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These mini macrame wall hangings are ultra-cute and the perfect way to brighten up your wall spaces and home decor. They’re really versatile and can be decorated with beads, shells, feathers, and other crafting accessories. They’re easy to learn and can also be unpicked if you go wrong! It’s a great activity to do with friends and kids as you only need limited materials and, once you’ve got the basic knots down, they can be completely individualized. They also make great gifts for birthdays, weddings, and Mother’s Day.
There are lots of instructional videos and patterns available online, but we’ve got you covered with our DIY tutorial to create a gorgeous mini macrame square knot wall hanging.
-a wooden dowel (approximately 12 inches long)
-macrame cotton cord (you can choose any color)
Before you get going, it’s a good idea to tie or weigh your wooden dowel down so that it doesn’t move while you’re crafting. Try tying a piece of string around the middle of it and taping it to the table to keep it in place.
To start, you’ll need to cut 8 lengths of your chosen cord, at least 3 to 4 times the size that you’d like the final design to be. It’s best to leave more than you think you’ll need. When you’ve got your cords ready, tie each one to the wooden dowel using a lark’s head knot. Never heard of it? No worries; this is a basic knot that attaches the strings to the dowel and will be used to start off all of your macrame projects.
1. To start the lark’s head knot, fold one cord into equal halves. Pull the loop over the dowel.
2. Then, pull the cut ends of the cord through the loop so the knot is secure.
3. Repeat this process with your other cords to give you 4 total pairs of strands on your dowel. Make sure to space them evenly so that your final piece is symmetrical and well-proportioned.
The other knot you will need to know to become a macrame expert is the square knot, which you can use to create countless patterns and designs. It sounds difficult, but once you’ve practiced a couple times, you’ll be making these with ease.
1. To create your first square knot, start on the left side of your design and separate out 4 cords (your first 2 sets of threads). Of these, the 2 inner cords are known as "filler cords" while the left and right outside ones are the "knotting cords".
2. Pick up the cord on the far right side and thread it under the 2 center cords but over the left cord. Take the outermost left knotting cord and put it under the right knotting cord.
3. Keeping the right cord in place, bring the left knotting cord over the 2 center cords and through the space between the right-side center cord and the right knotting cord.
4. Then, pick up the 2 outside cords and pull into place. This makes a half knot, which is basically the upper half of your square.
5. To complete the knot, reverse the above to create the bottom half of your square. That means you’ll be starting this time with the far left cord and threading it under the right cords. This makes sure the square knot stays flat and doesn’t twist.
Once you’ve completed the first square knot, you will be able to make lots of different designs. To produce a simple but effective net style hanging, create a total of 4 square knots across the topmost row of your hanging. Then, on the row below, leave the first 2 cords aside and make another square knot from the 4 next to this. Continue doing this across the row. This should give you 3 square knots on the second row. Alternate rows of 4 and 3 square knots until you reach nearly to the bottom of your threads (or leave these longer depending on your preference). Then tie these securely at the end.
When you’re happy with your design, trim the edges using sharp scissors. You can leave the bottom of the threads flat or cut them at angles to create different looks. And that’s all there is to it! Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll soon be on your way to becoming a certified macrame master.