DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

If you follow home decor trends (or just love to add something different or vintage to your home), then a textile and macrame project is a perfect project to try.  If you think they are a nod to the 70’s, you are right but this macrame project is fresh and fun. And it will make a great addition to your home.

Today I have a quick and easy DIY macrame plant hanger to show you that can be customized by color and size. It’s also a new way to display plants instead of just putting them on a shelf or plant stand. Here’s how to make a DIY Macrame Plant Hanger.

Materials:

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

  • 50 feet of cotton or polyester clothesline
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Plant in a small pot or bowl
  • Small metal ring
  • Cup hook and anchor (Optional for hanging from the ceiling)

Instructions:

Open the clothesline and fold it in half three times so you have eight strands of clothesline of equal lengths. One end will have all of the ends still connected, and the other will have two looped ends and the two open ends of the clothesline.

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

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Living Room Reveal

Cory Rolling Storage Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m so excited to finally reveal our living room makeover to you. I partnered with La-Z-Boy to furnish our living room almost exclusively with La-Z-Boy furniture and accessories. The furniture from La-Z-Boy arrived a while ago, but the rug was backordered for several months. My La-Z-Boy in store designer asked me twice if I wanted to chose another rug, but I’m so glad I decided to wait. I love the rug and can honestly say that it was well worth the wait!

Before we get to the tour, I think it’s only fair to show you a few pictures of the progression of the living room over the years. About a year after we bought the house in 2007, I painted the walls a lighter sage green and added sconces. We also paid a contractor to double the width of the opening to the kitchen. That made a huge difference. You can see the missing flooring where the small opening used to be below:

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The sofa was a hand-me-down from my Godfather’s parents.

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Underneath the red slipcover was this fabulously reupholstered sofa. Can you tell what year I re-covered it?

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Ummm, hello 1990’s hunter green plaid. I don’t have a photo, but under this plaid monster is the original fabric from the 60’s. It was a floral woven tapestry fabric. I still can’t believe we sat on this sofa that was over 50 years old. It was hard as a rock.

In 2009, I pulled up the wall-to-wall carpeting and installed antique heart pine wood flooring. I also painted the previously painted white fireplace to look like brick again.  You read that right, the brick is painted!

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In 2011, I covered the sofa with a new slipcover, but it was still the same uncomfortable hard sofa. We also tried positioning the sofa at an angle in the room.

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This past winter we moved the furniture around again and for the first time we felt that we had found an arrangement that worked for us.

Pretty Handy Girl's Holiday Home Tour 2014

If you recall, I took a little field trip to our local La-Z-Boy furniture gallery back in December. I met with Lexie, the designer, who was invaluable with her expertise and design advice. Then you all helped me by voting for your favorite fabric selection (big virtual kisses and hugs from me to you for that!)

The voting was a tie, so I combined fabrics from the two winners and ultimately chose this combination:

La-Z-Boy Living Room Mood Board | Pretty Handy Girl

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I’m in Love with Cory…

Daphne Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m in love with Cory and all the things he does for me. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence, but it’s true. Cory has been with me for about two months now and he has easily won over my heart.

Daphne Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

Honest, I’m not cheating on my husband. Cory is our rolling storage ottoman from La-Z-Boy. He scoots up close to our sofa and holds my feet after a long day. During the day, we spend a lot of time together, because this has become my favorite spot to blog.)

Cory Rolling Storage Ottoman from La-Z-Boy | Pretty Handy Girl

Before I go on gushing about Cory, I should tell you that this is a sponsored post for La-Z-Boy and they let me custom design Cory for my home. But, I never realized how much I would love him until he came into my living room.

When the La-Z-Boy design consultant first recommended an upholstered ottoman, I was hesitant. I worried that we wouldn’t have anywhere to set our drinks. But, she told me that I just needed to give Cory a tray to hold drinks and other necessities. [Continue reading…]

DIY Nautical Towel Rack

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The kids are back in school, but we still have plenty of hot summer weather here in Arizona. This means a lot of time by the pool.  My boys swim every single day, and always leave a pile of towels left in their wake.  I was tired of the towels and swim trunks piling up in their bathroom, […]

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Finger-printed Envelope Star Pillows

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Personalized finger-printed envelope star pillows are an easy and fun gift item to make. My boys and I enjoyed making these pillows for their home room teachers. We got the idea from Cristina’s beautiful seaside themed thumb print pillows. Materials: Fabric (I used bleached and washed leftover drop cloths) Pillow insert Thread Sewing machine Freezer Paper Fabric […]

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Which Picture Hanger to Use?

