I have had this project in my head for months and I am glad I finally decided to just execute. These plants are now hanging in the corner of our loft space which also now has a curtain rod and curtains. (No small victory, I promise.) It's strange to just focus on this corner when the whole area needs so much work, but I had to start somewhere.
There are oodles of detailed tutorials on to make these planter hangers, I am sure, but because my wing-it plan was successful, I thought I would share my steps.
Cut your rope into pieces. I used a little bit longer than my arm span for length, and that worked out well. Be sure you have an even number of pieces. In the photos above, the white rope basket was made with six pieces and the pink has eight. For this tutorial I used 10.
Tie all the pieces into a knot. Pull tight! It helps to pull one piece at a time.
Separate the rope pieces into pairs.
Take the pieces of one pair and tie them into a knot a few inches from your big knot. I just did the first step of tying my shoes twice to make mine - you can experiment with all sorts of knots.
Go from pair to pair until all have been tied.
For the next knots, you'll be taking your strands from different pairs. The photo above explains it better than my text can.
Tie those two pieces the same way.
Work around the circle until you've created another row of knots all the way around.
Depending on how big your potted plant is and how detailed you'd like to go, you can keep tying knots around and around or call it done. Experiment!
My white rope frayed quite a bit where it was cut. To fix this, I wrapped a bit of washi tape around the end, below the fray and then trimmed off the fray with a tiny bit of tape.
The result was super clean and I like the bit of accent on the ends.
I twisted hooks into my ceiling and wrapped all the rope around the hook and secured with a tight knot. You'll have to experiment with yours to figure out the best way. Be sure the hook is really in there and it's meant to support the weight of your plant.
Pretty cool though! I am thrilled to finally have curtains up and be making progress on this awkward loft space.
Resources : curtains & white pots from Ikea, robe & hooks from the hardware store, washi tape from Freckled Fawn.
This is project 4 of 27. I am attempting to complete 27 craft projects using 27 different materials before I turn 28 on 02.22.13. You can follow my progress here on the blog or on pinterest. Birthday challenges are my favorite. You can see the 26 Projects I completed while 26 here and the 27 materials I have used so far here.