Thursday I had some time to work on a project and wanted to do an easy macrame plant hanger for this window in our bathroom.
As I dug out some left over rope from a previous project, I saw all the ties I had just laundered that I had brought back from my Mom's. She had made us all small tie quilts and had oodles of ties left over. My one sister and I divided them up.
It was one of those wonderful moments of "I bet this will work!!" And, it did. :)
I was amazed at how much I enjoyed working with the ties. I pressed them and then they were really resilient to being tied, untied, and tied again as I figured out how I wanted to make the hanger.
I debated quite awhile how to do the loop at the top and when I just did an overhand knot only pulling the loop partly through, I realized that was perfect. The ends of the ties hanging and flopping like ties looks really cool.
I gathered the bottom and wrapped another piece of a tie around it so it looks like...a tied tie!!
I was craving some green...you can tell it's spring time! But, can you see the little snow skiers on the red tie??
The gist of how to make one yourself:
►6 men's ties: preferably not super wide ones at the bottom, the longer the better
►Gather them at the bottom and tie with twine or string.
►Divide the six ties into 3 groups of two and tie square knots, adjusting as needed to make them even
►Regroup the ties into three new groups of two, and again tie a square knot adjusting to make them even.
►Place your chosen pot in the hanger you've created and adjust again as necessary. You may find you have to retie and lower or raise the knots. Don't worry the ties stay nice and it doesn't take long.
►Once the pot fits to your liking, gather all six ties together again and make a overhand knot but stop short of pulling the loop all the way through. TIGHTEN so it doesn't slip, adjusting to let the ties end flop as you like. Again, make sure it's SUPER TIGHT so your plant doesn't end up on the floor.
►Make a "bead" out of a piece of another tie, (basically hand stitch a strip of tie) and slip it up from the bottom to neatly cover the string/twine you used to tie the ties up at the bottom.
It may seem strange that we divided up my Mom's belongings so quickly after she passed away, but she was in assisted living at the nursing home and her apartment had to be emptied. She had already given up her home about 6 months ago. We had to take care of things right away while all of us kids were there.