This craft is inspired by changing seasons and falling leaves. Hang your macrame leaves together on a stick or dowel rod. You can also display them in pairs or alone throughout your home. Use them to pull back curtains, hang them from a lampshade, or loop them around a door knob. Where will you display your macrame leaves?
Cut the cord.
Before you start cutting, decide what size macrame leaves you want to make. I made large leaves with three of my bundles and two small leaves with the fourth one.
For the BIG LEAF (approx. 8" tall)
- 17″ for the center (or longer if you want to hang it from a stick like the example below.)
- 10″ x 8 pieces
- 9″ x 6 pieces
- 8″ x 6 pieces
- 7″ x 6 pieces
For the SMALL LEAF (approx. 6" tall)
- 13″ for the center
- 7″ x 6 pieces
- 6″ x 6 pieces
- 5″ x 6 pieces
Fold your center strand in half or attach it to your stick or dowel rod with a lark's head knot.
Fold one of your longest strands in half. Lay it under your center strand with the loop on the left.
Fold another strand in half. Lay it on top of your center strand with the loop on the right.
Pull the ends of each strand through the loops of the opposite strands.
Pull tight, making sure to keep you center strand flat.
Repeat this process for each section, working from longer to shorter pieces.
As you go, push your sections close to each other to eliminate any gaps.
You can slide your "leaf" along the center strand to get it in the right place. Cut off any access cord, leaving about 2 inches at the bottom.
Comb it out.
Begin combing your strands with the wide end of your comb.
Use your opposite hand to hold the cords in place. Tighten knots as they loosen.
After you combed the front, flip it over and comb everything from the back. Alternate between the wide and narrow side of the comb as needed.
Trim it up.
Comb your strands downward slightly.
Lay your cutting template on top of your leaf.
Cut around the template using a rotary cutter or scissors.
Remove your template and comb out your leaf again. Trim away any stray fibers. If you're making your leaves into a wall hanging, you may need to trim them again once everything is hanging. You can spray them with starch or hairspray if they're being unruly.
Repeat for the rest of your leaves! Use leftover cord to make a colorful leaf. Or to hang your masterpiece on the wall.
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