7 Easy Macrame Christmas Ornaments (with Free Patterns!)

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Are you looking for some simple but beautiful macrame Christmas ornaments to make for your tree this year?

I’ve got 7 easy (and free!) macrame ornament DIY tutorials for you that even beginners can make. Keep scrolling to learn more!

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If you’re new to macrame or a seasoned knotter, you have to check out these free (and easy!) Christmas ornament patterns!

They’re simple enough for a beginner to make, and a fun quick project for more advanced macrame enthusists.

New to macrame? Be sure to check out my Guide to Macrame for Beginners!

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Inside, you’ll find out how to get started with macrame, what supplies you need, the basic knots, and more!

Below you’ll find the written tutorials with a photo walk through for each of these macrame Christmas ornaments, plus links to see the step by step video tutorials on my YouTube channel!

Related: 13 DIY Macrame Gift Ideas for Everyone on your List!

Check out all the videos for these ornaments in this playlist on my YouTube channel!

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Macrame Feather Ornament

feather macrame christmas ornament

These DIY macrame feather ornaments are so fun to make and a great way to use up scrap macrame cord!

Attaching a piece of felt to the back will help these boho beauties hold their shape, and the cinnamon stick adds a nice natural touch.

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

First, fold the long piece of cord in half and attach it to the cinnamon stick with a lark’s head knot.

longer piece of macrame cord attached to the cinnamon stick with a lark's head knot

Now, you’re going to take one of the short pieces and fold it in half. Hold it perpendicular to the long center cord, and put the looped end under the center cords with the loop pointing to the left.

Then grab another short piece and your going to lay it on top of the first piece, with the ends facing in the opposite direction. The loop will be facing right.

Basically, you’ll have a sandwich situation going on with the right short piece on the bottom, the center cords in the middle, and the left short cord on the top.

Then, thread the ends of each short cord through the loop of the opposite cord, and pull the ends to tighten it up.

pulling the ends of the cords through the loops

Repeat that process for the remaining short cords.

all the short cords have been added to the macrame feather ornament

Grab your macrame brush or comb, and brush out the fringe really well on both sides.

brushing out the feather fringe

Now we’re going to cut a small piece of felt to go on the back of the feather to help hold it’s shape. This is optional, but it really helps keep your ornament looking good for years to come.

holding a piece of white felt up to the back of the macrame feather

You want to make sure the felt piece isn’t going to show from the front. I eyeballed mine and just trimmed it down until it was how I wanted it to look.

Check out this tutorial that goes into more detail about making macrame feathers (it even includes templates to cut out the shapes!)

Make sure the feather is neatly brushed, and use your hot glue gun to attach the felt to the back of your feather.

cutting the edges of the macrame feather ornament so it's nice and neat

Now you can flip your ornament back over and cut the edges to shape the feather.

Add a small piece of jute or twine to the top of the ornament to make a hanger and you’re done!

See the full macrame feather ornament video tutorial here!


Easy Boho Macrame Ornament

wood ring macrame christmas ornament

If you have some wooden rings that aren’t strong enough to use for plant hangers, these simple macrame ornaments are a great use for them!

You can use a simple wooden bead at the top, or add a pop of color if you want. Feel free to customize it!

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

Attach the six pieces of cord to the wooden ring with lark’s head knots. Then pin or tape it down to your workspace to hold it while you knot.

attach the cords to the wooden ring using lark's head knots, and then pin or tape the ring down to your work surface

Tie three square knots going across.

tie three square knots from left to right

Tie two more square knots, alternating from the first row.

tie two square knots under the first row, alternating from the first three square knots

Tie one last square knot in the center.

tie one last square knot in the center to make an inverted triangle shape

Use the far left cord as the filler cord and tie 5 double half hitch knots going down and to the right.

tie 5 double half hitch knots going down and to the right

Use the far right cord as the filler cord and tie six double half hitch knots going down and to the left. The last knot will connect the two sides.

tie six double half hitch knots going down and to the left

Attach the hanging cord to the top of the ring with a lark’s head knot.

add the hanger to the top with a lark's head knot

Thread the wooden bead onto the hanging cord at the top. I used a large eye needle and threaded one piece through at a time.

thread on a bead
thread both pieces of cord through the bead

Tie an overhand knot a couple inches above the bead and trim off the excess cord to make the hanging loop.

tie an overhand knot in the top and trim off the excess for the hanger

Cut the fringe in the shape you want, brush it out, and give it a final trim.

