Rainy Day Macramé

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I bet you thought this would be another blog post about food. Well, I’m a-frayed it’s knot.

For months, I’ve been ooh-ing and ahh-ing at assorted wall hangings that sell for probably $150 at Urban Outfitters (You know which ones I’m talking about). Don’t even get me started about Pinterest! After a couple unimpressive DIY attempts, I wanted to put a little more effort into a quality wall hanging. As of today, I am officially obsessed with macramé. That’s a nicer way of saying I like to tie knots as a hobby.

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For this project I used a 50 yard spool of 3mm macrame cord, wooden beads, and a 5/8″ diameter wooden dowel. I cut the dowel with a steak knife (and sheer might) down to 13 inches in length. The materials totaled to probably about $15 and 7 hours of my rainy Saturday.

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Building the body of the wall hanging took me about 2 hours. I tied double half hitch knots in opposing diagonals, adding beads along the way. The most tedious process was fraying the loose ends. I did not expect that it would take me 5 whole hours to fray the cords. It was a pain in the butt, back, and neck.

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Here is the finished product! I will definitely try more complex patterns and knots for my next macramé project.

Here’s Moose modeling my less-impressive wall hangings.

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