DIY : : Simple macrame plant hangers

Macrame Hanging Planters So, we have this lovely painted white brick wall in our house, and it has been calling out for some prettiness. I have seen macrame plant hangers around the place, and found them to be pretty, but a little over-priced. In my thriftiness, I thought I could make something like those. So I did.

I found a bunch of beautiful coloured cotton/viscose yarn in the knitting section of Spotlight. It was half price. And shiny. Chose some colours.

For these, you will need:

8 lengths of approx. 120cm cord (I used fine knitting cotton/viscose yarn, but you could also get parachute cord from Bunnings – comes in neon!)
key ring
sharp scissors
glass jar (painted or not painted)

DIY macrame plant hanger materials 1. I started with my ordinary up-cycled glass jar. I swirled in some blackboard paint, then poured it out, ensuring the entire inside surface of the jar caught the paint.

2. Take your eight lengths of cord. Loop the eight lengths through your key hole, so you are doubling the thickness and halving the length. Tie a knot near the key ring to hold. Cut your loops neatly at the end.

macrame hangers 3. Start about a third of the way from the top, and start knotting pairs of cord together.

macrame plant hanger knots 4. Once you have tied eight knots, start a second row. You are knotting one thread from a pair with one thread from another pair, to make a zigzag.

macrame plant hangers 5. Work around, until you have another row of eight knots. Join the last pair, so you have a complete circle.

6. Start another row in the same fashion. You can do as many rows as you like. The taller the vessel you want the hanger to hold, the more rows you will need.

7. Knot all the threads together, leaving a tail.

One trick for finer cord, and skinnier vessels is to do the rows of knots quite close together. This will be particularly effective if you are using a vibrant coloured cord. You can also increase the number of lengths you use.

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DIY : : Kokedama : : Hanging string plants

I buy plants. Sometimes. Not much. It’s not an addiction. Although every time I walk through the door with another green-leafed friend, my husband unsuccessfully hides a knowing smirk. Not an addiction.

The good news is that as my love for gardening and all things with leaves grows, my knowledge of how to keep plants alive also grows [pun fully intended]. I now know about putting air in soil, and that plants require water.

I fell in love with string gardens when I saw these Little Green Worlds at the Bangalow Markets earlier this year.

Little Green Worlds I tried to track them down at the next market, but their owner and creator was having a baby (a good excuse).

So I resorted to making my own.

They are called hanging string plants or hanging “kokedama” plants. I followed the tutorial at Design Sponge.

You will need:

* a plant (I used maiden hair fern and another shade lover, but not sure if this was the best choice as they require a lot of water)
* a 7:3 ratio of peat soil and akedama, or bonsai soil (I couldn’t get peat soil, but used peat coir instead. Not sure if this is right or not)
* dry sphagnum moss
* scissors
* cotton thread
* twine
* a jar of water
* moss, which you can often find in the garden.

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 1. Shake the soil from the plants, being careful not to disturb the roots.

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2. Use cotton thread to tie sphagnum moss around the roots of your plant.

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 3. Mix water, peat soil (coir) and bonsai soil until you achieve a ball shape, which is larger than the root ball of your plant. I think because I couldn’t find peat soil, the consistency was not quite right. I didn’t get a clay-like ball – more a ball which falls apart.

4. Make a hole in your ball to fit the roots of your plant. In my case, I found it easier to pat the bonsai soil/peat coir/water mix around the roots.

5. Start packing your ball with moss. I used a combination of sphagnum and green moss I found in my garden. As you pack, tie with string. It’s a little tricky holding it all together, but the aim is to keep adding moss and wrapping the twine around your ball until you achieve a round shape (or a shape you are happy with). I ended up using a whole roll of twine to keep it all in place, and left some to hang the plant.

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 6. Hang and enjoy!

To keep alive, either spray plants daily with water, or remove from the hook and soak a couple of times a week in water.

Are you a hanging plant person? Do you keep plants alive, or is it all a bit fickle? Had you heard of Kokedama before today?

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