easy macrame folding screen

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Macrame and folding screens – two of my favorite crushes – have hooked up. With a little match-making by Ikea, that is. 

I’ve always loved folding screens. And with a growing multitude of people downsizing to smaller homes and more minimalist lifestyles, screens play a useful role as unique and artistic room dividers. I’ve been dying to make one, but I just didn’t want to tackle a full-fledged woodworking project. I researched room divider FRAMES ONLY, but to no avail. So I filed away the idea for a future date – until I went to Ikea, that is. 

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The solution? The Ivar side unit. It comes in both 12″ and 20″ widths and various heights. I bought three 20″ x 70″ side units for $12 each. Can’t beat that. And I love the Scandinavian feel of the light wood.

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Next stop, hardware store. I bought six small hinges with screws. Note: use a wood screw that is 3/4″ – 1″ long for a secure hold. First I marked with pencil the placement of the hinges onto the frame. Then I drilled a tiny pilot hole with my electric drill where each screw would go; I attached the hinges with a screwdriver.

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And that’s it for the frame! I decided to keep the natural color, but it can painted or stained as well.

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Oh, the possibilities are endless. You could staple textiles to the frame, or rattan webbing… or macrame, of course.

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These photos via Ikea 

Once I assembled my screen, I began to plan a macrame design to weave onto the frame. And what I love most about this design is that – despite how intricate it looks – it consists of one basic knot (excluding the Lark’s Head Knot at the top.) Want to attempt this project but still intimidated? Let me repeat that. One. Basic. Knot. 

As much as I love the Half Hitch Knot, I consider it an intermediate skill.  I wanted to design this folding screen for everyone, including macrame beginners, so I only used the Square Knot or a slight variation of it.  

supplies needed

  • 60 pieces of 3/16″ cotton rope, measuring 25 ft. each
  • masking tape (for wrapping the ends of the ropes to prevent fraying during the weaving)
  • scissors
  • 2 yards of 60″ wide muslin cotton fabric

step 1 – Lark’s Head Knot

Tie 20 pieces of 25′ cord to the first panel, using the Lark’s Head knot.

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step 2 – Square Knot

Beginning with the first individual cord on the left, make a horizontal row of 10 Square Knots.

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step 3 – creating a diamond design

DIY macrame folding screen - myfrenchtwist.comUsing this key, follow the instructions below to make 11 horizontal rows. This will create a diamond pattern. 

 

 

 

 

 

  • row 1:   (already completed) beginning with 1st individual cord on left, tie 10 Square Knots
  • row 2:   beginning with 3rd cord, tie 9 Alternating Square Knots
  • row 3:   beginning with 5th cord, tie 8 Alternating Square Knots
  • row 4:   beginning with 7th cord, 3K – S4 – 3K – S6
  • row 5:   beginning with 9th cord, 2K – S8 – 2K – S8
  • row 6:   beginning with 11th cord, 1K – S12 – 1K – S10

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  • row 7:   beginning with 9th cord, 2K – S8 – 2K – S8
  • row 8:   beginning with 7th cord, 3K – S4 – 3K – S6
  • row 9:   beginning with 5th cord, 8K – S4
  • row 10: beginning with 3rd cord, 9K – S2
  • row 11: beginning with 1st cord, 10K

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step 4 – Half Square Spiral Knots

Don’t be fooled by the name; you don’t have to learn a new knot! The Half Square Spiral Knot is simply an easy variation of the Square Knot. You’ve got this!

Beneath your last row of Square Knots, starting with the 5th individual cord from the left, use the next group of 4 cords to tie a Half Square Spiral Knot. This is the same as tying a vertical row of Square Knots but always starting from the same side. Continue weaving this vertical row of spiral knots until you reach the top of the next crossbar on the wooden frame. Skip the next 4 individual cords, then make another vertical row of Half Square Spiral Knots. Continue making more vertical rows of spiral knots and skipping the required amount of cords as shown in the photo below.

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step 5 – finishing top section 

To attach the top section of the panel to the first crossbar, pull the first cord on the left down behind the crossbar, then up in front and down behind again, as shown in photo below. Pull the loose end tightly downward. 

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Now take the next cord and attach it to the crossbar in the same fashion, except alternating the directions. This time you will start with it in front of crossbar, then pull up behind it, then down in front; tighten. The next (3rd) cord will go behind the bar just like the first one, and the fourth cord will start in front like the third.

easy macrame folding screen - myfrenchtwist.comPull the 4 dangling ends firmly, tie a Square Knot directly under the wooden crossbar.

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Continue draping the cords in the alternating fashion over the crossbar. Then make firm Square Knots with every group of 4 cords. See below.

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This is what the completed top panel should look like:

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step 6 – middle section

You now have the top section of the panel finished and a row of Square Knots just beneath the crossbar.

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Immediately beneath this row, weave the following sequence:

  • Starting with the 3rd individual cord from the left, tie a Square Knot. Then tie another Square Knot directly beneath the first knot.
  • Skip the next 4 individual cords.
  • Tie another Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip 4 more cords.
  • Tie another Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip 4 more cords.
  • Tie another Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip 4 more cords.
  • Tie a final Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip the last 2 individual cords.

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To complete this middle section, follow the sequence below:

  • Starting with the 7th individual cord from the left, about 4″ above the top of the second wooden crossbar, tie a Square Knot. Then tie a second Square Knot directly beneath it.
  • Skip the next 4 individual cords.
  • 4″ above the crossbar, tie a Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip 4 cords.
  • 4″ above the crossbar, tie a Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip 4 cords.
  • 4″ above the crossbar, tie a Square Knot (with a second knot directly beneath it.)
  • Skip the last 6 individual cords.

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Now, starting with the 1st cord on the left, make a row across of Square Knots. They should fall right above the top of the crossbar.

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To secure the middle panel to the second crossbar, separate the loose cords (with 1st & 3rd cords behind and 2nd & 4th cords in front), as show in photo below. Then, directly underneath the crossbar, using those 4 loose cords, tie a secure Square Knot. Do this across for all the cords.

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step 7 – bottom section

You’re almost done with this entire panel! Just a few more steps. 

  • Beneath the last row of Square Knots, staring with the 7th individual cord, tie a Square Knot, skip 4 cords, Square Knot, skip 4, Square Knot, skip 4, Square Knot, skip 6

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  • Starting with the 3rd cord from left, tie a Half Square Spiral Knot until it is 7″ long
  • Keep tying Half Square Spiral Knots (7″ long) in between each of the Square Knots from the previous row

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  • Make several random knots in the loose cords, as shown below, just to add some texture.

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  • Tie knots near the bottom of each cord, slightly staggered at various heights, then fray the ends. This lends a bit of Bohemian flavor to the design.

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step 8 – fabric backing

Lining the back of the wooden screen frame with fabric is completely optional. If using the screen to hide a closet or storage area, however, it’s nice to keep the mess hidden from view! If you decide to line the back, there are also a ton of fabric choices. 

I decided to go with a simple white muslin fabric; it’s inexpensive and creates a soft background for the sculptural feel of the macrame design. Using a stapler gun, I attached the fabric to the back of the wooden frame.  

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step 9 – almost done

That’s right. You’re almost there! Just repeat steps 1 through 8 for the remaining two frames. Now just side back and admire your work!

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Comments · 16

  1. Stunning. Really like the simplicity but elegance of it. I thought it should have a tight bottom but I actually like the free hanging rope. Gives it more movement.

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