Are you looking to spice up your dining room or tabletop? Look no further than a macrame coaster!
This vintage-inspired craft project adds a touch of style and provides a designated spot for your drinks.
Don't worry if you're new to macrame because this step-by-step guide and tutorial are sure to be useful.
Learn what you need to make easy macrame coasters with this free macrame pattern and tutorial.
We're obsessed with functional Macrame, where function meets art; this pattern is no exception. So, are you ready to unleash your creativity and embark on a macrame journey?
What is Macrame?
Macrame is a textile art form that involves knotting cords to create patterns. It has a long history, originating in ancient times and being popular in various cultures.
Macrame evolved and gained popularity in the 1970s. Today, it is experiencing a resurgence in contemporary design and decor.
Artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques and incorporating modern elements.
It has created diverse macrame pieces, including wall hangings, plant hangers, and fashion accessories. Macrame is now a versatile and captivating art form.
Macrame Coaster Pattern for Beginners
Keychain patterns are usually my go-to projects for macrame beginners.
However, coaster patterns are not far-behind as my next favorite option. Like keychains, coasters are small projects that don’t take a lot of time to make and require minimal cord to work with.
To create unique textures and visual interest, you can experiment with various knot combinations, such as square knots, alternating square knots, half hitch knots, or spiral knots. Adding decorative elements like beads or fringe can further enhance the coaster's aesthetic appeal.
Personally, I am obsessed with functional macrame, where function meets art, and this pattern is no exception.
Start with a DIY macrame coaster and explore the beauty of this art form while crafting a practical and visually appealing piece.
Whether you prefer a minimalist look or a bohemian-inspired design, macrame coaster patterns allow you to infuse your style into your home decor while mastering the art of knotting.
This informational guide will walk you through the essential techniques, knot variations, and step-by-step instructions to help you create a stunning square macrame coaster diy pattern that will impress both yourself and your guests.
Macrame Knots You Need to Know
Getting familiar with macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:
- Lark's head knot
- Double half-hitch knot
- Square knot
The above knots happen to be the 3 basic knots of macrame.
By learning popular knots like the square knot, lark's head knot, and double half-hitch knot, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects, including coasters.
The Lark's Head knot serves as a fundamental mounting knot for various projects.
As a mounting knot, it provides a reliable and secure attachment point for your macrame design to a dowel, ring, or other supporting structure.
This knot allows you to easily hang cords onto your macrame creation, providing a stable foundation for further knotting and design elements.
The double half hitch knot is a fundamental and highly versatile knot in macrame. It serves as the building block for many intricate knot patterns, making it an essential technique for creating beautiful macrame designs.
A square knot is a common macrame knot formed by alternately crossing two cords over each other. It holds a significant role in macrame as the key decorative knot.
It serves as the foundation for numerous patterns and designs, both on its own and in combination with other types of knots.
In this pattern, I have incorporated a fun variation of the square knot – the S-Square knot. It's a regular square knot with another half knot added in the design. It looks gorgeous and adds uniqueness to the design.
If you’re not sure how to make the knots above, click onto the names of the knots above to practice and familiarize with the knots prior to starting this pattern.
Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.
A valuable resource to have by your side while learning macrame is a knot guide.
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.
DIY Macrame Coaster Cord & Materials
You'll need a few essential materials and supplies when creating this macrame coaster pattern.
For this pattern, you will need 3mm macrame cord and a wooden dowel to help you make the coaster. The dowel will not form a part of the coaster once it is completed.
Choosing Macrame Cord
Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy and suitable for your desired coaster design is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.
We’re using 3mm single strand Rainbow cord for this pattern.
- Our Rainbow cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly as it is made from recycled cotton materials.
- The single strand type of cord in particular comes in a wide variety of colors.
- We love it because it’s smooth, soft, and sturdy, making it easy to work with.
If you can’t get your hands on our single strand Rainbow cotton cord, try substituting with our 3-ply Rainbow cotton cord, which will also work well for this pattern and offer a more textured aesthetic.
Other than a wooden dowel or a stick to mount the cords onto, to make the pattern, other supplies are not needed.
You will also need some essential tools:
Macrame Coaster Pattern Details
- Easy – Beginner
- 10 cm (4”) width x 12 cm (4.75”) height
Materials Needed (for 1 unit)
- ~11 meters (430”) of 3mm Macrame Cord
- 10”- 12” Wooden dowel/stick/ (used to assist in making the pattern)
Cord Lengths Needed
- 10 x 110 cm (43")
** Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based off of the pattern using 3mm single strand Rainbow Cord. Should you use a different size cord or cord from a different brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and therefore should be adjusted for accordingly.
This project should take approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. Depending on your skill level, the actual time can vary.
Important Macrame Terms for Beginners
Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:
- Knots: Macrame involves various types of knots, such as the square knot, double half hitch knot, and the Lark's head 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 different materials like 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: This 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 piece of cord that is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
Macrame Coaster Step-by-Step Pattern Instructions
If you don't have a rack, you can secure your wooden dowel to a flat surface like a tabletop using tape, similar to what I did in this tutorial.
- Take all ten strands of cord, each measuring 110 cm in length, and attach them to the dowel using Lark's Head knots.
- Secure the dowel to your workstation using tape to create a stable and reliable base for your work.
- Leave an inch of space from the top and create a Square knot using the four middle cords.
- Add another half knot, forming an S-shaped Square knot opposite.
- Fill in the middle section with the S-shaped Square knots.
- Create an additional four rows of S-shaped Square knots below, reducing the number of knots by one with each successive row until you reach a single knot in the middle.
- Take the two most extended cords and leave a 3-inch fringe. Afterward, trim off the excess.
- Utilize one of the cords as an anchor for Double Half Hitch knots at the bottom of the diamond.
- Remove the dowel and cut it into the loops' center.
- Take the second cord cut at the bottom, and create another row of Double Half Hitch knots on the opposite side.
- Close off with a DHH knot with the anchor cords on both sides.
- Trim and comb through the fringe.
Wrapping Up How to DIY Macrame Coaster in 9 Simple Steps
You've reached the end of this DIY macrame coaster tutorial. You have crafted a beautiful and functional macrame coaster by following the step-by-step instructions and unleashing your creativity.
This project showcased Macrame's artistry and versatility and allowed you to explore your crafty side.
Now, as you place your handmade coaster on your tabletop, you can take pride in your accomplishment and enjoy the vintage charm it brings to your space.
Keep honing your macrame skills, as endless possibilities await you in the Macrame world. Happy knotting!
Youtube Macrame Coaster DIY Video Tutorial
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