How to Make a Macrame Lantern Garland
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How to Make a Macrame Lantern Garland

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

Get ready to celebrate Diwali with this macrame lantern garland - the perfect way to decorate your home.

Using just a few simple knots you can create this garland in just an afternoon; why not get the children involved and make each lantern together?!

This tutorial takes you through the materials needed as well as providing a step-by-step on how to create the macrame garland.

Please note: Only battery-operated tea lights should be used within this garland.

Tutorial by Hobbycraft Artisan Magdalena Okroj @woollygear

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Pattern Notes

Lark’s Head Knot
Reverse Lark's Head Knot
Square Knot
Gathering Knot
Half Square Knot/ Spiral Knot
Clove Hitch/ Double Half Hitch Knot

10 consecutive square knots - 9cm


Length - 1.50m
Lantern height - 25cm

Pattern Prep

Make seven wire hoops - diameter 9cm each.

Cut the cord to the needed length:
Sage cord:
For the bunting:
1 x 4m
1 x 16m
For one lantern:
2 x 1.5m
2 x 2m
Gathering knots:
2 x 0.5m
16 x 1m
4 x 1.2m

Mustard cord:
For two lanterns:
4 x 1.5m
4 x 2m
Gathering knots:
4 x 0.5m
32 x 1m
8 x 1.2m

Terracotta cord:
For four lanterns:
8 x 1.5m
8x 2m
Gathering knots:
8 x 0.5m
64 x 1m
16 x 1.2m

Step 1

Using aluminium wire,scissors and pliers make seven hoops.

Step 2

Make sure all are approx. 9cm in diameter.

Step 3

Fold sage bunting strings in half and attach it to the wooden ring. Make one square knot using shorter strings as a core.

Step 4

Fold hanging strings in half and place them perpendicular to the bunting.

Step 5

Hold all the strings together and tie a gathering knot.

Step 5a

Place your gathering knot right at the top.

Step 5b

Gathering knot should be 2cm wide.

Step 5c 

Pull up to close the knot. Cut off the tails carefully.

Step 6

Divide strings to the left and to the right of work into two sets of four (2 short + 2 long). Make ten square knots with each set.

Step 7 

Place all the strings in the hoop.

Step 7a

Working from right to left make double half hitch knot with the first string.

Step 7b

Pull it close to the last square knot.

Step 7c 

Make four double half hitch knots to attach the hanging to the hoop.

Step 7d

Repeat on the other side.

Step 8 

Attach sixteen body strings to the hoop, using reverse lark's head knot.

Step 9 

Place them evenly - four on each side of the hanging.

Step 10 

Leave two spaces for the crowns.

Step 11

Use crown strings, make two square knots on one of them folded in half.

Step 11a

Pull the bottom square knot up to form the crown shape.

Step 12

Start attaching the crown from the inside of the hoop.

Step 12a

Working from right to left make double half hitch knot with the first string.

Step 12b

Make four double half hitch knots to attach the crown to the hoop.

Step 12c

Repeat on the other side.

Step 13

To make the body, make first round of square knots underneath the hoop.

Step 13a

Work your way around dividing crown strings in half for symmetry.

Step 14

Make second round approx.1.5cm below.

Step 14a

Work around alternating square knots.

Step 15

Repeat round one.

Step 16 

Repeat round two.

Step 17 

Using the four strings of the last square knot, make eight half square knots twisting to the right.

Step 18

Continue around alternating twist knots (left and right twist).

Step 19 

Finish when twelve twist knots are ready and the same length.

Step 20 

Hold all the knots together and tie gathering knot directly underneath. Trim the tassel at 8cm.

Step 21

To move to the next lantern, make 28 square knots with bunting strings.

Step 22

Repeat steps 4-20 to make seven lanterns on the bunting. 

The colour sequence is: Terracotta, Mustard, Terracotta, Sage, Terracotta, Mustard, Terracotta.


Step 23

Finish off with one square knot at the end and attach second wooden ring using tight gathering knot.

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