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Boho Macramé Christmas Trees – Beginner Tutorial

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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 and 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.

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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.

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What You Need

  • A few straight-ish twigs or small branches from the garden
  • Macramé cord, wool or yarn
  • Jewellery wire or other decorative bits
  • Fishing line to hang

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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.

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Take two strands and fold them both in half to form a loop. Place one of the loops under a twig.

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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.

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Pull both strands tight. Easy right?

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Repeat until the strands cover about ¾ of the twig.

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Use a brush or comb to brush out the yarn or wool and separate the strands.

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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.

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How to Make Granny’s Homemade Vodka Starch

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tsp of cornstarch or maizena
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vodka
  • Essential oils (optional).

I love using lavender or something citrusy. It always smells so fresh and clean.

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Here’s an interesting fact. I was 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:

  1. Mix the cornstarch with the water and whisk until smooth and lump free.
  2. Place the mixture on a stovetop and bring to 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
  3. 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 fabric softener instead of the oils.
  4. 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 fibres and then press lightly using an iron until dry to the touch.

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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 jewellery wire and wrapped them around the top of the twig. You can also make a WhoVille inspired topping if you prefer.

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Aren’t they cute? I love super simple crafts like this.

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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.

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How would you use them? I would love to know.

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If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later

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Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week.

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Comments

  • Posted: December 8, 2018 14:51

    Debra

    I love the ornament. It is so cute and looks easy to do. Totally adorable.
    • Posted: December 9, 2018 07:55

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Debra 😉
  • Posted: December 7, 2018 15:20

    Macrame Lover

    Nice idea for Christmas tree ornament! Thank you!
    • Posted: December 7, 2018 15:34

      acraftymix

      🙊 noooooooooo, you just made my day 💞 I love watching you macrame videos, thank you so much
  • Posted: December 7, 2018 13:56

    Marie InteriorFrugalista

    Well Michelle, I can't promise not to take a little nip here and there. Never heard of using vodka for starch. Great video tutorial - love the music! It's been a long time since I did macrame but I think I could make these adorable trees.
    • Posted: December 7, 2018 15:34

      acraftymix

      A little nip or two never hurt anyone 😉 and yes, you can so make these little trees
  • Posted: December 7, 2018 07:28

    Katrin

    Oh my Goodness Michelle, I can't get over these adorable, beautiful little trees!! What a great idea, I must try! I don't have vodka at hand, but Maizena ;) Thank you for the beautiful craft idea!!!
    • Posted: December 7, 2018 10:11

      acraftymix

      Yay, so happy you like them Katrin and you're going to have loads of fun making them too. If you don't have vodka and clear spirits will probably work, since most of them are either made from sugar or wheat 🤗
  • Posted: December 6, 2018 22:00

    Katerina

    They are so cute and beautiful! Well done! Many thanks for the Homemade Vodka Starch recipe. It would make a huge difference to my crochet ornaments!
    • Posted: December 7, 2018 06:09

      acraftymix

      So happy you like them Katerina and the vodka starch will work like a charm on those beautiful crochet ornaments of yours
  • Posted: December 6, 2018 05:04

    Leanna

    I thought vodka was made from potatoes as well. I also have a recipe for sugar starch but not vodka starch. Good to know. I did lots of macrame years ago, really super large projects, but haven't been able to get into again other than for plant hangers. The tassels look messy to me. Weird eh? But these little trees are perfect with their fringe. Very cute DIY ornament.
    • Posted: December 7, 2018 10:12

      acraftymix

      Oh I'd love to see some of the things you made Leanna if you still have them
  • Posted: December 5, 2018 18:49

    Mary

    Michelle this is such a great video! The instructions are concise and easy to understand. I love how your little trees turned out. I can just imagine a bunch of them on a big tree like ornaments. That would be a boho's dream come true!
    • Posted: December 6, 2018 04:57

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Mary and all the credit for the video goes to Talea. She was my camera woman and did a great job 💞
  • Posted: December 5, 2018 14:49

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Your macramé Christmas trees are adorable! I remember years ago I use to make those macrame plant hangers and had thought of trying to make something again.
    • Posted: December 6, 2018 04:59

      acraftymix

      My mom also made those plant hangers, I wonder where they are 🤔 I hope you do make some more stuff Linda. I would love to see it
  • Posted: December 4, 2018 23:03

    Debbie-Dabble

    Thanks so much for for stopping by and for your Congrats for my son and daughter-in-law!! Hugs, Debbie
    • Posted: December 5, 2018 05:47

      acraftymix

      💞 It's a pleasure Debbie and I'm so happy for you all. They make such a lovely couple
  • Posted: December 4, 2018 21:11

    Claire

    What a creative idea. I love these little Christmas trees. I've only ever drunk Vodka before not used it for crafting!
    • Posted: December 5, 2018 05:47

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Claire 🍻
  • Posted: December 4, 2018 08:40

    Noleen

    I've seen people make macrame feathers in a similar way, but never thought of changing the shape to make trees. What a lovely idea
    • Posted: December 4, 2018 08:42

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Noleen. I love those macrame feathers, they're beautiful and you're right the Christmas trees are a variation 😉
  • Posted: December 4, 2018 04:07

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    These are fabulous, Michelle! I'll definitely make some today to add them to the Christmas package for my SIL and I'll as well make some for myself. Thank you so much for this great idea! PS: Unfortunaltely your blogposts haven't shown up on Bloglovin for some weeks now.
    • Posted: December 4, 2018 08:43

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Julia 💞 I'm sure you SIL is going to love getting them in her package. WRT Bloglovin I have no idea why that happens, I'll have to see if any of my settings have changed. Thanks for letting me know

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