Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Macramé Ball Ornament

Hi friends.

Make Macramé Ball Ornaments with us today and join me and 9 other Swedish creatives in our 24 days of creating. I'm sharing Day 2 in our 24 day Advent Calendar.

The playful twist of macrame and classic Christmas Glass balls make for a modern Christmas Ornament. The variations are endless and can't wait to share with you  so that you can do the same.

We'd love to share more if you hop down with us below.


I've simplified the technique used for these to the most simple way to achieve this "fishing ball" weave and have used it with adults and kids.  These are so relaxing to make alone, side by side, as well as with a group. I share some tips for making with kids below, too.

You might just need the photos but, I'll share a step by step with you:

Let's get started:

1 Christmas Bulb (Our balls are 8 cm in diameter)
8 equal lengths of yarn, ribbon, cord or string (We cut long arms lengths of approximately 120 cm) 
Washi Tape, Optional

I love projects that both kids and adults can make, I wanted to simplify the process to as few, easy, steps as possible. The photos might be enough of a guide, but, I'll give step-by-step instructions, too.

1. Start by tying the 8 pieces of string together in a tight knot.

2. Optional: you might like to tape the tail to a flat surface. This is individual.

3. Pair the string in sets and tie each set.

If you would like to do like we have, we tied our first ties approximately 1 inch or 3 cm.

4. Now, pair each string with the piece to the side and tie the next level of knots.

5. Continue tying until the pattern reaches the length of the ball.
6. Tie off the top of the ball.
7. Tie top string to desired length for ornaments.


Changing the string or ribbon is one way to change the appearing of these, as well as dipping the the string or changing colours and many other idea. I'd love to see what you do with these tutorial.

These make great gifts and can be used as vases, like these.
Add to a wreath or tie to a hook or door handle.

If making these with children, use thick, full-bodied, yarn or cording.  Small fingers work best with pliable fibbers that aren't too stiff yet, have a little more body than thin, yarn. I've tried variations with silk-cord below and was fantastic to work with, too. Want more? You can weave beads into the strings as well.

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  1. Your macramé ball ornaments look fantastic! Thanks for sharing Gina! xox

    1. That's such a compliment coming from you! Big thanks, Helena!

  2. Beautiful, Gina! I love the combination of macrame and Christmas glass baubles.

    1. Thanks, Karin! ... I think they're going to show up in many teach gift boxes this year! xo

  3. Wow, vilket jobb du lagt ner Gina. Jättesnyggt! :)

  4. Jättefina och så roligt med ett lite annorlunda julpyssel! Superkreativt!

    1. Tack Ruth. Jag håller med dig och vill göra annorlunda också.

  5. Snygga!! Vilken bra idé, måste sparas till nästa jul! :) Får försöka hitta kulor av glas bara, men kan väl inte vara så svårt :)

    1. Tusen Tack! Jag hoppas att du hitta lita kulor av glas nu på rea!


Thank you!