As surprising as it may seem, you’ve probably seen macrame done up close and personal before, in fact, you may have created a few projects yourself! If you’re not entirely sure what macrame is, think of all of those schoolyard and summer camp friendship bracelets that you made and gifted to all of your childhood besties, the majority of those colorful bracelets were made using the distinct macrame technique. The process of macrame textile making is one that requires skill and time to perfect, there’s definitely no denying that, but all of the hard work and not-so-great first results are more than worth it once you create that first gorgeous wall piece or relaxing hammock you can really be proud of.
The projects listed here serve as fantastic practice for macrame beginners and good old-fashioned fun for the pros out there. Whether you’re planning on tackling them alone or involving the family, these DIY’s are the perfect summertime activity.
1. Giant Macrame Rope Lights
These simple rope lights somehow manage to be huge and bulky but still gorgeous and chic at the same time, thanks, for the most part, to the amazing macrame work it features. Instead of using traditional materials like string, this DIY knots thick rope together in an intricate macrame pattern then cleverly attaches a couple of thick lightbulbs to finish off the project.
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2. Macrame Table Runner
For those who aren’t huge fans of wall-hangings but love to deck out their dining room tables, this gorgeous macrame table runner is the perfect project. The intricate, loose knots of this project create a beautiful, eye-catching feature that allows you to perfectly show off your skills and your gorgeous table at the same time.
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3. Mini Macrame Hangers
These mini macrame plant hangers are adorable enough to hang in your kids’ rooms and chic enough to keep anywhere else in your home. The actual macrame portion of this project is relatively easy and small-scale, but the craftsmanship still shines brightly in the finished product.
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4. Macrame Hammock Chair
Deck out your space, and bring that relaxing hammock indoors easily with this cool macrame chair. The DIY itself is relatively cheap, involving an old spray painted metal chair frame and some simple white cord, and while the actual macrame portion of this project is the only thing that is relatively time-consuming, the results look like something out of a catalogue.
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5. Macrame Camera Strap
Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, you should never underestimate the power of a great camera strap. Not only do they keep your neck from being rubbed raw during those long photography-filled days, but they also have the ability to turn that bulky camera into a pretty chic accessory, and this thick macrame camera strap does that effortlessly. A bit of white (or differently colored) macrame cord, some swivel clasps, and some heavy-duty glue are all you need to turn your hobby or career into a fashion statement.
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6. Macrame Curtains
Say goodbye to those awful ’70s inspired beaded curtains and hop on the macrame train! While it’s obvious that these curtains won’t provide much in the way of real privacy, the gorgeous pattern and cool vibes it gives out are more than worth the sacrifice of the time you’ll spend making it.
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