macrame hanging herb garden

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macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

I’ve been wanting to make a large macrame wall hanging for my balcony for some time but just wasn’t sure where to start. Finally, I took a deep breath and began. My first step? Get out my drill. 

Yep, that’s what I said. I had to get out my drill and learn how to drill holes into brick. Pretty easy, actually. I bought some hooks from Home Depot and asked an employee what type and size drill bit was needed. A few dollars and a one masonry bit later, I was ready to give it a try. (Oh, I did watch a You Tube video beforehand and learned it is best to drill into the grout.) Steps: drill hole, insert anchor, screw in hook.

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I needed a sturdier pole than a wooden dowel, so I opted for a thin metal dowel, 48 inches long. Now to begin the weaving…

For this wall hanging, I used 5/16″ wide nylon rope, as it will withstand weather better than cotton. It took nearly 4 rolls of 100′ nylon rope

step 1 

Cut 32 pieces of rope, each measuring approximately 120 inches. Tie them onto the pole as shown below, using the Lark’s Head Knot.

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step 2

Group the cords into 4 sections of 16 (individual cords). Using the Half Hitch Knot,  weave a “V” shape into each section.

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

step 3

Repeat a second row of “V” shaped Half Hitch Knots for all 4 sections. 

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

Then tie a Square Knot at the bottom center of each of the 4 Vs.

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

step 4

In the 3 spaces between the Vs, tie another Square Knot (3 in total as shown).

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

step 5

Beginning with the 16 individual cords on the far right side, about 4 inches down from center V knot, make a row of 3 Square Knots. Let the 2 individual cords on each end hang loose.

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

step 6

Now about 2.5 inches beneath that row, make a second row of 4 Alternating Square Knots.

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

 

step 7

About 2.5 inches down from the second row, make a third row of 3 Alternating Square Knots

macrame herb garden - myfrenchtwist.com

step 8

To create the “pocket” for a flower pot or mason jar, using the 2 loose cords on each end of the last row, make a fourth Square Knot. Bring the 2 cords from each end around to the front; using those 4 cords, make the Square Knot. This creates a circular shape to this section of the wall hanging. 

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step 9

Now you are ready to finish the pocket with a Wrapped Knot. About 3 inches down from the last row of Square Knots, tie a Wrapped Knot. Then cut the rope ends to your desired length.

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 step 10 

Now you have created a pocket for the your first flower pot, using the 16 cords on the far right of your wall hanging (the 4th section). Repeat steps 5 through 8 for the 16 cords on the far left of your wall hanging (1st section).

step 11

For the second set of 16 cords, follow steps 5 through 8. Now about 2.5 inches down from the third row of Square Knots (which has taken on a circular shape), make another row of Alternating Square Knots

Then, about 2 inches down tie a Wrapped Knot. You now have 3 sections done!

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step 12

You should have pockets for 3 flower pots done (sections 1,2 and 4). For the remaining third section of 16 cords, follow steps 5 through 7. Then make a fourth row of 4 Alternating Square Knots. Again, make a fifth row of 3 Alternating Square Knots, and using the 2 loose cords on the ends, make another Square Knot in the front to create a circular feel for the pocket (see step 8).

Not quite done! Now make a sixth and final row of 3 Alternating Square Knots. Then make a Wrapped Knot to finish it off. 

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step 13

Your wall hanging should now have 4 completed sections with pockets for flower pots or mason jars. You can cut the tassels to any desired length. I like a staggered effect. 

I used small ceramic pots that measured 2.5 inches bottom diameter and 4.5 inches top diameter. Fill them with dirt and your favorite herbs, then place them in the pockets. If you don’t want the maintenance of daily watering, use succulents planted in pretty containers instead. Better yet, even faux succulents would look beautiful (especially if you are displaying the wall hanging indoors.)

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Comments · 16

  1. Beautiful! I have never tried macrame, and I have read and re-read your directions, and feel like I am at a loss. I think I need to just take the plunge, bring the cording home and follow along step by step! I love that this is a macrame piece with a purpose (holding the pots) instead of just a wall hanging! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!
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  2. This is a lovely use of macrame. I love it when I was a kid back in the 70’s and am so happy it has had a revival. It’s great to see new and innovative ways of using it.

  3. Mornin’, Wendy. I don’t do macrame (one of the few things I haven’t tried.) But I would love to try to make this. It is soooo lovely! However, knowing myself, it would never be finished, because I don’t have enough years left on this earth! (Not kidding – I’m 83.) Although I have finished a lot of sewing and craft projects, my house is crowded with WIPs and materials. Just wanted to let you know how beautiful your works are. I’m not a blogger, but I’ve just subscribed to yours and am looking forward to enjoying more of ’em!

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