When I made my plant pots from jelly molds, I realized that I am running out of places to put new plants. So I decided to make this one a little hanging holder. I made the leather handles for my waxed canvas tote from a bag of scrap leather I bought at a craft store. It came with a bunch of very thin leather strips, and these are what I used for my plant holder. You can purchase similar strips in craft or leather stores, or even cut them yourself from a larger piece of leather.
Thin leather strips (about 30 feet/10 yards total)
Metal ring (optional)
1. Cut 4 pieces of leather, 75 inches long each, and loop them through your metal ring. You could also skip the ring, and just have a loop of leather at the top.
2. In order to do 3 braids you need an odd number of leather strips (9), so cut an additional 50-inch strip of leather and loop it through the ring. Tie one end of it around itself and the other leather strips several times, and knot it neatly. Leave the other end of this leather strip longer than the rest of the strips.
3. Now take 3 of the leather strips and begin braiding. The length you make your braids will depend on your ceiling height and plant pot size, but I made mine 19 inches.
4. When your braid reaches the desired length, tie it off with a needle and thread wrapped around it and knotted several times to secure it.
5. Repeat for the remaining strands, until you have 3 braids of equal length.
6. Neatly tie overhand knots on top of the thread on each braid.
7. Take the pot you want to hang and measure it against the leather to determine where to tie your next knot. (The grooves in the jelly mold pots I made hold the leather perfectly, but if you’re using a normal pot you’ll want to tie a few more knots between the sets of braids, as in this tutorial, to secure your pot.)
8. Take the piece of leather you kept extra long in step 2, and tie it around itself and the other leather strips.
9. Trim the leather ends so they’re all even, leaving a tail. I cut mine about 6 inches long from the bottom of the knot.
Now hang up your plant!