These autumn leaves are the perfect project to try macrame for the first time! I’ve seen them lots on Pinterest but always shied away because I thought any macrame project would be quite tricky and need a lot of skill.
Well, I was wrong! I am pleased to say the method for these leaves is quite straightforward, and they are a lovely way to make some handmade wall art for your home. The trickiest part is the knot, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you can make leaves in different sizes and shapes. Keep reading to learn all about it.
You will need:
4mm Macrame Yarn
A Hair Brush
Cut a length of yarn approx. 40 cm long, fold it in half and lay it out with the loop at the top (this is the ‘stem’).
Cut another 16 lengths approximately 25 cm long. Put these to the side. Now take one and fold it in half. Place it under the stem, with the loop on the left. Take another piece and fold in half. Now place it on top of the stem, over top of the first piece, with the loop on the right.
One at a time, thread the ends of each piece through the loop of the other. To do this, thread the ends of the top piece (on the left) down through the loop underneath. Then thread the ends of the underneath piece (on the right) up through the loop on the top piece. Pull the threads tight, so that you’ve made a nice tight knot against the stem.
Repeat this knot with the remaining 14 pieces of yarn (7 more pairs).
Unravel the pieces of yarn and shape them around the stem like a leaf shape. Then brush out the yarn with a hair brush.
Use your scissors to cut the yarn into a leaf shape.
Spray on either side with hair spray and leave to dry. This will help it keep its shape when it’s hanging on the wall.
And just like that, you have officially done your first macrame project! I really loved this whole process, and the leaves look so pretty on our walls. I have popped them up in a few different spaces to see what works, and they really do add a touch of boho, autumny goodness to any space.
Some of you might be wondering if you can make larger style leaves? I definitely tried, but I found that if you make them too big they don’t hold their shape, even with a whole lotta hair spray.
I searched high and low for a spray fabric stiffener, but couldn’t find any locally (and they were so expensive, $60+ to buy online). So for now, it’s small to medium size leaves, and I still love em!
Tip: If yours flops a bit when you try to hang it up, and you’ve already sprayed both sides thoroughly with hair spray (and let it dry), then you might need to trim it to a smaller size.
I hope you loved this project, and I am so excited to see your creations when you try it!