A Beginner's Guide to Creating a Macrame Christmas Angel

Bochiknot macrame Christmas Angel DIY

Step into the world of crafting Beautiful Christmas Angels, where skill and imagination unite, and your holiday decor is adorned with celestial charm. Whether you're a seasoned craftsperson or a newcomer to the world of handmade decor, this guide is your ticket to creating enchanting Christmas Angels.

Within these steps, artistry takes flight, and your home radiates with heavenly elegance. Join us on this creative journey as we unveil the secrets of crafting Beautiful Christmas Angels, one heavenly detail at a time.

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!

Macrame Knots You Need to Know to Make a Christmas Angel Tree 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:

The above knot are basic knots widely used in many macrame projects.

  

By learning popular knots like the double half hitch knot and the Reverse Lark’s Head knot, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects, including a Beautiful Christmas Angel.

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 Plus Half Hitch 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.

The Gathering Knot is a wrapping knot, a finishing knot that gathers all cords together. Usually, you will see the gathering knot at the bottom of a macrame pattern.

The Lark's head knot is a fundamental and versatile knot used in Macrame to secure cords to a holding rod or ring, creating a solid foundation for your project.

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.

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE 

Benefits of a Beautiful Christmas Angel

A Beautiful Christmas Angel can bring a multitude of benefits to your holiday decor and overall festive ambiance.

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: A Beautiful Christmas Angel serves as a stunning centerpiece, adding a touch of elegance and charm to your holiday decorations. It can uplift the visual appeal of your Christmas tree or any other space it graces.
  • Symbolic Significance: Christmas Angels often symbolize messages of hope, love, and peace. Having one in your decor can remind everyone of the true spirit of the holiday season.
  • Traditional Elegance: Angels have been a part of Christmas traditions for centuries. Incorporating a Beautiful Christmas Angel in your decor can connect you to these rich, timeless traditions.
  • Focal Point: Christmas Angels can become a focal point for your decorations, helping to tie the theme of your holiday decor together and draw the attention of guests and family.
  • Versatile Decoration: Angels come in various styles and sizes, making them versatile additions to your decor. Whether your theme is traditional, modern, or eclectic, there's likely an angel that fits perfectly.
  • Warmth and Comfort: The presence of an angel in your holiday decor can create a sense of warmth and comfort, making your home feel cozier and inviting during the festive season.
  • DIY Craft Projects: Crafting your Beautiful Christmas Angel can be a creative and rewarding DIY project. It's an opportunity to bond with family or friends while making a unique decoration.
  • Heirloom Value: A Beautiful Christmas Angel, especially one with sentimental value or personal history, can become an heirloom, passed down through generations, carrying with it the memories of holidays gone by.
  • Inspirational and Reflective: Christmas Angels can inspire reflection and contemplation about the holiday's deeper meanings, promoting a sense of gratitude and goodwill.
  • Mood Enhancement: Many people find that holiday decorations, including Christmas Angels, can positively influence their mood and create a sense of joy and wonder during the festive season.
Incorporating a Beautiful Christmas Angel into your holiday decor can contribute to the overall enjoyment and meaning of the season, making it a wonderful tradition for many families.

Beautiful Christmas Angel Cords and Materials

You will need a 3mm macrame cord to make a Christmas Angel tree ornament. 

Choosing the cord

 Bochiknot 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 a 3 mm single strand cotton cord in a natural color from our Rainbow cord line which is a nice and sturdy cord, perfect for all skill levels. 

Here are the benefits of using our Rainbow Cord line:

  • Our Rainbow cord line is certified 100% chemical-free and eco-friendly as the cords are made from recycled cotton materials
  • There is a variety of sizes, types, and color offerings to choose from
  • We love using the Rainbow cords because they are smooth, soft, and sturdy, making them easy to work with.

Other Supplies & Materials

Essential tools

You will also need some essential tools:

Macrame Christmas Angel Pattern Details

Skill Level:

  • Beginner

Completed Size:

  • 5” wide (13 cm) and 6” (15 cm) length

Completion Time:

  • 1 to 2 hours depending on skill level 

Materials Needed (for 1 unit):

Cord Lengths Needed:

  • String -1 x 30 cm (12”)
  • Cord - 1 x 30 cm (12"), 8 x 30 cm (12"), 8  x 45 cm (18”)

* Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using a 3mm Single Stand Cotton 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Anchor cord: refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
  5. 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.

Beautiful Christmas Angel | Step-by-Step Pattern Instructions

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make the Macrame Angel

Step #1:

  • Attach a 30 cm strand of cord onto the ring with a Lark's Head knot. Then thread the bead through and tie an Overhand knot.

Step #2:

  • Separate out 8 strands of 30 cm cords into 2 groups of 4 cords each and comb through the fringe of both groups.

Step #3:

  • Place one group onto the right-side and one group onto the left-side of the ring and secure with a Gathering knot using a 30 cm string.

 

Step #4:

  • Separate the fringe in half and weave the other half through the other side of the ring.

 

Step #5:

  • Attach 4 x 45 cm cords onto the right-side and another 4 cords onto the left-side of the ring with Reverse Lark's Head knots.

 

Step #6:

  • On the right-side, take the far left (bottom) cord as the anchor cord and make a full row of Double Half Hitch ("DHH") knots to the right.

Step #7:

  • Use the third cord from the left as the anchor cord and make a full row of DHH knots to the right.

 

Step #8:

  • Repeat the same pattern on the left-side.

Step #9:

  • Comb through, stiffen and shape the fringe.

Video Tutorial | Macrame Christmas Angel Ornament (Beginner)

Embrace the Magic of the Beautiful Christmas Angel – Where Craftsmanship and Elegance Converge to Illuminate Your Holiday Season!

This enchanting angel isn't just a decoration; it's a masterpiece of artistry and a symbol of the season. Its intricate design and ethereal beauty breathe life and character into your holiday decor, turning your home into a festive wonderland.

The harmonious fusion of celestial inspiration and exceptional craftsmanship makes it the center of attention, whether it graces your Christmas tree, mantle, or any space where you celebrate. Get ready for the flood of compliments and inquisitive questions like, 'Where did you find that beautiful Christmas Angel?'

More than a mere ornament, it embodies the dedication and love of the artisan, crafted to bring the joy and wonder of the season into your home. So, let this enchanting Beautiful Christmas Angel elevate your holiday celebrations, relish the admiration it garners, and savor the satisfaction of owning a unique work of art.

Are you looking for more fun and simple DIY macrame patterns?

I have numerous diverse DIY macrame patterns that you can explore, ranging from distinctive wall hangings for home decor to timeless plant hangers suitable for all skill levels.

Browse my collection of DIY macrame patterns on Etsy.

The patterns come complete with step-by-step photos, written instructions, and helpful tips and tricks to assist you throughout your macrame journey.

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