This is one of those projects that I meant to when we finished our house, and it just never happened. In fact, I feel like each room of our home has one of those projects. I was so excited to be done with the remodel that I just called it good and never followed through with the little touches that I wanted to make and add to each room! But now that this beauty is hanging, I’m excited again to put the finishing touches around the house that I always meant to do. Learning how to make a beaded plant hanger isn’t difficult at all — in fact, it’s definitely an all-levels project that you can complete inside a couple hours. Let’s do it!
Before you dive in, check out our list of low-light indoor plants that are super easy to take care of! Perfect for filling a hanging planter.
How to Make a Beaded Plant Hanger
- 10 mm wood beads
- larger wood beads in various sizes
- waxed cord
- measuring tape
- cylindrical planters (This is a set of two for a really good deal; you could make two hanging planters or use the second one for a different project.)
- soil and a plant (or an airplant)
- optional: clear tape
Make Time: 2 Hours
Step 1: Cut four lengths of waxed cord, each about 100″ long. Group them together and fold them in half. At the halfway point, knot all of the cords together, leaving a loop that you can hang the piece from. You should now have a loop, a knot, and eight pieces of waxed cord hanging.
Step 2: Start stringing your small beads. For this first section, you’ll be taking two strands of cord and treating them as one. So take two strands and string beads on them together, so that they’re inserted through the same beads at the same time. Do this for four pairs of cord.If you’re having trouble getting the two cords through the beads, use a bit of scotch tape to tape the ends together, winding the tape tightly around the ends to keep them together and tight. For this portion, decide how long you’d like the first hanging section of beads to be in your plant hanger and string them accordingly. Our is about 30 inches worth of beads.
Step 3: Once you have four strands of beads (each strand has two cords inside) of equal length, finish each strand with one medium bead.
Step 4: Now, separate the cords back into eight single strands and start stringing beads on each. I recommend placing about 10 beads on each cord.
Step 5: Next, you’ll use a single bead to create pairs of strands. Add one bead to each pair, stringing both strands through the single bead.
Step 6: Below the medium beads, separate the strands into eight singles again and string another 10 beads on each cord.
Step 7: After the 10 beads, you’ll make pairs again, but they should be staggered from the pairs you made last time to create a web for the plant holder to sit in.
Step 8: Next, knot all cords together, securing the beads in one group.Finally, add any more decorative beads that you like below the knot. We added one final medium bead and knotted the cords again below it.
Step 9: Insert your plant into your planter and place the planter into the hanger. You’ll need to pull the strands of beads apart as you fit the planter inside. Hang your new planter!
Another great project you can make with any leftover beads is this pretty wood bead garland! I use it on our Christmas tree with other boho projects like these wood ornaments, tassel ornaments, and macrame trees.
But these ideas actually all stand on their own outside of the holidays for home decor, and they’re fun and easy to make.
I know everyone is making the macrame plant hangers right now, but I really love this beaded take on it! You could even go the extra mile and paint or dye the beads to match your decor. But I’m kind of feeling the raw wood vibe. And now it’s hanging in the kiddo’s bathroom and the space is one step closer to actually being complete! xoxo