Macrame kit

Macrame Kit: What You Need To Get Started

A simple macrame kit can ensure you have all the necessary supplies whenever inspiration strikes. Whether you’re making an elaborate wall hanging or a plain-Jane bookmark, your kit should have everything you need to get started.

We'll dive into the contents of your kit in a moment, but first, let's look at why you might want to make one in the first place.

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What’s A Macrame Kit?

macrame kit

As mentioned above, a macrame kit is simply a collection of the supplies and materials you need for your macrame projects. Depending on the complexity of your design, you'll need different items, but we’ll get into that shortly.

Reasons To Make A Macrame Kit

While there are macrame kits you can buy, assembling your own gives you control over the materials and supplies you use.

You can assemble a basic macrame kit with just the essential supplies. Or, if you want to throw in plenty of extras, like embellishments and different sizes and colors of cord, that’s an option, too. You get to decide what to include!

Here are other reasons to make a macrame kit:

  • It helps you stay organized: A kit gives you a home for all of your supplies, so you don’t have to worry about searching for them when you’re in the mood to macrame.
  • It makes a great gift: Know someone interested in macrame? A kit is a perfect gift to help them get started.
  • It can be portable: If you travel frequently, you can make your kit small enough to take along.
  • It can include high-quality material: By making your own kit, you can select the best supplies (like macrame cord from GANXXET) to help your projects turn out fabulous.
  • You can make project-specific kits: Been making a lot of plant hangers? You'll want to add plenty of S-hooks or other hooks to your kit. Working on wall art? Be sure to include enough different-sized dowels and a variety of cords to knot. By tailoring your kit with a specific project in mind, you'll always have what you need.

Things To Include In Your Macrame Kit

Now that you know why making a macrame kit is a great idea, let’s consider what to include in one.

A Handy Container

macrame kit in a basket

No kit is complete without a handy container to keep everything together. You can repurpose a container you already have or purchase something new.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Cardboard or plastic box
  • Old-fashioned picnic basket (check at thrift shops!)
  • Suitcase or duffel bag
  • Small toolbox with compartments
  • Wicker or woven basket
  • Laundry hamper
  • Repurposed dresser or plastic drawer unit
  • Rolling cart

At first, a smaller container will likely suffice. But as your macrame supply collection grows, you may need to upsize to something larger.

Different Sizes Of Macrame Cord

Cord is an essential component of your macrame kit — it’s what you tie knots into to create your project. Since macrame cord comes in different sizes and colors, you’ll want to include a variety in your kit so you have options when it’s time to create.

The GANXXET Curated Bundles are a great way to stock up on macrame supplies at a discount. Or, you can pick your own selection of cords.

Here are some to start with:

  • Cotton string: If you plan to make any jewelry or other delicate pieces, you’ll need some thin macrame string.
  • Dual macrame cord: Two colors in one cord? Yes, please! There are so many colors to choose from, and at 4mm, it’s the perfect size for many different projects.
  • Chunky macrame cord: This soft cotton macrame cord is available in 6 or 8mm, both excellent choices for adding texture to your creations.
  • 3-ply macrame rope: Your wall hangings and plant hangers will look fabulous with this eco-friendly macrame rope.

Something To Start On

You need to secure your projects while working on them. Sometimes, you’ll want something permanent to stay with your project when you finish. Wall hangings and plant hangers often have something at the top for hanging them up.

Other times, you need something removable. For example, you don’t want a large hoop left at one end when making a bracelet. In this instance, a clipboard would work well.

Here are a few specifics you can add to your kit:

  • Clipboard
  • S-hooks
  • Metal or wooden hoops
  • Dowels
  • Sticks

A Measuring Tape

Most macrame instructions start by telling you how long you need to cut each piece of cord. A simple measuring tape lets you measure twice and cut once.

Sharp Scissors

woman cutting macrame cord

Macrame cord can be pretty thick. You need a way to cut it cleanly without fraying. To accomplish this, a pair of sharp scissors is a necessity.

Scrap Cord For Practicing Knots

When first learning to macrame, you may struggle to tie the different knots. Keeping a few scrap cord pieces in your kit allows you to practice without messing up your work in progress.

Extras To Put In Your Macrame Kit

With the above supplies, you’ll have everything you need to get started with macrame. But if you want to take your pieces up a notch, here are some extras you can add to your kit.

A Fringe Brush

If your projects have fringe at the bottom or around the edges, you’ll want a way to comb it out. This action creates a light and airy effect that looks great. The GANXXET Macrame Cord Fringe Brush has stainless steel bristles that work magic on the cord.

Stiffening Spray

When you’re making feathers, leaves, or anything else you don't want to move much, give it a quick blast with some fabric stiffening spray.

A Rotary Cutter

When cutting one strand at a time, scissors are your best option. But if you’re cutting through multiple cords at once, a rotary cutter works a little better. Just be sure to put it on a safe surface, so you don’t slice up your table.


Embellishments for macrame

Beads, shells, feathers…there is no limit to the extra details you can add to your creations. So get creative and tuck a few embellishments into your container.

A Macrame Book

If you’re a macrame newbie or gifting this kit to someone who is, consider adding a macrame book. Here are a handful of our favorites:

  • Macrame: Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner by Sian Hamilton
  • How to Macrame: The Essential Guide to Macrame Knots and Techniques by Dorothy Wood
  • Macrame: The Craft of Creative Knotting for Your Home by Fanny Zedenius
  • The Year of Knots: Modern Projects, Inspiration, and Creative Reinvention by Windy Chien
  • Macrame Pattern Book: Includes Over 70 Knots and Small Repeat Patterns Plus Projects by Marchen Art Studio

What To Macrame With Your Kit

Once you’ve fully stocked your kit, it’s time to get creative. Here are a few simple macrame projects to try:

Make Macrame Simple

macrame kit in a basket

By creating your own macrame kit, you’ll have everything you need to start creating something incredible. And crafting is a lot more enjoyable when you have all your tools and supplies in one spot.

So load up a container with some GANXXET macrame cord, scissors, and your other supplies, and start knotting!

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