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How to make a flower from cotton cord

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How to make a flower from cotton cord

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How to make a flower from cotton cord

Designed by: Aneta Malisz

Difficulty: Intermediate

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You've probably seen a lot of beautiful macrame decorated with wonderful flowers made of cord. Have you ever wondered how to make something like this? Well you're in luck! In this tutorial, our macrame sorceress - Aneta Malisz - will show you how to make a flower from cotton cord. And we will also show you how she used it in her own work. Cords in hand, let's begin! 

Macrame ornaments are becoming more and more popular. They fit almost any interior. They give it unique character and make the room seem more cosy. Macrame can also be used to make beautiful handbags, belts, straps, and they will have a completely different character decorated with such a flower.

Materials Needed;

  • Cords (preferably braided) - twisted can also be used, but to begin with I recommend braided.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Macrame pad or any pad into which pins can be stuck (e.g. cork board)

Note; This tutorial is for the flowers only, if you would like to make the dream catcher, you will also need a dream catcher base. 

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We start with measuring the string. Depending on the size of the flower, the amount and length of the cords will vary. My cords are 120 cm long and there are 6 of them. 

Fold the first cord in half and place the pin in the place of folding. This will be our main cord. 

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Put the next cord under the left main cord. It should be remembered that this cord is not folded exactly on the half-right side is to be slightly longer (about 4 cm) than the left one. So the place where the cords intersect is not the middle of the cord, which we will work now. In the next step, we put the main cord above the place of their intersection and then below it, but higher than the previous one.

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We bring the cords closer to the main one, still remembering that the working cord was longer on the right than on the left (now only about 2 cm longer).

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Now we put the working cord over the main cord (still left) below their joining.

And then under the main cord but this time a little higher.

We tighten the knots.

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Now it's the turn of the right main cord - we do exactly the same as in the case of the left one, but this time the working cord must be pressed against the knot that was previously created on the main, left cord.


The knots created in this way are moved to the very top of the main string.


To facilitate further work, stick pins into these knots.

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We have to repeat the stage just finished with all the cords prepared - as I have already mentioned, their number can be any. In my tutorial I used five (not counting the main one).

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At the end of this part you still need to tie the main cords. We do it in the same way as for working cords - we make a double knot with now the left cord will be the main one and the right cord will become working.

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We proceed to weaving the side elements of our petal - for this it is most convenient to reverse the already created element as in the picture ...


... and treat the cord located on the right side of our work as the main cord. While guarding the main cord, we make more knots on it .

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We finish at the moment when on the right side of the main cord we have processed working cords. Then we reverse the whole and begin symmetrically braiding from the left.

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When our work looks like the photo - five strings on the sides and two main strings in the middle we must once again connect these main strings ...


... pushing them together so that the knots are "hugged" - the petal will begin to bend gently but this is what we want. We continue by repeating this process two more times on both sides of the petal.

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The last stage of weaving the petal differs slightly from the previous ones. This time we also start by making the first double knot on the guide cord ...


... but in the next steps we will increase the number of guide strings. The cord that we have previously left loose on the right side of the knotted knots is now connected with a lead cord.

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Another knot is created, but the cord from the right is once again attached to the lead cord ... etc.


Of course, we repeat the same thing from the other side.


You almost know how to make a flower from cotton cord. Time to combine everything. 

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We pass to the combination of received petals into a flower. Of course, you can do it with the petals themselves, but the flower will be prettier if you give it stamens. This can be done in different ways - mine involves twisting the cord with your fingers until it begins to connect.


Surround the stamens made in this way with petals.

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Then cut a piece of cord. The length depends on how much braid we want to do - I prefer to cut rather than start again when it runs out. Fold the cord so that the loop is applied to the cords of hanging petals. The left side of the folded cord does not have to be long - a dozen or so cm is enough. 


The right part of the cord must be long enough to circle the held cord of cords several times. Holding the left side of the cord, we take the right part and put it over the left one so that above the loop remains and the cords cut.


In this way we wrap the whole thing several times, until it is firmly bound.


Finally, we put the cord, which we wrapped through the loop created earlier ...


... and pulling the left part of the cord tighten the loop so that the right cords pulls under the cords surrounding the whole.


If necessary, we level the flower by gently pulling the cords protruding from the bottom of the flower (i.e. those that were used to weave the petals earlier). Finally, all you have to do is align the petals and the flower is ready.

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Aneta decided to show you her work in which she used a flower with string.

Finished! We are curious to see what you will use your wonderful flowers for. A dream catcher? A handbag? Or belt? There are so many possibilities. We would love to see your design ideas on our Facebook Group. 

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