See the video tutorial for boho macrame wood ring ornament here!


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Mini Macrame Wreath Ornament

green wreath macrame christmas ornament

I just love this cute little macrame Christmas wreath! You can easily make several of these, and they look great on a flocked tree!

You could use other colors of macrame cord as well and make some bright, cheery wreaths for your tree. There are so many options!

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

Attach all the green pieces of cord to the ring using lark’s head knots. They should fill up the ring. If your ring is larger, you might need more pieces (or less if it’s smaller).

attach the green cords to the metal ring with lark's head knots
keep attaching until you get all the green cords attached to the ring

Lay the piece of yarn around the ring. This is going to be the filler cord for a row of double half hitch knots going all the way around.

loop the piece of yarn around the center to use as a filler cord for double half hitch knots

Starting at the bottom center, tie a double half hitch knot going to the right. This is what the first half will look like…

tie the first half of a double half hitch knot going to the right

…and here’s the second half.

then tie the second part of the double half hitch knot

Continue tying double half hitch knots with each piece of cord going all the way around.

continue tying double half hitch knots all the way around the ring with each piece of green cord

Once you get all the knots tied, pull on the filler cord ends to even them up a bit. We’re going to tie a bow with them in minute.

all the double half hitch knots are done

Brush out the fringe all the way around.

brush out the fringe

Trim the fringe down as short as you want, I went with about 3/4″ or so long.

cut the fringe to the length you prefer, I went pretty short

Tie a neat looking bow with the ends of the filler cord yarn.

tie the ends of the filler cord into a pretty bow at the bottom

Isn’t it cute?!

finished mini macrame wreath ornament

Grab a piece of twine and attach it with a lark’s head knot to the metal ring at the top of the ornament. Just scoot the cord apart to make a little gap.

Then pull the ends up and behind the ornament so you can’t see the hanger from the front.

attach a piece of twine to the top of the ornament ring with a lark's head knot to make the hanger

Tie an overhand knot in the end of the hanging loop and trim off the excess twine.

tie an overhand knot in the end of the hanger cord to make the hanging loop

See the video tutorial for mini macrame wreath ornament here!


Dried Orange Macrame Tassel Ornament

dried orange slice tassel macrame christmas ornament

Making these dried orange slices is so fun and I love the natural look of them.

The only bummer is all the orange-y scent fades once they’re dried out. You can add a few drops of citrus essential oils to make it smell great again!

Also, these tassels are another awesome way to use up scrap macrame cord. Win win!

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

Slice your oranges about 1/4″ thick. Discard the end pieces and try to make them all the same thickness so they dry out evenly.

cut the oranges into half inch slices

Lay the orange slices out on an absorbent dish towel or paper towels.

lay the orange slices out on an absorbant dish towel or paper towels

Fold the towel over the slices and press on them with your hands to get some of the excess juice out. You want to get them pretty dry.

press the excess juice out of the orange slices

Set your oven to 180 F.

Lay the orange slices on your oven rack to dry.

If you have a metal cooling rack, I would recommend putting them on there and then putting it in the oven so they don’t fall through the rack.

My cooling rack got all rusty and I had to throw it away though, bummer!

I had to be extra careful not to drop all the orange slices into the bottom of my oven.

Let the oranges dry in the oven for 3 to 5 hours, checking every hour or so. Yes, it takes a while, but it’s a good project for a cold day since the oven will keep the kitchen warmed up!

place the orange slice on your oven racks to dry

Once they’re done in the oven, I recommend letting them cool overnight before making the ornaments.

I didn’t, and they were still a bit gooey and messy to work with but they dried more by the next day.

OK, now on to the tassels! Lay out 8 pieces of macrame cord that are about 8″ long. This is a great way to use up scrap cord, btw.

measure out pieces of scrap macrame cord to about eight inches long

Take a piece of butcher twine and loop it up under the bundle of cords. Oh, I brushed out the center of the cord bundle a bit before I did this part. It makes it easier to brush out later.

brush the center section of the cords a bit, then center a piece of twine under them

Tie a tight knot around the bundle of cords.

Brush the tassel out really, really well. It should look like a little tassel ghost or Cousin It, whichever you prefer.

brush the tassel out really well

Grab another piece of twine and we’re going to tie a wrapping knot around the head of the tassel.

use twine to tie a wrapping knot around the head of the tassel

Bring the end of the twine through the little loop of the wrapping knot and pull the top cord to tighten it.

