July DIY Burlap Rope Plant Holder

The end of July is here already!! I’m not sure how the time manages to sweep by as swiftly as it does, but I’m going to waste zero time and cut straight to the chase today before August hits.

This month’s DIY dates back to last Summer — our family spent a little time at my sister-in-law’s house and her numerous plants caught my eye, especially the ones nestled within rope hanging from the ceiling.

In this post we’ll walk through making a super simple rope plant holder BUT you can easily google search for more detailed options.

ITEMS NEEDED:

Macrame rope or burlap rope (your choice) *can be found in craft stores and online (search macrame or burlap cord)

Macrame cord 5mm cream color

Burlap rope 5mm brown color

Tape measure

Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

First we’ll measure the rope.

For this particular plant hanger I measure the rope at 88 inches plus the width of my pot or bowl it will hold.

So if the width of your bowl is 4 inches you would end up cutting your rope at 92 inches total….and if your bowl is 7 inches across (at the base) you would need the 88 inches plus the 7 inches to equal 95 inches total.

Once you have figured out your length you’ll need to cut four ropes total at the same length.

Below are my four ropes each cut to 92 inches.

Next gather them together and fold in half. (See photo below)

Tie a basic knot at the fold making sure there is a large enough loop for hanging later. Mine is about a two inch opening. Pull each string tightly to clean it up. It’ll look like this:

Next hook your loop to a door knob or fixed hook. You’ll take two pieces of rope (about a foot down from the knot) and tie them together in another basic knot. Finish with the remaining pieces. You’ll want them to all be sitting at the same length. (See photos below)

Once those four knots are complete hold one piece of rope from two different knots:

Tie those together and proceed all the way around keeping them all even. Mine are about four inches down from the last four knots. (See photo below)

Lastly (keep in mind the width of your pot) gather all of the ropes and tie a large knot from the last set of knots. Your pot will need to be able to sit securely within the ropes. My large knot is about four inches from the knots above. Cut the rope ends evenly if desired or leave them alternating lengths.

Time for the best part!

Place a hook in the ceiling and a pot in your new rope plant holder and enjoy your creative side!!

**These can be used to display pots outside as well but the burlap cord doesn’t withstand weathering too great.

**You can also create more time intensive, intricate plant holders by running a quick Google search.

Have fun and let me know if you end up making one!

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Entertainment Ideas During These Times…

Alrighty it is at the full expense of my embarrassment and the benefit (or punishment) of your entertainment that I share this video with you all…

When I first saw my husband videoing I thought “oh great grief”….but I didn’t know watching it repeatedly afterwards was gonna cause my family and me to laugh hysterically….my ribs hurt today either from laughter or doing the “worm dance.”

Regardless, if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time you know I am OK with vulnerability.

For Pete’s sake things have gotten weird, not only around the world but in my own house too….actually it was always weird here, but now it’s 100 percent extra weird at the Witt residence.

I didn’t think I would post for a while but I can’t resist — just had a few updates to share and some ideas to maybe help keep your spirits up and your families busy and entertained while this Coronavirus madness plays out. My mood has transitioned since my last post from one of bitterness to one of joy and thankfulness meanwhile lifting up our world in prayer. I encourage you to try and enjoy this downtime by bonding with one another as you spend time together in your homes.

To date, I’m back to homeschooling all three kids again instead of just Mc although Warren and Paige are technically enrolled in public school. As of now they are to remain out of public school until April 13 and of course with any further notice that goes out.

We are currently on day three of homeschooling and let me tell you our schedule consist mostly of “drama” class but that video from last night happened to capture the silliness of what quarantine is capable of doing to a couple extroverted, type A personalities. It’s like creative arts meets Phys-Ed.

On the other hand the corner has served as the principal’s office at least twice so far.

And lastly here’s a few photos (and ideas) from our “homeschool yearbook” from this past week so far…in hopes that some of these will serve to give you and your loved ones ideas of entertainment, and please if you come up with any of your own that you’ve utilized be sure to comment so we can thrive off of one another!! Continue reading “Entertainment Ideas During These Times…”

I’m Adding Handmade Jewelry To My Etsy Shop

So most of you reading this probably had no idea that I have an Etsy shop; I’ve actually never mentioned it on the blog.

About three or four years ago I started an Etsy shop, Simply Rustic Looks, https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplyRusticLooks because I was making too many projects and needed somewhere to go with them. I began selling on Etsy and never got terribly involved with it, but did end up selling quite a bit nevertheless. Some of the items ranged from rustic pallet signs, crocheted scarves and hats—to chalk-painted mason jars, including customized gifts as well. Nathan helped whenever I needed more pallets for the projects, but otherwise he’d rather steer clear of a paint brush of any type!!!

In the last few years I’ve become quite a minimalist and have thinned out a lot of the materials I used to make some of those original Etsy projects I was selling, though some are still listed on the shop’s page…and in 2018 I began little by little purchasing jewelry pieces—charms, bracelets, chains, stamp blanks, leather, etc…which take up a lot less space than the projects I made in the past. Continue reading “I’m Adding Handmade Jewelry To My Etsy Shop”