Are you looking for some beginner friendly free macrame wall hanging patterns? I’ve got 21 for you right here, including written instructions and video tutorials!
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Macrame wall hangings are one of the most popular macrame projects (next to plant hangers) and they’re so much fun to make!
At first they may seem intimidating, but the truth is most macrame wall hangings are made with just a few simple knots.
That’s the great thing about them, even beginners can make a gorgeous DIY wall hanging once you get the basics down!
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Before we jump into the list of free patterns, there are a few common questions that I see people asking about macrame wall hangings. Let’s take a look at a few of them and I’ll answer them for you!
How do you start a macrame wall hanging?
First you need to decide if you’ll be using a dowel, a pipe, or a piece of driftwood at the top of your wall hanging.
You can get wooden dowels at the hardware store in several different diameters and lengths and even different types of wood and colors. They also have lengths of copper pipe that make a really pretty base for your macrame project.
Driftwood is also super popular for these. If you don’t have driftwood near you, go out in the woods and find a nice looking stick, wash it up, sand it a bit and it’s ready to use! Or you can order a nice piece of driftwood online (yes, I’ve done that!)
If you’re making a round wall hanging, a metal ring is a great base and they come in loads of different sizes.
Once you figure out your base, you need to attach your cords!
My favorite way to start a macrame wall hanging is by tying the cords on with simple lark’s head knots. If you’re looking for some alternative ways to attach the ropes to your base, here are a few interesting options to check out.
How long does it take to make a macrame wall hanging?
If you’re making a small macrame wall hanging, you could probably finish it up in an hour or two.
For larger more elaborate macrame wall hangings, expect to put in several hours of work. You’ll need to take plenty of breaks because it can be hard on your back and your hands after a while!
Luckily, the process is very relaxing and meditative, so you shouldn’t even notice how long you’ve been knotting away.
What is the best rope to use for a macrame wall hanging?
If you want your knots to really hold their shape well, a three strand rope is best for your wall hanging.
They tend to be stiffer and a bit tougher to work with, but they make the shapes of the knots stand out nicely.
If you’re going to be including a lot of fringe in your wall hanging, single strand macrame string is a great choice and it’s really easy on your hands.
It doesn’t hold it’s shape quite as well as the three ply, but it has a beauty all of it’s own and sometimes it’s just what you need to get the look you want.
How do you hang a large macrame wall hanging?
There are a couple of ways to hang a large macrame wall hanging.
One way is by tying a hanging rope on each end of the dowel using the constrictor knot and then hanging it up on the wall with a nail.
If you don’t want to do that, you can also just put two (or more) long nails in the wall and leave them sticking out a couple of inches.
Then you can rest the dowel of your wall hanging across them and you’ll barely be able to notice the nails.
If you go that route, be sure to use a level to get the nails nice and straight, and you might want to use drywall anchors and screws instead depending on your wall.
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OK, now that we answered some common questions, let’s take a look at the free macrame wall hanging patterns!
21 Free Step-By-Step Macrame Wall Hanging Patterns
Looking for some boho DIY home decor ideas? Check out these eighteen free macrame wall hanging patterns!
They include video tutorials and written instructions and are easy enough for beginners and beyond.
Make a gorgeous macrame hat hanger for that perfect boho decor vibe! This pattern looks complex, but it's actually super simple.
I'll walk you through the whole process with a video and written tutorial!
Aren't these so cute?! Get an Anthropologie look on the cheap with a couple dollar store frames and little bit of macrame cord.
Step by step pattern and video!
Add some fun color to your wall decor with this easy macrame wall hanging!
You could use whatever combination of colors you like and really get creative with it. Free written pattern with video!
This beautiful macrame wall hanging with tassels looks like something you'd purchase from Urban Outfitters but you can make it yourself!
You can change up the color of the tassels to match your decor. And it's a super fast project! Win win!
Includes free written tutorial and video.
This fun macrame wall hanging is perfect for spring! Change up the colors for a different vibe.
Includes written and video tutorial!
Macrame feathers make a beautiful accent to your decor, and you can make a whole wall hanging out of them! Or you can make one really big macrame feather for a beautiful statement piece.
Learn 3 ways to make a macrame feather in this video and written tutorial!
Who doesn't love a macrame owl?! This cute little guy is a quick project and so much fun to make.
Includes video and written tutorial!
This modern diamond wall hanging planter is a unique macrame project, and useful too!
Includes written and video tutorial. Come check it out!
This beautiful macrame tree of life pattern is super easy and a real show stopper. You can add a little swing hanging down from one of the lower branches, or some crystals or beads to really kick it up a notch!
Includes written and video tutorial.
