Easy DIY macrame hanging planter


I am crushing on macrame right now, like, in a big way.
And since I am a 40-something mama, I do remember the first time that macrame graced our homes.
It wasn’t quite as bright and fun the last time.
And no one painted it or paired with with bright, funky finds and art.
It just kind of hung in a corner with some plants in it.
And just did it’s thing.
I recently found one vintage macrame plant hanger, but it needs a little love before she joins my new
creation in our kitchen window.  I have been killing plants for decades, but I have two live plants right
now and a container of succulents.  I feel like I may have graduated from how-to-keep-your-plants-alive-
after-you-buy-them 101. I feel like a freaking rock star, is that silly?


I have been wanting to turn some recycled coffee cans into something cool.  And like usual, they sat
and sat until inspiration struck.  Here is what I did to turn a coffee can and some thick jute into a mod,
cool macrame planter that makes me want to pull my platforms back on.


Here is what I used:
  • One coffee can or can/container of your choice
  • One roll of jute rope
  • Hot glue, scissors
  • Hammer, awl tool
  • 3 shades of acrylic craft paint
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Foam brush
Use your awl tool and hammer to create  three holes around the top edge of the can, spaced evenly apart,
for the hangers.  Next, create drainage holes in the bottom of the can as well.  If it will be purely decorative
and you don’t need to water a plant inside of it, you can skip this step.
Begin at the bottom base of the can, attach the end of the jute with hot glue, wind it around the can firmly,
attaching with hot glue every few inches or so, pushing the jute down to create a basket-look and cover the
metal can.  Glue the end to attach it to the can at the top, and cut three pieces of jute, about 1-2 yards
long each, depending on how long you want the hanger to be.  Weave one thru each hole, pulling the
ends thru so they are even.  Using a simple knot, tie each about a dozen times, to create a macrame
effect.  Tie all three at the top where they join, and trim any excess jute.
The last step is the paint.   Use your tape to create an “x” pattern all around your container, smooth
down firmly, and use bright colors to create the first part of the pattern, the triangles, and center
diamonds.  Before they are dry, remove the tape & use a small brush to add bright white in the open
areas.  I wasn’t sure about the white at first, but I am glad I used it.  I like the way it made my blue and
green really say hello!


And it’s that easy to make a rad, new macrame planter out of a coffee can and a few simple elements.
I love it, and yes, I am making a couple more…what colors should I use do you think for the next two?
Thank you SO much for creating with me today, love you so, xoxo

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  1. I’m crushing on that Jute Rope! Love the planter too! <3

  2. I am in love with macrame now too! I really dig your version, especially with the painted, rope-wrapped cannister. It really modernizes the planter!

  3. That is amazing, Tanya! You are so creative.

    • You are too sweet Megan, thank you for putting a big smile on my face! Thanks for your support friend- xo


  4. love the painted can! great idea, and i’m loving this trend, too.

  5. A long time ago I had a shop called the Knott Knook and I sold supplies for macrame and needlepoint and taught macrame classes. That was way back in the late 70s. I thought about all the things I made then. Of course I never took a pickture of anthing. I made window coverings, seats for wooden chairs and of course, the ever-popular hanging plant holder. Love your idea to make it more colorful.


    • Oh Linda I would have signed up for your class! Isn’t it funny how things seem to come around again, with a spin on them. Thank you so much for your sweet message, have a fab week- xo


  6. Love the design you painted, Tanya!

  7. Very cool- I will definitely be doing this in a few rooms. Pinned!

  8. Oh I love it! So beautifully simple and lovely! Thanks for linking up with Twirl and Take a Bow! I’m gonna pin! 😉 xo

  9. I’ve been hoarding cans over here for a little too long, and this looks like the perfect project to use them on! I love how you painted on the rope. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • Thanks so much Katie! I haven’t made a dent in the can-hoard (glad to know I’m not the only one!) but I’m getting there 🙂
      Have a wonderful week- xo


  10. I’m loving this! It looks so easy and so do-able. I’d love for you to come share at our link party going on now, if you’ve not yet! http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/06/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-43.html

  11. Hi Tanya, this is too cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • Thank you Ana, it was super easy too which I love. It’s hard to dive into time consuming projects with little ones right now. Thank you so much for your sweet message!!

      xo, Tanya

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