I will call today’s post part two to my macrame flush mount ceiling fixture post because you can use that same fixture and add on to it to make it a chandelier. The best part is that the top part of this macrame chandelier is removable and you could use it either way.
Like I said before, I originally wanted to make this into a hanging macrame cat bed but while I was working on it I noticed that I’d rather make a lighting piece out of it.
First I thought a flush mount light would look fantastic and then I wanted to see what it would look like as a chandelier too so I kept going so I could make up my mind later.
DIY macrame chandelier
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- macrame cord
- metal hanging basket (I bought the 18-inch one but you could buy the smaller 16-inch one or even go larger if you’d like)
- sharp craft scissors
- fabric stiffener
- hair straightening iron
- fairy light fixture or another lighting kit
- metal clips optional to help you attach cords
Macrame Chandelier Instructions
My video tutorial
Below is my video tutorial for you to watch. Use the triangle on the image to turn on the video. If you are on a cellphone or other device, turn it horizontal for better viewing. If for whatever reason the video doesn’t work in this browser then you can watch it on my YouTube channel HERE.
First part of macrame chandelier
The first part of making this macrame chandelier is the exact same steps I used to make the macrame flush mount light fixture. The steps are all again in my video and that’s why it is exactly the same up until mark 8:52 after that I add the hanging part of the chandelier.
For this part, you only need Vertical Lark’s Head knots for the top and Square Knots for the side strands. If you measure and cut a piece of macrame yarn 45 feet long, it should be enough to wrap the top part.
Depending on what basket you bought, you might have different measurements and amounts of metal strands running from top to bottom. I needed 220-inch pieces times 4 per metal section. My basket has 18 metal sections running from top to bottom. I needed 72 pieces of macrame yarn at 220-inches long to wrap them all. Yup, I know, that’s a lot!
This macrame chandelier tutorial would have gotten way too long had I described the exact same steps again. So if you need more details then head on over to the macrame flush mount light fixture for more in-depth descriptions. The steps are also all in the above video tutorial which is a must-watch should you want to make your own chandelier.
Top part of the chandelier
For the top, I started out with the same looped and knotted hoop that I used in my macrame cat bed tutorial. As I stated in that tutorial, you don’t have to do it that way and could use a metal ring instead to save time. I personally like how it looks all knotted and uniform for this macrame chandelier. It’s certainly preferential.
Cut 24 pieces of macrame yarn at 180 inches long and fold them in half over something like a doorknob.
Cut another piece of 8-foot macrame yarn to wrap the 24 pieces of macrame with Vertical Lark’s Head Knots which were also used to wrap the top part of the metal basket earlier.
Fold the wrapped part in half and use the Gathering Knot Method as shown in my video tutorial to tightly wrap everything together to form an eyelet for hanging.
Then I hung that eyelet onto a broomstick that I propped up between barstools so I could work on the rest of the strands. Since you folded the 24 strands of macrame yarn in half, you now have 48 strands hanging down.
I sectioned those strands into groups of 4 strings, so I could stack rows of Square Knots again as I showed you earlier while wrapping the metal strands on the basket. You will end up with 12 strands of Square Knots that I made 2 inches long.
After that, I connected two strands of Square Knots with Alternating Square Knots. This way you’ll end up with 6 strands of macrame Square Knot rows. Let me show you how…
How to make Alternating Square Knots
Alternating Square Knots are the same Square Knots as I used above only this time stacked off-center.
Let me show you…
- Line up the 8 strands of macrame yarn
- Hold the two centerpieces of macrame yarn together so you can form a square knot around them
- Use the two adjacent pieces of yarn to the middle strands for the first Square Knot loop
- Pull tight
- Form the second Square Knot loop
- Pull tight again and you can see that this Square Knot now connected the two stacked strands of Square Knots from earlier
- Now you do the same thing to the left side with 4 strands
- Be careful not to pull everything too tight or the Square Knots won’t be straight across a horizontal line
- Form the same Square Knot on the right side
- Now repeat the square Knot in the center again
- Keep going until you have a strand of Alternating Square Knots that is 11 inches long as you can see below on the finished piece.
When the piece is done for the top of the light fixture, it basically looks like an octopus, don’t you think so? All you have to do now is knot it to the bottom part of the macrame chandelier from the first part of this tutorial.
Connecting the top part to the bottom part of the chandelier
The 6 arms that will carry the bottom part get knotted onto the top rim of the metal basket where the fringe swags meet. For this, I used Square Knots again followed by Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots which are very similar to the Vertical Lark’s Head Knots used earlier.
- Hang the top part that looks like an octopus to something like a curtain rod and so you can prepare to attach the alternating square knot strands to the sections of the chandelier where the fringe swags meet. (this is where the clips can help you hang it all)
- I folded the 4 strands behind the metal top and 4 in front as shown in image number 2. (first one behind, two in front, two behind, two in front, and last one behind again)
- Time to attach the strands with Square Knots again. So grab the 4 left pieces of macrame yarn.
- Form the first part of a Square Knot and pull very tight so it can hold the weight of the metal basket.
- Pull the second part of the Square Knot tight as well.
- Repeat the same thing on the right side with the other 4 strands formed into a tight Square Knot.
- Form one Alternate Square Knot in the center.
- Now it’s time for the Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots. Grab the left outside strand and hold it down along the side of the Square Knots. Loop the next macrame piece onto that diagonally held piece of yarn.
- Pull tight!
- Repeat the same loop and pull tight again. Drop that strand and grab the next strand of macrame yarn in line from the Square Knots.
- Repeat the same looping as above twice and drop the yarn to grab the next one in line. When you did this with 3 strands of yarn, you arrive at the center.
- Repeat the same thing on the right side.
- When you arrive at the center, the Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots form something that looks like a triangle.
- Cut a small piece of yarn and tie the macrame yarn that hangs down together.
- Hide the knot in the back.
- Repeat this with all 6 arms and trim the yarn to about 6 inches long. I decided to not unravel those strands like the other fringe because I like the contrast to the unraveled fringe. You could certainly unravel and comb it too though.
Photos of finished Macrame Chandelier
I’m sure you are wondering what you could use to light the macrame chandelier. I used a battery-operated fairy-light fixture I found on Amazon but if you have a hardwired option in your ceiling then you can certainly just use a simple lighting kit.
I simply tied the fairy-lights to the center top part with another piece of macrame yarn and let the battery part rest in the center of the basket part. You can barely see it. The remote that comes with the light makes turning it on and off super easy.
I contemplated hanging the macrame chandelier over our coffee table in the living room and had even purchased a ceiling medallion and hook for it already. The fairy lights would have looked so pretty…
…but I finally decided to use this light as a flush mount after all because this hallway is the perfect spot for it, don’t you think so? You can see how I hung the flush mount fixture in my part one blog post (HERE).
So is this something you’d be able to tackle? And which way to you like it better? The funny thing was that the majority of people on Facebook voted for macrame chandelier and the majority on Instagram voted for flush mount light fixture. Which team are you on?
The great thing is that I can easily use it both ways should I ever change my mind.