I love the simple life and especially being able to make your own furniture, this hammock is really simple to make especially if you know how to knot!!! I know summer is nearly over, but this beautiful chair could also be hung indoors, any colour can be used to fit in with your colour scheme!!!😍
By Angie Diersman
All you need is:
3 1 1/4-inch hardwood dowels, 30-inches long
2 5/8-inch hardwood dowels, 36-inches long
200 yards, 1/4-inch macrame cord or rope
8 yards, 1/2-inch rope
4 1-inch wood screws
How to Make a Macrame Hammock
Things You’ll Need
Measure the Dowels
While measuring and drilling the dowels, ensure all the holes are level and lined up with each other so that the frame is perfectly square. On two of the 1 1/4-inch dowels, measure and mark at 2 inches and 3 1/2 inches from each end. The third 1 1/4-inch dowel will only need to be marked at 3 1/2 inches from each end.
Measure and mark the dowels for drilling.
Drill Holes in the Dowels
Drill a 1/4-inch hole on each of the 3 1/2-inch marks and a 5/8-inch hole on each of the 2-inch marks. Start with a small drill bit and work your way up. If you have a spade bit or dowel jig, this makes it much easier.
Drill holes in dowels using a spade bit or dowel jig.
Sand the Holes
Sand the holes to remove any splinters from drilling.
Sand holes to remove any splinters.
Slide the Dowels Together
Make a square frame for the seat by sliding each of the small dowels into the 5/8-inch holes on the large dowels. Leave about 1-inch overlap on each end.
Slide dowels together to create a square frame.
Secure the Frame With Screws
Drill a small pilot hole where the dowels meet. Using a 1-inch screw, secure the two pieces together.
Screw together the two dowels to secure the frame.
Hang the Frame
Before starting the macrame, temporarily hang the frame in a place where you can easily stand or sit to knot the ropes.
Temporarily hang frame for easy use.
Wrap the Cords Around the Dowel
Using the 1/4-inch cord, cut 16 26-foot pieces. It sounds like a lot but as you knot, the cord shortens quickly. Pick up one cord and fold it in half. Wrap the loop around the dowel from the front to back. Pull the tails through the loop. Continue with all 16 strands of cord. Once they’re all hanging, you’ll have 32 strands.
Wrap the loop around the dowel and pull the tails through.
Cross the Cords From Left to Right
To create the seat, you’ll be using a simple square knot. Starting with the first four cords, take the left cord and cross it over the center two, then under the right cord.
Four cords are used to create a square knot.
Cross the Cords From Right to Left
Take the right cord and cross it under the center two cords and up through the hole, passing over the left cord.
Change the direction by crossing the cords from right to left.
Complete the Square Knot
To complete the second half of the knot, you’ll do the same thing in reverse. Take the right cord and cross it over the center two, then under the left cord. Then take the left cord and cross it under the center two cords and up through the hole, passing over the right cord. Pull the knot tight. Continue this with all the cords.
Pull the knot tight and continue with all the cords.
Start With the Third Cord
The next row also uses the same square knot but starts with the third cord. You’ll be using two strands from each section. When knotting them together, make sure to keep everything even. Continue this until to reach the end of your cords.
Use two strands of cord from each section.
Repeat the Pattern
Now the pattern repeats. Just like in the beginning, tie a square knot with the first four cords and work your way across. Then use the third cord to start the next row.
Continue using square knots to create the seat pattern.
Knot Until the Seat Measures 45-inches Long
Continue knotting until the seat is about 45-inches long. The finished macrame needs to be longer than the frame.
The seat needs to be longer than the frame so it hangs loosely.
Attach the Seat to the Frame
To attach the ends to the bottom of the frame, wrap all four cords from each section around the dowel and tie a knot.
Wrap the cords around the dowel and tie a knot.
Tie a Second Knot
Tie a second knot by splitting the strand into two. Pull it as tight as you can.
Tie a second knot to secure the cords to the frame.
Cut the Ends of the Cords
Cut the ends of the cords to the length desired. You can fray the ends or leave them as is.
Cut the ends of the cords to the length desired.
Cut a 1/2-inch Rope
Cut one 120-inch piece of 1/2-inch rope. Fold it in half and tie a knot a few inches from the top, creating a loop.
Cut the rope and create a loop.
String the Rope Through the Dowel
At this point, if you can hang the rope in a temporary place by the loop, it will be much easier to make sure all the ropes are even moving forward. Using the leftover third dowel, string the rope through each hole and tie a knot, leaving about 20 inches in between the loop and dowel.
Temporarily hang the rope to string the dowels.
String the Rope Through the Top of the Frame
Continue with the same piece of rope. String it down through the top of the frame on each side and tie a loose knot, leaving 30 inches in between the two dowels. You want a loose knot because once you hang the finished chair, you’ll need to make some minor adjustments.
String the rope through the top of the frame and tie a loose knot.
