Macrame is back! If you have been wanting to jump in on this trend, this simple macrame DIY wall hanging is a great project to get you started! This pretty wall hanging uses just one type of knot and gets extra color and visual interest from dip dying.
Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home, so why not make something new to hang on the wall? This macrame DIY takes just a few supplies and it’s really simple to make, even if you are new to macrame. It’s a great way to add a little boho charm to your home.
Are you ready to get knotting? Let’s make some macrame!
Supplies needed to make your own macrame DIY wall hanging:
- 3 mm Cotton Macrame Cord
- 12″ Wooden Dowel Rod
- Liquid Fabric Dye
- Plastic or Metal Container
- Plastic Gloves
- Dish Detergent
Step One. Attach Cord to Dowel.
Start by cutting several lengths of cord. You can use any even number of cord pieces. I used 18 pieces that were about 10 feet (3 meters) long each.
Next, attach each cord to the dowel by folding it in half, placing the folded end under the dowel rod, and pulling the tails through that loop as shown below.
This is called the larks head knot, and is a common way of attaching your macrame cord to your starting dowel or ring. Attach all of your cords to the dowel rod using this method.
Step Two. Make Square Knots.
The rest of this wall hanging is made using just one type of macrame knot – the square knot. To make a square knot, you need four strands. The two outside strands will be used to tie the knot around the two middle strands.
To make a square knot:
- Cross the left hand strand over the two middle strands.
- Pass the right hand strand over the left hand strand, under the two middle strands, and up through the loop formed by the left strand.
- Pull to tighten.
- Repeat this process on the opposite side: Cross the right hand strand over the two middle strands.
- Pass the left hand strand over the the right hand strand, under the two middle strands, and up through the loop formed by the right strand.
- Pull to tighten.
For the first row, make square knots all the way across the rod. Starting with 18 cords, I made nine total square knots in my first row.
For the second row, you will make your square knots using two strands each from two adjacent square knots (see the image below). Now, the strands that were center strands in the previous row will be outside strands for this row.
Make a knot between each of the square knots of the previous row. For this second row of knots, two strands on each side will not be used. I had 8 total square knots in my second row.
For Row 3, again you will make square knots between the knots of the previous row (9 knots total). The strands on the edges that were not using in the previous row, will be used again on this row (see image below).
Continue making knots in this pattern until your piece is as long as you want it to be. I worked 23 total rows for a piece that was about 9 inches long not including the dowel or fringe.
Finally, use a pair of scissors to trim up and even out your fringe. If you want to keep your piece in its natural cotton color, you are done at this point. To add a punch of color, continue on to the next step.
Step Three. Dip Dye Macrame DIY Piece.
To add some color to my piece, I decided to dip dye the bottom. Fill a container with hot water and the dye label recommended adding a cup of salt and teaspoon of dish detergent for dying cotton. Next, pour in the liquid dye (I used about half of the bottle) and mix gently. (Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your hands!)
Next, get your macrame wet before placing it in the dye bath. I started by placing just the bottom third or so of the wall hanging into the dye bath for about ten minutes and then I moved a bit more down for another five or so minutes, then I just quickly dipped the last couple of inches in briefly to get the lightest color at the top. Finally, rinse the dyed piece under running cool water until it runs clear.
And that’s it! Once your macrame DIY piece has dried, it is all ready to hang.
I hope this little macrame DIY tutorial will help you to get into the world of macrame. Happy Making!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.