For me, it was only a natural progression to move from working with knots and beads for jewelry to doing the same thing on a larger scale and dive into the world of macrame!
After having already made a ton of beaded bracelets and anklets, I’m growing bored with creating the same pieces over and over. Time to look for inspiration on Pinterest. I did add some wonderful key ring photos I found, but it wasn’t sparking my creativity like I wanted.
You know I’ve always believed that the best crafts to make are the ones born out of necessity and I don’t really need key rings right now……so, looking around I thought about what I could do with materials on hand to improve the look of the space and feed my need to be creative.
Well, there is a beautiful spider plant hanging above my work desk from the plastic hanger it came with when I bought it last summer at the store…it is pretty awful…love the plant….hate the hanger…
I want to make a plant hanger like the ones my Mom had in the house when I was younger, but I’m going to need some help deciphering the photos I pinned since most of them don’t come with instructions.
I settled on a YouTube video tutorial about plant hangers using recycled t-shirts knowing that there is a bag in the closet overflowing with old clothing and I also have one metal clasping ring just perfect for holding the weight of a plant.
That means I can make one for free with recycled household materials and I love that!
I made my first hanger with cotton clothesline and it isn’t quite right. It works, but I didn’t tie the knots in the correct groups and it’s making the hanger a big unstable. I also don’t love the way the clothesline frays at the cut.
My second plant hanger is my articles feature photo and it’s my favorite so far!! I love that I made it for free with an old t-shirt and a lovely container I had sitting in storage.
The sprout jars I made were an opportunity for me to work with other materials and it gave me the chance to scale my work to a smaller size. I was also able to put some lovely driftwood pieces to use and some beads that were too small to thread onto the larger cording.
I even went so small I used cotton twine and made some smaller sprout jars that won’t hold the wide mouth jars….only jelly jars.
I love these little pops of green around the house in places that might be too small or too impractical for a larger house plant. I’m also able to save more of the spider plants sprouts instead of tossing them when I prune. These would make really nice housewarming gifts or a last-minute gift when visiting with friends. You could use the jar for a small candle or fresh cut flowers.
Do you want a project that will have a small impact on your wallet and a big impact in your house? Then grab some t-shirts you don’t like any more, unhook an extra key ring from your house keys, search YouTube for video help or Pinterest for inspiration. You will have a mastered this skill in no time at all.
I’ll be sharing some of the other macrame pieces I’ve made in upcoming posts. If you don’t want to miss a moment of my crafting obessions, then hit subscribe and join me on my journey.