These macrame earrings are SO PRETTY and they’re so easy to make, using two simple knots! Simply attach cords with a lark’s head knot and tie them with a double half hitch knot. (Don’t worry, we’ll show you the knots!)
DIY macrame earrings look great, and they’re nice lightweight earrings you can wear for any occasion. Choose the earring colour, cord colour, and length of fringe to make them exactly how you want them. So cute!
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How to Make Macrame Earrings
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather all your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Cut cords & tape down hoop
- Cut a 10 inch piece of macrame cord.
- Cut 11 more pieces of cord so you have 12 cords that are each 10 inches long.
- Tape the earring to your table or working surface.
Step 3: Attach cords to hoop
- You will use 6 cords for each earring. Attach the first cord with a lark's head knot.To do this, fold the cord in half and put the center loop under and through the earring hoop. Bring the loop over, pull the cord ends through the loop and pull to tighten.Now attach the next four cords in the same way.
- Take the sixth cord and fold it, making the right strand about 1-1/2 inches longer.
- Attach this cord with a lark's head knot, making sure that the right strand stays longer.All knots will be tied around this longer right cord.
Step 4: Tie knots
- Now we will be tying double half hitch knots. For this tutorial, we will number the strands from 1 to 12, with 1 being on the left.To begin, take the far right strand (cord 12) and cross it over the strand next to it (cord 11).
- Tie cord 11 (the shorter cord) around cord 12 and pull tight. Knot cord 11 around 12 for a second time, and once again pull it tight.
- Now cross cord 12 over cord 10, the next one to its left.
- Repeat the same process, tying cord 10 around cord 12 two times, making sure to pull tight.
- Continue tying knots around cord 12, moving leftward until you have tied cord 1 around cord 12 twice. Make sure to pull this last knot very tight.Cord 12 will now be sticking out to the left.
Step 5: Finish off earring
- Cut cord 12 off as close to the knots as possible.
- Apply super glue (or fabric glue) to the end of cord 12 and flatten the frayed edges down. This will keep the knots from coming undone.
- Now cut off the ends of the cords to match the shortest cord (cord 11).
- Comb out the fringe until the cord is completely unraveled.
- Make sure all the cords are flat and straight, and then cut the earring fringe as short or as long as you'd like.
Step 6: Make second earring
- Repeat all the steps to make a second earring. Hold the two earrings together and cut the second earring's fringe to match the first.Your macrame earrings are complete!
What cord is used for macrame earrings?
We used a 2 mm cotton macrame “rope” that has 3 strands. Cotton macrame cord is a good choice because it’s flexible and soft, but also really strong.
For delicate earrings you probably don’t want to use a cord larger than 3 mm. This will also help keep the earrings lightweight.
How can I stiffen the fringe on these DIY earrings?
The macrame cord is very soft, especially the brushed out fringe. If you want your earring fringe to lay flat or stay in place, we recommend using Aleene’s Stiffen Quik fabric stiffening spray.
You could also use a spray starch or hairspray to stiffen up the earring fringe.
What other earring patterns can I make?
You could simply attach shorter cords to an earring hook with a lark’s head knot and brush out the fringe.
Or for a more complicated pattern, check out Macrame for Beginners. They have a great article about DIY macrame earrings complete with patterns and lots of helpful information.
Where can I find earring supplies?
We found earring hoops and hooks on Amazon, but you can also check local craft or jewelry stores. You can even make macrame earrings on different styles of earrings. There are lots of different kinds of wooden earring findings on Etsy!
These macrame earrings are the perfect project to use up scrap pieces of cord! It’s so inexpensive to make these trendy boho earrings — and they also make perfect homemade gifts.
Here’s even more macrame 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!