Macrame Plant Hangers

April 15, 2013

Okay so a few weeks ago I was talking about how I think plants in the home are trending and now I open Real Living magazine Australia (never thanked them for this feature, but I was so honored to be in their mag and on their blog here) and spotted Ouch Flower and their hanging baskets of plants in macrame holders and I think – YES, hanging plants are trending. It’s sorta like when you start to look for a car to buy, and you decide on a red Fiat, and then that is all you see on the street – red fiats! Right!? So I guess all we will see now are plants.

Macrame Plant Hangers

Let’s talk though about macrame. Because to me this is full on 1970s. My mother used to go to classes to learn how to do this and she made plant holders (like these from Plumo), double plant holders, owls with beads and other wall art, she loved macrame so much. By the time I started to notice decorating stuff, it was early 80s and macrame was already fading into the sunset. Maybe this was a 60s trend, but I just remember my mother loving it SO MUCH and having these hanging plant holders in our family home for years and years until one day I leveled with her and told her the macrame must go. Now I actually wonder what she did with them all? They are back in trend mom! She outta pull ’em out and get on the trendwagon again! Do your mothers have these things stored in the basement too? I bet!

What do you think of hanging plants and plant holders involving macrame. Too boho for you? Or? I like them but…

When it comes to hanging plants, I personally like something a little more like the Michael Anastassiades hanging terrariums spotted in Stockholm recently at Svenskt Tenn (shown here) and these gorgeous wall plants in ceramic holders. But you know, in the right room, maybe I could get a little macrame crazy… Hmmm.

Looking for more plant inspiration, following this perky pinboard I’ve made for you (and me) here.

(images: ouch flower)


  • Reply Quinn Cooper April 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Normally I’m not a big fan of these kind of plant hangers, however I’m kind of loving these because of the ombre. They are so cute! I might try a DIY.
    xo Quinn

  • Reply Tania Welch April 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    My initial instinct would be to go more along the lines of the glass and ceramic plant holders YET, there is something I’m loving about the macrame holders. I’m a sucker for a mix of textures like the wood and cotton twine. The pops of color is an added bonus. Although I do see how these would work great in a more bohemian home, I actually think these would look lovely in a more modern home as well. They would make that perfect, unpredictable element that I think makes a room more interesting. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Reply Anastasia of Passion & Obsession April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hey Holly,
    I have spotted a DIY for these cute Macrame hangers, and it’s pretty neon pink!
    My friend Kathy is from South Africa and introduced me to this beautiful company:, I bet you’ll LOVE it!

    • Reply decor8 April 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      @Anastasia – Wow that was a great neon pink DIY plant holder :)

  • Reply Rosa Paula April 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I think I’m more of a glass terrarium kind of girl! Macrame… maybe in a beach house?
    Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply heather April 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I have the same feelings about macrame- I want to like it more but I also was a child of the 70’s so that macrame feeling came and went in the early 80’s when I was a young kid decorating my own room, making macrame as a girl-guide craft project. By the late 90’s when I got married someone gifted us the largest macrame I had ever laid eyes on as a joke, we were all thought it was so tacky. Now it’s back and certainly better then ever with the use of neon or coloured rope/string.

  • Reply Alice in EW{The Owl's Skull} April 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    These remind me a little too much of some bad wall art in my mom’s house long ago. Not a huge fan LOL. But love your blog:)!! Alice @ the owl’s skull

  • Reply Vanessa April 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Holly, this is too funny!

    My mister is a bit older than me, and has the most old school hippie lovin’ macrame plant holder, with a charlie plant in it no less . I would guess he has had the macrame plant holder since it was new, haha :)

    He waters it everyday, and I just laugh. Recently I said to him, there is no point taking it down now, I bet it’s going to come back (in style) anyday now.

    He will get such a kick out of this!

    I have a huge container full of macrame making supplies that I got at a yard sale 15 years ago…….

    Maybe? Plunging…. perhaps….

    Too funny!

  • Reply Francine April 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I totally remember macrame too, it was really big even in the Caribbean when I was growing up. Funnily enough, yesterday a friend asked me to make her some plant hangers. But in crochet :)

  • Reply Aileen@AtHomeinLove April 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve been noticing this everywhere too!! I love it with neon pink macramé. Not so much into the beads and all that, just a simple and cute way to hang plants and add color.

  • Reply Inge April 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    That’s so funny reading this post! Because all I was thinking about lately was hanging plants. And I do see them everywhere too. :-D Well, my mom had a lot of these macrame holders too in our living room (she threw them away years ago). And honestly: I’m still not a huge fan. I prefer the hanging terrariums (the ones from look great!) too! :-)

  • Reply Louise April 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I prefer ceramic and terrarium style plant holders. I used to make macrame plant hangers when I was young. They were fun to make but the funny thing is I didn’t like them as decoration. I didn’t like them then and I don’t like them now :) I know they’re trendy and I don’t understand lol And I do like boho style, but in balanced doses, in a tasteful way.

