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.

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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

 

 

coffee station

coffee station

just before sean and i got married, i hosted a sleepover bachelorette party for a friend, and needed to make coffee for the ladies in the morning.  thankfully, we had already been given a coffee maker at a wedding shower, so i was ready to go.  until i wasn’t.  i put in a filter, added coffee grounds, and poured the water right in, and turned on the machine.  i guess i should also add here that i wasn’t a coffee drinker yet, so i had never made coffee before.  at age 21.  so the machine starts brewing and… water is dripping all over the floor, with grounds mixed in.  i had poured the water right on top of the coffee grounds, not in the back to heat up.  oops!  thats the thing about mistakes: if they are bad enough, you can learn from them the first time.

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so now that i’m a grown up and drink coffee, i decided it would be fun to have a little coffee station in our rental house.  we had a little spot on our counter, between the fridge and the sink that worked just fine, but there was nothing special about it.  we had a space in our dining room and a table that fit just perfectly there, so we tried it out – and i love it!

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i’ve had this table since i moved out of my parents’ house when i was 18.  actually, i took it from their house and it had been in the original cabin before they remodeled our home.  its the perfect little side table, with a single drawer and the best part is the enamel top!  years ago i had spray painted the top (why?!) and the paint was chipping, so my dad took it on as a project and scraped and sanded all the paint off until we (he) got to the shiny enamel again.

coffee station

coffee station

coffee station

i moved the coffee maker, and the tray i store the beans, grounds, grinder and other goodies on.  i also added the milk steamer, both for me and for the kids to make steamers.  the little drawer holds the filters perfectly.

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i bought this cup holder on an absolute whim several months ago.  it was some special daily deal that apparently was an amazing price and i couldn’t resist. #NoSelfControl.  i was so surprised at my lack of thinking things through on this impulse purchase that i left it boxed up in the garage for a couple months!  i really wanted it behind the coffee maker, but it really didn’t make sense.  plus i was overruled on which wall it should go on, so there’s that.  it has actually turned out to be a great purchase that we all use many times everyday.

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the space needed something above it, so i went into our living room, pulled this framed print off my wall (and still have a blank spot up there) and moved it here.

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i’ve had this clock for years, but am so over the red, so i just grabbed a bottle of black paint and swiped on a coat for a much improved look.

previously, this space just held our trash can (which now fits perfectly under the coffee station table), our calendar and chore chart, the red clock, and more often than not, our broom and swiffer. #notcute

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now the space is still super functional, a happy place to start my day, and it cost me nothing but a little time.  well, i did have to buy the hazelnut syrup, but only because i was out if it and really, its kind of an essential ;)

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my 2 favorite ways to have my morning coffee:

a small drizzle of hazelnut syrup at the bottom of my cup, 3/4 full cup of coffee, top off with frothed milk

or

a small squirt of agave syrup, a couple shakes of cinnamon, coffee, and top off with almond milk.

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get the look for yourself:

coffee station

coffee cart // print // clock // cup rack // coffee maker // frother // pour spout // squeeze bottle // cinnamon shaker // vintage blue mason jars // enamel tray // sugar shaker