Oh, the joy of making something with your own two hands! There are many appealing aspects of doing a DIY project, but learning a new skill, a great feeling of satisfaction that comes from making something on your own, and acquiring a new hobby while saving money must be the top three. If you’re looking for new ideas for your next DIY project and you are, let’s say, in need of a cute macrame hammock for your porch, pay attention because we’re about to tell you how to make sturdy yet comfortable one.
Don’t worry if you’ve never done macramé! Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite straightforward because you’re essentially repeating the same pattern over and over again and using very basic knots. Just make sure that the knots are firm and the rows straight.
Here are the materials you will need:
- Two 5/8-in hardwood dowels that are 36 inches long
- Three 1 and ¼ inch hardwood dowels that are 30 inches long
- 200 yards of ¼ inch macramé cord
- 8 yards of half an inch rope
- Four one inch wood screws
- Measuring tape
You can find all of these materials at your local lumber and home decor stores. As for the macramé cord, we would recommend that you choose a strong, slip-proof cord that’s preferably made from hemp, jute or cotton twines. Why? Because when you tie a knot, you want it to stay tied.
1. The first thing to do would be to measure and drill the dowels. The holes need to be precisely lined up and leveled to make the frame perfectly square. Take two 1 and ¼ inch dowels and mark two inches and 3.5 inches from each end. As for the third 1 and ¼ inch dowel, you need to mark 3.5 inches from each end.
2. Drill a one-quarter of an inch hole on each of the 3.5-inch marks and a 5/8-inch hole on each of the 2-inch marks. Start drilling small and then build up.
3. After you have drilled the holes, take sandpaper and sand the holes to remove any splinters.
4. Make a square by sliding smaller dowels into the 5/8-inch holes on the bigger dowels and allow a one-inch overlap on the ends.
5. Make a small pilot hole where the dowels join and tighten the two dowels together with a one-inch screw.
6. Before we start with the macramé, hang the square frame where is convenient for you to do the knots.
7. Cut the macramé cord into sixteen 26-foot pieces. Take one cord and fold it in half. Do the loop around the dowel from front to back, drive the tails through the loop and continue with the same motion with all sixteen cord pieces. When you are done hanging them all up, you should have thirty-two strands.
8. As we said earlier, to make this hammock chair you’ll be using the most basic square knot. You are starting with the first four cords. Take the left cord, cross it over the two in the middle and then under the right cord. Then, take the right cord and do the same thing – cross it under the center of two cords, through the hole, going over the left cord. You have completed the first half of the knot. Now for the second half…
9. Take the right cord and cross it over the two middle cords and then under the left cord. Then take the left cord, cross it over the two middle cords, through the hole, going over the right cord. Pull the cord to make a tight knot. You need to repeat this move until you have used up all the cords.
10. Now, it’s time to do the next row. You will be using the same basic square knot again, but you are starting with the third cord. Take two strands from each section, evenly knot them together and continue doing this until you reach the end.
11. Next, you are repeating steps 8, 9 and 10.
12. Continue knotting until the hammock is at least 45 inches long. Bear in mind that the macramé has to be longer than the wooden frame.
13. To secure the ends to the bottom of the wooden frame, you will need to take the four cords from each section, wrap them around the dowel and tie a firm knot. Then, you will need to tie a second knot and you do this by dividing the strand into two pieces and pulling it as tightly as you can.
14. With this, the macramé portion is finished. If you want to, you can shorten the cord ends or just leave them as they are.
15. The next step is all about hanging your DIY macramé hammock chair. Take the rope and cut one 120-inch piece. Fold it in half, tie a knot several inches from the top in order to create a loop.
16. If you have done everything right, you should have a leftover third dowel, put the rope through each hole and tie a knot. You need to leave at least 20 inches between the dowel and the loop.
17. We are still using the same rope…. String it down from the top of the frame on each end and tie a knot, making sure that you leave at least 30 inches between the two dowels. The knot should not be too tight but rather loose in case you need to have to tweak the chair a little bit once you finish it.
18. Now, cut 65-inch pieces of the rope. Start at the bottom of the frame. Again, just like in step 17, string the rope on each side through the hole and tie a knot which, this time, will be below the dowel with the rope being strung in an upwards motion.
19. Next, string the rope all the way up to the top third dowel, wrap it around the dowel and tie a loose knot this time leaving 60 inches between the third dowel and the bottom section of the frame.
And that’s it! Your very own DIY macrame hammock chair is complete! But before you congratulate yourself on the job well done, make sure that you tighten all your knots once more. Also, you’ll need to use a strong, durable hook to hang your hammock chair. Try it out with caution for the first time. Test it and see how much the ropes expand under your weight. Once everything feels good, you can cut off the surplus rope hanging below. Voila!