Help! What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For My Project?

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Are you looking to get into Macrame?

Are you trying to figure out how much macrame cord you many need and the size of cord?

Deciding what size fo cord that you will need for your macrame projects can be a taunting task. I should know, I’ve create a lot of macrame projects.

Today, I want to help you with picking out the right size of macrame cord for your projects.

So, what size of macrame cord do you use for your projects?

The answer is: It depends.

I know a lot of you might not like to here that answer, but it really does depend on many different things.

What do you want to make?

A macrame plant hanger? a wall hanging? macrame jewelry? What about something extravagant like a macrame back drop?

There are a lot of determining factors that you need to decide on before knowing what size fo macrame cord to use.

But not to feel overwhelmed, today, I’m going to help guide you in picking out the BEST, and RIGHT macrame cord size for your project!

We will start of with some of the basic Macrame size cod MUST-KNOW, then we’ll go over some macrame DIY projects that you can do on your own with that particular size of macrame cord.

Hope sound awesome you! Let’s jump right into it so that you can get going on your “Macrame MasterPiece”!

Let’s begin with the basics.

What Are the Different Sizes of Macrame Cord?

The size of the cord is measured by the diameter of the cord. (the longest point across a circle)

There are many different sizes cord that you can use for your macrame projects. Depending on what you’re planning on making it will differ in the size of cord that you choose. When making your macrame piece, you will want to know all the different cord size that is available. Below are your typical macrame size cords that you will find.

Macrame Cord Sizing Chart

Macrame Cord

Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of the different sizes of macrame cord, you’ll probably want to know more about the type of macrame that you will need. While there is no right or wrong type of cord to use, there are macrame BEST practices.

I have 2 great articles that I’ve shared Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Macrame Cord and Choosing The Best Macrame Cord For Your Next Project. If you’re interested in learning more about choosing the right cord for your project, jump over to those articles, they’ll definitely help assist you. For now, we’ll focus primarily on the size of macrame cord.

Beginner's Guide To Choosing Macrame cord

What is The Best Size of Cord To Use For a Particular Macrame Project?

Great question! But what are you planning on making? It’s very difficult for me to answer that question for you when not knowing what you would like to make. For macrame cord size and macrame projects, I’ve broken it down into 3 categories of size that macrame project can fall into.

The 3 categories are:

  1. Small Macrame Cord Size (1-2mm): These small macrame cord size can also be referred to as micro macrame cord size. They are ideal for weaving through small beads and buttons. It would be nearly impossible to weave a cord size of 6mm through a small button. It doesn’t work. Trust me, I’ve tried. Small macrame cord are great for making jewelry, such as bracelets, necklaces, earring, and small accessories.
  2. Medium Macrame Cord Size (3-5mm): Medium size cords between (3-5mm) are most-likely be your standard macrame cord that you will use. The majority of macrame artists that you see online will all be using the standard size. There great to make plant hangers, wall-hanging, mandalas, and 99.9% of your macrame projects. For me, I typically use the 3mm All-Natural Single Strand Cotton Cord.
  3. Large Macrame Cord Size (6mm+): These large macrame cord size are for the BIG, I’m making a visual statement, type of macrame projects. Using cord that’s 6mm or higher, you’ll be most likely tying fewer knots, and will be covering a larger surface area. Perhaps an entire wall or large hand railing. I don’t often go above a 6mm size cord, but don’t let me stop you if that’s your kind of juice. You’ll find that making such large pieces can be a bit tricky, but definitely a lot of FUN!

Now, that we have a clear understanding of all the different size of cords that can be used for macrame. Let’s get into the fun part – making macrame!

Below are some of my YouTube video tutorials that I made using those specific cord sizes.

What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For Earrings

If you’re looking to make macrame jewelry, the size that you will want to use is between 1-2mm. Anything larger that 2mm will make it very difficult to weave through small holes, such as beads and buttons. Below is a pair of earring that I made using 1mm size cord. If you’re a beginner to macrame and would like to make your own sets of earring, check out the video tutorial below.

