This macrame Christmas tree ornament is SO PRETTY! Use natural coloured macrame cord to make this DIY Christmas ornament with boho vibes.
This Christmas macrame project is so easy to make! It’s perfect for beginners to macrame, and simple enough for kids to make. You only need to know 1 simple knot (which we’ll show you below) and you can add this neutral piece of holiday decor to your Christmas tree.
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DIY Macrame Tree Ornament
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Cut the macrame cord and attach the bead
- Cut 18 pieces of 3mm macrame cord to be 8 inches long.
- Cut 1 piece of 3mm cord to be 20 inches long.
- Fold the 20 inch cord in half and slide a wooden bead over the loop.
- Tie the looped end of the cord into a knot, creating an ornament hanger about 1 inch long.Slide the wooden bead up against the knot.
Step 3: Attach the cords to the center "trunk"
- Fold one of the 8 inch cords in half. With the loop on the left side, place this cord under your center cord, right below the bead.
- Fold a second 8 inch cord in half and place it on top of the center cords with the loop on the right.
- Place the loose ends of the second cord down through the loop of the first cord.Then take the loose ends from the first cord and pull them over top and through the second loop.
- Take both sets of loose ends and pull them tight, creating a square knot.Push the knot up against the wood bead.
Step 4: Repeat with the rest of the cords
- Start the next square knot with the first loop on the right. (You want this knot to be reversed compared to the previous knot).
- Add the second cord with the loop on the left. Put the left ends up through the loop and the right ends down through.
- Bring the ends through and pull them tight. Push this knot up against the previous knot.
- Continue adding square knots, alternating which side you start the loop.Once the remaining cords have been added, cut off the center cords about 2 inches below the last knot.
Step 5: Trim the cords
- Cut the sides of the 8 inch cords on an angle going out, starting from the top.
- Flip the tree over and make the same angled cut, so that the sides match.
- Your macrame Christmas tree is complete!
- Use green macrame cord to create a traditional looking Christmas tree ornament.
- This macrame Christmas tree is a great way to use up pieces of scrap cord!
- Add a dot of super glue or fabric glue to your last knot to secure it in place.
What size macrame cord to make a macrame Christmas tree?
We used a 3mm natural macrame cord to make our macrame Christmas tree. You could also use 2mm, or even a thicker cord, like 5 mm.
The size of the cord will determine how thick the center “trunk” of the tree is. Also, if you use a thinner cord you’ll need more 8 inch pieces to make this same size tree, whereas if you use thicker cord you’ll need fewer.
Do I need to use a wooden bead on my macrame Christmas tree?
We love the natural look of the unfinished wood bead and think it adds to the bohemian vibes of this macrame Christmas ornament. However, you can also add a different type of bead. Try a sparkly red bead for a touch of Christmas, or even buy a star shaped bead to look like a tree topper.
Or, you can choose to completely leave off the bead and keep the tree made from only macrame cord.
What else can I make from macrame cord?
This macrame Christmas tree is such a festive and cute DIY craft! These homemade ornaments look great as gift toppers or hanging on the tree. They also make an awesome handmade hostess gift for the holidays!
Here’s even more DIY Christmas craft ideas:
Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!