  • Reply sue April 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I too remember macrame from when my mum made it, and it is very unlikely I wll go wth this trend. Maybe for younger people or those who joined in the first tme around, like your mum :)

  • Reply maks April 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Way back in the day I would make these macramé hangers for my Mom. I was really good if I may say so and made the obligatory owl and shopping bags as well ;-). I was never much of a macramé person myself, but my Mom likes it and I learnt how to, just for her. I think I can still do it and may try with new materials in cool colors. I don’t know yet, but I might even like it for our place. I would have to make sure it’s airy and fun. Thanks for the trend watch :)

  • Reply Pippa April 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Dear Holly,
    what a lovely surprise to wake up too!
    Thankyou for featuring my work, on your blog.
    More plants in the home, is the best trend to follow, I think!
    I just love making macramé and tassels too.
    Big smiles!
    Pippa x

  • Reply IRENE IRENE April 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    There is also that one from Béatrice Durandard (a young and promising designer straight out of the ECAL) for IKEA:

  • Reply emily April 16, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Totally reminds me of my mom–our 1970’s home was filled with macrame hangers, usually with spider plants. Looking at these made me realize that this is a great way to add seasonal color to your home–just like throw pillows–you can change them out when you want a refresh. Now, I just have to remember how to macrame ;)

  • Reply Brandi Powell April 16, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Wow – these take me back. My mom used to make these when I was young, however she only had the natural color. The color gives it a bit of an edge and I think that trends always come back around!

    Love these!

    xoxo – Brandi

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen April 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

    This is just so funny – I used to make these kinds of hangers in the 70s with my mother – she was a real plant goddess – and they feel so much like we’ve jumped into the way back machine!!! I guess it’s true, everything old does get new again….I’m not sure how I feel about it, though. I think there are other trends that are back that I’m more of a fan of than macrame…..I love plants, I just don’t think I’m going to be corralling them in macrame ever again!!!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen April 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

    …and I forgot to note, Holly, that I am excited that Decorate Workshop is on it’s way to me. I’ve started plotting out furniture positions in my living room – I have so much that DOESN’t work and so excited to have you walk along and help me with what might! Yay, me!!!

    • Reply decor8 April 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      @Kristin – That is great! Thank you and enjoy the book! :)

  • Reply Tammy April 16, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves macramé and hanging plants. I started making mine a few months ago, but I don’t like the fussy beaded ones. Simple and brightly coloured is how I’ve been rolling.

    An example of one of my pretties:

  • Reply Tammy April 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Oh, and here’s the arty shot, looking up the stairs. ;)

    • Reply decor8 April 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      @Tammy – Thanks for sharing your pics! :)

  • Reply Scandi Coast Home April 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I just love Pippa’s work……I could see it in lots of rooms in my house for sure.
    Tania xx

  • Reply V April 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I got these last time I was in Munich!

    • Reply decor8 April 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      @V – Those looks great, thanks for the link!

  • Reply Kate April 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    This is like a sense memory exercise for anyone who was a child in the 70s, I am instantly transported to the age of 7 and I love it!

  • Reply Ria April 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Holly, what a nice post. It remembers me to my childhood with all the macrame stuff in our house. My mum did a class to learnn how you could macrame a kind of wall picture in brown, orange and yellow. I´m not the macrame type but I saw nice ceramic pots, plants hanging turn around.
    Hope the link matches. Thanks Holly for sharing this post today.
    Greetings, Ria

  • Reply Linda Hamilton April 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

    This is so funny. I have plants that I would to have hanging and in thinking about the plant hangers I have seen, none would be so dear as to have Macrame. I have been so unkind to the art for the past 30? years. And have been asking my friends if they know of any place to get some. Then, come to find this pin. Sorta funny how we as a people start gravitating together to a fad or idea.
    Maybe this time I will learn to do it myself.

  • Reply Hanna April 17, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I am very excited for plants and especially excited for hanging plants to be trending but I’m not ready for macrame. I did a really simple version with a white pot using cotton string. That’s as close as I’ll get. For now.

  • Reply stevefinn April 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    This hangers are really awesome and moreover creative idea to hang plants. I am looking forward to read more of your work.

  • Reply Jenny Lynn April 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I never thought I would see these come back into style. My mother had some of these hanging our house when I was growing up. I never got why. Not a fan! Bet my mom would love to have one though. She loves macrame!

  • Reply Gary October 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I think it’s cool the way you start the project at the bottom and finish off at the top. It’s actually a prettier look than I would have imagined. After crafting macrame plant hangers for our customers for so many years I must say I’ve never tried that before. Thanks for the new idea.

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