DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier / by Melody

Since putting up my gallery at Apotheca, I've been incredibly inspired to start creating new pieces. Especially because my room now has so much extra space... I might have a problem. The good news is - I only used what I already had for this project! I had found this hanging fruit basket at Goodwill a few months ago, and knew I wanted to do something with it eventually. So I cut some lengths of twine, did a little macrame, and created this DIY macrame hanging pendant! What I love about it is that it can go in so many directions: you could thread battery-powered (or not) string lights through it, put a plant in it, or just hang it by itself as a chandelier. You can keep going with the macrame or stop where I did, you can trim the fringe as long or short as you want, or even add tassels/shells/beads/etc. The possibilities are vast! If you create this piece, I would love to see photos - tag me on Instagram #melmariadesigns or share the link in the comments! You'll need: A hanging fruit basket (I found mine at Goodwill for $2) 120 yards of jute twine Scissors Gold paint Paintbrush

The painting is optional, but I thought my piece would look really cool if the basket was painted gold, so I dug around for some acrylic gold paint and went at it.

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

Next, I cut 24 lengths of twine, each about 5 feet long. This sounds like a lot - I did mine in increments. I needed two doubled-up lengths of twine per bar on the basket, and there were 12 bars. Your basket might be a different size or have a different amount of bars - if this is the case, don't panic! You just need an even amount of twine lengths, and they should be 5 feet long.

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

I started my macrame knotting at the bottom of the basket, so loop each length of twine around the bars on the bottom - two lengths per bar.

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

This next part is easier if ย your basket is hanging from something. I would suggest hanging it from a curtain rod in a doorway or somesuch. Unfortunately, I did not have a curtain rod, but I did have a long dowel, so I hung my basket from the knobs on my dresser:

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

Now start knotting! I just used a few repeats of the basic square knot, which I will show you in the grid below:

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

I worked 3 rounds of alternating square knots on the first tier. Here are two links that might help you if this collageย doesn't: Square Knots and Alternating Square Knots.

Cut another 24 lengths of twine and repeat the knotting instructions for the second tier of your hanging basket, and cut another 24 lengths for the third tier. Trim the ends evenly or let them hang as they will (like me) and you are finished!

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

DIY Macrame Hanging Chandelier

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And there you have it! Please don't hesitate to comment with questions or ideas - I'm happy to hear them and ย I will do my best to answer. Happy making!