With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, you still have time to create something beautiful with your own two hands. Our newest proposal is to create a macrame wrapped mason jar they can use to hold candles or whatever else their heart desires.
We are absolutely in love with how beautiful this design is and we hope you’ll join us in making one for your loved ones, whether they’re significant others, family members, or your best friends.
Materials for macrame wrapped mason jar
- hot glue
- pompon ribbon
- macrame yarn
- artificial flower
How to make a macrame wrapped mason jar
This whole project may seem daunting since we have to create a perfect macrame around a mason jar, but it’s going to be rather easy once we explain it to you. We’re going to guide you each step of the way, so let’s get going.
Step 1: Prepare the yarn
You’re going to want to start by preparing the yarn. Get the jar and the macrame yarn and measure out the circumference of the jar’s lip by wrapping the yarn around it. Before cutting it, give it more length, as you’ll want to be able to tie it up.
Cut the piece of yarn and lay it down.
Then, you’ll want to start measuring some extra yarn pieces, but fold the material in half. You need to get loops that are all about the same length. Also, since you may not know from the start exactly what length of thread you need for your jar size, you may want to give it more length. You can always trim it later, but if you find out you can’t finish the macrame with the length you have, you’ll have to unravel the whole thing.
Cut eight of these double yarn loops and lay them on the table.
Step 2: Prepare the yarn
Set down the yarn loops in front of you – you’ll want to have eight of these. Place them vertically in front of you, and lay them down with the tails as equal as possible. It’s a pretty easy step, so make sure you do it right.
Step 3: Start knotting
Now that they’re all lined up, take the original length of yarn – the one you measured around the lip of the jar – and place it on top of the eight yarn loops. Let’s call this one base thread.
Start knotting the threads. You want to simply pick up the tails and pass them through the top loop, making sure you do this over the base thread. These knots are called larks head.
Make sure you keep a couple of fingers on the base thread too, as you pull the larks head together. Usually, you do macrame with a solid base, but since we want to wrap this one around a mason jar, we’re using a thread. This means that you’ll need to be extra careful when tying the knots.
Continue tying the larks head on all eight threads. You don’t want to pull the thread too tightly since you may need to reposition the threads.
Step 4: Tie the threads to the jar
Now that you’re done with the larks head knots, take the base thread and tie it around the lip of the mason jar.
Place it around the lip and tie the knot tightly. You don’t want this thread to go loose at any point, as it will ruin your design.
Also, you want to push the thread at the bottom of the lip, so none of it is stuck on the ridges that are meant for caps.
Step 5: Start the square knots
We’re going to start doing the square knots now. To be more specific, as far as the pattern goes, we’ll be doing alternating square knots from here on out. If this sounds familiar, that’s probably because you used the same knot pattern as you did friendship bracelets in school.
As you can see, we have two threads on the left piece and two on the right. We’ll number label these in the order you see them – 1 2 3 4. So, start by joining threads number 2 and 3.
Bring thread number 4 under threads 2 and 3.
Next, bring thread number 1 over threads 2 and 3 and push the end through the loop created between threads 3 and 4.
Pull the design together slowly. You don’t want to pull these knots too tightly.
Now, we’ll continue with the same pattern, but in reverse. So, we have threads 1 2 3 and 4. Pick up thread number 1 and push it under threads 2 and 3.
Place a finger over the intersecting spot between the threads and pick up line number 4. Bring it over and push it through the loop created between thread 1 and threads 2 and 3.
Tighten the knot. Again, don’t pull too tightly as you want the design to have a more relaxed look.
Now that you’re done with this step, repeat the process with all other threads on the jar.
Once you’ve done the first set of double knots, you have to proceed to create the “alternating square knot” pattern. Work downward by tying together two by two threads, creating the same double knot we mentioned.
Step 6: Glue the ends
Now that you’re done tying the double knots and you’re nearly at the bottom of the jar, you want to get the glue gun. By now you should have four groups of threads. Pull each one of them tightly to put a bit of tension in the design and add hot glue to the bottom of the jar, pressing the thread tails into it.
Keep the threads pressed into the hot glue for a few seconds to make sure the whole thing sets and that all four threads are glued. You want the four sets of threads to meet in the middle of the bottom of the jar, so cut any excess material as you bring in a new group of yarns.
As you pull the yarn, make sure you don’t pull too much in one direction or another – just pull down. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a lopsided design.
Make sure you add a lot of hot glue and quickly press the yarn into it, otherwise it will set and you’ll need to scrape it off.
Step 7: Add the pompon ribbon
For the next step, we have our pink pompon ribbon ready. Get the glue gun once more and start applying hot glue to the beveled edge of the jar.
Then, get the pompon ribbon and add it over the glue, trying to stay as straight as possible. Add more glue and then press the ribbon into it as you go, inch by inch. We don’t advise you to add hot glue over the whole jar edge as you’ll want to hurry through adding the ribbon and you’ll end up with a crooked line.
When you’re almost around the edge of the jar, measure out the ribbon so the sides overlap just a tiny bit. Cut off the excess material.
We added a bit of hot glue over the edge of the ribbon and pressed the other end over it, making the design seamless.
Step 8: Make it adorable with an artificial flower
Finally, we have an artificial flower left on the table, so let’s add that one too. Once more, get the glue gun and add some to the ribbon. We suggest you go for the same spot where the two ends of the ribbon overlap. In case there are any elements that need to be hidden, the flower will do that.
Place the artificial flower over the glue and press it lightly. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the flower – even if it’s artificial, it will still look bad if you do that.
And there you have it! This is how ours looks and we’re eager to see how your design turned out. You can use the jar to keep anything you like in it – even your pencils. We chose to add a small fragrant tealight candle. Thankfully, these jars are completely versatile, so you can decide what to use it for!
While we went with this beige macrame yarn and a pink pompon ribbon, you can choose a different color palette. You can even go for a different type of ribbon if you wanted to – without the pompons, as well as a different color. Imagination is the limit and we’re sure you’ll manage to create a beautiful design.