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Decorations made using cotton cord – macrame cord lantern

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Decorations made using cotton cord – macrame cord lantern

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Decorations made using cotton cord – macrame cord lantern

Designed by: Aneta Malisz

Difficulty: Intermediate

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What is the perfect recipe for a winter evening? Surely, each of us have our own ideas. But there is something that helps to create an atmospheric climate. A candle flame, especially in handmade lanterns can bring a smile to one’s face during long winter evenings. That’s why I have decided to show you how to make a lantern using a jar and cord. Such decorations made using cord are pleasant for souls that live in hygge style.

Which cotton cord is the best to make a lantern?

To start your work you need to choose a jar (or another glass container), that will be the base of your work. I am going to use 16 cm high and 10 cm across jar. If you don’t have such a jar, simply modify the pattern – the most important thing I want to teach you is the macramé knots that you can use to create your own patterns.

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 Choosing the cord – you can use various kinds and sizes of cords. The thinner the cords, the more labour-consuming the project is. I am going to use a 3 mm twisted cord here. It makes a very nice effect… but we’re going to discuss it later.


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Cut a piece of a cord that will be the core of your macramé. It should be long enough so that you can wrap it around the jar and tie a bow.

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Lark’s head knot – macrame

We are going to tie the following cord with Lark’s head knot.

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Depending on the difficulty of the pattern, longer or shorter pieces of a cord will be used. I prepared pieces that are 60 cm long when doubled.

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Of course, you will have to cut the unneeded endings at the end, but it’s much better than running out of cord in the middle of your work. Continue adding the cords until you have added them around the whole jar – till the bow

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TIP: it is important to add an even number of cords divided by 4 (or another number, but 4 is perfect in this project).


Start with knotting 3 rows of square knots.

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It is important to pull the knots tight – the knotted “plait” will wrap around the jar neatly then. 


After knotting the last row, there should be 20 square knots. Divide them into 5 sets of 4 knots each.

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Take one set and put the rest aside so that they won’t disturb you or mix with the cords you are working with now. Put the two outside cords aside and take the four following cords to knot the square knot. I am sure that after having knotted so many square knots so far you don’t need any explanation why we choose exactly these cords.

You can see now how your lantern will look like.

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Tie the next two square knots moving to the right.

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Step down and tie two knots….

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…and tie one more knot below. See the picture.

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You can see a triangle here.

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We’re going to make 5 such triangles in total around our jar.

Diagonal Clove Hitch

In the next part of our work, we are going to learn one of the most common macramé knots – the Diagonal Clove Hitch. It is made by knotting the filler cord with the following ones to make a diagonal roll. Choose the working cord – the one on the left side of the triangle (the first one on the left – in the mirror image it will be the first on the right, of course).

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Place the working cord under the filler cord and then put the working cord over the filler one on the left.

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Remember to place them exactly as it is shown in the picture and move the knot to the left end of the working cord gently.

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Hold the working cord tight on the right side, so that you won’t mistake it for the others. Repeat the same move using the same cords again – This way a double knot that looks like a “donut” is made.

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Repeat that with the six following cords.

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Go to the right side of the triangle and repeat all the moves creating a mirror image.

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Work the same way at the point of contact of the knots – the only difference is that one of the working cords is now the filler one.

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Work the same way with every triangle.


 I will show you how you can use the square knot in another way. So far, we needed 4 cords, and now we are going to use 8 (this is only my idea, but you can decrease or increase the number of cords in your future projects the way you like it). Turn the jar so that the space between two triangles is in front of you….

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…and take the 4th cord on each side, counting from the top…

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… to tie a square knot that wraps around 6 outside cords.

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All the cords in this knot will be used now to wrap around the working cord, that is the next cord below (the 5th one from the top).

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Working with the Diagonal Clove Hitch make a kind of a frame around the big square knot.

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Repeat that on each side.

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There is nothing left to do now but to trim the cords to the appropriate length…

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…and comb them.

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As I mentioned at the beginning, the twisted cord provides interesting effects because it is easy to comb it. Usually, after combing you need to even the endings so that they don’t lie on a table’s surface and… the lantern is finished

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