Saturday, May 22, 2021

Macrame Decorative Bottle

 

It's that time again for our 'Do It Over' Designer's Blog Hop that happens the 4th Saturday of every other month! 'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage

It's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! 

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For this month's project, I wanted to macrame a design on 
a "sangria" bottle that I had saved, using purple cording that was left over from a previous project

Adding macrame to bottles is a great way to add a design to clear glass that gives it a unique decorative look! It truly is a fun way to tie knots into decorative patterns that will add a boho-chic touch to any home decor.  And it's also the perfect and beautiful way to upcycle a bottle!  

 
Supplies:

Macrame cord - 3mm

Round, shaped bottle

Ruler

Scissors

Fabri-Tac fabric glue


Directions:

Remove the label from the bottle and clean with soap and water. Use a paper towel saturated with alcohol to remove any residual oil and grease and let dry.

It's very easy to learn basic macrame knots to make beautiful designs. For this project, I'm just using two macrame knots - with variations - lark's head and square knot. 

To begin, lets start with making an anchor cord.  Measure around the bottle just where it begins to flare out from the top and add two inches for tying into a knot (16"). Cut one piece of macrame cord of this measurement. 

Next, measure from the same spot that you used for the anchor cord down to the bottom end of the bottle and multiply the number 4 times. (9x4=36") Then cut forty-four strips of macrame cords 36 inches long. These are your working cords.


Make a lark's head knot by folding the cord in half placing the loop over the horizontal cord. 

Pull the loop down behind the horizontal cord and pull the two cords down and through the loop. Pull and tighten the knot. .


Then fill the anchor cord with lark's head knots .  .  .  44 for this bottle and tie the cord around the bottle with a simple knot.

Next, beginning where the cord is tied, make a half square knot by taking four cords - two working cords - left, right and two filler cords (center). Take the left cord and make a "L" shape over the two middle cords. *the photo is showing it over the right cord which should be under it.
Move the right working cord under the two filler cords and over the left working cord. Pull both working cords to tighten, keeping the filler cords straight. This is a left facing half square knot.
Continue tying the half square knots around the bottle .  .  .  
making several rows .  .  .
creating a lovely decorative knotting effect.

Next, measure approximately one inch down grabbing two cords from left, right   
to make a square knot. The first side you make is a half square knot, and when you make the second side (another half square knot) you will have a full square knot.
all around the bottle.

Then measure down another inch to make two square knots together, again, all around the bottle.


Be sure to pull the two working cords (left/right) tight as you can .  .  ..
to cut off. Add a dab of fabric glue to seal end. The filler cords should hang straight .  .  .
And finally, cut off the excess hanging cords at the bottom at the same length so they'll hang straight - all the way around the bottle.  (sorry for the blurry pic)


The decorative cover is easily removed to show the pretty effect.


Be sure to check out all the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Birdz of a Feather

Cloches & Lavender

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Little Vintage Cottage

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

The Apple Street Cottage

14 comments:

  1. This is just lovely and I've always been mesmerized by macrame, but never thought I could do it...too complicated. Your tutorial is excellent and now I want to try it and think I could actually make something! Thanks so much!

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  2. That gorgeous Gail! We learned knots like these we I was in Brownies and I have used them since. Maybe it's time to brush off some long lost skills because this is fabulous on that curvy bottle!

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  3. So pretty Gail. Your talents amaze me. Happy weekend.

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  4. Gail, this is beautiful! I completely missed the macramé phase in the late 70s, so never learned this art. Just two knots, and your on your way to creating a decorative bottle cover. I think I can do that :)

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  5. I have never tried macramé. This is very cute!

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  6. I recognized that purple and knew instantly that is was one of your amazing ideas. Love the boho vibe! It's been many decades since I've done macrame. Hopefully it's like riding a bike and easy to pick up again.

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  7. Ok that's super cool! I'm definitely going to make one of these!

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  8. Macrame is so popular now and you really knocked it out of the park with this project, Gail. Love it!

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  9. what a cute way to doll up a bottle - it even makes a clever "gift wrap" idea! I used to love macrame years ago! Great idea!!

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  10. That is a very clever idea and i love the purple colour you chose. I have ordered some macrame cord it is something I have not tried yet. I hope mine will turn out as good.

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  11. Magnifico tutorial, y el color super bonito.
    Besos amiga

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  13. Your macrame shows up so pretty on the glass bottle! I'm loving the color you chose, of course, your signature color.

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  14. Be still my boho beating heart. I love this idea sooo much Gail. It's stunning

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