Are you looking to get started on a macrame project but can’t seem to figure out what you would like to make?
Are you trying to find inspiration or get some ideas that will get your artistic juices flowing?
If you’re looking for some beginner-friendly macrame project ideas, you’ve come to the right place!
I want to share with you 8 different macrame project ideas you can make. My goal is to help you tap into your inner creative potential and help you create beautiful macrame art pieces you can share with the world.
If you’re new to the world of macrame or perhaps, you have already been acquainted with it and now you want to get back into the groove of things, this blog post will serve you well. I have created many different macrame projects throughout my macrame journey and I will be sharing some of the previous macrame projects I have made, to hopefully help you draw inspiration so you can begin to make your own.
I have laid out a few different designs and projects I believe you should start making before moving on to more intricate designs and more advanced macrame pieces.
If you’re curious to learn how to make intermediate/advanced macrame designs, check out my other blog post “9 Advanced Macrame Project Ideas to Try“
For now, let’s get you started on the right foot in learning some beginner-friendly DIY macrame projects!
By the time you finish reading this post, hopefully, you’ve gained the belief and confidence that you can do this. Then, it would be up to you and your imagination with what you would like to create. Let’s begin!
Listed below are 9 beginner-friendly macrame project ideas, along with materials you will need, and links to YouTube videos you can follow along t]o. If you are inspired by any of the projects I’ve shared, I encourage you to jump in and give it a try!
Before we jump straight into the projects, we will familiarize ourselves with some basic macrame knots. This is going to be the core foundation for learning macrame. It will also help you quickly progress through each one of the projects we will be going over.
Essentially, there are 5 particular macrame knots you should know – inside and out. If you understand how to make these knots, you’re well on your way to creating some beautiful macrame pieces.
What you will begin to notice with these 5 macrame knots is the majority of all macrame projects will use 1 or more of these knots. By taking the time to learn these basic knots, you’ll be able to easily get through any macrame project. It will also help you mix and match certain knots when creating your own unique macrame design.
The 5 basic macrame knots are:
- Lark’s Head Knot
- Double Half Hitch Knot
- Square Knot
- Berry Knot
- Gathering Knot
These knots will be your most frequently used knots. They are your starting and ending knots you will you use for many of the projects you make. Of course, there are a lot more knots you will want to know, but these 5 knots are a good starting point to get you going in the right direction.
If you are unfamiliar with these 5 knots, I would highly advise you to practice making them a few times until you’re familiar with the tying technique. You can jump over to my other article “5 Macrame Knots You Must Know Before Starting a Macrame Project” to read more about it.
1. Macrame Keychain
Once you are comfortable making the basic macrame knots, you will likely want to jump in and start on a project right away.
For the first macrame project idea, we will start off with a simple and easy macrame key chain. A macrame key chain is a great place to begin since it requires minimal cord, supplies and time to make.
I began my macrame journey by making key chains. I wanted to get a feel for tying the knots and believed that starting with smaller projects would be a great way to get me there. Making key chains taught me how to tie different knots by practicing and repeating various knots and how to incorporate other accessories, such as beads and pearls into my projects. The best part about this particular project was that once completed, I was able to put it to use myself or give as a gift.
If you are interested in learning how to make macrame key chains, then this beginner-friendly DIY project may be right for you. It can be completed within an hour depending on your skill level. The main takeaway in this pattern is getting yourself familiarized with macrame knots and practicing tying techniques.
Below are the supplies and the lengths of cord needed for this project. Follow along with the YouTube video tutorial below to get the step by step process on how to put the key chain together.
Macrame Supplies Needed:
Lengths of Cord Needed:
- 1 x 90cm
- 4 x 100cm
2. Macrame Flower Vase Holder
A follow-up to the macrame key chain is a macrame flower vase holder project.
If you’re anything like me and enjoy the scent of fresh flowers, you’ll definitely enjoy making a macrame vase holder you can put your flowers in after.
