Macramé an Insanely Easy Indoor Hanging Herb Garden
Summer is coming to an end, but you can relive it all year long with this indoor hanging herb garden. (Hello, pasta with fresh pesto in December!) Plus, this project combines fashionable copper and macramé (a retro trend from the '60s and '70s) in a super easy step-by-step guide, so you can make and hang the planters without going mental.
What You'll Need:
- Copper pipe
- Curtain Rod Brackets (2)
- Masonry Line
- Hose Clamps
- Painter's Tape
- Planter Pot
- Herb Plants
Step 1: Install the Copper Pipe
You could create this with another style of pipe, but everyone's crushing on copper these days! Head to your local hardware store, and get a copper pipe cut to your desired length.
Using a level and painter's tape, create a straight line across your wall. Install your hanging brackets on the tape for a level hanging field.
Step 2: Use Cut Masonry Line Any heavy string will do, but masonry line comes in great colors -- a pop of yellow or neon pink looks super fresh with copper.
Cut 6 strands of string. Make sure each strand should be 3x the height of your pot. Tip: Err on the longer side, because you can always trim it.
Step 3: Adjust the Hose Clamp
Use a screwdriver to tighten the hose clamp around the top of your pot. You want to ensure a snug fit. Once it's the right size, take it off the pot and lay it on a flat surface.
Step 4: Start to Macrame Fold 1 string in half. Make a loop at the halfway point, under the hose clamp, and pull the two ends through. Repeat this step for each of your strands. Space six strings evenly around the clamp.
Take two strings that are opposite from each other and tie them in a knot about 1.5-inches down. Repeat this with all the strings.
Tip: Continue tying 1.5 inch knots with left and right strands until you reach the length you need for your pot. You can hold your pot inside to check and see how many more rows of knots you need to do.
The hose clamp should now look like a basketball hoop when you hold it up.
Step 5: Plant the Herbs Fill your pot with potting soil around the roots of the herb, making sure to not over pack it. If you have a black thumb, try succulents or faux plants!
Put the hose clamp around your pot and tie a knot at the bottom. Trim your bottom strings as needed, as long or as short as you like.
Step 6: Hang the Macrame Planter
Cut three strands of masonry line and tying knots in its length for some detail. You'll need two of these. Loop you knotted string under the hose clamp and tie it onto the copper pipe. Repeat on the other side. If your planter is a tad tipsy, just adjust it so that the strings are even on the left and right, and make sure the length is at least similar.
That's it -- you've got yourself a super-cool hanging herb garden! It has a bit of an industrial look to it with the copper and metal clamps, but it's also really funky and fun thanks to the bright yellow macrame!