How To Macrame a Candle
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
- macrame board or covered ceiling tile
- 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.
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.)
Step 2. Divide cords into 4 groups of 3 red cords and tie 7″ of crown knots (some people call this a lanyard knot).
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.)
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.
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.
Tie one square knot under the button to secure it.
Here’s how the 3 red square knot buttons look after tied.
Step 6. Double half hitch all red and green cords onto a 4″ ring.
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.
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.
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)
Apply glue to bottom row of knots, allow to dry. Trim off excess cord.
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.
You are done. Enjoy!!
Candle measures 6 1/2″ diameter and 10 1/2″ height.
P.S. Not sure why my pictures look fuzzy. They were OK until I uploaded them.