I know I said I wouldn’t have any macrame tutorials but I can’t find myself ending this macrame madness. I’m so hooked and happy knotting all the time! (Check out my macrame feathers and the DIY macrame earrings)
I recently finished today’s beginner macrame garland that I thought was perfect to share with you. It’s a small enough project that you can take it with you. I guess it’s just like knitting.
I’ve noticed that I have more and more natural and rustic elements sneaking into our home. I really don’t want it to take over completely but I can’t get enough. Natural fibers and wood is my jam right now.
It’s almost like I have something scandi glam rustic boho stuff going on right now but I hate labeling it this way. I know that google likes those labels though because people search for them. Go figure.
So let me show you how to make this simple macrame garland for beginners which I’m planning on using in my holiday decoration for fall and Christmas decor.
DIY beginner macrame garland with wood beads
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The products needed are pretty much the same as my last project.
- macrame yarn (I use this yarn and this yarn)
- sharp scissors (I like using hair cutting scissors)
- wood beads (I used these beads and some slightly larger ones I had, I lied alternating slightly different sizes)
- hair comb (if you want to brush out the edges again)
I made another video which you can see below and you can also follow my step-by-step instructions as described in the photos. If the video doesn’t load for you then you can watch it on my YouTube Channel instead.
Instructions for DIY macrame garland
For my garland, I used 23 wooden beads threaded on a 10-foot piece of macrame cord. I wanted it to be long so I could possibly use it on a Christmas tree in the near future.
For my length of garland, you need to knot 22 small pieces of macrame.
And when you make one piece of macrame in-between the above wood beads you need to cut 6 pieces of 40-inch macrame yarn which you then have to repeat 22 times or however long you want your garland. I had to cut 132 pieces of 40-inch macrame yarn strings.
Does that make sense?
specific yarn cut measurements and amount of beads used
- 10-foot piece of yarn (for garland base)
- 23 wooden beads
- 132 pieces of 40-inch macrame yarn
I started out my beginner macrame garland by folding the 40-inch pieces of macrame in half and looping them onto the base string with Lark’s Head Knots as shown below. My little video shows you how to do this too and it might be easier to follow that than the photos and descriptions.
Make sure to pull them tight and repeat 6 times.
After that, you have to make square knots. Be sure to alternate that string that is placed on top.
After making a row, you have to offset the simple knots so you can create a pyramid at the end.
Then it is time to make diagonal Half Hitch knots on each side of the little macrame triangle/pyramid.
These types of knots are basically loops placed on the outer string on each side that then meet at the center of the piece.
My video might help you better with this step as well.
And then the garland is almost done. You can either choose to leave the garland open or you can tie each macrame off into a little tassel at the bottom which I will show you below.
Photos of finished macrame garland
I love using the boho macrame garland around flower pots. Below you can see it with the strands open and not tied.
Below I have the garland tied off into tassels for a change. You can even comb out the strands all the way which I did in my macrame feather tutorial HERE:
I really like how the macramé garland looks on our fireplace mantle too.
And Willy agrees that it also makes a great cat toy. It’s a win-win for all of us, isn’t it?
And guess what the best thing is? At the end of this step-by-step tutorial and practicing little pieces of macrame over and over again, you actually can move on to a bigger piece because they are all very similar. If you know how to do different knots then you can come up with your own creations.
More of my easy beginner macrame projects
- macrame Christmas ornaments (5 free patterns)
- super easy macrame drawer pulls
- macrame basket planter sleeve
- wool and yarn DIY macrame leaf
- wool and yarn macrame wreath