Via the request of @Aquafloriana I’m going to show you how to make a plant hanger from reconstructive materials. In this particular tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make a plant hanger from cloth strips.
I’ll be getting the cloths strips from old shirts I don’t use anymore and were on their way to the goodwill. However, you can use cloth strips from fabric of your choosing, or whatever you have lying around.
- Four Old Shirts
- First gather up the shirts you want to cut up for this. After cutting up four of the shirts, I realized that is a good amount and you shouldn’t need more than that. Consider the color of the shirts and make sure they look good together.
- Cut off any buttons or other embelishments that are on any of the shirts.
- Cut the shirts at the seams to create a flat surface to work with.
- Begin cutting the shirts into 1″ strips.
- Continue doing this until you have four of the shirts cut up into long strips.
- Take four strips (one of each color) and attach them to a hard surface (like a table) by tying each of them around a pencil or pen and taping the pen to the surface.
- Now we’re going to braid the four strips together. First take the strip to the far right and put it under the strip to the left of it.
- Then put it over the next strip to the left of that one.
- Then put it under the first strip in the line.
- Do the same with the strip that is now at the end. [Under-Over-Under]
- Continue doing this so that it starts forming a braid.
- When the strips get too short, tie another strip at the end of each one to lengthen all of them.
- Continue braiding until you have a braid about 16″ long and a tail about 6½” long. Tie a knot at about 16″.
- Tie another strip on to the end of all four strips again (beneath the knot).
- Separate all four strips. You are now going to branch off each one into four new braids. To do so , take one strip, and tie one of every other color it isn’t onto the top of it.
- Next braid all four of these into a new braid about 6″ long.
- Continue doing this with all of the other strips as well.
- Now tie another strip to the end of each of the strips in these four braids.
- Next seperate the strips into groups, two from one braid and then two from the braid next to it so that you have four new groups all with all four colors in each group.
- Where you have the groups (two from one braid, and two from another) tie these together to make a knot in order to have something to work from for the next braid.
- Braid these about 6″ long and knot off. Continue doing this all the way around, which is going to form a dome with these braids. Be sure to leave enough room for the top of a plant pot to fit into, but small enough to kind of stretch around it to secure it.
- Tie another strip onto the ends of all of the braids.
- Then take four extra strips of cloth and tie them around all the ends in a knot.
- Remove the braids from the pencil/pen and tie into a knot at the top.
- Hang up by putting the hook through one of the top braids and enjoy. 🙂
That’s it! This is a prety easy and affordable. The most time consuming part will be cutting up the shirts and the braiding gets pretty fast once you get into a rhythm. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!