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April 22 is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Student Life invites you to learn more about eliminating waste and protecting Mother Earth with our Earth Day Activity Bags. These bags contain everything you need to create a macrame plant hanger with an upcycled planter, seed paper, and a custom flower-dyed reusable tote bag!
SF students can pick up bags in the S-Lobby starting Monday, April 5. The lobby is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please bring your SFID. You may also pick up an additional bag for a friend if you bring their SFID. If you are unable to pick up your bag in-person, e-mail email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to help! Students must be currently enrolled to participate.
Macrame Plant Hanger with an Upcycled Planter
You can rescue empty containers from the landfill by upcycling them into planters! Add some style and function by creating an easy macrame plant hanger.
- Macrame string
- Wooden beads
- Metal O-ring
- Small empty container
- Ruler or tape measure
1: Cut your string. For this project, you’ll need a total of four strands of string that are each 8 feet (2.44 m) in length. Take your tape measure and scissors and cut these four strands from your macrame string. Cut the remaining string in two equal pieces. Lay out all strands evenly on a flat surface.
2: Fasten your strands to your metal ring. Take the four long strands and thread them through your metal ring so that each strand hangs from the ring at its midpoint. Each strand should hang evenly at both ends. Then, hold the rope firmly with one hand at the base of the metal ring to gather the strands together. Wrap one of the shorter pieces of string around the base of loop around the metal ring. Wind the string tightly around all strands until the windings are about 2″ (5 cm) long. Tie off the loose ends with a simple, sturdy knot. If you would like to use the included wooden beads, thread them onto your string at this step.
3: Measure your knots. Hang the ring and attached rope from a hook or other suitable location to make knotting easier on yourself. Measure 2 feet (.61 m) down from the hook and gather two neighboring strands together. Tie these together using an overhand knot. The overhand knot is relatively simple. Form a loop with your two strands of rope and feed the loose ends of the strands through the loop. Pull the ends tight, and the knot is tied. Continue tying knots to connect neighboring strands at 2 feet (.61 m) below your metal ring. In total, there should be four knots.
4: Tie a second row of knots. Below each knot should hang two strands. Take one strand apiece from neighboring knots, and tie these together in the same fashion as before with an overhand knot at 6″ (15.24 cm) below your first row of knots. The base of your pot will rest in the knotted portion of your rope. If it looks like the planter may not fit, untie your knots and increase the space between the two rows.
5: Secure the bottom of your rope. Three inches (7.62 cm) below your second row of knots, gather all strands of your rope together firmly in one hand. In the same fashion you fastened the top of the rope at the base of the metal ring, you’re going to close off the bottom of your hanging rope basket. Begin wrapping the last 2-foot piece of string around all strands at 3″ (7.62 cm) below your second row of knots. Wrap the string so there is no space between windings and the strands are held together firmly. Tie off the end of your floss when your windings are about 2″ (5 cm) in length. Trim off any excess string and enjoy!