Sure, you can buy lovely little macrame pieces from Etsy and just about any home goods store, but the great thing about this DIY is the fact that you can customize your design to match any room, any fabric, or any color scheme. Here's what you'll need to get started:
1. A variety of yarn
2. A small treated tree branch
4. A flat workspace
It's best to pick out different colors, sizes, and types of yarn. This adds some variety to the pattern and adds depth to your design.
Pictured here: A mixture of warm oranges, browns, and ivory colors
Not to be repetitive, but I (of course) got all of my yarn from the Pittsburgh Center For Creative Reuse... because that's just what I do! It's cheap and I'm all about reuse, so all of my DIY materials are more than likely to come from PCCR.
When it comes to supplies, the other important thing to note is the tree branch. I don't recommend using a fresh tree branch from your backyard. I mean, you can use a branch from your backyard but you're going to need some time to properly prep it. Check out this blog for the full how-to! And if that all sounds like a huge pain in the ass, there's always the option to just buy one.
Once that's out of the way, the fun part begins:
Pick out a variety of yarn that matches your desired color scheme.
Cut one piece of yarn at your desired length then use that as a template to cut the remaining pieces. Plan out how you would like your hanging to look by laying out clusters of colors on a table.
Step 3 + 4:
Group your threads together and fold each bundle of yarn in half; creating a loop at the top. Wrap the bundle around the branch and pull the ends through the loop; tightening the yarn like a knot (as pictured above).
Continue tying yarn clusters onto your branch; working from the center out. To add a little something extra, I braided the middle three clusters and used a short piece of yarn to tie secure the braid at the bottom.
When finished tying, select a piece of yarn to use as the "hanger" and tie each end to the branch. Hang your creation from a hook (or anything that is available around your home) and grab some scissors. Trim the bottom of the hanging to be even.
Once you've shaped it as you like, you're officially done! I'd love to see your creations. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram or shoot me a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org!