DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

Looking for a low-cost way to artfully, yet practically display your plant babes?

Well, a DIY Macrame Plant Hanger may be the perfect project to consider. It was easy to make, required very few materials, is low cost, and [the best part] is it’s the perfect excuse to buy some more plants!

…let’s face it, there is no such thing as having too many plants.

The inspiration for this project:

My succulents were starting to take over our dining room table which sits in front of a south facing window. They were doing well here and I didn’t want to move them from the light they were getting so I figured some type of plant hanger would do the trick!

I found many cute macrame plant shelves on etsy. I knew that this was the style I wanted, but didn’t want to pay THAT much for something I knew I could create on my own!

After searching images online for some inspiration and design ideas, I set to work with my husband’s help and completed this project in an evening while watching tv!

The supplies we used:

-Less than a skein of “Macra-made” premium yarn in Cayenne Pepper

-1 piece of crafting board wood, stained

-a drill


-measuring tape

The Process:

  • I went into this project having had some experience creating different knots using macrame. Because of this, I just improvised using different knot patterns. If this is new to you, you may want to find some knot pattern tutorials to follow along with through a quick google search. The best part of knotting using macrame is that you can always try something and if you don’t like it or if you make a mistake, you can take it out and try again!
  • Be sure that when tying the knots that you are consistent. If you tighten some knots tighter than others your pattern will not look even. Once you get into the swing of it, you’ll naturally find a gauge that works best for your project.
  • Be mindful of how much your plants will weigh. You’ll also want to think how to place your plants so that the weight on the shelf is distributed evenly. We chose to attach our hanger to our curtain rods. Another option could be to hang it from some hooks above the window or within the frame, depending on your window.
  • Measure twice & make it nice. Make sure that the macrame on either side of your shelf is symmetrical in terms of length AND in your design.
  • Drill 4 holes, one in each corner. The closer the holes are to the corners, the more stable the board will be when hanging.

For next time…

If I were to do this project again I’d like to experiment with different wood, wood stains, knot designs, and even trying it with multiple shelves. I’m also interested in carving out holes in the wood for pots to sit in just like in Living the Gray Life’s DIY Hanging Plant Shelf Tutorial.

I would also try this project again but with macrame rope or cord rather than macrame yarn. Since rope or cord is stronger it can bear the weight of the plants and I wouldn’t need to reinforce the shelf as I had to do with this project.


Have you ever made a macrame plant hanger or shelf? Is this a project you can or canKnot see yourself taking on? :p

Stay crafty,


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