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Easy DIY Macrame Wall Hanging in 15 Minutes

Learn how to make your very own, drool-worthy macrame wall hangings in this quick and easy 15-minute tutorial. You’ll learn the basics of this boho-inspired macrame including the most popular (and easiest) macrame knot – the square knot.

I’m “knot” kidding when I say you’ll be amazed at how simple and fun this project is!

Oh, and if you want more easy beginner macrame projects, check out my new DIY macrame plant hanger , that you can put together in 5 minutes!

What is Macrame?

Macrame is an ancient textile art that has regained popularity in recent years.

It’s a craft that uses cord/yarn to create knots in different designs and patterns. In the new age macrame, crafters have innovatively used macrame knots to design wall hangings, plant-hangers, keychains, and charms to name a few.

How Do I Get Started with Macrame?

Macrame is a very low-cost and low maintenance craft. All you really need is the following:

  • macrame cord (or simple yarn)
  • dowel or tree branch (if creating a wall hanging)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Macrame Cord

Many macrame artists use a special yarn called Macrame Cord. Macrame cord is usually made out of cotton, twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn. The cord consists of equal length fibers that are twisted with each other to form a single strand

If you don’t want to invest in macrame cord, you can use simple yarn (as I did below in the tutorial).

Another thing to keep in mind is cord/yarn thickness (usually indicated in an “mm” measurement on the packaging of yarn). The thicker the yarn/cord, the more “chunkier” your knots/design will be. The smaller thickness yarns will result in more intricate and detailed knots.

My Macrame Yarn Selection

I chose to use regular yarn in the wall hanging in the tutorial below to prove you can macrame and create beautiful pieces with simple yarn (which you might already have laying around at home!)

The lovelies over at Love Crafts graciously sent be an assortment of gorgeous textured yarns, and I absolutely loved working with them!

I chose different thicknesses and materials to give more visual impact and interest in the wall hanging.

The ones I used in this project are:

My favorite yarn of them all was this environmentally-friendly yarn, made out of recycled t-shirts! Yup – you’ll enjoy working with this smooth and sturdy cotton yarn and keep t-shirts out of the landfill to boot!

What’s not to love!?

The Macrame Square Knot- Step-by-step

There are only a handful of knots to learn in the art of macrame, and the most popular and easiest of them all is the “square knot”.

Let’s go over how to make this knot with some step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Step 1: The basic square knot is done by using 4 strings(attached to the branch using Lark’s Head Knot). The outer strings will be the ones that you use while the middle (inner) 2 strings will remain stationary.

To make the first knot take the rightmost string and fold it OVER the 2 middle strings and UNDER the leftmost string. It will look like a “Sailboat” sail

Step 2: Take the leftmost string behind the two middle strings and up and through the “sail”.

Step 3: Hold the tail of the left string and the right string in each hand and pull tight, until a knot is formed

Step 4: To complete the square knot, repeat steps 1-3, but starting with the leftmost string this time. Fold the leftmost string OVER the 2 middle strings and UNDER the rightmost string. This will form the “sail”

Step 5:Take the rightmost string behind and up and through the “sail”. Holding the right and left strings in each hand pull tight until a knot is formed

Step 6: You’re done! Your square knot is complete! If you want most square knots just repeat steps 1-6 over again. This is a basic macrame design and knot you will see in many tutorials online.

Yield: 1

DIY 15 minute Macrame Wall Hanging

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • -8 strands yarn, white (100 inches long each)
  • -30 strands yarn, grey and beige (80 inches long each)
  • -4 strands yarn, white and beige(70 inches long each)
  • -12 strands yarn, white and beige (60 inches long each)
  • -a tree branch, driftwood or a wooden dowel
  • -scissors
  • -measuring tape

Tools

Instructions

  1. Take your 8 (100 inch long) strands and attach them to the tree branch using Lark's head knots. To make a Lark's head knot, fold the string in half and take the middle of each strand (forming a loop) and put it behind the branch. Take the loose ends of the strand and put the through the loop. Pull the strings down and your lark's head knot is formed. do this for all 8 strands and group them in 2's to make 4 groupsmacrame cords
  2. With each group of 4 strands, follow steps 1-6 above and tie a row of square knots.macrame square knot step 11
  3. Tape (or set aside) the 2 rightmost strands and 2 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Take the first 4 strands on the left and tie a row of square knots.Macrame square knot step 12macrame square knot step 14
  4. Take your next 4 strands and tie a row of square knots.Macrame knot step 16
  5. Take your last 4 strands and tie a row of square knots.Macrame knot step 19
  6. Tape (or set aside) 4 rightmost and 4 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Tie rows of square knots for the 2 groups of 4 strands.Macrame knots step 20macrame knot step 22
  7. Tape (or set aside) 6 rightmost and 6 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Take your center 4 strands and tie a row of square knots. This completes the skeleton structure of the hangingmacrame knot step 23Macrame knots step 24
  8. Take your 30 strands (80 inches long each) and tie Lark's head knots along the bottom portion of the design. Use different colors, and texture yarns to create more interest.macrame wall hanging yarnmacrame wall hanging yarn 2Macrame wall hanging yarn 3
  9. Take your 4 strands (70 inches long) and tie 2 Lark's head knots on each end of the branch.macrame wall hanging yarn step 4.
  10. With the strands from step 9, tie a braid on both ends of the branch (using 4 strands).macrame wall hanging yarn step 6macrame wall hanging yarn step 7
  11. Bring the braids to the center and tie them together using a small piece of stringmacrame wall hanging yarn step 8
  12. Take your final 12 strands (60 inches long) and tie them onto the braid portion using Lark's head knots. In this design I tied 3 strands at the top of the braid, 2 in the middle and 1 at the bottom-center (and repeated this on the other side).macrame wall hanging yarn step 9
  13. I unraveled some of my chunky yarn, to give even more nifty texture variance. Just use your fingernails to unravel each strand of yarn.macrame wall hanging yarn step 11 unravel
  14. Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut/shape the bottom of your wall hangingmacrame wall hanging yarn step 13 cutMacrame wall hanging DIY

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Dawn Harrison

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Hello ! Are the 2-toned braided ones added at the end ? That is a gorgeous addition.

Jasmine K

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Thank you Dawn!๐Ÿ™ Yep, it is a 2 tone braid on either end.

Cheers, Jasmine

Osleene

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Very good instructions I think they will be easy to follow when I make my attempt

Jasmine K

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Thank you Osleene!!๐Ÿ™ Enjoy making yours๐Ÿ˜Š

Cheers, Jasmine

Beth

Monday 28th of September 2020

This is gorgeous! What are the finished dimensions? Thanks:)

Jasmine K

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you Beth!! The finished dimensions are 1ft x 3 feet.

Kathleen

Monday 14th of September 2020

Thank you for this tutorial. You made it so easy to understand, and I actually think I can accomplish this. So many tutorials are not as easy to follow! Thanks for taking the time to show how to do these knots!!!

Jasmine K

Monday 14th of September 2020

You are very welcome Kathleen!! So glad to hear you found the tutorial easy to follow :) I hope you enjoy making your macrame art :)

Patty

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Where is the video for this project? Thanks!

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