Add some boho flair to your home with this beautiful and easy DIY macramé garland. It is such a simple pattern and looks lovely on a mantel!
I’m here again with another fun and easy macramé project, and this time, for Christmas!
I felt so inspired this year by Aniko’s Christmas mantel over at a Place For My Taste.
Her beautiful macramé garland gave me all the feels and I decided to make one of my own!
RELATED: ULTIMATE MACRAME GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
It was such a simple project and it looks so pretty, especially against the dark painted stone.
Let’s jump in and you’ll see just how easy it is!
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DIY Macramé Garland
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
How to Make a Homemade Macramé Garland
STEP 1: Measure and Cut Cord
First we will hang the Command hooks under the mantel.
I worked off of these hooks so you might want to do this in advance so the hooks can fully adhere.
If you have followed any of my other macramé tutorials, you’ll know how important it is to measure before you start cutting!
First, we will measure the distance between the hooks.
This distance measured 74″.
I added two inches to have it hang a bit and I also added 4 inches so I could make loop knots on either end to hang on the Command Hooks.
The total I cut for my base cord was 80″.
Now, once you have measured your base cord and cut it, knot the ends and hang on the hooks.
Next, we will measure out how long we need to cut our working cords.
The main macramé knot we will be creating across the garland is called a berry knot, which will require about 4″ worth of knots.
In my guide on how to do macramé for beginners, I go over how to the berry knot but also how you need to take your desired finished length and multiply it by 8 to get the length you need to cut for each working cord.
4″ x 8 = 32, so I cut each piece at 32″.
I used 54 working cords cut at 32″ inches, but depending on your desired size, numbers could vary.
This will make a total of 27 berry knots.
STEP 2: Attach Cords and Create Berry Knots
Next you will attach your cords using a Lark’s Head knot.
There are two ways you could go from here.
You can attach all your cords first, in groups of two, each group being 2″ apart, and then do the berry knots
You can do what I preferred, which was attaching the cord and completing an entire berry knot at a time.
If you need a refresher on how to do a berry knot, see my instructions HERE.
As I said above, each berry knot will be spaced out by about two inches all the way across.
STEP 3: Cut Off Extra and Fray
For the final step we will be cutting the excess cord off to your desired length.
I cut mine varying from 6″-8″ to give a more natural look but you could cut yours all one length to get a nice crisp line.
Last, to get the beautiful fringed look, untwist and fray the cords.
And there you have it!
It is pretty simple, huh?
It’s such a fun and unique piece that I am excited to use year round!
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Measure the length of the space you want to hang your garland in and cut a piece of cord at that length plus 8". (We cut ours at 80" for a 6' garland)
- Tie loops at each end of this long cord and hang from your two command hooks.
- Cut 54 cords (or twice the number of hanging knots you want on your garland) at 32" and attach them to your main cord using Lark's Head Knots.
- Space the cords out in groups of 2 that are 2" apart.
- Tie each group of 2 cords into a Berry Knot.
- Trim the tails to varying (or uniform, if you prefer) lengths and fray the ends of the cords.
If you're unfamiliar with a Lark's Head Knot or Berry Knot, visit this post for simple tutorials on how to tie them.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and happy knotting!