Modern Macramé Décor

Learn simple macramé techniques as you craft along with Julie to create boho-inspired home décor! Discover how to use plastic stitchery canvas, cotton cord, hemp, and jute to create perfectly-spaced geometric designs. Tie on simple knots, then finish your piece with decorative beads and fringe—you’l...


1. Cut out the template, place it over plastic canvas, and either trace with a marker or simply hold it in place and cut the canvas around it. Cut two pieces, one for the top and one for the bottom of the wall hanging. To make larger or smaller versions of this design, adjust the sizes of the pieces by using the template as a guide.

2. Use a needle to attach fibers to the plastic canvas. As an alternative, if you’re using thicker fibers coat one end of the string/cord with fast-drying glue and use your fingers to shape it into a point. Glue will keep the fibers from fraying and provide stiffness that will make the fibers easy to thread through the openings of the plastic canvas.

3. Make diagonal lines with cotton cord on one of the plastic canvas pieces. On the template, this is the area that is white. Stitch one side at a time, pulling cord around to the back side and across the length diagonally, then back again to the front side in the adjoining opening. Thin cords may require a double-wrap in the same canvas opening to fill the area. Leave one row in the center at the point.

4. Stitch the opposite side in the same manner.

5. Finish this section of the design by wrapping cord around the center (pointed) area. Use quick drying glue to seal loose ends of cord.

6. Wrap contrasting black hemp cord around the rectangular base of the plastic canvas. On the template, this area is greyed. Wrap horizontally until area is filled and secure loose ends with glue. Repeat on opposite side.

7. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 on second piece of plastic canvas. You will now have a top section and a bottom section. These will be joined by macramé knots in the next steps. On a piece of sturdy corrugated cardboard or foamboard, pin the top and bottom using T-pins. Align them with approximately 2" between rectangular base of the design.

8. Cut 20" sections of twine. You will need a minimum of eight. Apply glue to each end of the twine as suggested in step 2.

9. At the bottom of the top section (the rectangle), tie on four pieces of twine: Thread one end through the opening in the lower left corner of the rectangle and one end through the opening next to it. Hold both ends to make sure that they are pulled evenly through. Take each end, bring it to the front side, and pass through the loop formed on the front. Pull tightly to form a knot. This is known as a "cow hitch" or "hitch knot.”

10. Create a square knot from the first set of four strings (the first two cow hitch knots). Repeat four times or until the tops of the bottom plastic canvases meet. Insert ends of strings into corresponding openings on the front side of the bottom canvas and pull through to the back. Repeat with the remaining jute twine until square knots fill the space between the two plastic canvas shapes.

11. Adjust jute strings to ensure everything is aligned correctly, then turn to the back side. The remaining length of the jute twine will pass behind the bottom canvas shape and insert into the corresponding opening on the bottom edge of the bottom design piece. Pull through to the front. If desired, secure jute with glue to the back side of the bottom canvas shape.

12. Create a knot in each length of jute twine at the edge of the plastic canvas. More lengths of jute can be added to fill the spaces if desired.

13. Spread the jute lengths out as evenly as possible at the bottom of the wall hanging. Use a ruler to match the angle of the bottom plastic canvas, about 3" below the bottom edge, and trim away excess. If desired, use fingers to unwind and fray remaining portions of jute to form tassels.

14. Tie a length of twine onto the top middle point of the wall hanging and one on the bottom middle point. Thread a wooden bead onto each. Make a loop in the twine at the top to make a hanger for the piece. Knot beneath the bead at the bottom and fray twine to match the fringe at the bottom.