How to Make a Bohemian Macrame Coaster: A Step-by-Step Guide
Macrame is all the rage right now, and for good reason! It's a great way to add some DIY flair to your home decor.
In this article, we will go step by step on how to make a bohemian macrame coaster. This project is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of macrame.
The bohemian-inspired Macrame coaster is THE CUTEST. Once you learn about macrame and see the easy process, you can create an entire room with macrame!
Grab a roll of your finest macrame cord and follow along with me to learn how to make a beautiful DIY floral bohemian macrame coaster. Let's get knotty!
I love a good set of fluffy fringe on any macramé design, but sometimes, I like changing things up and making a design that doesn't end with fringe.
I often try to create my designs completely different from others and infuse my own style and personality into my macrame projects.
And that's exactly what I did with this floral coaster.
Typically, when you start a macramé project in the middle, working outwards, you'll end up with fringe on the outside.
I hid the fringe at the back for this pattern, adding a gorgeous floral petal design around the edge. If you want, you can make this pattern's back look much cleaner than what I did.
If you leave the fringe a bit longer, you can tuck it into the back of the pattern using a crochet hook.
This coaster pattern is made up of two separate designs: the floral pattern around the edge and the spiral coaster pattern in the middle. I attached them together to form this lovely design.
You can use the coaster pattern as-is or attach a different pattern along the edges if you want. That's the beauty of macramé. It's super versatile, and you can get super creative in personalizing your designs.
This project should take 30-60 minutes, depending on your skill level.
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The coaster pattern is a step up from the beginner level, using some intricate knotting techniques. If you're keen on learning more of these techniques, check out our Bochiknot Macramé community on Patreon.
Here, we detail intricate knotting techniques, showing you how to incorporate them into your designs. As we go through all the technical macramé concepts, we help you grow your skillset from beginner to macramé master.
Now let's start knotting!
What size cord should I use for macrame coasters?
Depending on the look you're trying to achieve, will depend on the size of the cord to use. I like to use a 3-5mm cotton cord for my coasters.
This is because it's sturdy enough to hold up well over time but not so thick that it's difficult to work with. Feel free to browse through our cord selection on our online store to find the right one for you and your projects.
Supplies for Macramé Coasters
To create this macrame coaster pattern, you will need the following:
- A roll of cotton macrame cord (I used 3mm Single Strand in the color Sand)
- Tape measure
- Wooden Dowel
- Crohet Hook (optional)
How much cord do you need for a macrame coaster?
This will depend on how big you want your coaster to be. I used about a total of 50 feet (1500cm) of cord for each coaster. Below is the cord measurements breakdown.
Suggested Cord Lengths:
- 1 x 160cm (63”)
- 2 x 80cm (31”) (More cords will be added throughout the spiral)
- 2 x 600cm (236”)
Macrame Knots Used:
- Double Half Hitch Knot
- Overhand Knot
- Reverse Lark's Head knots
Step-by Step Instructions
Step #1: Measure 40 cm on one end of the 160 cm cord and make a loop. Attach 3 x 80 cm cords onto the loop with Reverse Lark's Head knots.
Step #2: With the long end as the anchor cord and the short end as a working cord, make a Double Half Hitch knot ("DHH")
Step #3: Continue with the DHH knots all around until you arrive at a large gap.
Step #4: Whenever there is a larger gap, attach a strand of cord onto the anchor cord with a Reverse Lark's Head knot. The cord length should be 2 x the current cord length on the spiral.
Step #5: Continue the spiral pattern all around until there are 7 spirals or when you run out of cord length from the anchor cord.
Step #6: Attach 2 x 600 cm cords onto the dowel with Lark's Head knots. Pull to tighten.
Step #7: About 1 inch down, make a diagonal row of DHH knots to the left.
Step #8: Use the second cord from the left as an anchor cord and make a row of Double Half Hitch knots to the right.
Repeat once more underneath.
Step #9: Take the anchor cord to the left and make a row of DHH knots to the left.
Repeat once more underneath.
Step #10: Make a diagonal row of Double Half Hitch knots to the right with the far-left cord as the anchor cord.
Step #10b: Repeat the floral petals 10 more times underneath for a total of 11 petals.
Step #11: Attach the spiral cords onto the bottom loops in the floral petals with 2 or 3 DHH knots per loop.
Step #12: Connect the first and last petals together at the back with Overhand knots.
Use a DHH knot for the last pair of cords.
Attach the last 2 spiral cords to the bottom loop.
Step #13: Trim the excess cord and unwanted thread/strings at the back. Brush and comb through the cord if needed.
Alternatively, you can tuck the cord ends into the back of the pattern using a crochet hook.
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We hope you enjoyed following along and that you now feel confident enough to make your own.
Be sure to tag us in your photos on social media so we can admire your handy work. Happy knotting!
If you are interested in learning more why not try our Kami Wall Hanging starter kit?
In this kit, you will learn the six basic knots of macramé while creating a small wall hanging.
The kit contains all the cords and supplies you need to complete the project, along with a step-by-step guide and video tutorial.
Visit our online store, Etsy, or Amazon to grab your kit.
If you're looking for more beginner-friendly patterns, look at our YouTube playlist and tutorial blog library.
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