Is your vanity table looking a little too bare? Perhaps the hallway needs a fabulous accent to catch the eye? Here is one small apartment DIY to dress up any corner or room in the home: a macramé mirror by EnterMyAttic.com. This gorgeous mirror is versatile enough to dress up a contemporary or classic home. It’s also functional and stylish to boot.
Macramé is an elaborate knotting technique that’s applied to textiles, similar to weaving. The ornamental knotting forms were first crafted by sailors to decorate anything within their ships including knife handles to parts of ships!
Since macramé anything is so hot right now, this small apartment DIY is a great way to incorporate the trend to your home. Although macramé knotting is quite complex, the design of this particular project is pretty basic so anyone can do it. Are you ready to craft your own decorative macramé mirror? Let’s get started!
You will need:
1 pc. round mirror
10 meters cotton rope
6 pcs. wooden beads (varying sizes)
1 pc. wooden ring
a small pair of scissors
Step 1: Creating a Chunky Braided Base
Get the wooden ring and cotton rope ready. Cut the rope into 3 pieces, each one about 3 meters long in length. Loop the string pieces into the wooden ring and create a chunky braid with the strings.
The chunky braid should be at least 10 centimeters in length. Once you’re done braiding, make a knot at the end of the string so the braided strings won’t unravel.
After making a knot at the end of the chunky braid, create a smaller braid using just 3 pieces of cotton rope at the end of the first braid.
Step 2: Crafting the Smaller Braids
For even knotting and easy braiding, the tutorial suggests hanging the wooden ring on a doorknob. Continue making the smaller braids until the string is long enough to wrap around the round mirror.
To attach the braids, you have to tie secure knots at the back of the mirror so the mirror won’t slide off. There is no need to create the same pattern that’s featured in the tutorial.
The beauty of macramé is that you can let your imagination go wild so by all means, try a different pattern if you like.
Step 3: Attaching the Wooden Beads
The final step in this small apartment DIY involves attaching the wooden beads for extra detail. Just get the remaining strings and loop the wooden beads into them then make a knot at the back of the mirror to set the beads in place.
Create one last knot at the bottom of the mirror to set the knotted strings in place and create tassels.
… and there you go, your decorative macramé mirror is now ready to be hung in the hallway, the dresser, or anywhere in the home that needs sprucing up! Loved this small apartment DIY? Tune in for more. Meanwhile, sign up for our free home design course here.