Embrace the enchantment of the holiday season with our delightful DIY Macrame Angel tutorial! If you're looking to infuse your festive decor with a touch of handmade magic, you're in for a treat. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the art of creating a charming Christmas Angel ornament using three simple macrame knots!
Perfect for beginners and seasoned crafters alike, this project promises to add a whimsical and personalized touch to your holiday surroundings.
Join us in knotting simple cords into a celestial masterpiece that will undoubtedly become a cherished part of your holiday decorations.
Get ready to adorn your space with the spirit of the season as we weave, knot, and craft our way to a festive masterpiece! Let the joyous crafting begin!
What is Macrame?
Macrame is a popular and beautiful form of craft that involves knotting various cords together to create decorative and functional items. It's been around for centuries and has roots in various cultures, including Arabic, Chinese, and Indigenous American traditions.
The basic idea of macrame is to use different types of knots to create patterns and designs. The knots are formed by crossing, looping, and tying cords in specific ways. You don't need any special tools or equipment—just some cords (usually made of cotton, jute, or other natural materials) and your hands!
There are several common knots used in macrame, including the Square Knot, the Double Half Hitch, and the Lark’s Head knot. Combining these knots and varying their placement and direction allows you to create intricate and unique macrame designs.
Some popular items made with macrame include wall hangings, plant hangers, keychains, bracelets, and even clothing. You can experiment with different colors, textures, and cord thicknesses to add your personal touch to the creations.
Macrame is a fantastic way to unwind and be creative. It allows you to make personalized gifts for friends and family or decorate your living space with beautiful handmade pieces.
With practice and a bit of patience, you can easily learn the basic knots and start making your macrame projects. There are plenty of tutorials and resources available online to help you get started and inspire your creativity!
So, in a nutshell, macrame is a fun and relaxing craft that involves tying knots with cords to create lovely and artistic items. It's a great way to express yourself and add a touch of bohemian charm to your life!
Macrame Knots You Need to Know to Make a Macrame DIY Christmas Angel Ornament
Getting familiar with macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:
- Overhand knot
- Gathering Knot
- Reverse Lark's Head knot
- Reverse Lark’s Head Knots plus Half Hitch Knot
- Double Half Hitch Knot
The above knots are basic knots widely used in many macrame projects.
By learning popular knots like the overhand knot and the double half hitch knot, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects, including a macrame Christmas wreath ornament with beads.
The Overhand Knot is an essential everyday knot used to make a knob in a cord, string, or rope. It helps tie items together, or it can be tied on a single cord-end to prevent the ends from fraying.
The Gathering Knot also known as Wrapping Knot is a versatile knot that not only serves as a practical finishing touch but also opens up a realm of creative possibilities in crafting intricate and stunning macramé designs.
The Double Half Hitch Knot is fundamental and highly versatile in macrame. It is the building block for many intricate knot patterns, making it an essential technique for creating beautiful macrame designs.
The Reverse Lark’s Head Knot is essentially the back side of a Lark's head Knot.
The Reverse Lark’s Head Knots plus Half Hitch Knot ("RLHPHH") knot is a variation of the Reverse Lark's Head mounting knot, where a Half Hitch knot is tied on both sides after the Reverse Lark's Head knot is made.
Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.
I have compiled a FREE EBOOK guide, "50 Macrame Knots & Sennit Guide," that goes over step by step with pictures on how to make 50 different knots and sennits.
This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs.
Benefits of a DIY Mini Macrame DIY Christmas Angel Ornament
Enjoy making your own macrame Christmas Angel ornaments to add a special, handmade touch to your holiday decor. Create a cozy atmosphere where every knot and weave tells a story and brings more than just decoration—there are some extra perks too:
- Ethereal Personalization: Craft a Macrame Angel Ornament that reflects your individual style, adding a touch of celestial charm to your holiday decor with a personalized creation.
- Budget-Friendly Elegance: Enjoy the cost-effectiveness of macrame projects, requiring minimal materials to create a stunning Macrame Angel Ornament that elevates your festive atmosphere without breaking the bank.
- Crafting Serenity: Immerse yourself in the calming and meditative process of macrame, finding a peaceful escape from holiday stress as you meticulously tie knots to create a Macrame Angel Ornament.
- Gift Giving: Share the joy of the season by gifting handmade Macrame Angel Ornaments, a thoughtful and cherished present that conveys the effort and care invested in creating a unique holiday keepsake.
- Crafting Confidence: Perfect for beginners, crafting a Macrame Angel Ornament provides a manageable and confidence-building project to learn essential knotting techniques, fostering a sense of accomplishment.
- Eco-Conscious Creation: Exercise environmental responsibility by selecting sustainable or recycled materials for your Macrame Angel Ornament, contributing to a greener and more eco-friendly holiday celebration.
