It’s clear that summertime is on its way, so it’s definitely time to deck out your living space with elements that feel summery. I always love decorating with plants because of their ability to bring an earthy, lively feeling into the home. Today I have a DIY that incorporates plants, crochet, and friendship bracelets (kind of). What could be better? Here’s how to make a hanging crochet plant holder.
What you need:
A crochet doily
A metal key ring (optional)
Twine or embroidery floss in colors of your choice
A plant holder (can be ceramic, glass, whatever you like!)
A plant and potting soil to fill the holder
Your plant holder and doily can be any size you like – just be sure that the doily is large/strong enough to support your plant and plant holder.
Random tip: If your doily is white and you’d prefer it to have more of an oatmeal color like the one above, soak it in pure coffee for about a minute, ring it out, and hang it to dry! That’s exactly what I did with the one you see above. It was too stark and clean for my liking, and now it has more of an antique feel.
What you do:
First, create four friendship-bracelet-esque strands using embroidery floss or twine. These can be whatever length you choose. You can use any method of friendship-bracelet-making, just be sure that the finished strands will be thick enough to support your plant!
I used the spiral knot technique for my strands. I gathered 4 colors of embroidery floss (2-5 pieces each), tied the ends in a knot, and taped the knot to the top of a table. (Tip: the more pieces you have of each color, the thicker your strand will be, and the faster it will be to make!) Start by gathering all the pieces of one particular color. Make a loop on the left side, crossing to the right by going over the top of the thread.
Pull the end through the middle to make a knot. Continue to do this – your knots will begin to form a spiral line down the thread. Switch to another color whenever you like. Continue until your strand is as long as you’d like it to be.
Do this 3 more times, for a total of 4 strands! I varied the colors and thicknesses of each strand I created. For one I mixed twine and white embroidery floss – I really like the way this one stands out from the other 3.
Pot your plant and place the pot in the middle of your crochet doily. Figure out how much of the doily you will need to pinch in order for it to fit securely around the pot (you may not need to pinch any at all). You should distribute the slack in 4 different spots – one for each strand. Thread one of your strands through one segment of the doily and secure with a few knots.
Do this with each of your strands.
If you’re using a metal ring, tie each strand to the ring now. If you decide to forego a metal ring, bring all 4 strands together at the top and fold them over, forming a loop.
Tie a piece of twine at the bottom of the loop and wrap around all 4 strands, securing with a knot at the bottom, and you’re all set!
I love the way this plant hanger looks inside the home amidst other décor – and I love it just as much hanging from a tree outside! It would look incredible to create a bunch of these and hang them all on different tree branches for an outdoor party. The perfect decoration for summer!
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