Macrame Christmas Ornament

Step by step instructions with images

 macrame christmas ornament

The measurements of the item are around 3” in diameter (without the tassel).

You will need 20 yards (62 feet) of 1 mm nylon cord (I used Red Heart brand nylon crochet thread size 18, sold in Walmart, Amazon, etc) and a 3” plastic ball ornament.

1.  Cut the cord on 20 pieces 3’ each, one cord 1’.

macrame Christmas ornament

 Lay one of the 3’ cords flat (it will be a base cord) and mount on it 10 cords, using the Lark's head (LH) knots

macrame Christmas ornament

2. Tie the base cord around the ornament’s top (use a simple overhand knot).

macrame Christmas ornament

3. Take one of the ends and place it under the LH knots and make on it Double Half Hitch knots with every end you have. 

macrame Christmas ornament

Mount a 3’ cord on the base thread between each 2 DHH knots. Use LH knot for mounting the cords.

 macrame ornament

4. Separate all the cords (you have 40 ends now) in 5 groups of 8 ends. 

macrame Christmas ornament

5. Take the outmost left cord and point it inward and sligthly down. Then, using it as a base cord, make 3 DHH knots. 

macrame ball ornament

macrame Christmas ornament

6. Next, take the first working cord and point it under the first row of DDHH knots. Using it as a base cord, make a second row of DHH knots. Repeat with the 4 ends on the right. 

macrame ball ornament

 macrame Christmas ornament

7. Tie a Square knot with the 4 ends in the middle. 

macrame Christmas ornament

8. Then take the 2 ends in the middle and point them outward, use them as base cords. 

macrame Christmas ornament

Make 3 DHH knots. Then tie the second row of DHH under the first one.

macrame Christmas ornament

 macrame Christmas ornament

9. Repeat steps 5-7 with each group of 8 cords. You will have the Petals design, resembling a 4-petal flower.

macrame ball wrap

10. Take a 1’ cord and tie it around the ornament underneath the Petals. It will be our base cord. Cut off the extra base cord, if needed - apply some clear glue to keep the knot from untying.   

macrame Christmas ornament

Make on it 20 DHH knots with an extra loop. Mount a 2’ cord between each 2 Petals patterns, use LH knot with an extra loop on each end. You will have 50 ends now.

 macrame Christmas ornament

macrame Christmas ornament

11. Make Square knots with each 5 cords, in the second row alternate regular 4-cords Square knots and 6-cords Square knots (4 base + 2 working cords). 

macrame Christmas ornament

 macrame Christmas ornament

12. Take a base cord from a 6-cords Square knots and hold it outwards and slightly down. Make on it 4 DHH knots.

macrame Christmas ornament

macrame Christmas ornament

Then take the first working cord and point it under the first row of DHH knots. Using it as a base cord, make a second row of DHH knots. 

macrame Christmas ornament

Repeat on another side. Connect 4 middle cords with a Square knots braid consisting of 4-5 Square knots.

macrame Christmas ornament

Repeat 5 times with each group of 10 cords. 

13. Take 6 cords in between the Square knots braids and make Square knots (4 base + 2 working cords). 

macrame ball ornament

14. Put all the ends from the Square knots together (leaving the Square knots braids out) and tie them together with a Gathering Wrap knot/ Wind Knot.

macrame ball wrap

Make a tassel - unravel the ends and cut them evenly. 

macrame Christmas ornament

No-tassel version (only if using a nylon or other synthetic thread): Take one end and using it as a base cord tie on it DHH knots with each cord, wrapping the base cord in circles towards the center. 

macrame ball ornament

Then cut off the ends and burn them off with a lighter, fusing the ends. Decorate with matching seed beads. Unravel the ends of the Square knots braids and cut them evenly. The Christmas Ornament is ready! 

macrame Christmas ornament

 Tip: Apply some clear glue or nail polish on the underside of each last Square knot at the bottom to prevent the knots from untying.

macrame Christmas ornament

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