Similar to the macrame key chain, this macrame flower vase holder doesn’t require you to use a lot of different knots. The knots used for this project are going to be your basic Square knot and Double Half Hitch knot.
The only complication you might find with this project will be finding the appropriate vase size to macrame for this project. It isn’t crucial to use the exact same size of vase we’ve listed, and depending on what you choose to use, you can adjust your cord lengths accordingly. Other than that, a macrame vase holder is going to be fairly straight forward and easy to make.
This project is estimated to take around one hour. Depending on the size and shape of your vase, the time will vary.
Once you have completed making a macrame flower vase holder, you’ll have an absolutely stunning macrame piece you can place on a dining room table, side table, or mantel. Go ahead and give this macrame project a try!
Macrame Supplies Needed:
- 18 x 155″
- 2 x 18″
3. Macrame Tassel Earring
We’re now getting into one of my favorite macrame projects – earrings! More specifically, tassel earrings.
If you’re looking to get some inspiration and ideas for your next macrame project, look no further as macrame earrings are a great beginner-friendly project you can quickly get started with.
Macrame earrings are simple to make and are perfect for any occasion. You can wear them as a fashion statement, mixing and matching with other accessories. It is an excellent way to display your own unique style and artistry – I enjoy making macrame earrings for this reason.
For this macrame project, you will be spending approximately 45 min – 1 hour to make them. You will be using only two knots for this project – a double half hitch knot and over hand knot. You will most likely need to get yourself some macrame string and a pair of hoop earrings for this project as well. You can visit our online store to get your supplies or visit Amazon if you’re looking for something more specific.
If earrings intrigue you, be sure you give this macrame DIY project a go!
Macrame Materials Needed:
Length of Cotton Cord:
- 6 x (3″ – 5″) cords (for one earring)
Length of Embroidery String:
- 1 x 22″ (for one earring)
To learn more about how to make macrame tassel earring, refer to the step by step video tutorial below.
4. Macrame Coaster
Looking to add some DIY home decor to your living space? Try making this cute little macrame coaster!
Macrame coasters are a great beginner DIY project for anyone looking to get started on their first few macrame projects. This project will serve you 2 purposes – 1. help stimulate the creativity within you, and 2. Ii is practical and can be used.
This is a great macrame project idea if you’re looking to make something fairly easily. It’s wonderful for those looking to get started with macrame or those who just want to make some macrame coasters.
As a heads up, if you’re planning on making this coaster, be aware it can get a bit tricky when it comes to tying and knotting in a circular shape. You will find when working within a circular shape, you will often be required to be constantly turn and move the project around the project while you are knotting. It can get a bit confusing at times, but with some practice, you should be able to smoothly glide through making these coasters in no time.
For this project you will only be required to know 2 knots – the lark’s head knot and double half hitch knot. The estimated time for this project is 1 hour.
Macrame Materials Needed:
Lengths of Cord
- 3 x 170cm
- 1 x 50cm
You can follow along by watching how to make the flower coaster in the video below.
5. Macrame Feathers
How visually striking are these macrame feathers?
If you’re looking to enhance your macrame projects with more details and texture, there’s no better way than by adding feathers. You can also turn the feathers into simple key chains, earrings, charms or other jewelry as well.
For this beginner DIY macrame project, I will share three difference macrame feather patterns you can use to incorporate into your bigger macrame projects, or to make as a feather charm.
Macrame feathers stand out due to its fluffy fringe and texture. It’s difficult not to stop and take a second glance when you see a macrame project decorated with feathers and leaves. Many admire the feathers and leaves on a piece and are intrigued to learn how to make them at some point in their macrame journey.
If you’re looking to make a statement with your macrame designs and projects, there’s no better way than with macrame feathers and leaves. To learn how to make these feathers, you will need the following supplies and to follow along in the tutorial below. Go ahead and give it a try!
