I’ll show you how to make these simple DIY Hexagon Macrame Mug Coasters in this step by step tutorial and video!
Coasters are one of my favorite quick and easy projects. We have so many different kinds of coasters in our home due to all of my craft experiments and we don’t even use them half the time!
These hexagon coasters are super simple and only require two macrame knots: the square knot and the double half hitch knot.
The way we’ll do the square knots is a little different than usual. For each one, you’ll tie a regular square knot, but then you’ll add another half knot to it. So instead of a square knot, it’s a “one and a half” square knot.
Tying the square knots this way helps make each knot more “square” and is key to making the hexagon shape look right. I tried this at first with normal square knots and it came out all squished looking.
I love these macrame mug coasters for my morning coffee! They’re nice and big and have plenty of surface area for my over-sized coffee mugs.
This project doesn’t take long to make and you could batch a few of them on your dowel at once to save some time.
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Supplies You’ll Need to Make Hexagon Macrame Mug Coasters:
- 3 mm single strand cotton macrame string
- 12 pieces @ 64″ long
- 1 piece @ 35″ long
- wooden dowel (length doesn’t matter, it’ll be removed later. Mine was 3/4″ diameter and 3 feet long)
- sharp scissors (I love these!)
- fringe brush
- stiffening spray (optional)
Hexagon Macrame Mug Coasters // Tutorial
Step 1: Attach cords to the dowel
Attach the 12 64″ long pieces of rope to your dowel with larks head knots.
It doesn’t matter how long your dowel is because we’ll be taking it off the dowel at the end. You just need it to be able to hang on your rack.
Step 2: Tie a row of diagonal double half hitch knots
Take the first six cords and the last six cords and loop them up over the dowel and out of the way.
Now, grab the 35″ long piece of rope. You’re going to use it as the filler cord for a row of 12 double half hitch knots across the top.
The first double half hitch knot can be a little tricky, but once you get it set the rest are much easier.
Related: Basic Macrame Knots for Beginners
Step 3: Tie alternating “one and a half” square knots
Flip the ends of the filler cord up over the dowel and out of the way, and now we’re going to tie the “one and a half” square knots.
Starting with the four cords on the left, tie a regular square knot. Then, tie one more half of a square knot to finish the knot. That’s how all the square knots will be and it helps make them a little more “square”.
You’ll tie three in the first row, then bring down two cords on the left and two cords on the right. For the next row tie four, alternating from the first row. Repeat that process for the next two rows, adding an extra knot in each row.
Once you complete the fourth row with six knots, you’ll reduce each following row by one knot, skipping two additional cords at the beginning and the end each time until you get to the last row with three knots.
(I don’t know how to say that in a less confusing way, definitely watch the video if you aren’t quite understanding it. Honestly, I’m confusing myself!)
Step 4: Remove from the dowel
Now that all the main knots are tied, take the coaster over to a work surface and slide it off of the dowel.
Before we can tie the double half hitch knots around, we have to cut the looped cords on the two sides of the coaster.
You don’ t have to cut the top ones just yet (above the row of double half hitch knots that we already did). We’ll get to that later.
Step 5: Tie double half hitch knots around
Secure the coaster to a cork board or a macrame board. Stick a pin in each corner to it stays in place while you work.
In the second photo, I’m showing the path the filler cord will take for the double half hitch knot border. The two ends of the filler cord cross on the lower left corner.
Starting on the bottom corner, tie a row of double half hitch knots with each fringe cord around. When you reach a corner, turn the board a bit and keep going to the next corner.
I did the two sides on the right (going to the left), and then flipped it around and tied the other side (going to the right) until the two ends of the filler cord met.
Then tie one last double half hitch knot with the filler cords, using the left cord as the filler, to finish it off.
Step 6: Brush and trim the fringe
Trim off the bulk of the fringe. I cut mine down to about 1 1/2″ inches.
Then brush it out really good with your favorite fringe brush. If you want, add some stiffening spray at this point and then brush it out again once it dries. (I did, but it’s optional.)
Trim it down again, this time I cut it to about 1/2″ long.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try your hand at creating some awesome hexagon macrame mug coasters!
If you do, please post them on Instagram and tag me @marchingnorth! I love seeing your creations and saying hi!
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Hexagon Macrame Mug Coasters // Free Pattern + Video
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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