35 Fun And Easy Macrame Ideas For Beginners

35 Fun And Easy Macrame Ideas For Beginners

Macrame is a fun and creative craft to learn, with seemingly infinite design possibilities. If you're trying to decide what to make next, let these macrame ideas inspire you! They’re perfect for beginners.

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What Is Macrame?

macrame ideas

Macrame is an art and craft form that involves tying knots with cords to create decorative pieces. This technique dates back centuries, with some of the earliest known examples found in 13th-century Arabia.

Today, macrame is still popular and can be used to make everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewelry and home decor items.

Macrame Tools And Supplies

You don't need much to get started with macrame. The essential tools and supplies include:

  • Macrame cord
  • A starting point (like a hoop, dowel, or key ring)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

In addition, some projects might call for embellishments, such as beads or feathers. And if you’re adding fringe, you’ll want to pick up a Macrame Cord Fringe Brush.

Since there is some variation in what you need, it's a good idea to check the pattern you want to follow to make sure you have the right macrame supplies on hand.

Macrame Knots

Before you begin, review the basic macrame knots. This video shows you how to tie many of them:

Macrame Ideas For Beginners

Once you have your supplies and a basic understanding of how to tie macrame knots, it's time to get crafting!

Pick one of these macrame ideas and give it a try.

1) Keychain

Keep your keys organized with a handmade macrame keychain. The fringe on it adds a fun and unique touch.

2) Bookmark

You won’t have to worry about losing your spot when you use this macrame bookmark.

Source: Simply Inspired

3) Photo Holder

Display your photos in style with this boho-chic photo holder. The chunky, 9mm macrame cord gives the project lots of texture!

4) Pendant

Show your love for fiber arts with this stunning macrame pendant.

5) Bracelet

Do you remember the friendship bracelet fad from childhood? That was macrame! And now you can make a grown-up version with this bracelet tutorial.

6) Plant Hanger

A macrame plant hanger can be simple or elaborate. It’s up to you. Here are some written directions for a five-step plant hanger that’s pretty basic.

And here’s a video tutorial for one with a little more pizazz at the top.

Source: Marching North

7) Bag

Get ready for summer by making yourself a cute, lightweight handbag.

8) Headband

Keep your hair out of your face with a stylish macrame headband.

9) Wall Hanging

Perhaps macrame’s most iconic project is the wall hanging. Even as a beginner, you can create beautiful art for your home.

Here’s one that uses only Square Knots:

Source: MandalaBunnyHome

10) Belt

Complete your look with a handmade macrame belt.

Source: Lynette Snow Artist

11) Feathers

Macrame feathers look stunning! But they’re surprisingly simple to create.

Source: Crafty Kitten DIY

12) Curtain Tie-Backs

Want to let some natural light into your home? Use macrame to make a pair of curtain tie-backs.

13) Hat Hanger

Show off your hat collection with these adorable hangers. Our Macrame Cotton Rope Zero Waste 3 Ply 3 mm is the right size cord for this project.

Source: Knot Calm

14) Macrame Turtle

Macrame animals are so cute! Start with this turtle, and then see what other critters you can create.

Source: Macrame School

15) Coasters

These heart-shaped coasters give you a lovely place to rest your coffee or soda.

16) Wreath

Adorn your door with this macrame wreath. Just be sure to use our Outdoor Cord when you create it so it doesn’t get damaged by the weather.

Source: Macrame Magic Knots

17) Yoga Mat Strap

Keep your yoga mat secure and always on hand with this macrame strap.

18) Water Bottle Holder

Strap your water bottle to your body with this simple sling. It’ll help you stay hydrated no matter where life takes you.

Source: Handmade by Junesse Jani

19) Pillow Cover

What do you get when you combine a pre-made pillowcase with a few macrame knots? A one-of-a-kind macrame pillow cover, of course!

Source: XO, MaCenna

20) Santa Ornament

Add this adorable Santa ornament to your Christmas decor. It’s an easy DIY project.

21) Dream Catcher

Bring good dreams into your home with a beautiful macrame dreamcatcher. It comes together quickly, so you can sleep in peace tonight.

Source: Trini ID

22) Room Divider

Turn a plain wooden room divider into a work of art with your macrame skills.

Source: edelmac

23) Easter Basket

Skip the plastic and make a unique Easter basket with macrame. It'll make the holiday even more special.

24) Blanket Ladder

Add extra storage to your bathroom, bedroom, or living room with this beautiful blanket ladder. It’s also a great addition to a nursery.

Source: Mary’s Makes and Mends

25) Scrunchie

Use our Barcelona Braided Cord to create several scrunchies in different colors.

Source: Macrame with Flora

26) Placemats

Your table will be company ready with these macrame placemats. Plan on making one for each place setting.

Source: Rachel Colton

27) Lanyard

Use this simple lanyard to keep track of your company badge.

Source: Weavey Studio

28) Ring

With only Square Knots, you can turn some of our 1mm Combed Cotton Cord into a lovely ring.

Source: Jyoti’s World

29) Tree Of Life Hanging

Have you seen those amazing Tree of Life wall hangings making their way around social media? Now you can macrame one of your own.

Source: SilentKnot

30) Pumpkin Decor

If you’re a pumpkin fan, you’ll love this decorative pumpkin.

31) Pet Collar

Don’t settle for a store-bought collar for your precious pooch. Instead, follow this tutorial to make a unique one.


32) Magazine Holder

Use these simple magazine holders to display the latest issues of your favorite periodicals.

33) Hanging Shelf

Add some greenery to your living space with this double-tier hanging shelf. It’ll look great with potted plants on it.

Source: Macrame Crafted by Ceri

34) Mirror Wall Hanging

Turn a plain-Jane mirror into a boho-chic masterpiece.

Source: DIYwithPragya

35) Toy Hammock

Calm the clutter with this simple toy hammock. It’s a kid-friendly addition to any room.

Source: Summer Macrame

Try These Macrame Ideas Today!

From keychains to Easter baskets, you can make almost anything out of macrame! And with all these beginner-friendly macrame ideas, you don’t have to worry about being an expert before you create something beautiful.

Grab some GANXXET macrame cord and get knotting!

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