Want to Try Something New? Check out These 12 Fun and Free Macrame Patterns

Arts and crafts aren’t just fun, they can also help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and irritability.

Rayna Skiver - Author

Mar. 13 2024, Published 2:50 p.m. ET

Person working on a macrame project.
Source: ISTOCK

When it comes to flexing your creative muscles, there’s an endless number of crafts to try. You could get into ceramics, quilting, bookbinding, origami, or even candle making, to name a few.

Article continues below advertisement

Something like macrame might be more suitable if these options seem too intimidating. Plus, there are tons of free macrame patterns online that are great for beginners.

Plant hanger

Two vibrant plants hanging in macrame plant hangers.
Source: ISTOCK

Forget those boring, old terracotta pots — macrame plant hangers are a total game changer. Not only do they save floor space, but they can also add a unique look to an otherwise dull space. To try it, check out this pattern from Simply Frayed.

Article continues below advertisement


For those already familiar with the hobby that is arts and crafts, you’ve probably seen countless coaster tutorials. People can make them with materials like wine corks, wood, yarn, clay, tiles, and even macrame cords. Here’s One Little Project’s simple tutorial.

Article continues below advertisement

Towel holder

Do you know someone who has towels displayed purely for decoration? If so, gift them a macrame towel holder. This is a win-win situation: You can gift something affordable and sustainable, and they can level up their holiday-themed towel display. Check out this basic guide from Cuckoo 4 Design.

Article continues below advertisement


You can never have too many baskets — between dog toys, blankets, and random household items — there's always a need for extra storage. This easy macrame basket pattern from Macrame School is practical and high-quality.

Article continues below advertisement

Macrame shelf

Making a shelf at home doesn’t sound easy, but if you follow Urbaki’s tutorial, the feat is totally doable, even for beginners. The end product is the perfect blend of convenient and stylish

Article continues below advertisement

Table runner

If you’ve ever scoured the internet for a unique table runner, there’s a good chance that you weren’t satisfied with the results. A macrame table runner might be just what you need — check out this tutorial from The DIY Mommy.

Article continues below advertisement

Magazine rack

To add a retro yet bohemian touch to your space, try crafting a macrame magazine rack. This tutorial from GreysMade Macrame is simple and will match any minimalist or cozy aesthetic flawlessly.

Article continues below advertisement


For a larger, more complex project, try this incredible macrame curtain pattern from A Beautiful Mess. This one might be more time-consuming, but the finished product will be well worth the effort.

Article continues below advertisement

Wall hanging

Whether you’re looking for the perfect item to add to a gallery wall or just something eye-catching to fill space, a macrame wall hanging could be the solution you’re looking for. After watching Macrame School’s video tutorial, you can make this gorgeous piece at home.

Article continues below advertisement

Net bag

This net bag from Let Be is a great practice project for macrame newbies. It doesn’t take long to craft, and it’s an accessory that can be used for many different occasions.

Article continues below advertisement


If you’re looking for a quick project that is well suited to beginners, a macrame keychain is a smart choice. This pattern from Fish and Bull is incredibly cute and easy to make. You can rely on this high-quality craft to keep your keys accounted for.

Article continues below advertisement


Whether you want fun wall decor or something to use in a craft project, these macrame feathers from One Little Project are awesome. This pattern will be helpful if you want to use up some leftover cords.

More from Green Matters

Latest Sustainable Living News and Updates

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 Green Matters. Green Matters is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.