Macrame For Lazy Girls

I love decorating and adding fashionable little twists to my apartment as well as my wardrobe and just like a new nail colour or a pair of shoes can revamp an outfit for the new season, cheap colourful soft furnishings can do the same for a room. So, in the pursuit of ‘fashion-ising’ my small office space (which for the moment is just a small coffee table outside on my roof terrace), I’m making some trendy MACRAME HANGING POTS for pens, stationery, brushes and receipts (come on, where else can I put them??).  

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

Seems like all of the cool, boho homes in magazines have a bunch of them and there are instructions for creating some spectacular versions on Pinterest and YouTube, but some of them looked a bit advanced and fiddly for me – and as I’m short on time and wanted a quick fix, I thought I’d simplify one of the methods, for me and other like-minded lazy folks and have listed the instructions below!

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Soft pinks and greens in every shade are having a moment both in fashion AND interiors, so for this project I am using some fabulous Khaki green and gold wool that I bought at the local second hand shop (four balls for £4, so I can make loads with that) but you could use any type of string – or even just actual macrame cord!

 

First of all, you need to decide where the baskets are going to hang – on hooks, or along a rail – and if you decide on a rail, you should make sure the hook or ‘ring’ you use will fit on the rail before you start  – it was annoying to make a bunch of hangers, pot some lovely plants then realise that the meat hook didn’t sit comfortably onto the hanging rail, doh! – but I used those ones in my bedroom for cotton wool, makeup brushes and makeup instead – bonus!

 

For the LAZY GIRL MACRAME HANGING BASKET

You will need:

  • Macrame string or wool  
  • 1 x Butchers hook or metal ring (I used Indian bangles)
  • Scissors
  • Pot or bowl
  • Optional – 5 Large holed beads (the hole needs to be big enough to thread 4 lengths of the wool through) and a toothpick or something similar to push the wool through the bead.

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Beads for the Deluxe model – There’s a shell in the photo, but don’t let it distract you.

FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS…

  1. Roughly measure 8 lengths of wool around 2 meters long, then pull them through the ring and tie a firm knot at the middle, close to the ring (leaving 16 x 1 meter lengths to play with).
  2. Now separate the lengths into 4 bunches of 4 strands and push each bunch through a bead (if you are including beads) and tie a knot – leaving 4 bunches.
  3. Separate these bunches into 8 bunches of 2, then connect each bunch to it’s neighbour, approximately three inches further down.  
  4. If you have more beads you can add them before you tie the knots.
  5. Now, depending on how long you want to make your basket, or the size of your pot, you can repeat this last stage again, but just make sure that the last knots are half the height of your pot, at the very most, to make sure the pot can’t fall out.
  6. Bunch the remaining lengths together and push them all through the last bead, then tie one fat knot, leaving a nice swishy fashion-y tassel which will hang underneath the pot.  Trim it so it hangs neatly if required.

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And that’s it – fill the pots and hang ’em up, sit back and enjoy the admiring oohs and ahhhs from your fashionable friends!

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Happiness is a tidy workspace – no more procrastination!

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TIPS…

 

No tape measure? No problem!

Baskets hanging at varied lengths look great. I measured a piece of wool by stretching my arms out wide (so that will be approximately 5ft 7 inches) then used the first piece to measure the rest.

 

The first ‘Beaded Lazy Girl’ hanger I made took around 8 minutes to make from scratch, then once I’d made that one, I found it easy to make more while watching ‘Great British Bake Off’ on TV, then the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show on the net with the gold ring hooked over my toe to give the wool tension while I worked (multitasking or what?)

 

The ‘even lazier’ version is obviously faster too as there’s no beading involved!

 

I used two rings for heavier plants, just in case!

 

Now I am literally obsessed and have come up with a few alternative string suggestions… ribbon, scraps of jersey t shirt fabric, colourful striped meat string (unused of course), embroidery silk…

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