macrame heart wall hanging

macrame heart

I’ve been known to wear my heart on my sleeve, but this Valentine’s Day I prefer to place it on the wall. So I got my hands on some  beautiful pink rope and made this whimsical macrame heart wall hanging. 

macrame heart

supplies needed

  • 24″ long wooden dowel
  • gold craft paint
  • 320 feet of 5mm cotton rope (fuchsia)

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step 1 – preparation 

To add a bit of bling to the dowel rod, I painted the ends with gold craft paint.

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I then cut 16 pieces of rope, each measuring 20 feet. Always apply tape to the ends of the rope pieces to prevent fraying.

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step 2 – lark’s head knots

With the 16 pieces of rope, tie Lark’s Head Knots onto the pole, as shown below.

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step 3 – square knots

Starting with the first 4 cords on the left, make a row of 8 Square Knots.

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step 4 – half square spiral knots

Starting with the 3rd individual cord from the left, make a row of 7 Half Square Spiral Knots, as shown below. This is the same as tying a Square Knot but you are always starting from the same side. This causes the strand of knots to twist. Continue weaving each vertical row of spiral knots until it is about 4″ long. 

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step 5 – heart design

Beneath the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Spiral Knots, tie one Square Knot.

macrame heart

Next, starting with the 5th individual cord from the left, make a row across of 6 Square Knots. Be careful to keep the horizontal row even.

macrame heart

Next, beginning with the 3rd individual cord on the left, make another row of 7 Alternating Square Knots

macrame heart

Now, beginning with the 5th individual cord from the left, make an Alternating Square Knot, skip 4 individual cords, make 2 Alternating Square Knots, skip 4 individual cords, then make a final Alternating Square Knot. (See photo below.)

macrame heart

Beginning with the 3rd individual cord from the left, make 2 Alternating Square Knots, skip 4 cords, make another Alternating Square Knot, skip 4 cords, then make 2 Alternating Square Knots.

macrame heart

Beginning with the 5th individual cord from the left, make 2 Alternating Square Knots, skip 8 cords, then make 2 Alternating Square Knots.

macrame heart

Continue weaving the wall hanging in this way, following the steps below:

macrame heart

  • Starting with the 13th cord from left, make 2 Alternating Square Knots
  • Starting with the 15th cord from left, make 1 Alternating Square Knot in the center

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step 6 – finishing touches

Now that the heart design is finished, about 5″ down from the bottom edges of the heart, make 8 Square Knots (beginning with the 1st individual cord on left) in diagonal lines coming to a point at the bottom. See photo below.

macrame heart

Starting with the 3rd individual cord form the left, make 7 Half Square Spiral Knots (each about 4″  long), as shown below.

macrame heart

Next, tie knots into the loose hanging cords at random heights. Cut the bottom of the wall hanging so the sides are shorter and graduate down to a point in the center (as shown). Untwist the ends of the cords below the random knots so they will gently fray.

macrame heart

macrame heart

As a final added touch, I tied an extra cord onto each end of the wall hanging, using a Lark’s Head Knot. And that’s it! A funky little wall hanging to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

macrame heart

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Hi, I'm Wendy. Southern by birth, Francophile by marriage, bohemian by nature, and minimalist by choice. Check out myfrenchtwist.com and join me in a year of making beautiful things.

Comments · 30

    1. I actually agree with you about hearts, but this would be cute as a party decoration t thought!! Glad you liked it!

  1. I love macrame’ and this project is so pretty! Perfect addition to brighten up a room. Thank you for sharing it with us at Party in Your PJ’s! Pinned to my Macrame’ board.

  2. Hi,
    This is an excellent post you share here. I love your tutorial. Really, your wall hanging is so beautiful. I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing this post. Keep sharing new posts with us.

  3. Can you use any 5mm cotton rope for this project? I’d like to give it a try without spending so much on the cording.

  4. Wendy, this is darling! Do you mind sharing where you found the colored rope?

  5. I so appreciate your clear directions! May I use your tutorial as a lesson for my art students to learn how to macrame? I could see that with an iPad in hand, they could manage this quite well. 🙂

  6. Hi Wendy I’m picking up my supplies to make your beautiful heart macrame. You didn’t mention (or I didn’t see it) the size of the dowel you mentioned the length- thank you for sharing it’s lovely and so excited to start it. E.alli

    1. you can use any size dowel, just not too tiny. I think mine was around 1/2″ or 3/4″ diameter. Please keep me posted on your project, and let me know if you have questions. So flattered!!

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