DIY hanging basket

1 Jul

I was inspired by these planters I saw here. I love the impact of the long neon cord, but you can do it with whatever color you prefer. Parachute cord is available in a huge range of colors and in patterns. I went with hot pink. I like the contrast between the unnaturally bright cord and the natural fiber of the basket.

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550 parachute cord (approx. $10 for 100 ft.)




Metal ring (key ring or a loop of wire)

Houseplant (planted in a container without holes)

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Choose a sturdy basket. Mine has a wire frame. If yours does not have a wire frame, you may want to put your knots around the rim.

Cut the cord in to 3 ft strips. I cut 12 strips, one for every other vertical rib in my basket. You can use less, but I recommend at least 4.

In a well ventilated space, use the lighter to singe the cut ends of the nylon cord to prevent unraveling. Do not touch the molten nylon, it will hurt.

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Take one cord. From the inside push the cord through the weave at the joint between the rib and the rim. Push the end back though to the inside on the other side of the rib. Now both ends are on the inside and around the rib.

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Tie a bowline knot. This is a simple fixed knot, I learned in one try. Repeat with each cord. I will be doing every other rib. But the important part is to attach the cords in a balanced way.

Gather all the cords and even the tension out. I tied a simple slip knot with the bundle of cord around a metal ring (I used a loop of wire but a metal ring would look better) to hang it from. Trim cord if necessary.

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My project total was approximately $25. The cost of the hanging basket alone was $15, not including the cost of the houseplant. Your cost will vary depending on how much cord you decide to use and the cost of your basket.

#DIY hanging basket by makingmondays


3 Responses to “DIY hanging basket”

  1. Mellissa March 17, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    love it!


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