Pros and Cons of 4 Types of Picture Hangers

Hello! It’s Jessica, from Decor Adventures and I’m back this month with some very handy tips to help hang items up on the wall. Do you ever wonder which picture hanger to use? Did you know there are several ways you can hang things up? From curtains to art and mirrors to lightweight decorations — there are many options for […]

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DIY Kids Scooter

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  Looking for a quick and easy DIY kids toy you can make at home?  Let’s make kids scooters!  Hello Pretty Handy Readers I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share how to make these DIY Kids Scooters using scrap wood and a few hardware bits. My 9 year old daughter is here giving the scooter […]

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12 Tips to Maintain the Value of Your Car

12 Tips to Maintain the Value of Your Car | Pretty Handy Girl

We’ve sold a few cars in our lives. Each time we were able to get top dollar for our used vehicles. Today I have 12 Tips to Maintain the Value of Your Car.  (This is a sponsored post for Spiffy Mobile Car Wash, my newest favorite way to get my car washed!) You’ve all heard the […]

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Top 15 Must Have Painting Tools

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I have painted almost every room in our home now. Make that almost every room in two homes! You could say that over the years I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade and have acquired quite a few painting tools. But, only a handful are my tried and true gear that get pulled out […]

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How to Paint Your Room Like a Pro

How to Paint a Room Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome back, I hope you are ready to paint with me today! Paying a professional to paint your room is a waste of money. I’m here today to show you all the tips and tricks to Paint Your Room Like a Pro! If you’re just popping in, this week is Paint Week! If you missed any of […]

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Prepping to Paint Your Room Like a Pro

Prepping to Paint Your Room Like a Pro | Pretty Handy Girl

Today’s post contains the most important lessons I can impart on you. Prep work is 80% of a professional paint job. If you take the time to prep your room, it will make your paint job look flawless. If you’re just popping in, welcome to Paint Week! If you missed any of paint week, here’s the […]

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How to Pick the Right Sheen and Types of Paint

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Welcome to Paint Week everyone! This week we’ll be giving you the best tips and tricks for painting your home and beyond. Yesterday we learned How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color! If you missed any of paint week, here’s the recap: Monday: How to Pick Your Paint Color Tuesday: How to Pick the Paint […]

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How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color

Paint Week - 5 Lessons to Perfect Your Painting Skills

After painting every room in two houses (trim, windows and doors included), I’ve amassed a bunch of tips and tricks for achieving the perfect paint job. This week will be devoted exclusively to painting your home. Five Days with five different lessons to help you perfect your painting skills. Ready to jump into this (into the lesson, […]

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21 Ways to Make and Decorate Totebags

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Have you been enjoying all of the awesome tote bag tutorials this week? Today we’ve rounded up even more sewing tutorials, decorating ideas, and an amazing crocheted tote bag. How To Sew Totebags: Who can resist an adorable lined tote bag with a monogram. Can you believe this beauty is all DIY! Jaime of That’s My […]

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Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to another Tote Bag Week Post! Are you getting lots of ideas for how to make and dress up tote bags? If you’re just joining in here’s the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing […]

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Cute Reversible Reusable Tote Bag Tutorial by Sawdust Girl

Reversible Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Are you enjoying Tote Week?! If you’re just joining in here’s the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt Friday: 21 Ways to Make and Decorate a Tote […]

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Dress Up a Plain Tote with Piping

Piped Tote Bag Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome back to Tote Week! If you’re just joining in here’s the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt Friday: 21 Ways to Make and Decorate a Tote […]

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How to Sew a Custom Canvas Tote

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Hey guys! Do you know what today is? It’s the beginning of Tote Week! What, you had no idea? Tote Week here on Pretty Handy Girl is five days devoted to Tote Bags! Learn how to sew adorable tote bags and how to customize store bought tote bags. If you’re just joining in here’s the […]

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DIY Courage on Monday

This month’s #DIYCourage chat is all about you! What have you been working on? What are your plans and what are your desert island tools? We hope you’ll join Sara Bendrick, from DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard,” and myself on Monday, August 3rd at 8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST. We’ll also be asking who your DIY heroes […]

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Make Your Own Clock Sign

Make Your Own Clock Sign | Pretty Handy Girl

Making a clock is an easy project. All you need is a flat surface that you can drill a hole into and BOOM, you can make a clock. Let’s get started and I’ll show you How to Make Your Own Clock Sign. Materials: Chalkboard sign (I purchased this chalkboard sign at Tuesday Morning.) Clock mechanism Ruler […]

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