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Urban Jungle Bloggers – Hanging Planters

February 26, 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

February’s theme is: hanging planters

To be honest I didn’t quite know what to do or where to go to find some nice hanging planters. One always sees such beautiful ones online but where exactly do they come from? In the end I wondered whether it’s so difficult to make a macrame hanging planter myself. I wanted to keep it basic as time is short and my DIY skills not majorly fantastic.

I saw some beautiful macrame hanging planters offered in online shops . I took a closer look and thought, hey this isn’t so difficult to do. What do I need? I got some cotton rope (bit thick), fished out my bag of embroidery floss (I have tons), got a keyring from a hardware shop and enlisted the help of the boyfriend to work out knots and measurements. Hey presto, half an hour later I had a pretty presentable hanging planter.

I’m not good at DIY tutorials so won’t even attempt it. There must be 100’s out there explaining how to do this very simple hanging planter. Now I’m dreaming of doing some with beads and braids…. any ideas where to go for these are very welcome!

Now what to put in it? Look what I found. The most beautiful and colourful Spider Lily. Now how to keep it alive!

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Love this side view

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Aren’t the colours simply divine and if you look closely, you can see the little flowers coming through.

urban jungle bloggers - hanging planters - colourlivingSimple embroidery floss wrapped around the rope at the top and bottom holds it all together and gives it ‘that look’.

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After I had done my first hanging planter in white I remembered that I had bought this yellow rope for my roof terrace. I got the wrong thickness of rope so had a lot of rope to play with. Of course, now I had to make another hanging planter in yellow (what punishment for a colourlover). I had bought a couple of keyrings so had all necessary materials ready.

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This second one took less than 20 minutes to do. Once we worked out the system it was easy to adapt measurements.

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Hanging in situ

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And here’s my second, slightly smaller one with different coloured embroidery floss. I found a lovely Jasmine plant and rather fancy the green and yellow hues. They really make me think of spring.

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Showing off some knots and embroidery floss wrapping.

I really enjoyed doing this and although I have low ceilings and no more hanging space, I would love to make many more hanging planters. I cannot wait to see what everyone else has done and look forward to new ideas for different hanging planters.

There won’t be a new post on Monday so I see you all back here next Thursday.


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  • Reply Igor February 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

    What a great and simple DIY, Tina. I think even I Mr. No-DIY could manage to accomplish this (maybe). Oh and I am in love with your purple shimmering hanging plant – so beautiful! Thank you once again for being part of our green family!!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Ha. Now I think if P helps out you’ll be ok. You on your own… hmmm, not sure LOL:-)

      Love my purple plant but managed to break the green one as I was trying to water the plant:-(

  • Reply Yvonne February 26, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Tina, these are so clever! And I love the plant too…

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Yvonne:-)

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha February 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Now I see your beautiful plant in all it’s glory! The preview image on twitter was lovely, but you were right, it looks even more stunning in the daylight. Your macrame hanging planters are very cool too!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Yes, it’s gone a bit wild and it’s flowering:-))
      Thank you Sarah. Your idea was just superb.

  • Reply Judith February 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, you may not be good at DIY tutorials, you made a fabulous DIY hanging planter, Tina! And wonderful that these are creations by 4 hands 😉 Love the yellow rope a lot and also the colorful details on the bottoms. The Spider Lily looks stunning: so many flowers coming soon! Thank you for playing along with Urban Jungle Bloggers again! xx

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Merci Judith. Yes, plant has started to flower. Have soooo much yellow rope left:-)

  • Reply Alison Sye February 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    What a beautiful plant the top one is.

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you Alison.

  • Reply Zsuzsi @ February 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    WOW Tina!
    I really like your planter. I was thinking about a macrame DIY, but this rope version looks even better!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      It’s dead easy, really. Give it a try. Thank you:-)

  • Reply Anastasia February 28, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Awesome and super easy to make colorful hanging planters! Oh and your spider lily steals my heart!

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      I know, loved the simplicity of these hanging planters. Thank you. I’ve never seen a spider lily like that…

  • Reply Emelie March 1, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Wow I’m really impressed with your spider lily! I have the same but it’s so tiny, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong…
    I LOVE your knots! It looks really cool with “simple” and almost a bit over sized knots! I will definitely try to make a plant hanger like this. 🙂

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Oh, I’m not the best person to advise on the spider lily. I bought it already like this. Maybe you can google to find out
      the care instructions. On the ticket it says: Moist soil in full sun or part shade. I might take it out onto the terrace soon.

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine March 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    wow I’m in love with that plant! Love the colour and the way it grows. Must find the Dutch name or Latin name.
    And your planters are cool, way to go with DIY.

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you. Hope you’ll find the plant in Holland. x

  • Reply Sarah-Lou March 5, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Oo I have one of those purple leafed plants, I didn’t know it flowered :o) You’ve done a grand job, your macrame looks fab! x

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Great. See whether it flowers this year. Thank you, I did enjoy making these planters x

  • Reply Holly March 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my gosh! These are GENIAL! (in both the French and English sense of the word!)

    I’m super impressed and you have completely inspired me to give this a try once we get into our new spaces. There is a chance however that you may get a frantic Skype call with me tangled in knots…

    The spider plant is absolutely beautiful. And great idea using an “s” hook on your window handle! No holes needed. Clever clever, you are 🙂


    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm


      Yes, I will help you via Skype. It’s dead easy and you and P can do one in 20 minutes.
      You know I don’t like making holes…, at least not for now!! xx

  • Reply mel March 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Oh my this is simply divine Tina! Aren’t you clever! The coloured details really set it off. And love how the plant spills over. Mel x

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Mel. Give it a try, super easy and fun. Hope to keep the plant alive:-)) xx

  • Reply Emilia Clarke May 29, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    This is not a spider lily, spider lily looks different.

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