This large macrame wall hanging pattern is perfect for you if you're somewhat new to macrame but you want to make a big, beautiful boho wall hanging.
It uses simple knots and I'll walk you through the whole process step by step with a video and a written tutorial!
Macraweaves are so much fun to make and a perfect way to use up odd sized pieces of macrame string you have laying around!
In this video and written tutorial I'll show you how to make the basic skeleton of the wall hanging and then how to add all kinds of fun texture and color with different types of cord and weaving techniques!
This popular pattern is really simple once you get the hang of it!
You can add more than one color if you want and the effect is really cool.
Includes a video tutorial and written instructions and this pattern is perfect for a beginner who has a grasp on the double half hitch knot.
Love is in the air with this sweet macraweave heart wall hanging!
If you're new to macraweaving, it's basically where you make a macrame "skeleton" and then go in with roving, yarn, or rope (really you can use anything) and use weaving techniques like the soumak weave or tabby weave to create a beautiful textural combo.
This one uses the soumak weaving technique and it's really easy once you get the pattern down!
This crescent moon dream catcher pattern is gorgeous using black macrame rope, but you can use whatever color you prefer!
This pattern is best for an intermediate macrame artist or a confident beginner.
It includes a step by step video tutorial and written tutorial as well.
Macrame mandalas are so beautiful and surprisingly simple to make!
This mandala wall hanging pattern is simple enough for an experienced beginner, you'll just need to know how to tie the double half hitch knot before hand.
It also uses berry knots and a few square knots. It's a really fun pattern!
Check out the video and written tutorial and make one of your own, it looks gorgeous above a fireplace!
If you're looking for a quick and easy macrame wall hanging, this small pattern is a perfect choice.
You can practice tying double half hitch knots, square knots, and learn how to tie a Rya knot all in this easy free pattern!
Includes video and written instructions. Come take a look!
This macrame flower pattern makes a HUGE beautiful macrame flower!
It could be a wall hanging on its own, or you can add it (and a few more) to another macrame wall hanging.
You can make a gorgeous macrame wedding backdrop with a few of these and some smaller ones all together!
Includes video, written tutorial, and you can purchase the ad-free printable version if you want!
This is technically a plant hanger, but it's a wall hanging plant hanger so I think it counts!
If you have a tall, skinny space to fill on your wall, this is a perfect project for that. Plus you can add some greenery to your decor!
This pattern mostly uses square knots in a pretty diamond pattern and it's simple enough for a beginner.
Come check out the video and written tutorial!
This spooky macrame ghost wall hanging is perfect for Halloween!
Also, you'll learn how to use vertical double half hitch knots to make an image in your macrame. You can use this technique to create pixelated designs, kind of like a cross stitch pattern!
Includes video tutorial and written instructions, plus a free printable chart!
These macrame rope rainbows have been popular for a while now.
This large one uses thick macrame rope and colorful yarn to create a beautiful wall hanging that's perfect for a nursery or kids play room!
You'll use a needle and thread to assemble it all together. Keep scrolling to see a no-sew hot glue version down below!
Don't like sewing? This mini macrame rainbow is perfect for you!
You can make one of these in an hour or so, and they look so cute in your nursery!
This project is perfect to use up macrame cord or yarn you have small pieces of.
Includes video and written tutorial. Come take a look!
I hope you enjoyed these free macrame wall hanging patterns!
If you make one of these, please share a pic to Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth. I love seeing your creations, it really makes my day!
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Crystal Martin is the crafty lady behind Marching North. She loves sharing easy to follow tutorials and patterns for macrame, crochet, punch needle, and pretty much anything else involving yarn or textiles.
Her work has been featured on Creative Fabrica, Craft Gossip, Ravelry, as well as her own site and YouTube channels.
5 thoughts on “21 Free Step-by-Step Macrame Wall Hanging Patterns (Beginner Friendly!)”
I love your site, its very informative and helpful!
I want to try make the macraweave wall hanging, however the pattern doesn’t tell me how long of a dowel to buy and what size the finished project is.
I would appreciate knowing this before I decide to start.
Sorry about that, I didn’t realize I forgot to add the dowel length! For that project, I used a 36″ long dowel, but I cut it down to size once I finished the wall hanging. To do that I used a little hacksaw, the dowels are pretty easy to cut. Then I sanded the ends down to smooth them out. The wall hanging ends up being around 16″ wide, so if you didn’t want to cut it down to fit, I’d probably start with about a 18″ dowel. I hope that helps!
Did a little Macrame years ago but pretty well forgot all I knew! Anxious to get started again from square one! This looks like a great place to start!
There seems to be new, knot’s I need to learn macrame year’s ago and love it would like to learn more that I have retired and more time
love all your patterns