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I’ve been eyeing beautiful Macrame planters online and love the vibrant and intricate designs you can make. Macrame is a form of textile making using knots. I thought it’d be a great way to teach kids how to make knots, a practice using fine motor skills. Here’s an easy Macrame planter we made inspired by this simple version from Refinery 29.

We didn’t make these as long and only did two sets of knots, but it was so easy, and straightforward for even a 5 year old to make! The great part is that they look great in the kids’ room. So colorful and fun!

Easy Kid-Friendly Macrame Planters – Materials

– Yarn (we chose bright, variegated colors that look great in a kid’s room)

– White ceramic bowls (ours are 4 inches in diameter)

– Small succulents

– Soil (in case you need extra while transferring succulents to bowls)

– White hooks (we use the 3M one for hanging)


1. Gather your materials. You’ll want to transfer the succulents to your containers and add additional soil if needed.

2. For each planter, cut eight strips of yarn around 4 feet long each. Gather them up at the top and tie a knot.

3. Separate the 8 strands into 4 sections and tie a knot about an inch from the top knot.

4. You’ll now have 4 knots. Then repeat this step by taking the left strand from one knot and tying a new knot with the right strand.

After this step we stopped because we felt the knots were strong enough to hold our bowl, but you can continue on to do this one more time depending on how large your planter is.

5. Place your bowl with succulent in the center (the knot you made gathering the 8 strands in step 2 is now on the bottom of the planter).

Gather the strands and tie them all into one knot to hold in place. Now you can hang them up on a hook and you’re done!

I love how cheerful and colorful these turned out.

The kids get a kick out of looking at them and water the planters about once a week. They really brighten up the room!

We’re addicted and can’t wait to make more Macrame projects. Have you ever tried Macrame at home? What are some of your favorite things to make?

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.