June 3, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Article originally published in June 2015 edition of Her Family.

Once you’ve slipped slowly into plant-lady insanity like I have, you start to accumulate more plants than floor space. The simplest and most attractive solution? Just hang new creations from the ceiling!

Besides the occasional blunt-object-to-the-head, the liability is minimal. And nobody trips over hanging plants. Your dogs can’t knock them over on the way to the window, and small humans aren’t digging into them.

Since the plastic hangers that come with plants aren’t exactly appealing, know that there is a cheap, natural-looking option. That’s right, we are throwing it back to the ‘70s. I’m talking about macramé.


*Jute String



1. Start with four pieces of jute that are two times as long as your desired length. Fold all four in half, and tie an overhand knot creating a loop near the top to make a hanger.


2. Separate strings into four pairs of two and tie each pair together about a third of the way down the length of the strings.


3. Grab a single string from each pair of knotted strings, and tie it to a single string of the pair next to it.


4. Tie the remaining end pieces to one another. Continue this process of knotting until you have your desired pattern. (Tip: tying knots too close to the knots above may constrict the size of planter you can fit in your hanger.)


5. Gather up the strings and tie off the bottom. Starting above the top level of knots, carefully place the potted plant into the hanger. This may be tricky, so having another set of hands helps.

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