Macrame for Dummies: 5 Easy DIYs for Newbies

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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.

Hanging Garden

Macrame Plant Hanger

Macrame Plant Hanger

Using all supplies from the hardware store, make this easy hanger to display your favorite plant.

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.

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.

Friends for Life

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Julia Wycliff shows how to make a chevron friendship bracelet from thread.

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!

Designing With Yarn

Colorful Yarn Lampshade

Colorful Yarn Lampshade

Wrap several different colors of yarn around a lampshade to create a one-of-a-kind lampshade.

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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

Wall Tapestry

Wall Tapestry

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

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All Wrapped Up

Who knew a yarn craft could look so sophisticated? Designer Dan Faires proves that this versatile fabric isn’t just for the kiddos. Follow his instructions here to give your lamp a stylish upgrade.

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.

Creative Chandelier

A chandelier made entirely of unused yarn is certainly a fresh take on the classic textile, and it could not be any cuter! Want to make your own? Just follow these simple steps.

Fringe Benefits

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.

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Pretty Pom-Poms

As seen in HGTV Magazine, this adorable pom-pom blanket would be a cozy addition to the family room, kids’ room or, of course, the bedroom. And the best part is, it only takes five easy steps to create your own!

Photo By: David A. Land

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.

Sassy Sayings

If you’re ready to try your hand at the real thing, this easy, printable cross-stitch pattern is a great place to start. Just follow the instructions found here.

Photo By: Crystal Martin

Hanging Around

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

If embroidery just isn’t for you, colorful fabric hung in fabric hoops can give your home the same DIY look. Plus, it’s so easy to switch out the fabric, your walls will never be boring.

Custom Cushion

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.

Sweater Letters

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.

Letter Perfect

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.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

The Perfect Pouf

If you love the look of chunky knits but simply don’t have the time or desire to DIY, one of these stylish poufs from Nordic House might just be the perfect accessory to add a bit of texture to your decor.

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Vintage-Inspired Design

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.  

Do-It-Yourself Headboard

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!

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Whimsical and Woven

It may not be a DIY project, but this super sweet mobile has all the charm of a homemade accessory with an adorable woven pattern and delightful stuffed animals.

Cozy in Wool

Take a cue from men’s fashion and redo a worn-out chair in ultra-warm wool. Perfect for the cooler months, this gorgeous plaid chair is now a one-of-a-kind statement piece.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Pillow Perfect

And speaking of wool, this cozy wool pillow is easy to make and is sure to give your home a warm and cozy vibe. Make your own wool pillow by following the simple instructions here.

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