What is Macrame? Macrame is the art of tying cordage into knots in a way that they form a useful or decorative shape. If you love crafting & do it yourself ideas then macrame is absolutely interesting that you can give a try. You'll definitely feel proud of your craftsmanship and it's gratifying once you are done with your DIY project. In this DIY project from Macrame School, you will learn how to make a DIY macrame necklace with stone and beads. It looks a bit complicated and difficult but you'll be amazed on how easy it is to make. You'll love this vintage and classy DIY necklace which you can wear with your party dress on special occasions or even on a basic tee.
You'll need the following:
- 2 knotting cords – both 160 cm (length)
- 1 knotting cord – 120 cm (length)
- 8 knotting cords – all with 90 cm (length)
- 6 big beads about 9mm
- 28 smaller beads about 5mm
- Stone (2.5 x 3.5 cm)
Take 2 x 60 cm knotting cords. Fold it in half, pull the loop through, fold it over, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop.
Place 2 pins on each cord to have it ready for step 3.
Add the 120 cm knotting cord and tie a knot on the left part. Pull the knot up just beside the pin.
Attach the end of it to the right part of the cord and tie it. Bring it up near the right pin.
Repeat the same process until you have made it long enough to hold the stone.
To make sure, roll the stone on its side from the tip of the knot until you reach its end.
Wrap the stone around with the knotted cord and secure it on its end.
Add 3 cords (90cm) on each side and should look like the photo below.
Add a 90cm cord. Fold it in half and tie a knot. Repeat tying the knots until it reaches the half of the stone. Follow the same step on the other side of the stone. It should look like the picture below.
Starting from the middle going out, start tying knots with wider gaps as you tie them downwards one by one. When you reach the last cord, insert 2 beads. Follow the same step on the other side of the stone.
Tie the knots from the lower bead going down forming knots of diamond just like the picture above.
As you reach the middle, cut one of the cords.
Insert the 2 middle cords in a bead and tie a knot to secure the bead in the middle. Repeat steps 10-13 until you reach this point like the picture below.
Continue tying knots until you reach the middle. Cut one of each cords and tie the knot again.
Tie the remaining cords altogether and cut them except one string. Finish off by burning the tips to secure the knot.
Repeat the same exact steps on the second half of the necklace to complete the jewelry piece.
To create the lock, start by making a clasp with a square knot.
Insert a bead in-between knots on each cord to serve as lock for the necklace. In that way you can adjust the length of the necklace with the square knot you created in the previous step.
And there you have it! You've just made your own fabulous Macrame Necklace with stone and beads. It's not that difficult, right? You just need to familiarize the steps and techniques plus you only need to devote your time to complete your DIY macrame project. I hope you enjoy this jewelry making idea.
Happy DYI-ing, everyone!
Check this video below for the full tutorial: