Macramé is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. It regained popularity during the 70s and early 80s and has been a favourite arts and craft ever since.
If you still haven’t been caught up in the Macramé madness then you don’t know what you are missing! There are so many things you can do by simply using this vintage technique.
If you’re wondering how exactly to recreate this look for yourself, do not fear – our resident DIY queen Zoe has the scoop on how to make your very own 70s inspired macramé plant hanger!
What You'll Need: - Metal ring - Scissors - Cotton or Nylon Rope - Pot Pants
Step 1: Get a metal or wooden ring, scissors, and some cotton or nylon rope. We used a few different ropes in both cotton and polypropylene. The thinner cotton rope stretches quite a lot, but if you are planning on hanging small, light pots, this will do just fine. Heavier pots would work better with polypro rope.
Step 2: Cut four equal lengths of rope. We cut ours 2 metres long, but cut them longer if you’re planning a long drop.
Step 3: Thread the four pieces of rope through the ring and situate the ring in the centre. By now, eight pieces of rope should be hanging down. Tie a simple knot with all eight pieces just below the ring.
Step 4: At this point, it becomes easier to work if you hang the ring from something like a door handle so that you can see how gravity affects your actions. Measure down about 20cm and tie two adjacent pieces of rope together. Do this all around so you have four knots at the same level.
Step 5: Take the rope below two of the knots and tie one piece of one to a piece of another about 10cm down. Do the same with the rope below the next knotted section, until you have eight knots all at the same level.
Step 6: Gather all eight pieces together about 7cm down and tie them all up in a big knot. Trim the rope ends with your scissors, and if you’re using polypro rope, give each end a lick with a flame to seal it.
Step 7: Slip your pot into the holder, resting the base on the big knot at the bottom. Voila!
This summer, hang your plants in 70s style by creating your own DIY macramé plant hanger!