– [Mako] Hey, guys!
Are you looking for somebeautiful DYI gift ideas
for a friend or familymember who loves plants?
Because in this video, I will show you
three easy DIY handmade ideas
that are not only great gifts, but also wonderful home decor pieces.
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Instead of just gifting anotherplant for the collection,
why not add in a DIY hanging planter
that the person can use to decorate his or her space with?
This DIY looks more difficultthan it actually is.
For this macrame hanging planter, you will need cotton macrame cord,
or other thick cord you have.
Mine was there millimeterthick that I got from Amazon.
A wooden ring, or somethingelse you would like
to use for hanging up the plant,
and as an option, youcan use colorful thread
if you want to add somecolor to your design.
The first thing you want to do is
to cut off eight equally long pieces of thread.
Think about how long you want the plant hanger to be
from top to bottom, and then double in length.
I cut off eight pieces that were about two and a half meters long. Next,
pull the threads through the loop,
making sure that the cords are equally long when you pull them through.
Now you should have 16 equally long
pieces of cord below the ring.
To secure the threads, you can either
make a simple knot by making a loop,
or a nice, wrapped not to makeeverything look more fancy.
For this step, cut offanother piece of chord,
or use a colorful, thick thread,
and place it on top of the cords
with the short tail on one,
and the long tail on the other side,
while creating a loop in between them. Now,
all you need to dois take the long tail
and wrap it all around the cords
that you just put through the ring,
and the short tail, and then repeat the steps.
Make sure that the loopthat is hanging down
doesn’t disappear, becausewe still need it later.
Do this until you’re happywith the size of the knot,
and then pull the leftover piece of thread
through the small loopthat is hanging down. Now,
pull the upper piece of thread up,
and the lower piece of thread down,
creating a knot inside thewrapped cords we just created.
Cut off the excess thread, and that’s it.
Since I only have coloredthread and it was too thin,
I simply wrapped it around the same way to cover up the white cord. Now,
let’s start creating thebeautiful macrame designs.
I will show you the very basic design
that you can change up however you like.
Begin by dividing the 16 long strands
into four groups, with four threads each.
To make the design evenly, I measured out the length
I wanted the hanger to be above the plant, and
added a few guiding points to the strands,
so I make sure that thedistance is the same everywhere.
Secure the thread to yourdesk by using some tape,
so nothing moves around in the process. Now,
for the basicknot, you want to divide
the four strands into two innercords and two outer cords.
And then begin by placing the left cord
over the two cords in the middle,
making it look like an L shape.
And then place the outer right cord
on top of the L-shaped thread, like so. Now,
what you want to do is
take the outer cord you just placed on top,
pull it through the twostrands in the center, upwards,
and then up overthe cords on the left side.
And then pull the threadsto tighten everything,
making sure you make the knotat the guideline you created. Next,
repeat the same steps,
but this time go in the opposite direction.
Place the outer rightcord over the two strands
in the middle, creatinga mirrored L, like so.
And then lay the outer left cord
on top of the L shape,
and thread the same cordthrough the two strands
in the middle, up over thecord on the right side.
Pull everything tight again, and you get your first square knot.
Now you can create asmany knots as you like.
For my design, I made three square knots. Now,
all you need to dois to repeat the steps
on the other three groups of strands.
It might sound super complicated,
but if you do this slowly, in a few times,
you will totally get the hang of it,
and you will get super fast with this technique. Next,
you want to createanother row of knots,
slightly below our first rowto make everything more secure. Again,
measure out how far
below you want the knots to be,
and create a few guiding points.
This time, we need to createnew groups of four strands.
With this step, combine the outer
two cords together like so.
And now I repeat the samesteps as in the beginning.
Tie as many knots as youwant for your design. Now,
to create knotson the leftover strands
on the left and the right side,
you want to connect them by creating a funnel, like that.
Repeat the same steps,
and then you just need to secure all the strands together.
On this step, measure out how far below
you want the knot to be,
and then make a knot with all the cords,
and tighten it to secure everything.
Now you just need to trim the cords to the length
of your choice, insert the planter,
hang it up, and you have ahandmade hanging planter.
This was really fun and easy to make,
and you save a ton of money if you do it yourself.
And if you want make the
planter a little bit more fun
and interesting, why notadding a cute message on top?
For this DIY, I will beusing terracotta pots
and a white pen that is made for this type of material.
Let’s begin by preparing a template,
so we know exactly how much space we have
and where to write the words.
But off a piece of paper that is as wide
and as long as the area where you want to write on the text.
From here, you can sketchout the words with a pencil,
and then use a markerto finalize your design.
I made it into a morehand lettering style,
but you can choose anydesign you like, of course.
To transfer the text onto the planter,
turn the paper over, use a very soft pencil,
and then scribble allaround the text area.
This will create a graphite layer that will serve as a transfer film. Next,
place the paper onto the planter
and start tracing one letter at a time.
You can either outline everyletter the way you designed it,
or just a simple version of the bond,
and then adjust everything later.
And now, all you have
to do is to trace the guidelines
with a white pen, but you can also use
a white-colored paint, ofcourse, and a thin brush.
Since these flower pots were pretty small,
it was a bit tricky to create the lines,
but I think it stillturned out pretty cute.
I created to layers
of paint to make the white look a little bit more white,
and I let everything dry. Now,
to make theflowerpots look even cuter,
or if you want to createsomething else instead,
let’s DIY funny notes that you can simply poke inside the planters.
The main supplies youwill need are polymer clay
in the color of yourchoice, a cookie cutter
in the shape of your choice, rolling pin,
Popsicle sticks, and toothpicks.
Begin by evenly rolling out the clay
in between two Popsicle sticks that are stacked on each other.
This way, we will make sure that you evenly roll the clay.
Cut out the shape of yourchoice using a cookie cutter. Now,
to be able to pokethem into the flowerpots,
you will have to carefullyinsert the toothpicks.
Add them very carefullyto the center of the clay,
making sure that the toothpicks don’t accidentally get out somewhere.
Press down and adjust the clay so you don’t lose the shape.
To remove any dust andto even out any areas,
you can use a little bit
of rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip,
but this is optional.
Now it’s time to bake them.
Make sure to read the instructions of your oven-bake clay first,
so you use the right temperature and time.
In the meantime, you can design your text.
For this step, trace the shapeonto some piece of paper,
using the same cookie cutteryou used for the clay.
And from here, sketch out the text.
These are the designs I had in the end.
Cut out your templates,and once the polymer clay
has hardened and cooleddown, repeat the same steps
as with the terracotta pots.
Add pencil lead to thebackside of the paper,
trace the text onto the polymer clay,
and then trace the guidelinesusing a permanent marker.
At first, I used a black pen for the text,
but then I decided that I like the way
that the design looks when I use a white pen, instead.
I also used a little bitof white acrylic paint,
but of course, you can useany color of your choice.
If necessary, add glue to the toothpicks,
just to create everythinga little bit more,
and then you can add thesecute notes inside the planters.
You can gift these DIYs separately,
or you can also combine them and give them as a three-in-one present.
What idea was your favorite?
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