This weekend, one of my best friends (and lovely fashion photog) Ashley is turning the big 2-6! She was one of the first people who really encouraged me to start this blog so I wanted to make her something special for her birthday, which also happens to be a perfect DIY project! So um… suprise, Guch, happy almost birthday!! (I swear, that’s actually her nickname)
All you need is: yarn, a macrame ring (I got mine at Jo-ann Fabrics), and scissors. Oh, and tape for later! You can obviously choose whatever color yarns you like, but try to find at least one with some sort of texture like the last one in the picture below.
Start by measuring out your yarn about 2 arms length – you’ll want these long so you can really control the size when you cut it later. You’ll need 3 lengths of yarn for every loop you tie, so keep that in mind when cutting. Then fold a bundle of yarn (3 pieces of yarn) in half so one end has a loop. Put the loop on the underside of the ring facing down and pull the other end through the loop. Tug on the strings to tighten.
Continue to do this along the ring. You can make any variation you like, but mine had the following:
7 loops of green yarn (just make sure this one is an odd number if you do more or less than 7)
3 loops textured yarn
4 loops cream yarn
Once you are finished with the yarn loops along the bottom of the ring, double knot a long piece of white yarn close to one of the ends of your bottom yarns. Pull that yarn horizontally to the other end and double knot. Then, pull your yarn to the top center of your ring and wrap it around twice. While holding tight to the yarn at the top of the ring, pull your yarn back down to where you started and double knot. You made a triangle, woohoo!
Cut off any excess yarn. If you’re worried your triangle will come undone, you can add a dab of hot glue to the knots to secure them. Just make sure you put the glue on the backside of your hanging.
The final little touch of yarn on the hanging is the tassel. Gather a large bundle of yarn (about 12-15 pieces) that are 8-inches in length. Grab another piece of yarn (it doesn’t matter what size) and double knot at the center of your bundle. Fold the ends of your bundle down from the center anchor point and wrap a piece of different colored yarn around it five times about 1-inch down from the top. Double knot this. Cut the ends of your tassel so they’re even, but don’t trim the top pieces of yarn yet!
For the next part, I got overexcited and forgot to take a picture so I hope my explanation is enough. On your macrame ring, find the middle yarn loop – this should be the 4th green one if you did 7. On the backside, which should be the side that’s shown in the pictures above, undo your loop slightly to slide in the 2 pieces of yarn on the top of your tassel. Now tug on it again to tighten. Double or triple knot the 2 pieces of yarn from the top of the tassel so it doesn’t slip through. Trim the excess. Then, turn it over to the front and pull your tassel through.
The last step is to cut the ends to the length and shape you want it. Hang it on your wall to do this because you’ll get a more accurate idea of the length of the yarns when they’re hanging down. To cut a V-shape, place a piece of tape horizontally where you want the top of your V or the shortest part. Then place a piece of tape vertically in the middle however long you want your V or the longest part. Put 2 pieces of tape diagonally from the shortest part to the longest part and cut! Remove the tape carefully.
Now stand back and look at the beautiful piece of art you made! So easy but such a pretty piece for your home!
(If any part of this confused you, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to add pictures/explanations!)