Macrame Supplies Needed:
Lengths of Cord:
Feather #1 (11cm width, 14cm height)
- 1 x 40cm Strand
- 14 x (13-15cm) Strands
Feather Tassel #2 (11cm width, 14cm height)
- 1 x 90cm Strand
- 1 x 150cm Strand
- 14 x (13-15cm)Strand
Feather #3 (11cm width, 14cm height)
- 1 x 30cm Strand
- 1 x 80cm Strand
- 8 x (13-15cm) Strand
6. Macrame Mason Jar Plant Hanger
Once you have completed a few small macrame projects, it’s now time to slowly turn up the dial on your macrame skills. This project is a great segway into learning how to make a medium sized macrame.
Almost identical to a macrame plant hanger, macrame mason jar hangers are meant to hang smaller household decorations such as candles, cacti, candy, and all other sorts of smaller objects.
This macrame project idea is great for anyone looking to enhance their macrame skills and will require more rope than your smaller sized macrame projects. You will be looking at approximately 1 – 2 hours to complete this project, and will be using 6 types of knots. – lark’s head knot, berry knot, double half hitch knot, square knot, gathering knot.
When you start getting into medium / larger sized macrame projects, it’s best to understand how many cords and length of each cord you will need for the project. A rule of thumb that I like to use is to multiply the approximate length of your project by 4 to get the cord length you want to work with. You would also need to multiply that number by 2 if you are folding the cord in half and attaching it onto a dowel/ring using a lark’s head knot.
Macrame Materials Needed:
Length of Cord:
- 6 x 200cm
- 1 x 30cm
To watch the full video on how to make a Macrame mason jar holder click on the link.
7. Macrame Plant Hanger
We have now arrived at one of macrame’s crown jewels – a macrame plant hanger.
Plant hangers are one, and if not, the most popular type of macrame project you’ll find online. You can search through Google and YouTube to find many different patterns and styles that are beginner-friendly and easy to make. For me, I love adding plants and flowers to a room. It brings a feeling of warmth and comfort and a sense of ease when you enter. Not to mention the sight and fresh smell that plant and flowers can have within you. What better way to bring a room alive than with a macrame plant hanger.
Macrame plant hangers are a fantastic way to display your collection of plants in your home. By hanging plants from the ceiling or on a wall, you’ll be able to create more walking space in a room, free up clutter, and add color and life to any room.
After making a few plant hangers of my own, I want to share a macrame plant hanger pattern I created that you can follow along with. This DIY beginner-friendly macrame plant hanger is fairly simple to make. If you’re just starting out with macrame, you may require a bit more time learning how to make this, but it is definitely do-able. This pattern is made using 6 macrame knots – The lark’s head knot, berry knot, half hitch knot, double half hitch knot, square knot, and gathering knot. The project should take approximately 1 – 2 hours to make.
To begin this macrame project, you will need macrame cord & supplies as noted below. It is not required that you use 3mm cotton cord, but it is something I would highly recommend. You can also use braided rope or 3 strand cord, if you prefer.
Macrame supplies Needed:
Lengths of Cord:
- 1 x 200cm
- 8 x 300cm
8. Macrame Mandala
If you’re looking to challenge your macrame skills or would like to try tackling a beginner/intermediate macrame project – a macrame mandala might just be the right project for you.
Macrame mandalas are geometric patterns formed in a circular shape. They are created as a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity.
Macrame mandalas were one of my first and favorite macrame projects. I choose to share this macrame project idea with you because it’s an alternative from your regular plant hanger/wall hanging macrame that you often always see.
For this project, you will be using 4 type of macrame knots – lark’s head knot, square knot, berry knot and double half hitch knot. Be expecting to spend a minimum of between 1 – 2 hours on this project.
If you are interested in creating a unique macrame design that will enhance the feel and look to an interior room, give this macrame mandala project a try!
Macrame Supplies Needed:
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