Did you macrame? If you could tie a knot in the ’60s, you created a macrame. This boho macrame tree is easy and your fingers will not hurt.
Now macrame is as popular as ever. Anyone that did it in the ’70s wants to make something with knots again. Those too young to macrame the first time around, can’t wait to make a bunch of knots.
The art of tying knots in decorative patterns and ornamental fringes originate in the 13th century.
This project is a modern look to macrame. Simple to make in under 30 minutes. And most importantly, few red burning fingertips from tying tons of knots.
This tree only has a couple of knots. So, it’s my “almost” macrame tree — no red fingertips for me.
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- 34-inch piece of 1 by two pine board
- 14 feet of macrame cord or white twine
- Drill and bit to make holes to fit rope or twine
- 9 3/4 inch wood beads
- Measuring tape
- Craft glue
Cut list for boards
Cut the pine board following the cut list below.
Mark hole locations. Each board has four holes.
5-inch board – 1 inch & 1/2 inch from each end.
9-inch board – 1 1/4 inch & 3/4 inch from each end.
13-inch board – 1 1/2 inch & 1 inch from each end.
17-inch board – 1 3/4 inch & 1 1/4 inch from each end.
Drill the holes completely through the boards.
Sand the pieces of wood. Wipe the wood to remove sawdust with a damp cloth.
Cord or twine
Cut the cord or twine into two 7 foot pieces.
Add glue along 2 inches of the end of the cord or twine. Smooth to a point and let dry. Doing this makes a needle out of the end. So much easier to thread through the holes in the wood.
Make a knot in the other end, leaving 5 inches to make a fringe.
Start threading from the inside holes on the 17 inch board. Add beads occasionally as you move up the tree and back down.
Leave at least 10 inches at the top for hanging. Then thread down the other side.
Do the same for the outside holes, remembering to add beads. I only added nine beads but add as many as you wish.
If your holes are quite a bit larger than your cord or twine, you may need to knot under each board to hold the wood in place. My hole is just enough to thread the twine through and holds the tree boards okay. I only knotted under the bottom board. Does that make it a boho macrame tree?
Time to hang
Hang from the two pieces of twine at the top.
You can fringe out the cord or twine a bit on the bottom.
Although I have several ideas to take macrame to new modern levels, so stay tuned.
Working too close to my craft. I tied my sweatshirt string into my macrame…again!Jeanette
- Macrame cord
- 1 by 2 wood
- Wood beads
- Drill with 1/4 bit
- Craft glue
- Cut wood
- Drill Holes
- Add glue to ends of the twine to make a "needle."
- Make a knot in the other end of the twine five inches from the end.
- Start with the largest board and thread the first piece of twine through the inside hole.
- Continue threading through each board and occasionally add a wood bead.
- At the top, leave at least 5 inches and do the same along the other side.
- Then add the next piece of twine, in the same manner, using the outside holes.
- Hang and make any adjustments needed.
- Add ornaments by tying on boards with small pieces of twine.
You could paint your boards to fit your decor.
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If you like this unique tree, you might like a peek at the mason jar ornament tree. It’s full of farmhouse style.
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