Playfully, I call myself a plant hoarder, and if I took count of the many I have (20…ish) and the many urges I try to fight to purchase one, I guess you would say that too. I not only adore plants because they clean the air in our old apartment, but because they can easily transform a space! My apartment feels more homey, colorful, and alive with my plants. Thankfully, I have a great relationship with my local guy, so I don’t really run a bill. But purchasing plant accessories surely can! I’m talking about pots and plant hangers. For the most part, I’ve stayed away from investing in any plant hangers, and I’m glad I did.
This simple macrame plant holder can be made out of an old t-shirt within an hour. I added just a few beads, but you can really go crazy and personalize it.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your jersey macrame plant holder:
-plant and round bowl or plant pot (I used a woven basket lined with plastic.)
-a hook for hanging your plant
For starters, you’ll need to cut your fabric into 8 strips about 1.5″ wide. I tend to go to 1″ only because I’ve noticed that I always cut out, creating larger strips. But if your cutting direction is better than mine, stick to the 1.5″
My fabric was already pretty stretched out, but I suggest you stretch each piece individually. This is also the time to clean up those edges of fabric. Though, I in no way think this is a project for the perfectionist, and found comfort in knowing that because the fabric was jersey, the plant holder would show some good wear.
Grab all eight of your pieces of fabric and knot them on one side. You’ll want to leave a few inches of fabric at the end of the knot. Do not tighten the knot too much, this will happen as you move forward with the planter.
Now it’s time to start knotting on down! Group your fabric into four sets of two and knot each set about 2″ down from the top knot.
After you tie each knot, you can choose to add one bead or a full stack of beads. Because the fabric stretches, you don’t want to tighten it. The weight of the plant should take care of this.
After your first round of knots, do this once again. This time, creating two new pairs, and knotting the pair 1.5″ down from the previous knot. You’ll find that you have a single strand of fabric on each side and you want to take one from one side and cross it over the larger knot (the one keeping the fabric together) so it meets the other singled out fabric on the opposite side.
Make one last knot on each pair about 1.5″ down again. Once you’re done, it should look like a bunch of funky diamonds.
For size, I tried it over another planter. I believe this works best with a rounded one. But this shows the pattern of the design a bit more. I choose not to cut the remaining frayed edges after the initial cut, simply because I felt it would make it a little more tough. But if you’d like a cleaner look, go ahead and snip away while it’s in a shaper like this one.
After you’re all set shaping and snipping, place your actual planter and plant in the macrame plant holder and tie a knot about directly above. Make sure that the plant is also seated correctly in the planter. Any offsets and your plant will be all lopsided while hanging.
I hung my planter by an extra piece of tightened fabric in the back, but you could also make the knot so far from the plant that it can simply hang over the hook.
What I love most about this project is that it literally costs nothing. You can round up a ratty old shirt and make this in a jif. In addition, as a mom, I love how it’s totally kid friendly and makes the perfect little gift for your next housewarming party. Did I mention that it costs nothing? And you can have fun by adding however many beads you desire. –LaTonya
Credits // Author and Photography: LaTonya Staubs. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
Love this and the simplicity of it. Think I would knot the top/hanging ends around a large wooden ring to hang off hook. May make it look neater and simpler to hang and ‘unhang’!! Great idea.
And I made it! So doable 🙂 great!
I love this idea. I have so many plants (I’m a bit of a hoarder as well), that it would be nice to get a few more off the surfaces in my house and hanging instead. Very clever!
Thanks, LaTonya, for this very cute and useful DIY!
What a fantastic idea!
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I love this! It looks great and so easy to do. My house is seriously lacking in plants- I will need to try something like this! I love using hanging space for plants- as someone who loves organizing, I love how efficient the use of space is!
Upcycling project! I love this idea!
Wow, this looks so cool and easy to do!
what a great way to reuse a shirt! so creative =o)
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It’s such a wonderful idea. Loving it!!!!
I love it! I just bought little pots to do this and was searching out a tutorial so it was perfect to see this on ABM!
Question – LaTonya, what is the name of that plant, and what are some others you would recommend for a smaller sized bedroom?
This is such a great idea! It’s so unique and easy!
such a great and simple idea!
How cute! I love this idea! Any DIY that involves recycling, I’m all about it, because like you said, it doesn’t cost anything. I think I’m gonna have to give this a try for my new place.
This is adorable! I can’t wait to try it. As spring gets closer, I find myself wanting way more plants in my life.
So cool. Desperately needing more plants in my house. That’s a great idea to help me with it. 🙂
Great use of the t-shirt. I love that you can see the stripes. It looks very upscale. Love your blog. Cheers, Michele
How wonderfully easy this is, I have a bunch of old shirts that would need some repurposing…
I love that this is an easy and cheap project, but it looks so good!