DIY MACRAME WALL HANGING

here it is friends! if you're anything like me, you'll love this cute, easy, less than one hour DIY. as much as i love the creative makers of macrame (who are much, much more talented than I in this); i could not get myself (or Hunter haha) to purchase one for over $300. not there yet in life...but if you are - congratulations ;) so whether you can afford one or not, this is for you - because who doesn't love to create and use their amazing hands?! 

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HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT: (steps left to right)

STEP 1: Shop your local craft store (or cupboard) for 3 yarn skeins, colors of your choice. There are soooo many different designs/patterns/colors you can do with macrame, same concept either way. You will also need 1 wood dowel. Mine was 36" but you can do any size you'd like! 

STEP 2: Cut your yarn double the length you actually want it to be. You want to do this because of the way you will be tying it. For example; if you want your longest piece to be 2', cut 4'. Do this with all colors. (one thing i would have done different is cut them all long, then trim at the end). Fold yarn in half to create the loop.  

STEP 3: Slid yarn under the dowel to prepare for tying the knot. 

STEP 4: Pull yarn completely through the loop to create the knot. Pull to tighten. Your knot will be backwards if you follow the photos exact. Don't fret, the back side exposes the cute knot look.

STEP 5: Continue step 3-4 until you have the necessary amount for the pattern you desire. Luckily the yarn is really easy to slide and untie to re tie if needed.  

STEP 6: Add a new color! With the burnt orange i did 7 knots on either side of the white. Then 7 knots of green on either side of the burnt orange.

STEP 7: Trim. As you can see in the last image, all the yarns are uneven. Depending on the pattern you choose to do: you can cut it straight across or like this one; use a yard stick to keep your angles straight and trim the excess yarn to create a tapered design. Do this slow. You can always trim a little more, but you can't add yarn once you've snipped it! *I had my husband put his eyes on it as well to make sure it was even! 

STEP 8: Tie on rope/hemp string/twine on both ends to create a wall hanging. 

I hope you loved creating this DIY Macrame Wall Hanging as much as i did! Share it on instagram using hashtag #alikacreates -- i'd LOVE to see how you DIY!

(Alika used & modified this diy wall hanging guide)

 

WE ARE CREATORS

I hope this journal entry touches a few souls...

This world is a very interesting, complicated, amazing place ya know? So many people around us and on the internet that inspire yet so many that are cruel. I have found that the best way to handle these opposites without ignoring or avoiding the cruel - is to embrace and eat up the incredible. As I have started my own business with Hunter, entered contests, modeled for clothing companies, worked a full time job, a side job all while trying to maintain relationships - I have often felt at times that I am doing “too much”. That I should filter out 3 things I love most and focus on that. But my soul has thought otherwise because I just keep joining, keep reading, keep saying yes and keep desiring to do MORE. As i’ve had this on my mind this week, I reflected on all of the prayers that Hunter has given to God, asking for more blessings, success and opportunities. During some of these prayers I would think to myself, “Hunter, don’t ask God for more. We are so blessed, we have enough.” I honestly had this mindset most of the time until the past few days and now it has completely changed. I’ve been humbled and I have learned what it means to be a child ofHeavenly Father. I have learned this through quiet moments of scripture study with God, through opportunities popping up right in front of my face and through listening to motivational podcasts.  I have listened to one in particular a few times over the past couple of days from The Every Branch podcast. The way she describes our divine nature and our purpose on earth is incredibly touching. I want to share some of her words, write them out so they can be engraved in my mind. She talks about how God’s name is the Creator, and how we are to become like him. 

 

“Am I allowed to desire that much and ask for that much more? Who am I to expect this level of change and this type of experience? We have to see it, say it and feel it. We are to be creators. We are not to be content with just what we have. We are to be grateful, absolutely grateful. But we are not to stop expanding our image of what we are capable of, we are not limited to ourself to desiring other things that can bless our lives and the lives of other people. We are to be creators. When we think of it in those terms it makes perfect sense to allow ourselves to dream. When we become better creators, it blesses others….we should believe that more is possible. We were not created to be small, we were created to be like God…Of course God would want this to for me. He intends to give me more, but I have to believe I can.”

 

Wow did this hit my soul nice a deep. This was a huge answer to my prayers. These were the questions that have been picking at my brain, the adversary telling me I can’t or that I have enough. Where really the truth is that I need to believe that God wants me to have all that I can.