Welcome back everyone!
Today I’m here with a fun macramé tutorial, where I’m going to show you how to create a DIY macrame shelf using four basic knots.
The macrame pattern itself is beginner-friendly, and it’s made with the basic knots of macrame: the Lark’s Head knot, the Square knot and the Double Half Hitch knot.
If you aren’t familiar with some of these knots, you can download my FREE 50 Macramé knot eBook, or watch my knot tutorials on YouTube if you are looking to expand your knowledge further!
The most challenging part of this project is finding the right shelf to use.
I went to a local home hardware store and told them what I was looking for, and they were able to cut a piece of wooden plank for me for this project.
Before getting started, I just had to sand down the wood and drill holes through it, to allow me to thread cords through the plank.
This post today is a step-by-step guide with photos on how to create your own macrame shelf.
However, if you are more of a visual learner, check out our video tutorial which you’ll find at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about this macrame shelf project, post them down below in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
I hope you enjoy this creative macrame shelf project today – let’s get started!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours
Materials & Supplies
What you will need…
- 15.5” dowel
- 22” shelf with 8mm holes (four holes on each side)
- 3mm cotton cord
- Measuring Tape
Length of Cords:
- 8 x 200 cm
- 8 x 400 cm
- 20 x 220 cm
Creating A Macrame Shelf
Place your dowel down horizontally.
Take one strand of 200 cm cord and attach it onto the dowel using a lark’s head knot.
Repeat once more with another 200 cm strand of cord next to it.
Take a 400 cm strand of cord, and make a square knot with the four vertical cords as the anchor cords.
Start with the center cord at the back of the vertical cords and then take the left and right cords to create a square knot.
Repeat step 2 with the remaining twelve cords, underneath the one we just completed.
If you are using this as a keychain or an earring, you may want to make an overhand knot with the two cords in the very middle at the bottom, so that the other cords don’t slide down.
Using the top left and right cords as working cords, make a square knot underneath the second square knot.
Leave the left and right cords a little bit loose, making it about 1 cm down from the previous knot.
This fishbone picot pattern is a series of alternating square knots, made by alternating the cords you use from above.
Push the square knot up once complete, so there is a small loop on the left and right.
Take the top left and right cords from the second square, and bring them down from behind to create another square knot underneath.
Keep the left and right cords a little loose.
Complete this fishbone picot pattern for a total of 38 square knots downwards, alternating the cords each time.
Turn the pattern around, to add another fishbone picot pattern on the back.
Take a 400 cm cord and make a lark’s head knot in between the two lark’s head knots.
Add a lark’s head knot to the right.
Take a 400 cm strand of cord, and repeat what we did at the front for a square knot at the top, and then make another square knot with one more 400 cm strand of cord.
From there, start the pattern we completed on the front side.
Continue with this pattern until you have made a total of 38 square knots.
We’re now going to repeat the same thing on the left-hand side of the dowel, with two of the same fishbone picot patterns.
Start with the one at the front first, and then turn over to complete the back side of the piece.
We’re now going to attach the patterns to the wooden shelf.
First, twist the front pattern three times, so that it spirals downwards towards the shelf.
Split the bottom cords in half.
Four cords will be threaded through the front hole, and the other four cords will be threaded through the second hole.
Tape the four cords together, to make it easier to thread through.
Repeat with the back of the pattern, twisting it towards the left this time.
Once again split the cords in half, weave the first half into the back hole, and the second half into the front hole.
With each cord section, make a double overhand knot under the shelf.
Repeat the same process on the other side of the shelf.
Remove the tape from the bottom of the cords, and then cut and trim the fringe on both sides to your desired length.
Starting back at the top with the dowel, we’re going to attach strands of 200 cm cord one at a time with lark’s head knots.
Continue until all 20 strands of 200 cm cord are attached to the dowel.
Separate the pattern into three groups.
The first group is the far left 6 cords, and the second group is the far right 6 cords.
We will work with the middle section first. Take the middle four cords and make a square knot at the top.
With the bottom left two cords underneath the square knot and the two cords next to it on the left, make another square knot.
Continue to the left for another 6 more square knots diagonally, until the end of the section on the left.
Repeat the same on the right side, mirroring the 6 square knots we created on the left.
Leaving about 1.5 cm of space from the last row of square knots at the top, make a square knot with the middle four cords.
Continue diagonally to the left for three more square knots.
Repeat on the right side, mirroring the left.
We are now going to close off the square knot diamonds.
On the left side of the middle diamond, we are going to make a series of diagonal square knots to the right.
After this, make one more square knot to the right.
Repeat this on the right-hand side, for two square knots to the left.
Make one more square knot with the middle four cords, to close off the middle square knot diamond.
Repeat the same thing on the left-hand side, making a series of diagonal square knots on the outer diamond to the right.
Make 5 square knots diagonally to the right, then repeat on the right side for 5 square knots diagonally to the left.
Close off with one square knot in the middle.
Add another diamond square knot pattern directly underneath. Start with the middle square knot at the bottom, take the left two cords and then the cords next to it on the left, and make a diagonal square knot.
Continue as we did above for two square knot diamond patterns.
Once the three double diamond patterns are complete, we’re going to work on the left and right sections.
On the left side first, take the middle two cords and create a double half hitch knot, with the middle right cord as the anchor cord, and the middle left cord as the working cord.
Using the same anchor cord, make two more double half hitch knots diagonally to the left, to start a double half hitch knot diamond.
With the middle right cord as the anchor cord, make two double half hitch knots with the two cords next to it on the right.
With the middle four cords, make a square knot.
Using the same anchor cord on the left side, make two diagonal double half hitch knots to the right to close off the diamond on the left side.
Repeat on the right side, mirroring the left.
Close off the pattern with one more double half hitch knot in the center.
Repeat the double half hitch knot diamond pattern once more underneath.
Skipping about 16 cm on the left, we’re going to make another two double half hitch knot diamond patterns at the bottom.
Start with the middle two cords, make a double half hitch knot, and then continue to the left side and to the right for a double half hitch knot diamond.
Add one more of the complete diamond pattern underneath, for two diamonds in total.
Repeat everything we have done on the left on the right-hand side panel.
Cut off the excess cords at the bottom to your desired length.
There you have your very own macrame shelf. I hope you enjoyed our tutorial today and we’ll see you back here again soon for another project. If you’re interested in trying out something else, check out the other tutorials on our site.
Have fun knotting, and we’ll see you again soon!
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