Friends, please enjoy this totally fun crafty tutorial from a fellow blogger. Thank goodness for people with skills, y’all. I’m not one of them! This would be such a fun project to do with a school-age child!
I have been absolutely obsessed with macramé ever since I found out that it was on trend for home decorating in 2014. It’s minimalistic, but adds an understated texture to any space. When I first tried the “lost art” of the 70’s, I was surprised at how easy it was. Seriously- if I can do it, anyone can.
My first project was a macramé plant hanger. I had some materials left over, so I decided to decorate one of my terra cotta pots using the same technique. It turned out pretty great, even though I probably won’t put a plant in it. I’ll probably just keep it around the house for decoration.
- Polypropylene rope (I got mine from Home Depot)
- Binder clip, or something to keep the rope steady
I first focused on making the macramé braid for the upper lip of the pot. Take two long strands of the rope and put them together so that there are four hanging ropes.
Move the left cord over the 2 center cords and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the center and up through the hole. Pull it taut. You’ll repeat this process again, except this time you’ll pull the left cord through the hole you created with the right cord. Sounds confusing, but make the “hole” using opposite cords each time. The center cords will never move. If my explanation doesn’t help, try this YouTube tutorial.
Continue making the square knots until you want to put a bead into the braid. Make another square knot around the bead and continue knotting. Add as many beads as you want.
When you’ve reached the end, tie it around the lip of the terra cotta pot. You should have a hanging “loop” from when you started the braid; use that to connect the ends.
Take more cord and start wrapping the rest of the pot with it. I used my homemade mod podge to make sure the cord stuck. It takes a bit of work to get the cord to all fuse together, but it looks great once it’s done.
Looking back, I’d probably use different colors, but I generally play it safe when it comes to projects like this. There are many, many colors of polypropylene rope-get creative!
Olivia Glendale is a 20-something year old mother of two, both under 2 years. When she’s not busy soothing tantrums and changing diapers, you can find her blogging with sass about home décor, organizing, and DIY projects at www.DIYMother.org.