How to make a macramé plant hanger

View the video

Thought macramé plant hangers were just something Nan used to have hanging at her place? Think again! These seventies mainstays are making a huge comeback. Here’s how you can make your own chic boho plant hanger:

Tools and materials

Cotton cord/rope 3.1mm thick, 150cm

Brass ring (2 inch)


macrame rope, scissors and ring

1. Get everything you need set up

Getting crafty is so much easier if you have everything set up before you begin. This means you’ll need to have taken a trip to Bunnings and picked up some rope, a pair of scissors (large and sharp enough to cut through the rope) and a metal ring for hanging. Once you’ve got all this, you’re good to go.

2. Measure out your first lot of rope

For this first step, we’re using four pieces of rope, measured out in ‘body lengths.’ For the uninitiated, a body length is the distance your arms reach when fully stretched out. Cut four pieces at TWO body lengths. Once cut, gather them together and thread them through the ring. They don’t need to be completely even, but they do need to end roughly at the same place.

measuring out macrame rope to cut

3. Measure more body lengths

Once you’ve threaded those first lengths through the loop it’s time to measure and cut more rope at different sizes. This time we’ll need two pieces at THREE body lengths. Thread them through the loop and keep the longer pieces separate from the other lengths already on the loop.

threading macrame rope through ring

4. Cut the last lot of rope

Finally, we’re going to cut two pieces at half a body length – these are for tying at the top and bottom. Once you’ve done this, pop them on one side.

5. It’s time to wrap the top bit!

Gather all your pieces of rope and spread them out nice and evenly in the ring. Then grab one of your half body length pieces and tie a loop knot. You do this by facing the short piece downwards, wrap it back up and around (if this sounds confusing, check out our video for clarity) and make sure to wrap everything tightly. Once you get to the bottom of the rope, loop it through and pull the top piece of rope up – and you’ve got a loop knot! Trim the ends so it looks nice and neat and you’re on your way!

tying macrame rope around ring

6. Tie half square knots

To do this you need to grab your longest pieces and put two either side of the rest of the rope. Now it’s time to get half square knotting! To do this you need to grab your two pieces on the left side, cross them over in front of all the rope to the right. Then grab the two right pieces, pull them down, around the back and through our loop on the left-hand side. Pull it tight and that’s one half square knot. Keeping up? Of course you are – you’re watching our video!

7. Repeat this process

Repeat all this knotting until all your ends come to the same length – this should be roughly around 14 half square knots. By using half square knots, we’ve created a great twisted pattern. Look at us – we’re macramé-ing up a storm!

making macrame

8. Time to start knotting the rest

This next step requires four pieces of rope – two centre pieces, one to the left and one to the right. Leave a gap about two inches long at the top of the rope before starting your knot. Full square knots are made by doing the same process as we did for our half square not, but then reversing it, and doing it back the same way (again, if you’re confused, watch the video). Once this is done, pull it tight and you’ve got your first knot. To continue this row you need to do two more full square knots using different pieces of rope.

9. It’s time for the second row of knots

Once you’ve got your first row of square knots, move down the same distance you did initially (so about two inches or so), for your next row. To do this, grab two ropes from one full square knot, and another two knots from the adjacent full square knot. You’ll have four knots – and that’s when you repeat the square knot process from the last step.

10. Loop it off and you’re good to go!

To finish this off, tie another loop knot like the one you did in the beginning. Loop the rope through, pull it up, and voila! You’re done. Just trim the ends so it’s nice and neat and you’re ready to hang your plant! We chose to double-layer our pots because it looked super cute. Get creative with rope and plant pot colours for an even bigger statement.

finished macrame rope plant hanger

How to build a garden bed 05:37

Planting & Growing How to build a garden bed Transform your outdoor area by learning how to build a garden bed. It’s easy to do, just follow our step-by-step guide.

variety of indoor plants

Planting & Growing Discover 12 plants that are the best for indoors Striking foliage and stunning colour isn’t just reserved for the garden. There’s a wide variety of indoor plants you can use to bring colour and life to your home explains Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katrina Gatt.

Person planting spinach 03:11

Planting & Growing How to grow vegetables Watch our step-by-step guide and find out everything you need to know about how to grow fresh vegetables in your garden.

Person trimming the hedge with battery shears 01:28

Planting & Growing How to trim hedges Hedges are an excellent way to add shape to your garden. Here are a couple of tips to effectively trim and maintain a hedge.

Person putting on protective edging on the raised garden bed 01:38

Planting & Growing How to build a raised garden bed Building a raised garden bed is a simple project you can do yourself. Learn how to build a raised garden bed with this guide from Bunnings Warehouse.

Person adding compost and manure to the soil 02:01

Planting & Growing How to improve sandy soil Good soil is the foundation for any healthy garden. We can show you how to improve sandy soil to retain more nutrients and water.

succulents 02:01

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for succulents Succulents come in a huge range of colours, shapes and sizes, will grow just about anywhere and don’t need much looking after, making them a plant that’s perfect for even the most novice gardener. If you’re new to succulents, here are some tips from...

Person cutting the corrugated edging 03:08

Planting & Growing How to install garden edging Garden edging can help to make your garden beds look neat and tidy. We’ll show you how to install plastic or corrugated garden edging around your garden.


Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...


Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.


Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.


Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost any piece of furniture with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content