When I showed you all my macrame Christmas decorations that I was making for book club I got so many requests for tutorials and so here we are. I’m planning on having two or three tutorials go up before Christmas starting with today’s Christmas tree.
I thought we’d keep it super simple with the first tutorial , it’s basically only one know but definitely one of the cutest macrame Christmas decorations I reckon. It really doesn’t take long to do, this whole tutorial took me 17 minutes, the perfect little craft to do one night in front of the TV. And if you do one every night for a whole week, you’ll have seven beautiful macrame decorations!
For your Christmas tree macrame decoration you will need:
Macrame cord. Most tutorials specify what kind of thickness to get, but the only difference it really makes is the chunky-ness of your knots. Honestly, I just grabbed a thickness that looked good to me in a colour that I like. Most fabric shops and habadasheries sell macrame cord.
A needle and thread
Decorations of your preferance. I chose to go for a little wooden star for the top and some Christmassy twine. Go wild here! I think beads and little bells would look wonderful.
For me personally, it was easier to follow a video tutorial but I know some of you might also want to refer back to text from time to time. First up, give the video a watch and see how you go. Watch a few seconds, rewind it, pause it, try the knot and then carry on. That’s literally how I started and you definitely get into the swing of things.
Start with your 40cm strand of cord and fold it in half and then lay it flat on the table.
Now, take one of your 30cm cords (cord A) and fold it in half, with the loop on the left and the ends on the right, lay it underneath your centre cord. Take another 30cm cord (cord B), put the loop under cord A’s loose ends and it’s (cord B) loose ends over the centre cord and through cord A’s loop. Take the loose ends on each side and pull tight. Well done, you’ve just done your first square knot!
Once you’ve pulled tight, push the knot upwards a little but make sure to leave enough of a loop to be able to hang your decoration.
We’re going to do another square knot, but alternate the sides.
Take another one of your 30cm cords (cord A) and fold it in half, with the loop on the right and the ends on the left, lay it underneath your centre cord. Take another 30cm cord (cord B), put the loop under cord A’s loose ends and it’s (cord B) loose ends over the centre cord and through cord A’s loop. Take the loose ends on each side and pull tight.
Keep repeating this process until all of your 30cm cords are finished.
Now let’s make it look more like a Christmas tree! Take a pair of scissors and cut each side at an angle. Give each one of the knots another pull to make sure they are properly secure. Next, take a fork or fine tooth comb and start to comb out the loose ends (including the bottom two) to give your tree a “fringe effect”.
Time to decorate! I sewed on my little star and then wound some twine around the bottom two ends to finish it off. You can really go wild here, sew or glue on beads, add some sequins or even dried flowers.
And that’s it, you’ve just made one of your first macrame Christmas decorations! Like I mentioned, I’ll have a few more coming your way over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!