Macramé may be the millennial DIY of the moment, but it dates back centuries! It is a form of textile art produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques that have been around from as early as the 13th century.

The primary knot of macramé is the square knot. However, many forms of knots can be used in different combinations to form different designs.

Types of knots
Different types of knots

The materials used in macramé are typically the 3-ply cotton rope, made of three lengths of fiber twisted together. You will also need a wooden stick and scissors:

Macrame materials

There are many amazing things you can do to decorate your house – from wall hangings, to plant hangers, shelves, swings… you name it! You can see some examples below:

Want to give it a try? Here are the instructions to do a Macramé Wall Hanging for beginners. For this macramé wall hanging you should use 4 mm cotton cord.

Macramé Wall Hanging for Beginners

  1. To determine the length of the cords to cut, measure 8 times the length you would like your project to be.
  2. Measure and cut 12 strands.
  3. Begin by tying a separate strand at each end of the wooden dowel.  Secure to a heavy object or hang.
  4. To attach each cord to the dowel, you’ll be using the Lark’s head knot.  Fold cord in half and wrap folded center  loop across dowel. Pull ends up through loop.

5.  Attach all cords to dowel using the lark’s head knot.


6.  Using 2 of the lark’s head knots (4 strands), make a square knot.

7.  Repeat square knots across dowel.


8.  In the second row, make square knots with two strands of each previous row square knot.

9.  Continue the row across dowel.


10.  Repeat first two rows until desired length.

11.  Fray or unravel cord at ends before hanging or leave as is.


You can see below some of the things I did so far. If you don’t feel like doing a wall hanging, you can do a cute key chain like the one I made, following the same steps. Check Pinterest for more inspiration.

Key chain

Easy right? Once you get used to it you can try more complex knots. If you are looking for a new hobby and you love DIYing your home decor, macramé can be perfect for you!