DIY Macrame Snowflake Ornament 

By Jennie Lennick

Macramé Snowflakes

My macrame teaching career began when I was a teenager in the early 2000s. I taught adults and children how to macrame at a bead shop in Minneapolis (for the entire story, check out this post).  Since I’ve taught macrame workshops for the last 15+ years, making a simple plant hanger or plain wall hanging gets old.  I've been hankering for trying out a new macrame project!

With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to use my macrame skills to create an alternative shape to use as a Christmas ornament. I was so inspired by these vintage macrame ornaments that I knew I had to try to create my own! 

In this tutorial, I’ll go over a couple of essential macrame knots; the square knot and larks head knots. Once you learn these skills, you will have the confidence to create large and more intricate pieces on your own, including wall hangings, plant hangers, or other snowflake patterns!


Homemade Ornaments

I’ve been obsessed with making handmade ornaments since I was a little kid. My birthday is in mid-November, and my mom would throw me craft birthday parties where all my guests would make holiday ornaments and decorations. It was so fun to create something unique to decorate our homes each year. 

 Now, when I get out my box of holiday decorations it’s like I’m opening a time capsule. I get to revisit memories from past Christmases, and it fills my heart with so much cheer.

Gather Your Materials

  • 12  1-yard pieces 100% cotton 1.5mm macrame cord 
  • 1-inch metal ring
  • Push pin
  • Glue (make sure it dries clear)
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard 
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper 


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Step 1: Tie Larks Head Knots

Take one piece of macramé rope, fold it in half, and insert it into your ring.

Fold the loop over the ring, reach your fingers inside the loop, and grab the two cords from the back.

Pull the two cords forward so they are going through your loop.

Pull the loop tight. You have a larks head knot!

Tie each cord onto the ring with a larks head knot. Once all 12 cords are on the ring, it will cover it completely.



Step 2: Mount Your Work

Use a push pin to secure your project to a spare piece of cardboard. 

This will help keep your project in place while you are working. 

Step 3: Square Knot

Let's start knotting your cords! 

The square knot is one of the most basic knots of macrame. It creates a lovely box-shaped knot.

Split four cords away from the rest of the group.

Separate the cords so two are in the middle (your anchors) and one cord is on each side (your knotting cords). 

Pull the left knotting cord over the other cords making the shape of a number 4. 

Place the right knotting cord over the left knotting cord that is now on the right side.

Grab the right knotting cord and bring it behind the two middle anchor cords and up through the triangle part of the number 4 shape.

You should have cord on the top and the bottom of the anchors.

Pull the right and left knotting cords evenly and slide the knot up the anchor cords. *You finished one half of the square knot! We are now going to do the same steps on the other side to complete the knot!

Pull the right knotting cord over the two anchor cords making the shape of a backward number 4. 

Place the left knotting cord over the right knotting cord that is now on the left side.

Place the left knotting cord over the right knotting cord that is now on the left side.

Pull the right and left knotting cords evenly and slide the knot up the two center cords. 

Continue this pattern for about 1.5 feet. Repeat for the rest of the cords. 



Step 4: Alternating Square Knots

Next, we're going to use an alternating square knot to fill out our snowflake.

To create a net, combine the left anchor and knotting cord from one group with the right anchor and knotting cords of the adjacent group.

Create a single square knot about three inches down from your knotted cords.

Repeat, creating a square knot in between each group of knotted cords. 

At this point you can keep it simple and call your snowflake done. You could also choose to add more square knots or try making a picot knot at the tip of each snowflake point! It's really easy and adds a little flair to your design. 

Step 5: Finishing

Trim your excess cord, making sure to leave two cords long. These long cords will become the hanger for your ornament.

With your fingers, fray the edges of the cord. 

Once the edges are frayed, trim with a scissors to your desired length. 

Set a piece of wax paper on your work surface and lay your snowflake on top. 

Squirt a little puddle of glue on your wax paper. 

With a paint brush, spread the glue on an even layer on the front and back of the snowflake. Once dry, your snowflake will be stiff. If you skip this step, your ornament may not be able to hold it's shape. 

*TIP* Avoid painting the hanging string. 

Let it Snow!

My snowflake is so cute! It's retro-chic charm will add a little extra cheer to my tree this year. 

JENNIE LENNICK 

Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco



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