Trends are a funny thing – just when you think a particular style or decor is gone for good, it swings around again to be the new hottest thing. I was super skeptical about the resurgence of macrame that I’ve been seeing around lately (70s decor has never been my thing!), but as you can see, I’ve now jumped on the bandwagon. I actually love the combination of the macrame style and the natural look of jute twine. It reminds me of fishing nets and boats and sailors on old-timey ships, which is actually interesting because macrame was popular among sailors in times of yore.
Anyway, to celebrate my change of heart, I thought I’d share a very easy D.I.Y. project with you – a simple macrame jar holder. I saw these at the market last weekend selling for a few dollars each, so this could be your road to riches – you’re welcome! ;)
All you need is a jar (I used spaghetti sauce jars), and some twine (or wool, string, etc). And some scissors, they help too.
Begin by cutting 8 lengths of twine that are approximately three times the height of your jar.
The first step is to tie your 8 lengths together with a strong knot at the top. This is a good time to add a hanging loop.
For the second step, tie two lengths together with a simple knot, about three inches below your top knot. Repeat with all the remaining pairs, trying to keep the knots at the same level.
The third step is to take one length from the knot you just tied, and tie it in a knot with one length from the adjacent pair, about an inch and a half below your second set of knots. Repeat with all the remaining lengths. You’re now starting to make a ‘net’ that will support your jar.
Repeat step three until you have four layers of knots (or however many you like), then tie all the strands together in one knot, just like you did at the top, and voilà! Slip your jar in at the top, and you’re good to go. You can either cut off the remaining twine at the bottom, or let it hang.
These hanging jars can be used as vases, to store odds and ends, or just on their own as decoration. One thing you should be careful of is using them as a candle holder (as I did in my top photo), because your twine could catch fire if the candle is hot enough. To be on the safe side, it’s probably better to use an electric tea light, as real ones can put out a surprising amount of heat.
These babies are quick and easy to make, with each one taking just a few minutes once you get the hang of them. It’s the perfect in-front-of-the-tv project, which is always my favourite kind of project! Plus it doesn’t really cost anything at all, if you’ve got twine and jars to upcycle!
So what do you think? Will you be jumping on the macrame train, if you haven’t already??