Welcome back to the 1970s. I first learnt to macrame when I was at school. I loved it and made lots (and lots) of plant pot holders. Strangely they never seemed to ever get hung at home. None of them. May be they were just not as cool as I thought they were.
Macrame is basically knotting string. You can make it as complex or simple as you like and it is not just limited to plant pot holders. The world is your oyster with macrame. From wall hangings to floor covering there is a big world of macrame out there.
To be fair this pot holder is as simple as it gets – it really is so basic I feel a bit bold calling it macrame. Don’t let simplicity put you off, simplicity is the mother of invention (or something), simple looks good. Very good. If you make lots of these and hang them close together they look amazing.
The plant pot holder is ridiculously quick and easy to make and you can change the dimensions to suit smaller or larger plant pots. You can also add beads and other bits if you like. This was made for a pot that is eight centimetres wide and 12 centimetres tall and it also fits a pot that is 13 by 13 centimetres. It will probably fit a pot up to 15 centimetres high.
Makes one plant pot holder
Preparation and making time 20 minutes
10.2 metres of string or yarn of your choice
1. Cut the string in to six lengths of 1.7 metres each
2. Line up all the pieces of string together and take two pieces of string. Approximately 20 centimetres from the end (let’s call this the bottom from now on) of the strings knot them together with an overhand knot. This is a really simple knot where you form a loop and pass the end through it. Do not tighten the knot just yet – you may wish to slightly alight all the knots once this row is tied. Repeat this twice more with the reamining four pieces of string. You will then have three sets of two pieces of string knotted together
3. Now lay out all the pieces and take one of the pieces of string from one set and one of the pieces of string from an adjacent set. Approximately 27 centimetres from the bottom of the string tie another overhand knot. Repeat this twice more until you have joined each set together again. The strings are now all linked together
4. Lay all the strings flat with the knots roughly lined up and the bottom of the strings lined up. Approximately 16 centimetres from bottom of the strings knot them all together with an overhand knot and pull this tight. You can now slightly adjust all the other knots above so they line up with each other in two rows. Pull all the knots tight
5. Now lay flat and smooth out the strings and approximately 17 centimtres above the top row of knots make another overhand knot with all the strings to pull them all together
6. Still laying the strings flat approximately 20 centimetres from the top of the strings fold the strings back and make another overhand knot where the strings are doubled over. You will now have a loop from which you can hang your plant pot holder
6. Check all the knots are level and tight. Pop in your plant and hang it somewhere where you won’t bang your head on it.