I love the macrame look however I don’t have the patience to create complex macrame wall hangings. I wanted to create something simple to adorn a book corner, so I created this mini macrame garland – it’s easy, fun and therapeutic to make! It only took a couple of episodes of a show I was watching to complete! Read on to see how to macrame a fun little garland of your own!
Step 1. Cut a length of string for the base of the garland, and 8 – 16″ strings per macrame section. How many sections would depend on how long you would like your garland to be. To begin, fold one 16″ string in half, put the folded loop under the long base string and fish the ends of the 16″ string through the loop and pull through and tight – this is called a lark’s head knot. Repeat 7 more times to create one macrame ‘section’.
Step 2. Now, lets create a square knot! Start with four strings. Take the outer string (left or right, make sure to remember which one you use) and cross it over the two middle strings. Now take the other outer string and put it on top of the string that you have crossed over, and under the two middle strings. Thread it through the loop on the other side and tighten.
Step 3. Repeat another time, this time using the opposite outer string (left or right) to the one you have used first in the previous step. Then repeat a third time, using the opposite outer string to the one you used in the previous step. Repeat steps 2-3 across all strings. This should give you 4 knots.
Step 4. Now, repeat steps 2-3 a few millimeters lower than the previous knots. Start on the 3rd string to create a stagger effect to the knots, and repeat across all strings – you should have three knots, and two strings on each side that you didn’t use.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 for two more rows, starting on the 5th and 7th string respectively. You should have two knots on the third row and one knot on the last row. Trim the excess string to length.
Step 6. Before moving on to the next macrame section, add a bead to create spacing and then repeat the previous steps.
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.