Calling out all crafty ghouls ‘n ghosts out there!
Halloween is one of favourite times of the year. With it being a few weeks away, why not jump into the swing of things and get ahead of schedule.
If you’re anything like me, and enjoy getting into the spirit early, you probably have started on your Halloween decoration. I’ve taken upon myself to do some creative Halloween pumpkin decorating this year.
It doesn’t involve the mess of gutting out or cutting into a pumpkin. It won’t involve any sharp knives or tools as well. All you will need is some cotton cord, a pair of scissors, measuring tape, a comb, and a bowl of your favourite sweets.
You’re probably wondering how we are going to decorate a Halloween pumpkin without carving it. Instead of the traditional way of pumpkin carving, we will macrame a cover to lay on top of the pumpkin.
If you’re unfamiliar with Macrame; Macrame is the art of using knotting techniques (rather than weaving or knitting) to form creative patterns and stunning textiles.
DIY Halloween Pumpkin Macrame Cover
You’re probably thinking to yourself “Is Macrame HARD?”
The truth is, macrame is quite simple and fun to do! If you have the right materials and resources to learn from.
No need to over-think anything, I am here to guide you through the process and encourage you along the way. YOU CAN DO THIS!
I know you may have some doubts, but that is okay, we were all beginners at one point. That is why I’m here to help you. To help answer any questions that you may have. And hopefully by the end of this post all of your fears will dissipate.
By the time you finish this macrame project, A) have a beautiful macrame home decor piece that you can hang up for Halloween, B) have learned a new skill, and C) be able to add “professional” macrame artist to your DIY craft resume…
Macrame Cord and Supplies You Will Need
One of the great things about macrame is that it doesn’t require much to get started. All you will need is some cotton cord and you can begin creating some amazing macrame artwork.
Macrame cord is not typically found at your local big box retail shops – like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart ect. You will most likely have to order a spool of macrame cord online.
You will want to use either 3mm or 4mm Single Strand cotton cord. I use this type of macrame cord for the majority of projects. I personally believe this is the best type of cord to use. The cord is very soft, which makes for tying and unravelling knots seamless. As well as, allows for fringing through the rope (combing through cord) is whole lot easier! The cord and supplies that you will need can be found our online store.
Alternatively, you can also find macrame cord and supplies on Amazon. It’s a great place to shop online for craft items; although, the only pitfall is, it doesn’t cater to artists who are looking for quality grade macrame cord. What you will find on Amazon is just the basic stuff.
If you’re looking to learn more on what type of macrame cord to use, check out my article on Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Macrame Cord.
If you’re interested in learning more on the quality and grade of macrame cord, you can jump over to my other blog article to get a complete overview on macrame cord.
List of Materials For Your Macrame Pumpkin Cover:
- 3mm Single Strand Cord
- 10cm ring
- Measuring Tape
- Pumpkin (faux or real)
- A flat surface to work on or a clothing rack (if you prefer to work on it hung)
Once you have the cord and supplies, you’re ready to begin macrame-ing!
Macrame Knots You’ll Need to Know
Before we jump in, we will want to familiarize ourselves with a couple of macrame knots. You will find these knots are often used in the vast majority of all macrame pieces. If you would like to test your macrame skills and knotting knowledge. Next time you come across a macrame piece, see if you can identify which knots are used. Constantly learning and developing your macrame skill is the fastest way to improving and developing your macrame skill set.
For this project we will be working with 3 different types of knots which are as follows:
- Lark’s Head Knot
- Square Knot
- Double Half Hitch Knot
Below is a short video where I go over these specific knots.
I would recommend getting a few practice runs in first. You will find that by practicing making these knots a few times will help you glide through projects more smoothly. Start by getting a general feel of each knot. Once you’re comfortable tying these knots without any hiccups – you’ll be ready to begin.
How to Create a Halloween Pumpkin Macrame Cover
You browsed around on Pinterest and have watched a few YouTube videos. Now that you have your cord and all your supplies, and even practiced tying a few knots. We’re now ready begin macrame!
You will need to follow the instructions:
Step 1: You will first begin by cutting 36 x 100cm, 12 x 50cm of cord.
Step 2: Using the 36 strands of 100cm cord. Individually, you will now want to tie them on to the ring – using Lark’s Head Knots.
Step 3: Once you have all the cords attached, it should look something like the picture below.
Step 4: Once all the cords are attached. We will be working with 6 cords at a time in 3-cord sections.
Step 5: Starting with the outer cord as the anchor cord. We’re going to use the 2 inner cords, adjacent to it, as working cords, for two double half hitch knots. Then we’re going to repeat the same thing on the left. mirroring what we just did. Finish off with one more double half hitch knot to the right.
Step 6: Repeat the same thing on the next 6 cords. The only difference will be the last knot in the middle, will be to the left. Once that is done, we’re going to continue the same pattern around the ring – six-cords at a time. Alternating the last knot to the right, then to the left, then back to the right.
Step 7: Once we formed the pattern all around the ring, working with two sections at a time, where the knots face each other, taking the inner 4 cords, we’re going to make a square knot. Using the same anchor cords as we used with the first pattern. We’re now going to close it off and turn this into a bigger petal.
Step 8: We’re now going to make a row of Square knots, following the shape of the petals.
Step 9: Make another diagonal row of double half hitch knots on both sides. Close off with one more knot in the middle. Repeat this pattern for the remainder of the ring.
Step 10: Use the outer cords as anchor cords. Make another row of double half hitch knots to close off the petal. Make one more in the middle at the tip of the petal. Continue this pattern for the remainder of all the petals.
Step 11: Make a Square knot in between two petals.
Step 12: There should be space from the square knot to the side of the petals. With that space, we’re going to add a 50cm cord on both sides, using a Lark’s Head Knot.
Step 13: Once both cords are added. We’re now going to take the cord adjacent to it as the anchor cord. And make another row of diagonal Double Half-Hitch knots to form another petal. Then repeat on the right side and finish with a Double Half-Hitch Knot in the middle.
Step 14: Now on the main petal, we’re going to take the cord left to it. Use it as an anchor cord for another ”V” shape row of double half hitch knots. On the left or the right. And one more knot in the middle.
Step 15: Repeat the same pattern on all remaining petals.
Step 16: We are going to do the same with our side pedals. Add another “V” shape, and another layer to the petal.
Step 17: Make another small “V” on the main petal. Then you’ll make one more double half hitch knot in the middle to close it.
Step 18: Cut off the excess cord to your desired length and cut-along the shape of the petal.
Step 19: Comb out the fringe and then do some trimming. You are now complete with your Halloween pumpkin Macrame cover.
If you would like to get an over-the-shoulder look at how I made a Halloween pumpkin macrame cover, below is the video tutorial.
Have fun macrame-ing!