String the Rope Through the Bottom of the Frame
Cut two 65-inches pieces of 1/2-inch-thick rope. Starting at the bottom of the frame, string one rope on each side through the hole and tie a loose knot. This time, the knot should be below the dowel with the rope running up.
String the rope through bottom of frame and tie a loose knot.
Tie the Rope Around the Third Dowel
Run the rope all the way up to the top third dowel. Wrap the rope around the dowel and tie a loose knot, leaving 60 inches between the third dowel and the bottom of the frame.
Wrap the rope around the third dowel and tie a loose knot.
Hang the Seat and Adjust the Ropes
Now you can hang the chair in a more permanent spot using a sturdy hook on your porch or deck. Make sure all the ropes are even. If you need to make any adjustments, this would be the time to do so. Then, tighten all of your knots. Use caution when sitting in the hammock for the first time. The ropes will expand a little and form to your weight. Once everything feels right, cut off any excess rope hanging below the knots or fray them to hang free.
This was our creation today,and it was so cheap and easy to make. We have put this on the garage wall so we can see it out of our kitchen window. I just love it❤️❤️❤️
All you need is:
Wooden frame(ours was from ikea)
Tin can(ours was free from pizza express)
Plant of your choice
1st, Paint frame with outdoor paint(leave to dry)
2nd, Fit bracket to the back of the tin,using screws.
⭐️Tip(drill holes in the bottom of the tin,this allows drainage)
3rd, Screw tin to the wall(do this first as you won’t be able to do it when it’s filled)
4th, Fill tin with soil and plant your desired plant(ours is lavender)
5th, Making sure the frame is dry, attach the frame around the plant using the hooks that already exist on the frame, screw this to the wall.
And there you you have it, a beautiful focal point on a plain wall😍😍😍😍
I love the industrial look lately,especially when it comes to lighting. I’m always looking for simple ingenious ideas that anyone can do.
Check this clip out on how to make a concrete light fitting.
I just had to show you this very very simple DIY project,this is a very useful stand when cooking.
All you need is:
Scrabble game letter holder
Paint (colour of your choice)
No more nails glue
Paint or just varnish your chopping board. Leave to dry.
Glue the scrabble letter holder on the front of your board
Glue the wedge on the back of your board
Leave to dry
Now put your tablet on the board and get cooking!!!!
I think in this day an age it is so important to save your pennies especially when it comes to expensive appliances, so if your fridge is looking tired and shabby then why not change the look of it.
This DIY project is so easy and gives your kitchen a new look and feel on a budget.
All you need is:
Annie Sloan paint(this is duck egg)
Vintage panelling or old wooden frame
Paint brush and roller
Sandpaper (use if want it to look shabby chic)
The great thing about Annie Sloan paint is you don’t need to prep the surface first(the only thing I would advise is sugar soap kitchen appliances as they might have grease on them)
Sugar soap surface first
Glue your frame or panelling exactly where you want it on the fridge(leave to dry overnight)
Apply Annie Sloan paint with a roller to your fridge(use manufacturers guide)
Use a paintbrush to go over your frame or panelling.(this will get in all the nooks)
Leave to dry fully.
Sandpaper over the edges you want to look shabby chic.
Wax(use manufacturers guidelines) use as many coats as necessary.
I am a huge fan of creating unusual pieces of furniture with everyday things. This shelf is very clever and very easy to make. It would be a great piece in any room.
You will need:
2 wooden boards
2 long belts
Buckle the belts together making sure the circumference of each belt is the same(if not you will have a wonky shelf.
Position the belt onto the board how you want it to look, then nail them down.
Rotate the board round and nail the belt to the thin side of the board
Measure the gap between each board, both sides need to be the same length and repeat the process.
And there you have it, your very own DIY belt shelf, using different coloured or width belts can make the shelves look more interesting😀
My 11 year old just loves making dens from sheets, duvets etc. So when I saw this I just had to make it. It is so simple but very very fun for kids at any age. This can be their space⭐️
All you need is:
4 legged table
Roller blinds(white) and fittings
And a dash of creativity.
Pull the roller blind down to the length from table to floor, this is the area you can draw on with sharpie pen.
You might need to cut the blind down to size(follow manufacturers instructions)
Attach the roller blind to the inside edge of the dining table(remember once rolled up you won’t see it)
Grab the kids and Enjoy👦👧👶❤️⭐️😀
I have to be honest I am slightly obsessed with lighting, as I just love the impact it can give within a room. I also love finding objects and turning them into things.😀
What you will need:
Book end (bought from homesense)
Bulb connector (eBay)
Cut wire to desired length and connect a plug
Screw in your wall hooks on the back of the book ends
Drill a hole through the top of your book end for the cord, then feed the wire through the hole
TIP: Sellotape the cable before pushing through hole as this will stop cable from freying.
Connect the Bulb connector to the cable
Plug in to make sure it’s wired up correctly(be careful)😁
Choose where you want to put them and screw hooks into the wall and hook the book end to the wall.
You could add a switch to the cable if needed. Also you can adjust the cable up and down using a stopper clip.
The end result = happy happy happy