'Knotty' Air Plant Holder

2 Materials
1 Hour

Are you on the search for a unique air plant holder! As a matter of fact, we’re crafting quite the collection of air plant decor ideas, but here’s a ‘knotty’ idea for you. It’s knotty, but oh so nice!

Today showing you how to knot a glass bottle using the hand tied Japanese knots. But not just any glass bottle! This thrifted bottle has a unique hole in the middle! Perfect to hold a special air plant! But you don't have to run out to find this exactly bottle - any upcycled bottle will do!

Watch this video to see how it's done:

Ironically, as turns out, our upcycled glass bottle has Japanese origins too – just like the glass fishing floats that used the same knots in this tutorial! This is actually a Sake carafe. And that hole in the middle? It’s a reservoir for ice to keep your Sake nicely chilled.

Firstly, I have to say that diy knotted jute net bottles may be the more common way to go. However, looking at this abandoned jute net bottle in the thrift store didn’t inspire me in that direction.

While jute is a popular choice, I’m going with white macrame cord to contrast with the green air plant. I think it will be a fresh look for this glass bottle planter!

Form a loop to whatever width will fit over the neck of your particular bottle. This is important because it has to fit over the widest part, so test it out.

The picture below doesn’t show it, but be sure to leave a three foot tail (where you see the green tape).

Wrap the tail end around the loop as shown.

Weave the tail end through a wrap to keep it secure.

With the working end (attached to the spool) form a loop approximately 3 cm; that’s the same width as a paint stick.

Pinch the loop tight with your left hand, bring the cord around to the back and push through the centre. Bring the loop down and around the first loop formed to capture it.

Then tighten the knot. This is your first loop.

Continue around the centre forming loops and capturing them in the same manner until you have 11 loops.

In case you’re having trouble keeping your loops consistent, to use a paint stick to form them around.

When back to the beginning, form a double knot to bring the two ends together. This makes the 12th loop.

Every time you finish a row, you will knot the two ends together. Notably, make sure that the tail ends up on the left side – without twisting. If it does, remove and re-knot again.

Now, let’s knot the second row!

It’s best to secure your first row onto a thread holder like below. My thread isn’t quite wide enough. So I add a velcro strap and the cord just pops right over. Now you can easily rotate the work as you progress.

Cut a piece of cardboard. Slip it under the first working loop.

Bring the working yarn up around the cardboard.

Bring it through the working loop and pull down on the cord to allow the spool with the working cord to pass through. IMPORTANT: ensure that your working cord (the one attached to the spool) is positioned on the left side, or your loop will be twisted.

Pass the spool underneath, through the loop from left to right.

Pull the cord. Watch the video to see my tips for keeping these loops consistent.

Secure the knot.

It may take some practice, but try to be consistent with the loops! Mine weren’t perfect because the camera obscures my view icon .

Continue until back to the beginning and double knot the ends once again using the tail end.

As you tighten the knot, don’t forget, the tail end should end up on the left side. If not, the loop will twist so try again. Here's how it looks after two rows.

In the same way, continue for as many rows as needed to cover the length of the glass bottle and reach the bottom. Aren’t these hand tied knots wonderful?! That’s a rhetorical question of course – I love them!

Check the fit as you go by slipping the hole over the neck of the bottle. Three rows is a touch too short. Whereas four rows will be just right for this glass bottle!

Head to our blog to learn how to close the netting when putting this over the bottle. There's way too many pictures to include in this post.

Create a Stopper

To keep dust buildup at bay in our bottle over time, you’ll need a way to cover the opening. I don’t think Sake decanters have bottle stoppers (at least this one didn’t) so I upcycled a crystal door knob! Just unscrew the spindle and you should be good to go.

Since I have these aluminum rings kicking around, I’m using one as a base for the sake bottle.

Because it reminds me of the beach, I choose a soft blue colour to paint.

Arrange the netting so it falls in the middle of the ice reservoir. Then pop the air plant into place.

The doorknob is great in a pinch as the bottle stopper!

Hand knotting netting helps hold the air plant safe and secure until it needs to be watered.

The white macrame cord lends a fresh look to netted glass, don’t you think? Here you see our glass bottle upcycle with our previous Japanese glass float decor – which we also turned into a planter!

Hope you enjoyed learning how to knot a thrifted glass light globe! 

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Suggested materials:
  • Sake or Wine Decanter   (Thrifted)
  • Macrame cord or jute rope   (craft store)
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