Make This Colorful Rope Planter

Feeling crafty? This hanging planter was made of just basic rope and embroidery thread (so easy-peasy). I chose a glow-in-the-dark 1/4″ Polypropylene cord, but the color combinations are basically endless – white rope/gold thread is on my list next. It’s easy to construct your own to suit a specific room in your home, and existing decor.

Make a DIY hanging basket planter using rope and embroidery thread.

Learn how to make your own hanging rope planter by referencing the tutorial below!


Step 1

 Open GalleryMelt the ends of synthetic rope to prevent fraying.Cut 8 pieces of rope, each 36″ in length. Prevent fraying by melting the rope. Hover the cut ends beneath a lit match and allow the melted synthetic materials to flash-singe together.

Step 2

 Open GalleryUse pieces of rope to make a hanging basket planter.Lay your 8 pieces of cut rope in a circle, so that the middle of each rope overlaps in the center. It should look like a big pizza pie, with the ropes at even lengths all around.

Step 3

 Open GalleryConnect the pieces of rope using embroidery thread to add color to your hanging basket.Use one package of embroidery thread to knot the pieces of rope together as one. You will be using most, if not all, of this length of thread, so keep it as untangled as possible.

Step 4

 Open GalleryKnot the pieces of rope together to be securely connected.Weave the remaining length of thread around and through the individual pieces of rope to help anchor them into their position in the circle, and strengthen what will become the base of the planter. Keep wrapping the thread until the ropes are secure, and until the thread sufficiently covers the entire overlapping area.

Step 5

 Open GalleryPair up the rope ends for the next step when you make a hanging basket.Lay the ropes back onto the floor flat, and pair them up so that you have 8 extending sections.

Step 6

 Open GalleryAttach the pairs of rope using embroidery thread.Using another package of embroidery thread (in a contrasting color, or the same color if you wish!) tie each pair together, wrapping the thread tightly to bind them in a neat way.

Step 7

 Open GalleryUse embroidery thread and rope to create a hanging basket.Continue all around until you are left with 8 tied sections. Separate the loose ends of each pairing, and allow it to re-pair with the neighboring rope.

Step 8

 Open GalleryUse embroidery thread and rope to create an easy hanging basket.Repeat the process with a third package of embroidery thread, so that your ropes begin to look like a web when laid flat on the ground. You can continue to add a third row by re-pairing the loose ends again, depending on how deep or engulfing you need your hanging planter to be.

Step 9

 Open GalleryConnect the ends of your hanging planter together using a needle and thread.You might find it easy at this point to grasp your loose cords at the ends and create one big knot, but with this many pieces at 1/4″ thickness, the knot would have been the size of a baseball, so I improvised. Gather the loose ends together so that when hanging, the basket is level and the ropes are taut. Lay them flat, and through each rope, run a needle with embroidery thread.

Step 10

 Open GalleryHook your eye hook into the threaded ends.The thread is what your hook will latch onto.

Step 11

 Open GalleryAttach a hook to your DIY hanging planter.Gather all of the loose ends together around the hook, and use another length of embroidery thread to first tie, and then wrap, around them to finish the hanging piece. If your ends were a little bit off like mine were, trim them to be the same length at this point, and use another match to melt the ends to prevent fraying.

Step 12

 Open GalleryUse aquarium gravel, succulents, and cacti to create a little oasis in your hanging planter garden.Choose a vessel sized to fit your hanging planter. If you’ll be hanging yours outside, make sure it has drainage at the bottom to allow for rainwater runoff. Mine is an 8″ glass globe, perfect for air plants, succulents, and cute cacti. I like using aquarium gravel in a miniature garden (the coarser pebbles are better than the mini rocks for drainage purposes).

Step 13

 Open GalleryMake a DIY succulent garden in a hanging planter.Layer the gravel, soil, and plants into your vessel. A layer of gravel on the bottom makes for happy, well-drained roots, but I added a thin layer on top too, to cover some visible roots without adding more soil.

Step 14

 Open GalleryHow to make a hanging planter using rope and embroidery thread.Put the plant between the ropes of your new hanging basket, nestle it into place, and enjoy!

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  • 24′ Rope
  • 4 packages of embroidery thread
  • 1 ‘S’ hook
  • Small planting vessel
  • Plant
  • Aquarium Gravel


  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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3 Responses

  1. Trish says:

    Emily, I wish you had shared sooner! Your's is a much better one than I attempted. I was inspired to try making a planter after Ellen Foord's necklace knot design….I thought macrame. Mine looks nothing like macrame. Your's is beautiful. I'll have to try again using this plan. Thanks for sharing.

    • Emily says:

      Ahhh, a macrame planter would be so cool! (I bet Ellen could figure out a method we could both follow… I'd love to learn more on knotting from her.)

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