- Festive Family Connection: Macrame's accessibility makes it a delightful family activity for all ages. Crafting angel ornaments together strengthens bonds, creating joyful memories and a sense of togetherness during the holiday season.
- Adaptable Decor: Beyond the Christmas tree, Macrame Angel Ornaments can be versatile decor elements. Hang them on doorknobs, incorporate them into wreaths, or use them as artistic accents throughout your home for a cohesive and handmade holiday ambiance.
Elevate your holiday charm with the Macramé Christmas Tree Ornament. This delightful addition brings a touch of class, making it a meaningful and stylish highlight for your festive decorations.
Macrame Christmas DIY Christmas Angel Ornament Materials
You will need 2mm macrame cords to make the DIY Christmas Angel Ornament.
Choosing the right macrame cord
The most crucial material is the cord. Macrame cords can be made from various materials such as cotton, jute, or nylon, each offering a different texture and appearance.
Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy, and suitable for your desired fringe boho bag is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.
We used 2mm single twist macrame cord in Natural from our Lush Skinny cord line which is a premium cord made from recycled cotton fibers, perfect for all skill levels.
Here are the benefits of using our Lush Cord line:
- Our Lush cord line consists of premium quality cords that are OEKO-Tex certified and an eco-friendly variety of sizes, types, color offerings, and makes of cord to choose from.
- We love this cord line because of its unique features. From muted matte colors to shiny, swirly, or to sparkly, the Lush line will bring out the extra spark your project needs.
Other Macrame Tools & Supplies
You will need the following materials to make your Macrame DIY Christmas Angel Ornament.
Essential macrame tools
You will also need some essential macrame tools:
DIY Macrame Christmas Angel Ornament Details
- 3.5" wide x 5.5" length (excluding handle)
- 1 to 2 hours depending on skill level
Materials Needed (for 1 unit):
- 2mm macrame cord
- 1 x 3" ring
- 1 x Large Bead
Cotton Lengths Needed:
- 1 x 70 cm (28”)
- 9 x 50 cm (20”)
- 12 x 40 cm (16”)
- 7 x 25 cm (10")
* Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using a 2mm macrame cord. Should you use a different size cord or cord from another brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and, therefore, should be adjusted accordingly.
Important Macrame Terms for Beginners
Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:
- Knots: The Macrame involves various knots, such as the square knot, and the double half hitch knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of Macrame. Refer to the "Macrame Knots You Will Need to Know" section for the knots used in this pattern
- Cords: Cords are the primary material used in Macrame. They are made of cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Macrame cords come in various thicknesses and colors.
- Fringe: Fringe refers to the loose ends of cords that hang down, adding a decorative element to beginner projects. The fringe can be left as is or trimmed to a desired length.
- Anchor cord: refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
- Working cord: This is the cord that is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
Step-by-Step Pattern Instructions
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make the DIY Christmas Angel Ornament
- Use a 70 cm cord as a horizontal anchor cord and attach 8 x 50 cm cords in the middle with Reverse Lark's Head Plus Half Hitch ("RLHPHH") knots.
- In the middle of the 8 knots, attach another strand of 50 cm cord onto the anchor cord with a Reverse Lark's Head knot facing the top side.
- With the middle-right cord as an anchor cord make a row of Double Half Hitch (DHH") knots to the right. Repeat the same on the left-side.
- Attach the top-right cord onto the ring with a DHH knot. Bring the bottom Anchor cord above the ring and attach the top cord onto the anchor cord with a DHH knot.
- Repeat the same pattern on the left-side.
- With the middle left and right cords as anchor cords make a row of DHH knots to the left and right sides.
- Comb through and trim the angel wings.
- Make 2 groups of 6 x 40 cm cords and comb through each group.
- Place the fringe on the left and right sides of the angel in the middle. Then take a 25 cm cord for a Gathering knot underneath.
- Re-trim the fringe on the sides and trim the fringe in the middle. Stiffen the fringe with hairspray or fabric stiffener.
- Thread the top ends with a large hole bead.
- Comb through 6 x 25 cm cords and then place the fringe in between the top cords for an Overhand knot.
- Attach the top 2 cord ends to the ring with DHH knots. Then make a large Overhand knot at the top.
- Brush and trim the hair.
Video Tutorial | DIY Mini Macrame Christmas Angel Ornament
With its easy knots and cute angelic details, this ornament isn't just for show – it's a little something that reflects the joy of crafting and the care you put into your holiday celebrations.
Whether it ends up on your Christmas tree or becomes a thoughtful gift, let it remind you of the love stitched into every knot. Every little detail tells a story of time and effort, making this more than a simple ornament – it's a piece that captures the real spirit of the holidays.
So, as you enjoy the process of making something special, remember that having this handmade treasure is more than just having a decoration. It's about enjoying the craft, adding a bit of holiday sparkle, and having that unique touch that makes your holiday decor special. Here's to a happy holiday season full of the simple, heartfelt joys of crafting!
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