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    Macramé Hanging Planters

    I’m so excited about my new hanging planters!

    Before a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea what macramé was. I learned it’s a 13th-century form of weaving that was popularized in the 70’s and is making its way back into design trends. I saw a couple of macramé projects on my reader, and decided I’d give it a try. During the process, I realized I’d been doing Cavandoli macramé since I was little. Anyone ever make friendship bracelets? It’s basically the same thing! (Also, a fun fact: Wikipedia says macramé may be derived from a Turkish word!)


    DIY Macrame Succulent Hangers


    Macrame hanging succulent


    First, I purchased three small pots from Bauhaus and filled them with little stones for drainage:


    Succulent pots


    I found these cute succulents at a flower shop in Kızılay:


    Succulent trio


    Now for the macramé. Here are the basic steps. (For more detailed instructions, I followed this site and this site.) I used jute, but other people use nylon cord. Any kind of stringy stuff should work. Cut 8 strands, each about 5 feet long.


    Macrame DIY


    Knot the pieces together, but leave a couple of inches below your knot. That is the bottom of the planter. Separate the strings into 4 groups of 2 strands each:


    Macrame DIY


    Select one group. About half an inch from the big knot, tie the strings as though you were tying your shoe. Then make a second knot and tighten:


    Macrame DIY


    Repeat that step with the other 3 groups:


    Macrame DIY


    Choose a single strand and repeat the double knots with the adjacent strand from a different group:


    Macrame DIY


    Repeat until you have a second layer:


    Macrame DIY


    Then repeat to make one more layer. You can make these fancy with different kinds of knots, but I kept it pretty simple because my pots were so small. Once I put the succulents inside of the macramé hangers, I had to make a lot of adjustments to even out the knots.

    To hang them, we mounted Command Hooks to the back side of the crown molding. Our crown molding sticks out from the wall about 5″ in front of the windows to make room for the curtain tracks. (No curtain rods here.)


    Macrame hanging succulents


    Macrame hanging succulent


    Macrame hangers


    Some leaves broke off of the during transport and planting, so I’m also trying my hand at propagating succulents. We’ll see how that goes!


    Propagating succulents




    Springtime His & Hers

    We’ve been enjoying the spring weather. David decided to clean up our porch last weekend. We have netting that keeps the pigeons out, but it was super dirty. There was a nice layer of film on the table and chairs as well.

    Once the porch was clean, David hung up the dartboard he got at our staff Christmas party. He later suggested we walk down to the florist since I had noticed their hangers and other flowers recently. David was calling the porch his man cave, but I guess I kind of ruined that with the flowers. Ah, compromises. His and hers.


    Porch His and Hers


    I love the color of this pretty flower! Since there were a few more buds on the plant, I cut one of the big blooms to keep inside. Does anyone know what kind it is?


    Orange flower


    I set the pot of flowers a ledge so I can see them even when I’m inside. It’s a beautiful view!


    Flowers at sunset



    Roses, roses!

    Turkey has so many beautiful roses! They were in bloom when we came in August, and there’s so many in bloom even this month.


    Roses in Cappadocia, Turkey