DIY Room Decor: How To Make A Recycled Bike Tube Plant Hanger

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This project brings together the cyclist and the plant lover, with all the greenery you love from those groovy 70s plant hangers, just minus the macramé. Would you believe this plant hanger is made from the inner tube of a bike tire? Reader Jessie Kwak, of Bicitoro Bikes & Crafts, shows you how.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour
Project Cost: $1-2
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What You Need


Materials

  • 3 punctured bicycle inner tubes
  • 1 d-ring

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Binder clips

Instructions

1. Snip the valves out of two of your inner tubes, then fold each in half and secure with a binder clip. Starting from the bottom of the tubes, carefully cut up both sides of all four halves, stopping about 1/2″ from the binder clip.

2. At this point things will be a bit chalky because of the talcum inside the inner tube. Without removing the binder clips, wash your inner tubes with hot, soapy water. Dry with a towel.

3. Next, cut each strip in half lengthwise again, so that you have 8 inner tube strips dangling from each binder clip.

4. Cut open and wash your 3rd inner tube, then cut several long strips about 1/4″ wide from it. You’ll use these strips to tie the macrame knots.

5. Carefully remove the binder clips, and thread everything through your ring. You should still have about an inch of intact rubber in the center to hold everything together. Gather the 16 strands together with a gathering knot. (I used gathering knots for all of the knotting in this plant hanger, because it made a smoother look. Alternately, you could just tie overhand knots.)

6. Measure down 15″ from the knot (12″ for a small hanger), and gather the strands into 4 bunches, securing them with binder clips. Tie a gathering knot at each binder clip.

7. Separate the bunches, joining 2 strands from each bunch with 2 strands from its neighboring bunch. Measure down 4″ (also 4″ for a small hanger) and mark with binder clips. Tie gathering knots.

8. ONLY FOR LARGE HANGER: Repeat this process one more time.

9. Finish by tying a gathering knot around all 16 strands, about 3″ below the last set of knots.

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Thanks, Jesse! Check out more bike-related crafts on her blog.

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