!

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And look!  It fills the cutout in this wall, PERFECTLY!!!

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And just to give you a better idea of the cutout, here it is from this side….

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…..and here it is from the other side.  Such a perfect fit!  And not one bit fussy! :)

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And just what I love, another non-fussy succulent added to the decor!

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And really, you could customize this to your taste very easily.  Make the fringe on the bottom a lot longer, use thicker rope, use 2 pieces of rope all the way through instead of just 1, etc.  PLUS, you could even hang this outside, hang it from the ceiling in the corner of a room, etc, etc.

So many reasons to love this Rope Plant Hanger!

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Want to make one too??


  • Plant Pot
  • Acrylic Paint (I used a little bottle of outdoor paint)
  • Jute Rope
  • Screw Hook (or other piece of hardware for attaching to ceiling/wall)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Potting soil and plant

First of all, painting your pot is completely optional.  But if you’d like to change the color, add 2 layers of your acrylic paint to your pot.

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And since my Terra Cotta pot is porous, I decided to use this outdoor paint so that my paint wouldn’t get wet and tacky every time I watered my plant and the pot got a little wet.  (I don’t even know if it would ever be a problem with regular acrylic paint…..but I just happened to see this at Michaels right next to the pots, and decided to give it a try.)

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Make sure and paint down a few inches along the inside of the pot, because even after you place your plant inside, it probably won’t go to the very tippy top.

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Also, if your pot has a hole in the bottom for drainage, you’ll need to cover up that hole if you’re hanging your plant inside.  I just used a couple layers of duct tape and pressed it firmly to the bottom.  Once the soil is placed on top, it will stay sealed up nicely.

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Okay, once your paint is dry….it’s time to create the rope holder.  Start by cutting 8 pieces of rope that are plenty long enough to have some rope hanging at the bottom, plus plenty extra for hanging up above the pot. You’ll also need to account for a little extra length for tying the knots around the pot.

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Now, tie a knot at the end of your 8 strands of rope, several inches from the end.  (How far you tie from the end also depends on how long you want your ends to hang down at the bottom…..but you can always make them extra long for now and then trim them shorter later.)

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Next, turn your pot upside down and divide the strands into groups of 2, with the knot placed at the center of the bottom of the pot.

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Each of those groups of 2 strands will divide the bottom of the pot into fourths.  Now, tie a knot into each of those groups of 2, right past the edge of the bottom of the pot (so that you will later see the knots along the side of the pot once it’s hanging).

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Now add a strip of scotch tape to hold the ropes in place, to keep them even and perfectly in place.

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Next, grab one rope from one set of ropes and then one of the ropes from the neighboring set and tie a knot in them, directly between the two upper knots.  Repeat all the way around the pot until you have your next level of knots.

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Pull gently to get rid of any of the slack in the ropes, and tape this next level of knots in place.

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Now, repeat, creating your 3 level of knots, adding tape with each knot.

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The number of levels of knots you add depends on the size of your pot…..but I ended up needing 4 levels of knots.  The very last level of knots should end about 1/2 inch before you reach the top edge of the pot.

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Now, turn your pot over and hold all of your rope ends in one hand.  Tie a knot at the top of your ropes (or at whatever height you’d like to hang it from) and then be sure that each of the ropes are even in length and are allowing the pot to hanging evenly before trimming off any excess.  Remove the tape.  Then, once you hang your pot, you can decide how long you want the rope pieces to hang down below.

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Now it’s time to install a hook screw (or other type of hanging hardware), and hang your Rope Plant Hanger!

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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Ms.K says:

    Will this work ok on pots that are not symmetrical? I have a couple of Halloween skull-shaped ones I want to put spider plants in to look like hair, but I don't know if this method will end up with them hanging straight. Any advice? Thanks! I have never macrame'd but this looks simple enough that maybe I could do it.

  2. Melon says:

    Literally this article is so horendously organized for mobile does the author get paid by the amount a reader has to scroll to finish reading it?

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. It worked perfectly and I’m so happy with the results!! Brilliant and stylish!!

  4. Cass says:

    The picture examples you provided on your pinterest post does not come close to what is being described on the link attached to it:

  5. Maria says:

    Just made this! Thank you so much, it was super easy and looks really great!

  6. Megan says:

    Great instructions! I really want to try this. What kind of rope do you use and where do you purchase it?

  7. Sandie Bruneau says:

    Yes Ashley, I’m sorry I got so upset but this has been happening so much on this pinterest that I’m almost thinking on finding something else. I am going through the macrame photos and it shows this one that I would love to make ( plant hanger for walls) and I go into it and it comes out to your site. I’m sorry again for losing my cool but I wish they would stop doing that. I am on Pinterest hours and hours trying to find projects.
    Again I apologize,

  8. Ashley says:

    Hey Sandie,

    Can you explain a little more about what's happening? Are you clicking on an image from an outside source like Pinterest? Or are you searching for things within my website and when you click on an image, it's taking you to a whole different post??? If it's within my own website, I'd love if you could trace it back with me, so I can fix it…..because I haven't done anything intentional to mislead a link to something completely wrong. There could be something not functioning correctly on the back end though, grrrr! However, if you've coming from an outside website, it's their link that's incorrect and I unfortunately can't do anything to change that. I'd love to hear a bit more info, if you have the time! :)


  9. Sandie Bruneau says:

    You know I am getting so tired of this site showing one item and you go into the site and it is completely different than what is shown. Are you just trying to get people into your site? Than I find that very immature. I wanted the pattern to the one that you are showing and all I end up with is a five minute plant hanger pattern. 😡

  10. Wendy says:

    Why is a completely different pot plant hanger shown .

  11. Bana says:

    Thank you so much for this!!

  12. Ash says:

    How long were the rope pieces you used?

  13. Cindy says:

    I just whipped together in less than five minutes, for a new plant my cat had decided would make a fab salad! Now he can’t reach it and it looks so great in my window! Thanks!

  14. Niki Goodman says:

    I have just had a go at this… Never had any string/ rope, so finger knitted some pastel wool together and on the bottom tassels I added beads and feathers. Looks great next to my dream catchers with a spider plant in! Thank you for the idea.

  15. Deb MONTG says:

    thanks i will try to make this so here go

  16. Mary beth says:

    This is so cute and so perfect for the decor I’m trying to add in my family room. I can’t wait to make it. Also, in your pictures you have some rustic shelves with wine glasses on them. Can I ask where you got those. They would be perfect for my house

  17. Pam says:

    Exactly what I was looking for with excellent instructions! Thank you!

  18. Susan says:

    Great directions! I made this and it was so cute. Thx!

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