If you aren’t familiar with the wrapping knot, check out this basic macrame knots post to see a step by step tutorial.

pull the end of the wrapping knot through the wraps

Now, trim off the excess fringe at the bottom of the tassel.

trim down the tassel

Grab a large eye needle, thread the cords from the top of the tassel through it, and then thread the cords through the bottom of an orange slice.

thread the ends of the tassel onto a large eye needle and thread it through the bottom of a dried orange slice
pulling the ends of the cord through the orange slice

Now, bring the needle up to the top of the orange slice and pass it back through to the front.

bring the ends out of the top of the orange slice

On the back you’ll be able to see the cord, like this.

how the back of the orange slice will look once the threads are sewn into it

And here’s how the front will look.

tie an overhand knot in the top of the threads to form a hanger and the ornament is done

Remove the needle, tie an overhand knot in the top of the cords, leaving about 2″ of space to hang it on the tree, and you’re done!

See the video tutorial for dried orange tassel ornament here!


Macrame Cinnamon Stick Ornament

cinnamon stick macrame christmas ornament

This adorable macrame Christmas ornament looks like a mini wall hanging!

Since you can make this with regular old butcher twine plus a couple of cinnamon sticks, you can pretty much get all the supplies at the grocery store while you’re picking up holiday food supplies!

If you can’t find cinnamon sticks, regular wooden sticks from your yard will work too (or even a couple of skewers cut down to size.)

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

Attach the 12 pieces of twine to one of the cinnamon sticks using lark’s head knots. Then secure it to your workspace.

attach the pieces of string to one of the cinnamon sticks with lark's head knots and pin or tape it down to your work space

You’re going to tie square knots to create the pattern below. To make it easy to explain, imagine the cords are number 1-24 going from left to right. Here’s the pattern:

  • Row 1: tie one square knot in the center
  • Row 2: using the eight cords in the center, tie two square knots
  • Row 3: tie a square knot with cords 7-10 and another one with cords 15-18
  • Row 4: tie a square knot with cords 5-8 and another one with cords 17-20
  • Row 5: tie a square knot with cords 3-6, one with the center four cords, and another one with cords 19-22
  • Row 6: tie a square knot on the far left, two knots using the center 8 cords, and one on the far right
  • Row 7: tie a square knot with cords 3-6, one with the center four cords, and another one with cords 19-22
  • Rows 8-11: repeat rows 1-4 in reverse
tie square knots in a diamond pattern

Now you’re going to attach the cords to the other cinnamon stick using double half hitch knots.

attach the cords to the bottom cinnamon stick using double half hitch knots

Hold the cinnamon stick straight while you knot, and it’ll look like this when you’re finished.

all the cords are attached to the bottom cinnamon stick with double half hitch knots

To attach the hanging cord, I used the constrictor knot. You can see a tutorial of how to tie that knot right here if you’re unfamiliar with it.

You could also just tie a hanger on with a regular knot, I just think this look nice and tidy.

attach the hanging cord to the top of the ornament using the constrictor knot on each side

Trim the ends down a bit and glue them to the back of the cinnamon stick to hide them.

glue the ends of the hanging cord to the back of the cinnamon stick to hide them

Now just cut the fringe into a triangle shape, brush it out, and you’re done!

cut the fringe in a triangle shape and brush it out

See the video tutorial for macrame cinnamon stick ornament here!


Macrame Angel Ornament

angel macrame christmas ornament

I just love this macrame angel ornament, and it’s really easy to make!

Most of this ornament is made using double half hitch knots, so it’s a great way to practice those while also decorating your tree.

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

Attach the 2 pieces of 25″ cord to the wooden ring with lark’s head knots. Then pin or tape it down to your workspace.

attach the two 25" long pieces of cord to the wooden ring with lark's head knots

Attach 5 cords to the left most cord on the left side of the ring. Do the same thing on the right, with the right most cord.

attach 5 cords on each side with lark's head knots

Over on the left side, use the right most cord that you originally attached to the wooden ring (the part we didn’t attach the cords to) as the filler cord for a row of double half hitch knots going to the left.

If that’s confusing as all get out, watch the video. It’s kind of hard to explain with words!

tie a row of double half hitch knots going to the left on the left side

Tie two more rows of double half hitch knots going to the left. The rows will naturally shift towards the left.

Repeat that on the right side, but going to the right.

