On another note, 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! (Check out my macrame feather purse charms HERE and the DIY macrame earrings HERE) While I’m not going to share a large tutorial like I predicted, I did recently finish this 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 notice 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 might also have to do with the fact that it is still summer and I’m not ready to let go. Lets see how I feel during winter but you might remember that my Christmas home tour last year was a lot more rustic than usual too.
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 it. Go figure.
So let me show you how to make this simple beginner macrame garland which I’m planning on using in my fall and Christmas decor.
beginner macrame garland with wood beads
The products needed are pretty much the same as my last project.
- macrame yarn (I use this one HERE and HERE)
- sharp scissors (I like using hair cutting scissors)
- wood beads (I used these HERE 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 with the photos:
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 us it on a Christmas tree in the near future.
For my length of garland you need to knot 22 small pieces of macrame altogether.
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?
So I specifically 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 then 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 which is placed on top.
After making a row, you have to offset the 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 to 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 chose 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.
I love using the garland around flower pots and below it is open:
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 garland looks on our fireplace 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 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.
You might also like these other projects of mine: