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Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

by Holly Wade

Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

I've been practicing macrame a lot recently and even though I'm still a beginner, I love creating unique projects with this basic twisted macrame pattern (as you may have seen in my DIY twisted macrame keychains earlier this week). Because I have a love for Edison light bulbs, I'd planned to create my own dangling wall light in our living room for months, and this simple macrame wrapped wall light DIY was the perfect solution.

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How to Host a Boho Valentine's Craft Night for Your Besties

by Lidy Dipert

Boho Valentine's Night Out with Friends

Happy February to all! I still catch myself asking what the date is because I feel like January just happened in a blink of an eye - am I right? Which basically means Valentine's day is going to be here in no time! And I'm super pumped about it this year because we are celebrating a very special evening with all my gal pals for a Boho Valentine's night out! To me, this holiday is meant to really appreciate the ones you love. And guys, that...

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Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

by Holly Wade

Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

Macrame has recently made a comeback, so I was excited to learn some of the basics for making macrame pieces myself at home. It's surprisingly easy to make these twisted macrame keychains with colored beads and a fringe bottom, and you can whip one up in as little as 15 minutes. Customize them with colorful wooden beads and make this beautiful twisted look simply by repeating the same knot! 

 This is a great beginner macrame project, and when repeated, this left square knot creates a beautiful twisted pattern that looks much more complicated than it really is, so be prepared to impress everyone you know. 

Materials:

  • 6mm cotton macrame cord 
  • Scissors
  • Keychain rings
  • Beads

Step

Cut two pieces of macrame cord about 3 ft long or by measuring fingertip-to-fingertip length. 

Step

Fold each piece in half, thread through a keychain ring and pull through the loop to secure. Repeat with the second piece so they are side by side on the same keychain ring with four equal length pieces hanging down. 

Step

Tape the keychain ring to a table or hang on a pole so that it is stable. Working only from the two outer pieces of cord (the two middle pieces should remain untouched), make a triangle shape over the middle pieces with the left cord. Lay the right cord on top, twist behind the middle pieces and pull through the triangle shape (see above). Pull tight to create a left square knot. 

Step

Continue this same knot on the same side about 4-5 times. It will begin to twist on its own. Then push a bead up the right side of the middle cord to meet the knot, repeat the knot several more times, add another bead on the left side and knot a few more times.

 

Step

When you've reached your desired keychain length, cut a separate piece of cord about 8 inches long. Place one end facing up and make a loop. Wrap the long end around all of the cords 2-3 times at the bottom of the last knot, pulling tight. Thread the end through the loop and pull up on the top cord to secure tightly. 

Step

Trim the excess from the top piece of the last knot and even out the the pieces hanging from the bottom of the keychain. Unravel them to create a fringe tassel-like end to finish the keychain. 

You'll be amazed how quickly you can make these simple twisted keychains once you get the hang of it! I can't wait to keep practicing macrame and learn more techniques!

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Make It: Giant Macrame Jewelry Wall DIY

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Make It: Giant Macrame Jewelry Wall DIY

If you spend more than a few minutes on Pinterest each day, you've probably seen your fair share of macrame hanging planters. But a DIY macrame jewelry wall? This is definitely the first time I've seen one of those. If you need a place to store your ever-increasing jewelry stash, and maybe even a few accessories, check out this giant macrame jewelry wall DIY.      

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Knots You May Need

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Knots You May Need

Way back when, I knew how to tie a few fancy knots. My weekend workshops reminded me that I need to brush up on knot tying for lots of crafty reasons.  Here's a handy post on one of those know-it-all sites (20-20 Site) that has illustrated tied knots as well as the coordinating You Tube video to really drive the point home. Did someone say Visual Learner?

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All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

All The Young (Crafting) Dudes

Image: Dudecraft

The fast moving clan of dude crafters may be seen as brave trailblazers in the current craft movement. However, few probably remember that Rosie Grier, a member of the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, was an avid hobbyist who focused his crafting passions on macrame and needlepoint, authoring Rosie Grier's Needlpoint for Men in 1973. Over 35 years later there's a new breed of dudes who are crafting and stitching and making waves in the otherwise girly craft blogosphere. Who are these dudes?

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