Attach another piece of cord to the center bottom of the wooden right with a cow hitch knot. The ends will be facing up.

attach a piece of cord to the bottom center of the wooden ring with a cow hitch knot

Thread a wooden bead onto those cords and position it in the center of the wooden ring. This is our little angel’s head.

thread a wooden bead onto the pieces of cord to make the angels head

Now to attach the cords to the wooden ring, we’re going to tie the first half of a double half hitch knot and then the second part.

I know that sounds confusing, but bear with me.

Bring the right cord behind the wooden ring, loop it over and bring it through in the center.

Do the same thing with the left cord, but in the opposite direction. Both ends will be coming up in the center and mirroring each other.

Then finish the double half hitch on the right, going to the right.

Finish the double half hitch knot on the left, going to the left.

It’s amazing how something super simple can sound so complicated when you try to explain it with words, lol.

Alright, attach two cords between the left wing and the center cord of the wooden ring using cow hitch knots. Repeat that on the right side, too.

attach two cords with cow hitch knots on each side between the wing and the center

Tie two square knots using the outer most left and right cord as the working cords and the six cords in the center as filler cords.

tie two square knots with the two outermost cords around the six center cords

Take a piece of gold thread, wrap it around a couple of times and tie a pretty bow in the center of the square knots.

use a piece of gold thread to tie a bow around the center of the square knots

Now it’s time to trim all of the fringe, brush it out, and trim it again.

I recommend adding a drop of glue on the center of the gold bow, so it doesn’t come undone when you put all your Christmas ornaments away.

(I have three kids ages 3-11 that do all the Christmas decorating, so this step is crucial!)

add a drop of glue to secure the gold bow

Tie an overhand knot at the top to make a hanging loop and cut off the excess. Now your macrame angel ornament is ready to hang on the tree!

tie an overhand knot at the top to form a hanging loop

See the video tutorial for macrame angel ornament here!


Macrame Christmas Wreath Tassel Ornament

mini tassel wreath macrame christmas ornament

This ornament is super simple and the little jingle bells add a festive touch.

You can easily make several of these to decorate your tree pretty quickly.

Supplies You’ll Need

How to Make It

The easiest way I found to make this ornament is to hold the metal ring between your knees while you’re knotting.

Start by threading the long piece of cord through the ring and matching up the ends so it’s even.

Tie a regular knot to attach it to the ring.

tie a basic knot to attach the cord to the ring

Now you’re going to start tying half knots around the ring to make the spiral part.

A half knot is the first part of a square knot, so instead of going back and forth like you do for square knots, you just tie the first half over and over again to get it to spiral.

If you’re new to macrame or need a refresher on the basics, check out my article with the basic macrame knots for beginners!

start tying the half knot spiral

Continue tying the spiral knots all the way around the ring. You’ll want to leave a small gap for the tassel.

tie spiral half knots until you get all the way around the ring

Now we’re going to make the tassel. Take the 60″ piece of cord and fold it back and forth to make a bundle about 8 or 9 inches long.

fold the 60" piece of cord back and forth to make a bundle about 8 or 9 inches wide

Drape the bundle over the ring where the gap is and even it out so there’s the same amount of tassel on each side.

loop the tassel evenly over the ring where the gap is

Grab a piece of twine or jute cord and wrap it around the tassel at the base. Make your wraps nice and neat. Then tie a knot on the front.

Wrap the tassel with jute cord close to the base. Then tie a knot to secure

Thread a bell onto each end of the twine.

Thread a bell onto each end of the jute

Tie another knot to secure the bells into place.

Tie another knot with the jute to secure the bells in place

Tie an overhand knot on both ends of the twine for a decorative touch. Then trim off the excess twine.

tie an overhand knot at the end of each piece of jute

Cut the ends of the tassel, brush it out, and trim it so it’s nice and neat.

cut the ends of the tassel, brush it out, and trim it again

Add another piece of twine to the top of the ornament to use as a hanger.

tie a piece of jute to the top of the ornament to make a hanging loop

Now your ornament is ready to go on your tree.

See the video tutorial for macrame tassel wreath ornament here!


In Summary

I hope you enjoyed these macrame Christmas ornament patterns. If you make some of your own, please share them on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth so I can see them!

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  1. Hi.. love your projects! Do you have a free pattern for a round bohuemian macrame hanging cat bed with fringe? Plus directions would be nice too! Thank you♡

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