DIY Tutorial: Plant Hanger From Fabric Strips

I saw some pretty macrame plant hangers on Etsy and was inspired to try making my own. I was being thrifty though and since I didn’t have any hemp cord and didn’t wanna buy any, I got the idea to make one out of fabric strips instead!

It’s a fun way to destash some fabric (I’ve had this fabric forever and couldn’t figure out what to do with it!) and make something pretty for your yard or porch!

Wanna make one of your own? Here’s how!

Supplies: You’ll need 4 strips of fabric or ribbon (each 1 inch wide by 2 yards long) and a metal ring (I used a keychain ring).

Step 1:  Put all of your fabric strips together and fold in half. Stick the middle part through your ring. Then put the ends through the loop and pull tight.

Step 2: Separate your strips so that you have four sets of two strips. Measure 15 inches down from the ring at the top and knot each of the sets together.

Step 3:  Take one strip from the first set of strips and one strip from the second set.  Measure about 2 1/2 inches down from the knots and knot the two together. Repeat this with the remaining strips (see the photo below on how to do the end strips).

It gets a little tricky when you get to the two end strips (with the arrows). When you tie them together the whole thing becomes circular and doesn’t lay flat anymore.

Step 4: Measure another 2 1/2 inches below the knots and repeat what you did for step 3. When you get to the end strips (with arrows), you’re going to have to flip it over and tie them together so it’s circular.

Step 5: Measure another 2 1/2 inches down below the knots and make one big knot to tie all of the strips together.

You could put a flower pot inside or if you want some more color like I did, try painting some tin cans!

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24 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    beautiful <3

  2. Monica says:

    Love your take on the macrame plant hanger!

  3. Totally cute! What a great tutorial — thanks!

  4. alice t says:

    this is brilliant! can’t wait to try :)

  5. jojo says:


  6. karen says:

    i was just thinking about a plant hanger and here you are. what a great idea.

  7. lisa says:

    love everything about this project. also love the color of the shed. do you know the name of the color by chance?

    • Julie says:

      Thank you! That was my playhouse when I was a kid. I had the color custom matched to the cover of a notebook I had! :)

  8. Ingeborg says:

    OMG!! I am 78 yrs old and I had forgotten how we did this when we were young ….. Plant hangers were so popular ,we made them from any kind of fabric, string ,rope or maybe a frond (one that was strong ) It kept us busy and years ago we did not waste any time … Tks. for reminding me of past crafts …. signed … an old crafter

  9. Thank you for this! I am have been searching for a clear explination of how to do this! and you did a wonderful job, Thank you!!

  10. Terrena says:

    Very clever and a great way to recycle, upcycle, and use scraps. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sara says:

    so simple and so brilliant, love the painted cans! Do stop by and link up on my crafty linky party, every sunday thru wed. or so…..would love to have you!

  12. Melissa says:

    How large of a container will this hold? I love the idea and can’t wait to try, but I have a pretty good size pot and I’m not sure if I should make my strips longer, add more strips, or both! Thanks for any and all feedback.

    • Lori says:

      I loved this idea when I came across it on Pinterest! It looks great! I need some input on how to make one using twine for a mason jar. How do I alter your instructions to fit a different size? If you can help, that’d be great!

      • Julie says:

        The can I used is about the same size as a mason jar, so you should be fine using the same measurements I did. :)

    • Julie says:

      The can I used is about the size of a mason jar. If you want to make a larger one, no need to add more strips, just make them longer and leave more space between your knots. The first set of knots should be at the top on the can/pot. The second set should be in the middle, and the third ones should me at the bottom.

  13. Paige says:

    Great project!! We have been working on fixing up the yard and I think this would be the perfect addition. I love your painted cans too! Are those old coffee cans? What kind of paint did you use?

  14. Erica says:

    Wow – just what I was looking for. This is great! Thanks!!

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