Easy Macramé Hanging Planters
May, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
The older I get the more I turn into my mother and the more I appreciate her. I spent my childhood watching her water her stunning selection of house plants and succulents, always in weathered pots and frequently hanging in Macramé. I never understood the appeal of ‘worn’ pieces as a child, I had to have everything new…and if that bratty young girl that I once was could see me now, buying new pots and making them look old, I’m sure she would be say “Never, Never, Never”.
I’ve spent that the last few weeks learning to Macramé – a task that at first seems rather complicated, but once you find a knot that you like, mastering it is oh so simple. It is like tying your shoe. Once you learn how to tie the knot, you can do it over and over again while walking and chewing gum at the same time. For me, that knot is the Josephine knot. I loved how connected it is and how a simple change like a double strand rather than a single strand can change the way you see it.
When I first decided to Macramé I grabbed hemp rope and a few wooden beads. I let the images I found on Google and Pinterest inspire me and then set about making around 5 horrible messes. I’ve never been good at reading directions…and this is the perfect example. Once I dove into the proper way to tie a knot, the rest is left up to your imagination and you have free run of how long, knotted or adorned you want it.
As I was spend so much time learning to Macramé, I turned a few brand new clay pots into distressed pots. I love how easy it is to make them look like they have been resting in a junk yard for years. To distress them, simply take a little paint, dilute it and then apply it with a paper towel. Once the paint is dry, sand it off to give it a roughed up look. Or if your’d rather watch how it is done, click here to watch my video on AOL.
To see the pins that inspired my new love of Macramé, check out my DIY and Crafts Pin Board.