DIY Macramé Wall Hanging

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If you’ve ever come across a macramé wall, it’s hard not to be impressed—from the intricacy of the design, to the unique patterns and flawless coastal aesthetic. It’s commonplace to wish you could DIY one for your home.

Well now you can!

Below are the steps you’ll need to create your very own macramé wall; soon you’ll have your own masterpiece made completely by you.


Get Your Supplies

Before you start exploring the internet for designs, let’s first get you sorted with the essential supplies you’ll need to accomplish a macramé wall.

  • 1 x dowel rod
  • 5 x 30m cotton macramé cord
  • 1 x pair of scissors
  • 1 x sewing needle
  • 1 x tape (optional)

If you’re struggling to find where to purchase the rod or cord, the rod can typically be found in Spotlight or Bunnings, and as for the cord, it can be found in Spotlight but also online (i.e. Amazon or Ebay).


Cutting The Rope

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to start DIY-ing.

To start, you’ll want to cut 20 pieces of rope to 3 metres long. Once done, it’s time to start tying them to the rod.


Learning Your Knot Tying

In order to tie your rope onto the rod you’ll be using the Lark’s Head Knot.

To accomplish this knot, start by folding your rope in half and placing the middle of the rope by the rod. You are then going to loop the rope over the rod and thread the two pieces through (refer to pictures below).

Once all twenty pieces of rope have been tied onto the rod, you can start creating your design.

The design we’re teaching you is fairly simple, mainly using one kind of knot; the square knot.

To achieve this knot you will first need to split the twenty pieces of rope into pairs. You’ll therefore have four strands per pair. From there, follow these steps:

1
Place the rope furthest to the right (of the four strands) over the two centre pieces of the rope (therefore leaving the rope to the left untouched for the moment)
2
Run the rope furthest to the left over the right outside rope then under the centre cords and up through the opening
3
With the two outside strands, tighten the knot
4
Now it’s time to repeat the process for the left side
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Place the rope furthest to the left over the two centre pieces of the rope
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Run the rope furthest to the right over the left outside rope then under the centre cords and up through the opening
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With the two outside strands, tighten the knot

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Designing Your Macramé

Now that you’ve learnt how to create a square knot, we can continue with our design. The end product will look like this:

To achieve this, use the following as a guide:

1
You are going to start by making 7 rows of square knots. When you get to your second row be sure to leave the two strings on either end out, remembering to utilise four strands.
2
After you’ve completed your 7 rows, start removing one knot from each row. In order to do this just move four spaces in. For example, when you remove your first knot from the row you’ll be starting with 6 strands of rope untouched; when you remove your second knot from the row you’ll be starting with 10 strands of rope untouched, etc. Do this until you come to one remaining knot.
3
Leave some rope unknotted and then continue using your square knot to achieve the V shape.
4
To achieve this V shape, you will be creating two rows with one knot, then two rows with two knots, all the way until your knots create a single line again. Once you fill a whole line of knots, start subtracting one from each side again
(as explained in stage 2).
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Once your second V is complete, leave a couple centimetres of rope untouched (as done before) and then add one new square knot to each row.
6
When your final V is complete, leave a couple centimetres of rope untouched and then tie a simple knot on each strand just using that single strand of rope per knot.
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Then, to finish off the design, you’ll need to fray the ends of each rope. Using a sewing needle, pick at the rope so it begins to fray. Once you are happy, you can move on to the next one.


The Big Cut

Now that you have finished your design it is time to fine tune the edges. Lay your macramé on a flat surface and straighten all the cords.

If you want, you can guesstimate the V (having all the strands slightly uneven gives the macramé character in its own right) but if you would prefer a more accurate cut, use the tape to outline a V shape and then cut the excess rope away.

And there you have it. You now have a wonderful piece of wall art to add to your home.

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