What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For Bracelet

If you’re interested in making macrame bracelets, below I have a video tutorial on how to start and end a macrame bracelet. The cord size that I used for this project was 1mm. As you can see from the thumbnail below, I added beads to the bracelet to give it more detail.

What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For a Macrame Flower

Small size cords aren’t just for jewelry, they can also be great for adding more details to your projects. For example, I use 1mm cord in making detailed macrame flowers. Which I would then add them to larger macrame project. Using smaller size cord will add more time to your project, because you will be doing knot tying, so be conscious of your time that you spend making each project.

What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For Macrame Wall Hanging

The easiest way to get started with macrame, is by creating a macrame wall hanging. Typically, I find myself using 3mm – 4mm size cord for the majority of my macrame projects. Below is a video that goes over how to create a diamond pattern macrame wall hanging. If you’re new to macrame, start off by getting some 3mm cotton cord and practice making some knots. This video is simple to understand and easy to follow along too. Give it a try!

What Size Macrame Cord Do I Use For Macrame Plant Hanger

Macrame plant hangers are probably one of my favourite macrame project to work on. I love plants! and the idea that I can create a piece of macrame art and put my plants in there is AWESOME! For this macrame plant hanger project, I used size 3mm cotton cord, with 1 x 200cm and 8 x 300cm length of cord, and a wooden ring. If you you like to get started on making a macrame plant hanger, be sure to check out the video.

What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For Macrame Bag

Macrame bags can be quite tricky to make. If you’ve made a few macrame wall hangings and plant hangers already, try making a macrame bag a shot. For this macrame project, I used Single Stand 4mm cotton cord. If you’re looking to improve on your macrame skill and would like to challenge yourself, making macrame bags is a great place to start. With these more advanced projects, you’ll want set aside some extra time, these intricate designs tend to take a bit longer and require some knotting techniques.

Hope this blog post article helped you out in getting a better understand of the different sizes of cord when it comes to your macrame projects.

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Until next time! Have fun macrame-ing!

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12 thoughts on “Help! What Size of Macrame Cord Do I Use For My Project?”

  1. I would like to make some bracelets with a little thicker than 1 mm cord but want to use small beads, and am wondering if I can add a 1mm cord down the center of the bracelet that is small enough to accommodate those smaller beads, using it only for the beads and macrame the thicker cord around it in some way. thanks

  2. I would like to make some bracelets with a little thicker than 1 mm cord but want to use small beads, and am wondering if I can add a 1mm cord down the center of the bracelet that is small enough to accommodate those smaller beads, using it only for the beads and macrame the thicker cord around it in some way. thanks

  3. Hi,
    I have a pattern that uses 3mm cord in 5.4m lengths. I want to use 6mm cord. How do I change the length?? Do I double the length because I’ve doubled the width??

  4. Hi,
    I have a pattern that uses 3mm cord in 5.4m lengths. I want to use 6mm cord. How do I change the length?? Do I double the length because I’ve doubled the width??

  5. Exceptional read, Positive site, where diyou u
    come up with all the info on this posting? I’ve read some of the
    articles on your site now, and I love your style.
    Best regards,
    Dinesen Henneberg

  6. Exceptional read, Positive site, where diyou u
    come up with all the info on this posting? I’ve read some of the
    articles on your site now, and I love your style.
    Best regards,
    Dinesen Henneberg

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      Great question!

      There’s a lot more to consider.

      What the size of the crib?

      How many knots are you planning to use?

      How intricate in design is the crib going to be?

      But, I would recommend starting off using a 5mm single strand cord. The cord is larger in size and is very soft on the skin. To learn more about this type of cord you can find it in the Foundation Line macrame cord.
      Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  7. Thank you for your great videos! I have a question… if I’m following a Macrame wall or plant pattern and it calls for a 3mm cord, can I use a 4 or 5mm cord without adjusting the pattern? Not sure if the size of the cord matters when following a pattern.

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Yes you can use 4mm and 5mm size cord if you like, but the length of the cord, and size of the knots and project will vary.

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