Make This Easy Macramé Plant Hanger

This spring, make an easy macrame plant hanger for the potted hanging plants on your porch. We have an easy tutorial to get you started.

This is the perfect way to spruce up those black and green potted hanging plants you have purchased.


  • 6mm cord
  • 2-inch ring
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Tape
  • Beads (optional)
Supplies to make a macrame plant hanger

Which cord is best for an outdoor hanger?

When it comes to making a macramé plant hanger you need a cord strong enough to hold the weight of the plant and not fall apart, so a 4-6mm cord is perfect. You can use either cord or jute for this project.

If the planter is going to be hanging outdoors where rain and sun could affect it then you also need to take that into consideration. You don’t want a cord that will retain water and get moldy.

We used 6mm Bonnie Craft Cord which is great for outdoor use. It comes in a 100-yard roll so you can make a few plant holders that are perfect to give to friends as gifts. I have made two plant holders so far for our front porch and they look great.

How to measure your macrame plant holder

Before starting you need to work out how long you want your plant holder to be. As you can see from the photo below we purchased hanging ferns for our front porch. The hanger that came with them placed them way too high and they are brushing against the porch roof so I wanted them to hang lower to fill some of that open space.

potted hanging fern on a front porch

The other thing you need to take into consideration is how big your plant is. A fern is quite bushy, so keep the design simple, preferably in the hanging section, the lower part of the planter, and underneath it. We went with a simple macramé basket for this reason.


Cut your cord according to these lengths if you plan on making your plant hanger the same length as ours.

  • 6 x 8ft
  • 2 x 4ft

Fold your 6 cords over the ring so you now have 12 cords hanging down.

macrame cord folded over a metal ring

Make a loop using the 4 ft cord (as pictured below) on top of the 12 cords and begin winding it tightly around the top. This can be wound any length you like, just make sure not to cover the entire loop. If you have a different colored cord you could use that as well to make a block of colors on your planter.

Macrame cord wrapped over a metal ring with a loop for securing it.
How to secure a knot under a ring for a macrame plant hanger.

Put the end that is left through the loop. Grab hold of the cord that is sticking out the top and pull it. The loop and cord from the bottom will be pulled inside making it neat and tidy. Cut off any excess hanging out.

How to wind cord at the top of a macrame hanger.

Separate all of your cords into groups of two to start working your macramé basket.

Instructions for separating cord to make a macrame planter.

Measure how low the top of the potted plant should be from the hook it’s currently on. The first knots that you make will sit at the top of the pot.

How to make knots for a macrame planter.

Now you can start your net basket. Take the right cord from one group and the left cord from the group next to it and tie them together in a knot about 3 inches down. Repeat until all groups are tied together. Now repeat this step and you will see a net shape forming.

A macrame net that will go over a potted plant.

Repeat the first step of winding the 2nd 4ft cord around to secure all of the cords together. If you like, you can attach beads to the cords left hanging.

Instructions for securing a macrame plant hanger for a plant to sit inside.

Carefully put your plant inside and move leaves between the cords so they aren’t bunched up.

A potted fern being hung on a porch by a macrame plant holder.

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