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How to Crochet a Hanging Terrarium Planter

comments (6) April 14th, 2009     

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CalPatch cal patch, contributor
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My hanging terrarium takes up no tabletop space.
This is all you need to begin this project.
Chain 6 to start.
My hanging terrarium takes up no tabletop space.

My hanging terrarium takes up no tabletop space.

Photo: Cal Patch

Everyone is making terrariums lately, and I am thrilled that they've finally made a comeback. The idea of making one in a mason jar is the perfect mix of recycling, gardening, and making. However, another jar on my tabletop will only get lost among the others filled with buttons, beads, ribbons, and who knows what. So I came up with a plan to suspend the terrariums in midair, where the rent is cheap. Instead of creating the planter holder with '70s-style macramé, which I knew how to do back in my Girl Scout days but have sadly forgotten, I used crochet. It worked just fine.

To try this project, you'll need a skein of yarn, a compatible crochet hook, and a jar. Adapt this project to fit any size jar or container, so use what is on hand. I chose a simple linen/cotton yarn to keep it natural, but even string would work. Use a hook a size or two smaller than you normally would so the chainstitches will be nice and tight.

A skein of yarn or ball of string, a crochet hook, and mason jar are all you need to complete the planter.

1. Make the base. Round 1: Chain 6, and triple crochet into the sixth chain from hook.

Chain 6 to start.

Chain 1, *triple into the same stitch as before, chain 1, and repeat from * 10 times. You should have 12 "spokes" to the wheel: the turning chain plus 11 triples. Join with a slipstitch to the chain just before your first triple, forming a closed circle.

Soon, you'll have a 12-spoke wheel.

Round 2: Chain 7 (4 turning chains plus a 3-chain space), triple crochet in the first triple, chain 3, *triple in next triple, chain 3, and repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch to the fourth chain.

Here's the base after completing the second round.

Check to see if the base is big enough to fit the bottom of the jar. If not, add another round of triples, this time with 5 chains in between.

Two rounds of triple crochet may fit the bottom of the jar perfectly.

2. Build the sides. For the first round working up the sides of the jar, make another round the same as the previous round of the base. I worked another round of triples with 3 chains between each. If you use a bigger jar, repeat this round a few more times until you have reached about a quarter of the way up the sides.

Work evenly up the sides of the jar.

3. Make the terrarium clearly visible. Create four "windows" by only working into every third stitch of the row below (and elongating the space-chain accordingly). So for the next row, chain 9 (turning chain) plus 11 (space) and work into the third triple of the row below with the stitch that is made by yarning over seven times before inserting the hook, and working the loops two-by-two as usual. For the next three "windows," chain 11 and make another octuple into the third triple of the row below. Join with a slipstitch into the ninth stitch of the starting chain. Feel free to adapt this to your jar and make even taller stitches if desired. The length of the hook is the only limit to how many times you can yarn over. For my planter, this was my final row, but if you desire more height, you can crochet another window row or another of the rows used for step 2. Build the sides as high as desired.

This is a "window" row of crochet.

4. Make the hangers. After the final join of your last row, chain the length you need to hang your planter. Keep count of your stitches so you can make three more hangers the same length. Finish off your first one, then join on three more times to the top of each quarter of the final round and chain the same length.

Crocheted chains containing 80 stitches make the hangers.

After all four are finished, tie them together in a knot and tie two ends to the other two to create a loop from which to hang the planter on a hook. Trim the ends evenly, and you're ready to hang.

Tied secure knots at the top to finish it off.

After making this, I thought of a few other uses for the concept. You could put tea lights in the jars and use them as lanterns, or fill a jar with water and cut flowers to use as a hanging vase. Just be sure the knots are secure. You could follow the steps to make hanging planters for any potted plant. Play around and make the project your own, and share whatever you do.

I'm so happy to have a bit of woodland nature indoors.

posted in: houseware, nature, terrarium, plant

Comments (6)

GmaLW writes: Hummmm..... Have a small strawberry planter I want to hang with Begonias in it. Been thinking about that for awhile. Think I just found the answer. Thank you Cal
Posted: 7:55 pm on September 22nd
ficklesticks writes: makes me remember my window doily-making days when I lived in Holland
Posted: 7:38 am on August 27th
ifthebirdsknew writes: about to get all terrarium craftmare with Katrina in the out TOMPA it's gonna be a crocheted terrarium for your birthday...i love it...gonna use some sweet blue wet spun flax whaddya think. xo
Posted: 9:12 pm on May 15th
mommaviv writes: love love love it. I can't wait to cluster a bunch at different heights. What a decorating punch.
Posted: 1:19 am on May 14th
ohnoshesews writes: very cool! Love it.
Posted: 11:55 am on April 15th
susanstars writes: that is awesome, Cal!
Posted: 5:34 pm on April 14th
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