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).

diy macrame wall hanging

start with a strand folded in half.

diy macrame wall hanging

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

diy macrame wall hanging

pull the ends of the strands through the loop.

diy macrame wall hanging

pull until tightened, but not too snug.

diy macrame wall hanging

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

diy macrame wall hanging

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

diy macrame wall hanging

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.

diy macrame wall hanging

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

diy macrame wall hanging

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

 

 

star wars perler bead garland

star wars perler beads

2 little known facts about me: 1- i love to do puzzles, but pretty much only at christmas.  i totally become anti social, unless you want to do a puzzle with me, then i’ll talk to you the whole time.  i just have a hard time walking away from the puzzle.  my family all knows this.  sean was the best this christmas and got me TWO new puzzles (though i will happily do old puzzles over and over).  one of them was a hideous cat puzzle, which is hilarious because he and i are not so much fans of the felines.  the other fact, similar to puzzles, is that i love to work (play) with perler beads.  i try to convince my kids to do them with me, but really i am happy to do them alone as well.  its just that perler beads are definitely a “kid” activity, so i need to at least get them to start with me, then, if i have to, i’ll finish up on my own ;)

star wars perler beads

this christmas break, we had quite a few veg out days, so we got out the basket of perler beads that we’ve had in the rotation of use for several years now.  we even used them for gracie’s craft camp party!  here’s the thing about perler beads, and i guess lots of kids crafts in general: you make something with them and then what?  you hang a melted plastic bead creation on the wall?  in an effort to be more thoughtful about what we bring into our home, or what we give away to have a purpose, we had to think about what we were going to put our time into.  my kids, the girls especially, are so into pinterest.  its fairly safe, for the most part, but there have been several times that i’ve had to mark pins with inappropriate content.  the girls found some adorable examples of perler bead creations and we all decided to make a bunch of little star wars characters, then string them together like a bunting and pass them along to our trio of younger boy cousins who are big star wars fans (the youngest could hum the star wars anthem before he could talk).  our creations had a purpose, and even better, a home (that wasn’t mine).

star wars perler beads

we found our inspiration here, here, and here, and had to just make up a few of our own characters on our own.  also, please forgive our portrayal of rey – we just had run out of beads and were trying our best to make her look human, though she looks a bit more monkey-like, unfortunately!

star wars perler beads

star wars perler beads

we have a giant multi-color bucket of beads (i’d say get it at michael’s or hobby lobby with a coupon), and then we’ve bought specific colors if we needed them, like these.

hopefully this can help your star wars loving kids (or you) make your own perler bead creations!