Ever since I made my first macrame project a few months ago, I’ve been dying to try it again. I love how many different designs can be done just by tying knots! I’ve seen these leaf designs all over Pinterest, and I knew I had to try it. Today I’m sharing all the details on how to make a DIY macrame leaf wall hanging. I also created a video on YouTube, which I will link below, in case you want to see all the knot tying in action.
DIY Macrame Leaf Wall Hanging
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For this macrame leaf wall hanging DIY, you will need:
- Cotton twine or light beige yarn
- Mustard yarn
- Navy blue yarn
- Wood dowel
- Aerosol Hairspray
As you can see in the finished product photo below, each of the strands are different lengths, putting each of the leaves at different heights. If you want to recreate this wall hanging exactly like I’ve done it, here are the measurements I used:
Long Navy Blue Leaf: 2 yarn strands, 4 metres long each
Short Yellow Leaf: 2 yarn strands, 1 metre long each
Short Cotton Twine Leaf: 2 twine strands, 2 metres long each
Long Yellow Leaf: 2 yarn strands, 3 metres long each
Short Blue Leaf: 2 yarn strands, 1 metre long each
Long Cotton Twine Leaf: 2 twine strands, 2 metres long each
I was playing around with what lengths to use, and sometimes I wasn’t sure exactly how long I wanted the section to be before I cut the strands. I went longer rather than shorter just to make sure I had enough yarn for each section. These measurements are definitely not an exact science, but they worked for me.
Take two strands of the same length and colour, and fold them in half. Place the loops overtop of the wood dowel.
The first knots we’re going to make are Lark’s Knots. Wrap the loop of the folded strand behind the dowel, and weave the two long strands through the loop and pull tight.
Now that we have two Larks Knots, it’s time to create the half square knots, AKA spiral knots. Take strand one and fold it over strands two and three.
Tuck strand one underneath strand four.
Take strand four, and place it over strands two and three and up through the loop formed by strand one, and pull tight.
Continue repeating these steps, always starting with strand one going over strands two and three, and under strand four.
You will begin to see a spiral shape start forming. After a while, strand one will no longer lay flat on the table — it will start twisting over to the right. Once it’s twisting too much to the other side, twist the strands in a circle, moving strand one over to the right, and bringing strand four to the left.
Continue creating half square knots all the way down until the spiral strand is the length you want it to be.
Once you are finished with the spiral section, move the two strands on either side up and out of the way.
To make each leaf, cut out strands of yarn that will be tied together.
Here are the measurements I used to create each leaf:
First Blue Leaf: 30 strands, 30 cm each
First Yellow Leaf: 26 strands, 25 cm each
First Cotton Twine Leaf: 26 strands, 20 cm each
Second Yellow Leaf: 26 strands, 20 cm each
Second Blue Leaf: 26 strands, 20 cm each
Second Cotton Twine Leaf: 32 strands, 30 cm each
Fold one strand in half, and place underneath the two long strands.
Take another strand, and place it overtop of the top long strands, in the opposite direction of the previous strand.
Weave the two strands together and pull tight.
Push the strands up toward the spiral section, and repeat the steps with the rest of the strands.
Bring the two long strands we had pushed up out of the way down and trim all the long strands so they match the length of the other strands.
Pull apart and unravel all the strands.
Spray aerosol hairspray all over the leaf and smooth it down with your hands to form the leaf shape.
Now that the leaf is more stiff, trim the edges into the leaf shape you want.
Continue these steps with the rest of the leaves, then you are finished!
Thank you so much for reading this DIY macrame leaf wall hanging tutorial. If you want a video tutorial, make sure to check out my YouTube video, and subscribe to my channel!