Updated: Sep 3, 2020
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Macrame always reminds me of my grandmother as she had a beautiful macrame hanging table on her back porch. I remember swimming in the pool and sitting on the porch growing up and always seeing that macrame table. It's a craft I have always wanted to try and while Nora and I were in Tennessee this summer visiting her grandparents I bought the supplies and made my first hanging plant macrame. See below!
When researching macrame I just wanted something simple like a kit that had all of the pieces and I could just focus on learning the process. I purchased this easy kit.
The kit was awesome and had all the the materials I needed (except for scissors) I made this plant hanger in about 3 hours with no problem at all using the very simple and clear instructions provided. She also includes a nice video tutorial. To my surprise I ended up with enough cord to make an additional plant hanger! I wanted to add more beads and to add a wooden ring to the top so I purchased this bundle that came with beads, wooden rings, wooden rods, and more cord! I was in it for the long haul!
Below you can see the second plant hanger I made. I was starting to get the hang of it! I like these because once you learn the stitch you can really create anything you want. It's so easy to make up your own designs.
Now the hard part - where to hang it! I don't have a lot of outdoor space where I can hang it - like from the overhang of a patio for example. So I decided to hang it inside as you can see in the pictures. Then it occurred to me that I am now going to be caring for an indoor plant. I cringed....anyone who knows me, knows I don't do well with indoor plants. I once came into work with a sticky note on my desk from the PPS(Plant Protective Services). This is what happens when you work with social workers. They were very concerned about the state of my plant and I was also about to go on maternity leave. Luckily some green-thumb co-workers fostered my plant for me while I was out. Eventually we said goodbye to her as she was no longer thriving after my return...surprise, surprise. Give me an outdoor plant and everything will be just fine, but indoor plants - we don't mix.
Anyhow, I had already decided I was going to hang this thing up and SOMETHING needed to go in there. After searching several sites by googling "what is an indoor plant that is hard to kill" I came across the Golden Devil's Ivy Pothos plant. Google told me it's arguably the easiest house plant to grow and that it thrives on light and neglect. PERFECT!
It literally says in the description "very easy to grow". I also liked how it said "water when dry". Sounds easy...right? Well it's been a month and it is still alive, so I am extremely happy. It was also a 3-pack of plants so at least I get 3 chances to make this work! I'll keep you posted on the lives of my little Pothos plants. Some additional benefits include purifying the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide while also helping eliminate odors. It can also help alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at screens. If I find out this plant eliminates dog flatulence odor I am buying 100 of them!
As for the pot I used, I found these nice black ones. I like using the black pots as they highlight the macrame design a little better than white or beige ones. This is also a pretty good deal for 5 of them!
If you desire to make your own plant hangers I absolutely recommend starting with the macrame kit above. If this just sounds incredibly tedious I have some you can purchase from my Etsy shop HERE! Either way I've got you covered! If you hate macrame, but love house plants give the Pothos plant a go!
Do you already have Macrame supplies? Check out my free tutorial HERE
Please share your Macrame projects in the comments below!