Make a Knotted Rope Plant Hanger in 30 Minutes or Less!

Take your plant decor up a notch — literally. This hanging planter project turns really simple supplies (you only need 3 things!) into the coolest way to display your succulents, snake plants, and more. Follow along as Jo Gick from season 1 of NBC’s Making It shows you how it’s done.

DIY Rope Plant Hanger

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • ¼” cotton rope, cut into two 80” pieces
  • 2” wooden ring
  • Yarn in various colors
  • 4-6” pots
  • Small indoor plants


1. Create the Top

Fold one length of rope in half. Pass the folded portion through your wooden ring, then pass the ends through the loop of rope, tugging to secure the rope onto the ring. Congratulations, you just made a lark's head knot!

Repeat with your second rope on the same ring, so you end up with two lark's head knots on the ring and four equal ropes hanging down.

Choose your first color of yarn and tie the end tightly onto one of the ropes, tucking the tail inside so you can’t see it. Then, simply wrap the colored yarn around all four ropes, tying it off once you’ve reached your desired amount. Continue wrapping with other colors, varying the amounts so some stripes are thicker than others. (We wrapped about 5 inches worth of rope.)

Pro Tip

This project is a great use for all your yarn scraps. Have fun with color and don't overthink it!

2. Make the Bottom

Leave about 24 to 30” of open rope, then wrap more colored yarn to create the base of your planter. You should wrap about 4 inches of rope, in various colors. (Before wrapping the bottom, bunch the 4 ropes in your hand and try placing your pot to see if you've left the right amount of space. Bigger pots and bigger plants may need more open rope to contain them!)

3. Add the Pot + Final Details

Nestle your pot evenly between the 4 ropes so it balances properly.

Slightly fray the rope at the bottom of your design to create a tassel. (The best way to do this is to wet the rope slightly and then combo it with a pet brush to separate it.)

Hang your plant from a hook and enjoy!

Learn More Now

Get more how-to's for growing (and displaying!) your plant babies in our class DIY Weekend Gardens .

Use a plain terra cotta pot to make your own container garden! Sara paints the pot with a moss and buttermilk mixture. Then she fills it with a bouquet of annuals using her planting rule of thumb: height, color, and spill. Have some broken pots around? Turn it into a charming fairy garden in just a few simple steps.

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