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No knitting or crocheting on this one, however, once you see how to make a plant hanger, you can let your creativity flow and crochet or knit one if you prefer.  This is the quickie method of making one, it takes almost no time at all.

You will need thicker yarn or rope for the hanging.  I chose to take some of the yarn and ply it to itself, then ply it to itself again to make really thick yarn.  This plying took a few minutes and that was the most time consuming part.

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1. Cut equal length strands, long enough to go under the pot and have a couple of inches left over.  I used 6 strands of Red Heart acrylic yarn.  (See the note on number 8 about why the number matters.)  Choose a pot that has a rim at the bottom for catching water.  You can also use one of those plastic catchers, just put it under the pot as you are making the hanger so that it will fit inside.

Plant12. Tie one big knot in the middle.

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3. Spread the strands out equally. (I had 6 strands, so there are 12 strings spread out.)

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4. The knot goes in the middle under the pot.

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5. Take each 2 adjacent strands and tie them in a knot. (If you had 6 starting strands, this will be 6 knots.)  Try to get them about the same distance from the center knot.

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6. Tie another knot above the first using strands from knots next door as shown.

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7. I tied a 3rd knot in the same way.  Then I tied a thick strand around the rim of the pot.  (I plied yarn together to make thick yarn, but you can also braid it, crochet it, or just use a thinner strand for this.)

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8. Tie the knotted bottom part to the rim strand, trying to get it the same  distance from all of the knots.  I have 6 places where it is tied to the rim strand, this means 6 places between the knots where I could hang it from.  I chose to use 3 clumps of rope, but I also could have used every space and done 6.  (Something like 4 would have had it hanging a bit unevenly.  If you want 4, use 8 strands of string to start with.)

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9. I left the ends hanging on the thicker rim strand, but tied bows in the remaining ends of the other strings and trimmed them neatly.

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10. Hang it with thicker yarn, braided yarn, crocheted yarn, or rope.  You will probably need something thicker here, as wet mud is pretty heavy.  For this reason I would not use a pot bigger than this one.  Keep in mind, this will stretch much longer due to the weight, so make it shorter than you want it.  I used yarn twice as long as I wanted and looped it over the rim strand without tying another knot.

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11.  Three clumps of yarn on, equal distance apart.  Tie a big overhand knot (leaving long enough ends).

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12. Tie another knot above it for hanging on the hook.

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Add mud and a plant and hang on a hook.

Acrylic yarn will last awhile if you are careful when you water to not let the bottom overflow and get it dirty.  This one has big spaces so when you water you can tip the plant at an angle to dump the water out so mud doesn’t get on it so much.  It will last longer if it is inside or on a porch than if it is in the sun and rain.

If you want to, knit or crochet it.  You can even add buttons to make it cute.   (Make the same way as you’d make a hat – make a flat circle for the bottom, then keep going but stop increasing to make a ring in a tube shape to go upward on the pot).

 

 

 

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