For the longest time, I’ve wanted to make a macramé “something”. I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s a trend again. It speaks to my boho soul 😉 When we were small, my Mom used to make the most amazing things. I could spend hours just watching her knot and turn and twist and pull that yarn until she had another masterpiece to add to her collection. I can do the basic knots, but that’s about it. Fortunately, that’s all you need to know to make these macramé Christmas trees.
They really are SO easy to make, and it’s a great way to get hooked on macramé. Plus, you can use any scraps of wool, cord or yarn to make them.
What You Need
- A few straight-ish twigs or small branches from the garden
- Macramé cord, wool or yarn
- Jewelry wire or other decorative bits
- Fishing line to hang
You’ll also need some cornstarch, vodka, and water I know it probably sounds ridiculous, but the vodka is a key ingredient to the whole look, and no you don’t drink it. Okay, you can if you want to, but I can’t guarantee how your macramé Christmas trees will turn out 😀
You can watch the video below to see how easy it is to make the boho macramé Christmas trees.
Or, if you prefer, you can follow the step-by-step tutorial below.
How to Make Boho Macramé Christmas Trees
Start by cutting the macramé yarn or wool into 7- 8 inch pieces.
Take two strands and fold them both in half to form a loop. Place one of the loops under the twig.
Take the looped end of the other strand, and push the ends of the strand that’s under the twig through the loop. Now thread the ends of that strand through the loop that’s under the twig.
Pull both strands tight. Easy right?
Repeat until the strands cover about ¾ of the twig.
Use a brush or comb to brush out the yarn or wool and separate the strands.
The macramé Christmas trees will be a little bit soft and floppy, so we need to stiffen them up a bit. You can either use store-bought starch for the next step or make your own, using my gran’s homemade vodka starch recipe. We make a batch whenever we need to, and it lasts about 2-3 months if you store it in a cool, dark spot.
How to Make Granny’s Homemade Vodka Starch
- 1 ½ tsp of cornstarch or maizena
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vodka
- Essential oils (optional).
I love adding lavender or something citrusy. It always smells so fresh and clean.
Here’s an interesting fact. I always thought that vodka was made from potatoes. Apparently not. Most vodkas are made from barley or wheat. Go figure. So you’re basically drinking fermented bread. 😀 Anyhows, here’s how to make some homemade vodka starch:
- Mix the cornstarch with the water and whisk until smooth and lump-free.
- Place the mixture on a stovetop and bring it to a boil while stirring continuously. Cook until the mixture turns cloudy and opaque (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. You can skip this step if you don’t mind shaking the mixture before you use it
- Pour a few drops of essential oils into the vodka and then add it to the water-cornstarch mixture. The essential oils aren’t really necessary, but it does make the starch smell so divine. You can also use a fabric softener instead of oils.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and it’s ready to use.
Spray both sides of the little macrame trees with starch. Wait a couple of seconds for it to sink into the fibers and then press lightly using an iron until dry to the touch.
Finishing Off and Decorating
Trim the edges to form a tree shape and decorate to suit your decor. For these, I made some starry flowers with jewelry wire and wrapped them around the top of the twig. You can also make a WhoVille-inspired topping if you prefer.
Aren’t they cute? I love simple, handmade crafts like this.
And since they’re so easy to do, you can make a whole bunch and use them as ornaments. Or hang a few from some driftwood to create a lovely, boho styled bit of wall décor. They look so good with the geometric Christmas trees we made a few weeks ago.
How would you use them? I would love to know.
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