Home and garden decorating isn’t just a weekend project you can tackle with the family. It’s an opportunity to make a unique background for the best life you can have. Adding decoration throughout your property can be life-enhancing, making barbecues more fun, children happier, and leave guests at ease.
A great way to spruce up your home, add more property value, and enhance curb-side appeal is to take constant care of your plants, and flowers in your garden and backyard. Moreover, if you’re looking for all-natural and unique plant hangers for both your yard and indoor decor, macrame is a good thing to try. Occasional trimming or removal of trees might also become necessary.
Macrame is making a huge comeback, thanks to boho-chic decor becoming the leading decor trend for homeowners. Macrame can be a strong styling element and can make any home or garden more lively, sophisticated, and unique.
To help you understand more about macrame, here’s everything you need to know about it — from its definition, different knots to how you can make it at home.
What is Macrame?
Macrame is a form of craft that revolves around knotting to create different textiles. It’s an age-old craft that’s been in and out of popularity for over a millennium. In recent years, it regained its fame again thanks to young crafters and artists coming up with innovative ways of making macrame beyond the basics of wall hangings.
What Do You Consider as ‘Macrame?’
For a craft to be considered genuine ‘macrame,’ it should have at least one macrame knot. That’s because macrame projects tend to be pieced together using several knots, ranging from the most widely used macrame knot referred to as ‘square knots’ to more complicated ones like overhand and spiral knots.
How to Make Macrame Craft?
If you’re looking to add some macrame craft to your home and garden decor, you can do a simple DIY project using accessible and affordable materials. It’s best if you start simple to avoid overwhelming yourself and quit halfway there.
Whatever project you plan to do, here are the basic macrame materials you should have in your kit:
- Wood or metal dowel
- Hanging or mounting rings (for plant hangers and wall hangings)
- Cotton, hemp, leather jute, twine, or yarn for the knots
- Tape to seal the ends with
- Wooden beads (optional for design purposes)
When starting on a macrame project, try using items you already have at home before purchasing a stock of macrame supplies. After all, you’d want to ensure first you like the craft before investing your time, effort, and money in it.
When choosing materials for a macrame project, the most important factor to consider is the strength of the material for your project. For instance, if you plan on making plant hangers for your garden, consider using a stronger cod like jute, leather, or nylon. Additionally, its stiffness also is essential, as smaller intricate projects like macrame jewelry require thinner and more flexible cords. In contrast, large outdoor projects like a plant holder require a sturdy and long-lasting polypropylene cord.
From planters to wall hangings, there are numerous macrame projects you can do at home, thanks to its simple nature and flexibility. All you need to do is learn how to knot, and once you get accustomed to it, you’ll be able to make your uniquely patterned textiles—allowing you to explore a new craft while adding more value and style to your home.