After making a pretty macrame container, you may wish to cover it with a matching lid. I will show you how to make a simple one. It is fast to make and only has 11 rows of Square Knots.
- 12 yards macrame cord (I used 6mm braided)
- One 5″ welded metal ring (preferably treated metal not raw)
- Tape measure/ruler/yardstick
- Craft glue
- Macrame board or covered ceiling tile
- Accessories such as buttons or beads, as desired
STEPS TO MAKE 5″ ROUND MACRAME LID
Step 1. Measure and cut 6 cords 46″ long. Cut 2 cords 50″ long. The longer cords will be on the sides.
Step 2. Take one of the 50″ cords, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the left. Find the center of the six shorter cords and attach with T-pins to macrame board. Take the 2nd 50″ cord, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the right.
You should have pinned to the macrame board 8 cords in the following order: 50″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 50″
Step 3. Mount cords to the TOP of 5″ ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots (RLH) and one Half Hitch (HH). Per cord.
When all cords have been mounted to the ring, they should look like this.
Step 4. Number cords from 1-16.
Step 5. Begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK).
Row 1: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 2: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Step 6: Wrap cord #1 around the ring on the LEFT side of the ring with a DOUBLE HALF HITCH. (Photo is showing once. Do this twice.) Repeat for cord #16, on the RIGHT side of the ring, when you get to it, but BEFORE you tie that knot.
Row 3: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 4: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Rows 5-9: Continue repeating Step 6 until you reach Row 9 which has 4 SK’s. (Picture is showing up to Row 7)
Step 8. Almost done. Two more rows to tie.
Row 10: Tie 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Row 11: Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8 and 9-12
Step 9. Take all cords and push behind the ring. You will now begin to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all cords to the bottom of the ring.
This is how the back looks after all cords have been double half hitched to bottom of the ring.
Here is front view.
Step 10. Pull cords tight against the ring. Apply craft glue to the DHH’d cords. Allow to dry overnight. Cut cords close to the ring. Burn cords ends with matches or cigarette lighter to melt cords end to keep from fraying. Don’t burn. Touch cord lightly.
Congratulations!! You have just created a macrame lid.
Finishing Touches. You can add a backing if desired as I have done using felt. Cut a circle to fit almost to the end of the lid. Hand sew to attach. If you are adding beads or buttons, do so before sewing on the felt backing.
Different Size Lids. You can make a lid in any size. Adjust amount of cord needed to accommodate ring size. And remember to allow a bit longer for the side tying cords.
If you need help making knots, go here.
Here are a few of my macrame projects I made lids for.