How to Make a Macramé Owl

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Hi macramé lovers and knotters!

Today, I’m sharing a totally adorable project, a little different from the others we did recently: a macramé owl!

This project inspired me to come up with a macramé animal series. If you like this idea, let me know in the comments section below, and tell me if there’s a specific animal you’d like to try. 

For this project, you’ll need two 6 inch dowels and 4mm cotton cord. I didn’t have 6-inch dowels, so I took a 12-inch dowel and sawed it in half. You can really get creative with this, replacing the dowels with two sticks, or pieces of driftwood.

There are several knots used in this pattern: Lark’s Head, Double Half Hitch, Square knot, and Berry knot to name a few. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the knots used at any point during the process, refer to my Macramé 50 knots ebook. Here, you’ll find detailed step by step instructions for all the knots.

This post includes a step-by-step guide to making this owl. If you prefer watching the process instead of reading, check out our video tutorial.

I’ve listed all the material you need here, as well as in the video. Please share any questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you. Have fun knotting!

This project is estimated to take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your skill level.

Macramé Supplies You Will Need


Length of Cord:

4mm Single Strand Cotton Cord

  • 10 x 250cm
  • 4 x 100cm
  • 2 x 100cm
  • 1 x 45cm
  • 20 x 12cm

Colored cord

  • 1 x 20cm

2mm string

  • 2 x 40cm

Creating the Macramé Owl

Step 1: Hang up one of the dowels. Fold the ten 250cm cords in half and attach them to the dowel one by one, using lark’s head knots.

Step 2: Starting with the left four cords, make a square knot.

Continue to the right, making four more square knots. All your cords should now be incorporated in square knots.

Step 3: In between the first two square knots on the left, make a berry knot.

Continue to the right, making three more berry knots.

Step 4: In between the left two berry knots, make an alternating berry knot. Continue to the right for two more berry knots.

Step 5: Place one 100cm cord diagonally on the right side, leaving a few centimetres of space on end.

Use this as a working cord, attaching the far-right cord onto it using a double half hitch knot. Continue this process diagonally downwards to the left, stopping at the middle right cord.

Repeat this process on the left side with another 100cm cord, mirroring what was done on the right.

Repeat this again, incorporating another two 100cm cords into the pattern with double half hitch knots, one on each side.

Step 6: Use the far-right cord for a row of diagonal double half hitch knots to the center. 

Repeat this on the left side, mirroring what was done on the right.

Step 7: Take the far-right cord as an anchor cord and make a series of five double half hitch knots to the left.

Repeat this on the left side, mirroring what was done on the right.

Step 8: Thread a large hole bead onto the anchor cord on the right side. Repeat this on the left.

Step 9: With the anchor cord, make a vertical double half hitch knot onto the cord to the right of it.

Repeat this on the right side, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 10: Taking the far left six cords and make three consecutive square knots.

Step 11: Using the middle left six cords, make one square knot.

On the right, repeat steps 10 and 11, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 12: Take a 20cm strand of colored cord and make a square knot using the two centre cords as anchor cords. Add one more half knot with the working cords.

Step 13: Tuck the colored cord ends to the back. Use the same two anchor cords and make a square knot with the cords on either side of them.

Step 14: Using the four strands to the left of the middle pattern, add two more consecutive square knots.

Repeat this on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 15: Use the far left cord of the square knot left of center as an anchor cord for a row of double half hitch knots to the left. For this, use the vertical cord ends from the square knot in the far left.

Step 16: Use the next cord from the square knot left of center as an anchor cord for another row of double half hitch knots. Leave some space between this and the previous row of double half hitch knots, gradually increasing the space as you go along.

Step 17: Use the far-right cord from the last row of double half hitch knots as an anchor chord for another row of double half hitch knots. As in step 16, leave some space between this and the previous row of double half hitch knots, gradually increasing the space as you go along.

Repeat step 17 twice more. You should now have five rows of double half hitch knots.

Repeat steps 15 to 17 on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 18: Using the four cords left of center, make a berry knot.

Repeat this on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 19: Add an alternating berry knot underneath, using the center four cords.

Step 20: Fold a strand of 100cm cord in half and attach it to the little loop to the left of the top left berry knot, using a lark’s head knot.

Step 21: Take the two cords you just attached, along with the two cords to their right, and make another berry knot.

Repeat step 21 on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.

Step 22: Underneath the three berry knots, make two alternating berry knots.

Step 23: Add one more alternating berry knot underneath the previous two berry knots.

Step 24: Using the four cords to the far left of the center portion, make four consecutive square knots. Repeat this on the right, mirroring what was done on the left. This will form the owl’s legs.

Step 25: Place the second dowel under the legs. Tuck the wings behind the dowel and gather all the vertical cords together into a single gathering knot.

Use the 45cm cord as a working cord for this: make a small loop with one end, then wrap the other end around the gathered cords several times.

Tuck this cord end through the loop you made, pulling on the top cord end to tighten.

Step 26: In this step, we add to the owl’s eyes. Onto each of the 3cm rings, attach ten of the 12cm cords, using lark’s head knots. This should cover the entire ring with cord.

Step 27: Comb and trim the fringe on these rings until they are all the same length.

Step 28: Attach the rings onto the owl such that the beads show through the center of the rings. You could sew the circles on with thread. Or, you could use a 2mm string of 40cm long.

Wrap this string on one end of the ring. Weave both ends through a hole to the side of the bead. From the back, weave both string ends through a hole on the opposite side of the bead. Wrap one string end around the ring.

Weave this back through to the back of the pattern, along with the other string end. Make a double overhand knot with both string ends, securing the string and ring to the design.

Repeat this on the opposite side, securing the second ring to the pattern.

Step 29: Round off the pattern by combing and trimming the fringe on the top corners and the bottom fringe.

And that’s it! There you have a beautiful macramé owl to use as a wall hanging, livening up your space.

I’d love to hear from you, so please leave any comments or questions in the comments section. Also, post a picture if you tried this project.

Video Tutorial

Until next time, have fun knotting!

Much love,

Macrame instructor for beginner, intermediate, and advanced macrame

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4 thoughts on “How to Make a Macramé Owl”

  1. Hi
    I am just finishing up the owl. He is so cute. Just doing finishing touches and then I will add a photo. I have a question… at the beginning we attach 12 cords with larks head knots to the dowel. But we only use 10 cords (20 strings) in total to complete the project the first and last are never used. What do you do with these cords? I have tried to see in the video and instructions… are they just used to hang the project?
    The video and photo instructions are very easy to follow.
    thanks! I will definately make some other projects using your instructions.

    1. Hi there, I am so glad you liked the tutorial. On the 12 cords, that was a mistake in the recommended cords for the project. In the video tutorial, I had updated in the description that only 10 cords are needed and not 12, so you will not be needing the 2 extra cords. I will be updating that in this blog post too. Thanks so much for letting me know!

      Thank you

  2. Hi! I love your patterns and have done 2 projects so far, both using your tutorial. Right now, I am working on my third, a macrame wall hanging and would love to incorporate just the owl in my macrame….he is so stinking cute!! 🙂 How big is your finished project(just the owl between the 6” dowels)? Going by the fact that you used just 10 cords, I think I might need to make the owl bigger. How do I do that? Just double everything? Never done that before. Any help is appreciated! TIA.

  3. I love the owl! I would like to make a turtle using the berry know. I would like to have it stand alone (not mounted on a dowel). I found one on you tube that uses a metal ring and I really dont want that either. Thanks

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