Do you love boho decoration? Then simply knot your vintage pieces for the apartment yourself! When it comes to cool interior and interior trends as well as decorating Macrame right at the front. The casual curtain for the wall decorates stylish apartments. And yes, they are also a fabulous eye-catcher at weddings. The macrame decoration is also a pretty nice change to framed pictures, posters and graphics. Decorate your white wall! Our interior experts will give you tips and cool styling ideas to imitate!
What is macrame?
Macrame is from the Arabic language area of the 13th century Knotting technique. Here threads and cords are knotted by hand into ornaments or textiles. The technology is said to have come from the Orient and found its way to Central Europe via Greece. However, there are also traditions that the Moors brought jewelry made with macrame to Spain. However macrame has found its way to us, we love the decorative loops made of cotton yarn. If Tapestry, Hanging basket or the popular Macrame bracelet ─ the comeback of the knots is impressive.
The perfect macrame yarn
The quality and structure of the materials used is absolutely decisive for the look of your macrame designs. So you shouldn’t just pick any thread. A natural style is essential for the design of macrame. With organic fibers like Cotton ropes, jute, hand, sisal or other natural fibers you are guaranteed a natural look. You can buy your work threads and accessories for handicrafts that specialize in creative DIY projects.
How it works: Macrame knots for beginners
To get the style authentic, you should join the anchor stitch, rib knot and cross knot know about. But there are also the flat knot (also weaver or cross knot), the spiral knot (wave knot or Indian knot), the “half stroke knot”, the figure eight knot (pretzel knot), the josefine knot, the boat knot, the rib knot (forward knot or reverse knot), and the “Over Hand Knot”.
Sounds like a lot. But no fear! Because with our small instructions everyone becomes a macrame master:
Macrame ─ how it works:
- Take four cords and lay the rightmost strand at the front over the middle two strands.
- Then lay the leftmost strand under the end of the right strand behind the two middle strands.
- Now thread again through the strand on the right side.
- Then tighten both strands.
- Now repeat the whole thing the other way around. Place the rightmost strand behind the two middle strands.
- Then thread the left strand, lay it over the two middle strands at the front and pull it through again at the back.
- Then tighten the ropes so that the two knots meet.
- Repeat this knot technique for the remaining cords.
Tip: Practice the knotting technique briefly before you start your DIY.
Macrame Instructions: Simple DIY Ideas
The knotted decoration experienced its greatest boom in the 70s! Until now. Because through Instagram and that Upcycling trend macrame is more popular than ever. No wonder! There are not only first-class it-pieces to buy, creative interior fans can also lend a hand. Design your own Dream catcher, Hanging basket or surprise your friends with self-made bracelet gifts. Since macramé teas are made entirely by hand, you need to plan a little more time for DIY projects. But it’s worth it. Promised!
The DIY macrame curtain
Did you fall in love with the macrame trend? Perfect! Because we have the right DIY for you here: a macrame curtain for DIY. Sounds complicated, but it’s not at all. We show how it works here.
What you need:
- 24 rope strings of 5 meters each (tip: a rope with a smooth surface is easier to knot)
- 1 wooden stick (approx.1.2 m)
- white tape in the color of the rope
Here’s how it works:
Hang the wooden stick at eye level.
Take two ropes and lay them over the bar. Then fasten them with a double knot and tie them together. Repeat this with all 12 ropes so that you end up with 24 strands.
Tie macrame knots on all 12 strands, you will also find the appropriate instructions in this guide.
Tie the right two strands of the first rope and the left two strands of the second rope to the macrame knot. Knot the entire row.
Then link the first two strands of the first rope to the first two of the second rope in the second row. Continue this until there are 5 rows.
Finally, cut the strands to one length. You can then tape the ends of the rope with tape to prevent them from fraying.
Tip: The macrame curtain can also be used as an advent calendar wall hanging at Christmas time!
The macrame boho wall decal
If you followed the video, you can choose a macrame knot and individualize it with the wall decoration.
DIY macrame hanging basket
The homemade macrame hanging basket is perfect for all plant lovers! The piece of jewelry can also be decorated with pearls and becomes a stylish eye-catcher in the kitchen or in the children’s room.
What you need:
- Cotton rope
- Wooden ring
- duct tape
When tying, make sure that the knots are the same size and the distances are exactly the same. Otherwise it may be that the hanging basket is hanging crooked later.
A little hint: Before you make the last tying knot, you can correct the individual loops a little. To do this, move the nodes either up or down.
Make the hanging chair yourself
What shouldn’t be missing on warm summer days on the terrace or in the garden? Exactly, a stylish macrame hammock. We reveal how to do it – from two to five logs and string:
What you need for the hanging chair:
- 3 x slightly thicker logs in 75 cm length
- 2 x thinner logs in 92 cm length
- Macrame cord approx. 182 m long
- A rope, about 7.5 meters long
- 4 wood screws
- 1 drill
That’s how it’s done:
- Drill two holes on each side in two of the thicker woods, through which the thinner woods are then inserted. Fix them with the wood screws. In the third thick bar, one hole per side is enough.
- Now you start tying the first cord on the one wide log with a total of four holes. To do this, take the cord double and make a loop around the log, through which the ends of the cord are pulled.
- Then proceed as described in our knot instructions above.
- Once you’ve knotted enough fabric, attach the bottom end to the second thicker wooden pole.
- Through the two remaining holes per thick rod, you can now attach the hammock with the cord to the third thick rod and thus hang it up.
DIY: the macrame hammock
What you need for the hammock:
- Two snap hooks (10 cm)
- Two tension ropes
- Two logs 160 cm long
- Approx. 500 m of rope (depending on the desired size of the hammock)
- A drilling machine
That’s how it’s done:
- Drill 24 holes in the two rods at regular intervals.
- Cut 24 pieces of rope, each 9 meters long. A lighter can prevent the ends from fraying.
- Knot the cords through the holes in the bar and start knotting using our guide above.
- When you have reached the desired length (we calculated about 2 m), pull the ends through the second rod. Shorten these on both sides less on the outside, more in the middle and then make a “bowline knot”. To do this, put a loop into which the snap hook is hooked. Tighten everything.
- You can then attach the hammock to a tree using tensioning ropes and snap hooks.
Macrame jewelry ideas
Whether bracelet, chain or earrings: once you have the knots on it, you can tune any jewelry with your macrame yarn. All you need is your yarn and usually a practical metal ring around which you start to knot. You can conveniently use a pair of old hoop earrings.
Buy macrame decoration online
The stylish boho chic has convinced you and you want to upgrade your interior with the iconic knotting technique? Then you will find many beautiful decorative accessories made of cotton yarn in a natural look in the exclusive selection at WestwingNow. Of course, a cool macrame pillow or an extravagant macrame wall hanging should not be missing. Click through the assortment at your leisure and put together your own favorite pieces!