Macrame for Dummies: 5 Easy DIYs for Newbies
The textural, macrame and weaving trend is still going strong, and we want to help you get in on the action. Even if you're not a DIY ninja, you can still create your own version of these 70's-inspired decor staples with one of our easy DIY projects. Note: Beaded curtains, patchouli perfume and lava lamps are totally optional.
When most of us think of macrame, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a plant hanger. While you can quickly get into the realm of super-duper complicated with these sorts of projects, this version uses standard materials from your hardware store and is perfect for the beginner. If plants aren't your thing, try using your plant hanger for a bowl you put fruit in or hang in your bathroom next to the sink to use for extra storage.
Make This: Twisted Rope Plant Hanger
Knotted Wall Art
This is a simple take on the classic macrame wall hanging with a colorful twist. Using brightly colored cording modernizes the look of your wall hanging, and you can easily replace the bright pink with any color that works for your space.
Make This: Macrame Wall Hanging
Friends for Life
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If you've ever been to summer camp, chances are you've made a friendship bracelet. This is a fun project to try with the kids, and all you need is some colorful embroidery thread. Try different combinations of stitches to mix things up!
Make This: DIY Thread Friendship Bracelet
Designing With Yarn
This might be the easiest DIY we have on our list, but the final result looks like you've spent hours and hours on your project. You can follow the instructions exactly and simply wrap yarn around your shade, or if you want to go off the script, you can try criss-crossing yarn to make some "x" patterns.
Make This: Yarn Lampshade
Fringed Flat Weaves
Use a wooden handloom to create a custom, woven tapestry for your wall. Use any colors or types of yarn to create stripes and fringe. This project can easily be finished in a few nights while watching your favorite TV show.
While this is definitely the trickiest of our DIYs, this small wall hanging is still a great place to start for anyone who wants to experiment with a loom. Once you get the hang of the loom, you can move on to larger projects or adding different embellishments, such as pompoms.
Make This: Woven Wall Hanging
Not Your Mother's Tapestry
Wall hangings are another vintage phenomenon that are making their way into the 21st century and thank goodness for that! They add just the right amount of DIY charm and retro style while more modern colors allow them to fit right in with almost any decor. Learn how to make your own here.
Tassels are everywhere! From jewelry to clothing and most definitely decor, tassels are an easy DIY accent that can be added to almost anything. Follow the delightfully-easy instructions here to learn how you can add tassels to just about anything in the home.
Fake It, Make It
Cross stitch is back, but this is not your mother’s cross stitch. In fact, this isn’t really cross stitch at all. Find out how you can recreate this gorgeous cross stitch-inspired painting in no time.
A major household staple in the ‘70s, macrame decor is ready for a redo – this time in modern hues and cute, DIY styles. Try your hand at this simple macrame planter by following the instructions here.
Hoop, There It Is
Canvas drop cloths and a touch of paint really come together in this charming DIY seat cushion project, proving that you don’t have to be an expert upholsterer to give your chairs a custom look.
So cute and surprisingly easy to create, these adorable sweater pillows are the perfect accessory to a little girl or boy’s bedroom. Follow these instructions to create your own custom pillows.
A classic wedding gift for a reason, monogrammed towels look sweet and sophisticated. But did you know all it takes is a washcloth and a simple zigzag stitch to make your own? Impress all your friends by following the tutorial here.
For this ultra-easy project, you may not even need a needle and thread at all. Simple cafe curtains get a vintage look with a little bit of paint. Find the tutorial here.
This stunning headboard from HGTV Green Home 2012 screams designer. But now you can actually create your own cozy replica with the instructions found here. Side note: it’s way easier than you’d think!
Lovely in Lace
Take a boring white tablecloth from drab to fab with some basic sewing skills and the pretty lace trim of your choosing. Great for holiday dinner parties or year-round dining, this lace-trimmed tablecloth adds just the right amount of personalization. Learn to make it here.
DIY Party Decor
The perfect colorful addition to a party or kids’ room, this cute pom-pom garland could not be easier to make. Follow the simple steps found here to add some fabric fun to your next event!