Learn how to make a beautiful boho macrame fall wreath in this DIY step by step tutorial!
Fall is in the air! It’s the perfect time to make a fun macrame wreath with 10 million pom poms, right?
Well, that’s what we’re doing today, so go dig around in your yarn stash for some autumn colors, and let’s get down to business.
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I used a few different tools to make the parts of this wreath.
For the pom poms, I used my Clover pom pom maker set. It comes with four different color-coded sizes and I used the yellow, pink, and blue ones to make small, medium, and large pom poms.
For the yarn flowers, I used my Clover flower loom. It also has different sizes (and shapes) of looms and I used the largest and medium circle looms.
The pom pom makers are optional, you could always use a DIY method if you want. I personally love the Clover pom pom makers, they make such nice fluffy pom poms!
Let’s take a look at the other supplies you’ll need.
Supplies You’ll Need to Make a Boho Macrame Fall Wreath
- 4 mm twisted cotton 3-strand macrame rope in the following lengths:
- 12 pieces @ 92 inches long
- 8 pieces @ 63 inches long
- 1 piece @ 24 inches long
- Assorted yarn and rope for pom poms and flowers
- Clover “Hana-Ami” flower loom
- Clover pom-pom makers
- Glue Gun and many, many glue sticks
- Super Sharp Scissors
- 14″ Grapevine Wreath
How to Make a Boho Macrame Fall Wreath
Step 1: Make the Yarn Flowers
First, snap the large round loom into place on the base. Then find the end of the yarn you’re going to use for the main flower and thread it through one of the slots on the side (it doesn’t matter which one) and feed it into the little groove to hold it in place while you wrap.
Now, you’re going to wrap your yarn around each peg going back and forth across the loom in a figure 8 pattern. I wrapped each peg twice to get an extra fluffy flower.
Once you get all the pegs wrapped, cut the yarn leaving a longish end (at least 5 or 6 inches) and thread it through the big needle that comes with the loom.
Then you’re going to insert the needle close to the center of the flower and push it out from under the loom so the needle pokes out under the side of the circle, and pull it through.
(I think you could remove the circle loom from the base before you do this part to make it easier, but I always do it this way to keep the loops from slipping off.)
Carefully remove the circle from the base, flip it over, and tie the two ends together in a knot.
Now it’s time to make the center of the flower.
Thread your flower center yarn onto the large needle. I used at least a couple of feet of yarn, it doesn’t have to be exact.
Then push the needle up through the back of the flower a little off center and pull it through, leaving a tail long enough to tie a knot later.
Now you’re going to insert the needle on the opposite side of the center, going across where the yarn crosses. Pull the yarn through, and then come up again through the back and over the center and down through, crossing over your first stitch in an “X” shape.
Continue this process until you fill the whole center of the flower and it’s nice and secure.
Then, flip the loom over and tie the two ends of the flower center yarn together.
Now just pop the flower out of the loom and it’s ready to go!
I made 5 large yarn flowers (using the large round flower loom) and 6 small yarn flowers (using the next size down of round flower loom).
For the colors, I just used little bits and pieces of random fall colored yarn I had laying around. This is a great way to use up all that yarn in your stash!
Step 2: How to Make the Pom Poms with a Clover Pom Pom Maker
First, open up the pom pom maker arms. Then grab your yarn or string, I was using cotton macrame rope for this pom pom, but I also made several using yarn.
Start wrapping one of the sides of the pom pom maker. You’re going to wrap evenly over the whole side, and do so many wraps that you almost can’t close it all the way. This will ensure an extra fluffy pom pom.
Once it’s fully wrapped, close that side and trim the yarn, and then repeat the process on the other side.
Close the second side up, trim the yarn, and now it’s time to cut the yarn down the center channel all the way around.
Once the yarn is all cut, get a piece of yarn to tie the pom pom together, in the case of this cotton string pom pom, I used a thinner acrylic yarn.
Wrap the piece of yarn around the channel and pull it tight so it slides down into the pom pom maker. Tie it in a super tight knot. I like to tie a knot on one side, and then flip it over and tie another knot on the other side, just to be safe.
Then you can open up your pom pom maker and free the pom pom!
When you first take it out, it’ll look a little sad and misshapen. You’ll need to give it a good trim to help shape it up, and in the case of the cotton one I made, a good brushing is in order as well.
I made 5 large pom poms (using the blue pom-pom maker), 15 medium pom poms (using the yellow pom-pom maker), and 17 small ones (using the pink pom-pom maker).
I used assorted yarn and macrame rope in colors of orange, white, gold, and brown.
Step 3: Make the Macrame Section
For the macrame panel, you’re going to take your short piece of 24″ cord and secure the ends so you can attach your other cords to it.
I tied an overhand knot on both ends and looped them onto hooks that I literally taped to my macrame rack.
Then, attach the 12 long cords to it with larks head knots, and attach four short cords on the left and four on the right of the long cords.
So you’ll have 20 cords attached and the long ones will be in the center.
Now, tie a row of regular square knots all the way across.
For the second row and all the other rows, we’ll be tying switch knots. A switch knot is basically a square knot, but you switch the inner cords and the outer cords before you tie the knot, like in the third pictures above.
Make sure to skip the first two ropes and the last two ropes, and then tie nine switch knots across.
Repeat that process for the next eight rows, skipping two additional cords at the beginning and end of the row. The last row will just have one knot in the center.
Step 4: Attach the Macrame to the Wreath
OK, now it’s time to attach the macrame panel to the wreath.
First, I unknotted the ends of the hanging cord from where I had them attached to my rack.
Then I threaded them through some of the branches on either side of the front of the wreath. Make sure it’s evenly placed so it hangs straight. Then just tie a knot on each side and you’re good to go!
There will be tons of pom poms covering this part, so don’t worry if it looks weird. It get’s better!
Step 5: Assemble! (P.S. — you’ll use so many glue sticks)
Now it’s time for the fun part, hot gluing the bejeezus out of some pom poms!
Be prepared to use a lot of glue sticks, I think I went through at least ten.
Arrange the pom poms on the wreath and then glue them down one by one. I started with the large ones and got them laid out evenly, and then glued on the medium pom poms, and last the small ones.
Here’s a sketch of the look I was going for, just for reference.
Once you get all the pom poms in place, it’s time to add in the flowers and glue them all down too.
Step 6: Trim and Done!
Now hang your wreath up, trim the fringe how you want it, and you’re done!
I brushed just the ends of the fringe to keep it simple. I know if I brushed it all out it would look terrible in no time because this is hanging on my front door.
I hope you enjoyed this boho macrame fall wreath project and if you give it a try and make your own, please share a pic over on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth!
Also, come check out our macrame Facebook group community! I hope to see you there ☺️.
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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.
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