Do-Lit-Yourself: Hanging Planters
We're sure warmer weather is just about around the corner (right?). What more spring-appropriate way to spruce up your reading space than with plants? In this edition of Do-Lit-Yourself, we're taking a page from one of the latest retro trends, Macrame, to pull together a cheap and cheerful hanging planter.
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- Rope, cord, or string of some kind. (We used gardening twine)
- A metal or wood hoop for hanging
- A plant in a pot that will not drip
- Optional: beads
- Cut 6 lengths of rope the full length of your arms and back.
- Fold in half and knot through the metal loop (it should give you 12 strands).
- Braid and/or knot the ropes, occasionally dividing the strands and recombining them to create a net at the bottom that holds the pot inside.
- Divide 12 strands to create 4 braids to start (about 8"). For each section, try your hand at some fancy knot work and more braiding until you have just over a foot on each braided arm. If you like, you can add beads to your braids.
- Separate the strands and recombine them with strands from other braids, knotting every few inches and repeating, then re-knotting so it forms a loose net.
- Bring all the strands together at the bottom and tie one final knot for a tail.
Hang your plants and curl up with your spring reading!
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