1 Crafting Hoop: I used a 12-inch embroidery hoop. If you plan to use it outside, however, you may want to purchase a metal hoop.
15 yds or more Macrame Cord: This specific example used about 10 yds of cord but having more gives you the ability to add more if desired.
Flowers and leaves of choice: I used three different flowers (The pink, blue, and small white) I also used a lighter colored leaf to make it all seem light and happy.
Hot Glue Gun: To glue on string and flowers
Floral Wire: To tie on flowers
Scissors: Make sure to have a pair that can cut through wire in the floral arrangement.
LET'S GET CRAFTING!
MEASURE AND CUT STRINGS
Start by measuring and cutting your strings so they are all the same size. For a 12-inch hoop each string should be 34 inches long. This will be enough to go to the end of hoop and glue it without any problem. For the wreath pictured I cut ten strings, but you can cut and use as many as you want or that will fit on your hoop.
LOOP STRING AROUND HOOP
Fold each string in half and place the loop OVER the outside of the ring. Pull the two sides through the loop of the string as shown in the picture to the right. Continue doing that until you have looped all of the strings onto the hoop.
YOUR STRINGS SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS
After you are done looping your strings, they should be pulled tight and fit across the top nicely without interlocking with any other string. If they wiggle while you are working on tying, it won't be an issue as long as they are kept to the sides and out of the way.
BEGIN TYING! TYING PATTERN ------>
You will start with the two middle looped strings (there should be four single strings in your hand-see picture). The pattern here looks complicated, but it is very repetitive. The looped string on the left opens (first string down, second up) and the first string on the second loop passes through it. The second string on the right then goes under all of the strings. If this seems too complicated, follow the picture on the right until it makes more sense.
PULL EACH STRING TIGHT AND TIE
After crossing the first strings, pull them tight to the outermost part of the hoop (see picture). You will then tie them in a small knot to keep them secure. Tying them gives you an opportunity to finish the rest of the strings and then glue them all at the same time and in the place you want. Make sure to pull the strings OVER the bottom of the hoop so they are all even.
CONTINUE TYING AND PULLING TIGHT
The next part may seem tricky, but again, it is only repetition. Now that you have pulled the two middle looped strings tight and have tied them, take the one next to each of them and pull them UNDER the first two you did. You will then cross only the two you are holding in the same pattern as the first two. See picture above to see tying pattern or below to see how it will look with all four looped strings look after tied. As you tie/glue them on the bottom they should be about a centimeter apart.
Continue crossing two looped strings at time always following the above pattern. Remember that only two looped strings interlock. No other strings will touch.
A DIAMOND PATTERN WILL BEGIN TO FORM
As you tie you will begin to see a diamond pattern within the strings. Make sure to do the pattern exactly as the first looped strings so that it is uniform.
PULL YOUR TOP AND BOTTOM STRINGS
Now that all of your weaving is done and your strings are tied, you can wiggle them so that there is an equal amount of space between each one.
MEASURE DISTANCE FROM CENTER OF RING
To make sure your weaving is even, measure the1r distance from the center of your ring to the closest string on each side. They should be the same distance from the center. In this example, they were about 2 inches from the center.
HOT GLUE STRINGS TO HOOP
Now that you have all of the strings placed where you want them and as far from each other as you want, hot glue each one to the hoop. MAKE SURE EACH STRING GOES OVER THE BOTTOM OF THE FRAME AS YOU GLUE (See Picture). Otherwise, they will be at different levels and won't be even. Pull each string tight as you glue so it doesn't move.
LAYOUT FLOURS AND LEAVES TO USE
Layout the rest of your materials including your leaves and flowers. Cut them to the length you want for your wreath. Leave a small amount of extra on each one so you can tie them down and cut excess if needed.
LAY LEAVES ONTO WREATH
Place your leaves on the wreath and make sure they go about halfway up the wreath on each side.
USE FLORAL WIRE TO TIE LEAVES.
On several spots throughout the wreath, use a small amount of floral wire to tie the leaves to the wreath.
PLACE FLOWERS ON WREATH
Place flowers between the holes of the leaves where they are not tied down. Use the floral wire to again tie the flowers down when you find a position you like for each of them. There is no wrong way to do this. If you want to follow my pattern exactly, see the pictures below of the finished product. After you finish, hot glue parts that seem wiggly so that nothing moves.
FILL IN GAPS, GLUE, PLACE STRING ON TOP
Once you have everything placed and secured, check to see if there are any holes that need an extra leaf or two or if there is any floral wire visible. Cover these spots with a small stem of leaves or small flowers. I used my white flowers to finish covering a few holes at the bottom. Make sure everything is secure and won't fall when the wind blows it outside.
Once finished, tie a string on both ends of the top strings to create a hanging string. You can tie this one in a knot or hot glue it-or both!
HANG YOUR WREATH!
You are done! Now you can find a sad door that is need of some brighter colors and hang it there. If you have any questions or if anything is confusing, please message us in the member's chat!