macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging several months ago i shared our master bedroom update in our rental house.  one of my favorite additions was the macrame wall hanging i made.  i tried to copy this one (image below) from urban outfitters (its so pretty!) but realized i would have to either a) wait for my mom to visit and teach me to macrame, or b) google how to macrame, and both options weren’t fast enough for me.  i prefer instant gratification ;)

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i started looking into thin rope for macrame, but it was much more expensive than i wanted to spend (anyone know of a cheap link for me?) so i went to my good ol’ standby: yarn.  i love to use yarn for a variety of projects, never involving knitting or crocheting because i don’t have those skills.  plus there is so much variety in the different yarn you can get, and its fairly inexpensive.

diy macrame wall hanging

i chose 3 different yarns because i started this project with very little idea of what i was actually doing, and only figured it out as i went along.  those are often my favorite types of projects!  in hindsight, i may have just chosen 1 type of yarn for more consistency, but i also love everything imperfect, so the 3 types look pretty good to me!

since i didn’t really know what i was doing, i faked it.  i pulled out my best friendship-bracelet-making-skills from 3rd grade and started tying and untying knots until i landed on a pattern i liked.

let’s back up a bit.  i actually started by cutting tons of strips of yarn, all roughly the same length (about 1 1/2  yards long).

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then i tied my main strand, longer than i wanted to end up with, to the backs of 2 chairs and stretched it across the room.

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when i made my actual banner (?) i didn’t photograph the steps because i was figuring it out along the way, so i recreated it in the photos below, but used slightly shorter yarn (so you’ll see at the end that its shorter).

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start with a strand folded in half.

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fold the loop over the stretched strand, from the back over to the front.

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pull the ends of the strands through the loop.

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pull until tightened, but not too snug.

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repeat those steps with all your cut lengths of yarn.  each section that creates a “v” will be made of 10 of the loops just made, like above.

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diy macrame wall hanging

next step, leave the far left strand alone, take the next 2 strands

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and tie them in a simple knot, not too tight, but not too loose.

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then knot those same 2 strands again to make a square knot.  you’ll know its a square knot when the strands lay to the side like the picture above rather than one sticking up and the other down.

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take the next 2 strands and do the same, making a square knot.

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continue across, making square knots, leaving the far right strand alone.

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now take the 3rd and 4th strand over from the left, and make a square knot, leaving the first 2 strands alone.

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging

continue square knots across, leaving the last 2 strands alone.  you can just start to see the beginning of the “v” forming.

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leaving now the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strands alone, take the 4th and 5th.

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again make another square knot, and continue the same pattern through the next rows until you complete the “v”.

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging

as you can see, in this sample i cut my initial strands a little too short to start with – oops!  to finish, keep adding “v’s” until you get to the desired length and then you’re done!

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging

 

 

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

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wednesday – meetings, brunch with friends, mom stuff, work dinner with sean

cardigan – stitch fix // shirt – golden tote // flare jeans – golden tote {similar} // t-strap clogs – old navy // leather tassel necklaces – made by me // leather teardrop earrings – nickel & suede

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thursday (& friday!) – homeschool, silas’ basketball game, women’s ministry event set-up

cardigan – forever 21 // v-neck t-shirt – forever 21 // jeans – zara {similar} // boots – zappos {similar}

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sunday – church, lunch in morro bay with the in-laws

cardigan – target {similar} // shirt – forever 21 // jeans – stitch fix // wedge boots – kork ease // earrings – nickel & suede

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sunday night – fundraiser dinner for school at sidecar

cardigan – forever 21 {similar} // camisole – target // jeans – stitch fix // wedge boots – kork ease // earrings – nickel & suede

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2. please only link outfit related posts. your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you! ) ps – i WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits)

3. please please please link back here to me so all this wiww stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. check out as many links as possible! i am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! and you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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