Christmas in July, Macrame Candle

How To Macrame a Candle

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Supplies Needed to Make One Candle:

  • 2″ welded ring
  • 4″ welded ring
  • 28 yards red 6mm cord
  • 14 yards green 6mm cord
  • 8″ piece of yellow cord (for flame)
  • craft glue

Tools Needed:

  • T-pins
  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • scissors
  • tape measure/ruler/yard stick

CUTTING THE CORD

Cut one 8″ yellow cord (millimeter not critical, just need a small piece long enough to wrap around the red cords to form the flame).

Cut 6 red cords 3 1/2 yards long.

Cut 6 red cords 42″ long.

Cut 12 green cords 42″ long.

DIRECTIONS

Step 1. Find centers of 6 red 3 1/2 yard cords. Pin to macrame board. Lay 8″ yellow cord piece under red cords and tie a knot around them. This is the flame and will be worked in the final step. (1st picture showing 2 yellow cords. You only need one.)

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Step 2. Divide cords into 4 groups of 3 red cords and tie 7″ of crown knots (some people call this a lanyard knot).

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Step 3. Double half hitch all 12 cords onto a 2″ ring spacing the 4 groups of 3 cords evenly apart. (1st photo showing a single half hitch. 2nd photo showing a double half hitch.)

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Step 4. Fold 6 green cords in half and mount 2 cords between mounted group of 4 red cords with a reverse lark’s head knot.

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Step 5. Tie one Square Knot Button (SKB) with each group of 4 red cords only. A square knot button is created by tying 6 square knots (SK) in a sennet. One after the other. Go here if you need help.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot-button/

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Tie one square knot under the button to secure it.

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Here’s how the 3 red square knot buttons look after tied.

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Step 6. Double half hitch all red and green cords onto a 4″ ring.

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Step 7. Working with each group of 4 red cords attached onto the 4″ ring, fold 2 green cords in half and mount between red cords 2 and 3 with a larks head knot. Repeat this with the remaining groups of red cord.

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Step 8. Fold 2 red 42″ cords in half and mount one to each side of a red cord group with a reverse larks head knot.

Tie 1 square knot button (making 6 square knots) with each red group and each green group.

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Step 9. When finished tying all square knot buttons, turn candle bottom up. Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots on the underside to secure the knots. (See photo for help, if needed)

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Apply glue to bottom row of knots, allow to dry. Trim off excess cord.

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Melt cord ends with matches or cigarette lighter to keep from fraying. Touch cord lightly. Don’t burn or scorch.

Step 10. Brush out yellow cord at the top to form a flame. Trim.

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You are done. Enjoy!!

Candle measures 6 1/2″ diameter and 10 1/2″ height.

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P.S. Not sure why my pictures look fuzzy. They were OK until I uploaded them.

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6 comments on “Christmas in July, Macrame Candle

  1. crystal says:

    Adorable and the pictures look great! 🙂

    Would this be too big for the Christmas tree?

    • don_mae says:

      Hey Crystal!! Thanks, I knew I was forgetting something. I added the measurements. Yep, a bit too big for the Christmas tree. But would look great near it. 😀

  2. digipicsphotography says:

    That is just too cool!

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks!! I made a 2nd red and green one. And experimented with more square knot button rows and made a HUGE one in fall colors. I am like a kid in the candy store. Can’t decide which craft to work on from hour to hour. 😀

  3. Elena says:

    Hi, it is a beautiful candel. I would like to see more christmas things.

  4. This awesome I’m just learning how to do some knots but I sure will give this one a try.Listen I do appreciate you sharing the instructions.I’ve seen so many macrame in pinterest but no how to.So I can’t even try to see if I can do it as a beginner.Thank you so much.

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