Learn to Macrame from These Hilariously Hideous Macra-Monsters of the 1970s | Macrame DIY Tutorial | Macrame Supplies Kit | Vintage Modern Macrame

As you might know if you follow my Instagram feed at @housesparrownesting, I am building a collection of vintage craft patterns and tutorials.

My favorite ones to collect are the macrame magazines that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. They are often hilariously out of date and, sometimes, downright cringe-worthy. But, I love them so. I learn something new from each one. These patterns—and especially the photography that accompany them—are oddly satisfying, and they encourage me to be my wild, tacky self.

Like so:  

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Things don't really get crazy here, at least not until the red fringe. But I love the use of scratchy synthetic macrame cord and the stiff knotwork, especially on our Harvest Gold friend on the left. 

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OK, now things are gonna get weird. 

If I don't see a moss-green macrame hanging plant shelf in your garden at your house, I will leave.

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If, however, you have this jute-and-driftwood finery hanging in your cactus garden, I will present you with a homemade Jello mold. 

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If you can't knot these macrame showboats, then it's time to take stock of your skill set. 

Keep only those skills which spark joy. And cause you to buy hundreds and hundreds of yards of technicolored polypropylene trash rope. 

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What's not to love about a macrame hanging shelf that also cradles one of your precious plant friends? 

And who could argue with a plant hanger that doubles as a bird cage? 

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While the two-toned wonder on the right is nothing to ignore, the aqua object on the left is a true jaw-dropper. A fine argument in the case of how form should follow function, if one ever existed. 

Set your gaze onto this image. Then, imagine the room in your home where you keep all your terrariums. Now, allow your mind to wander. Send me a postcard to let me know where you end up. 

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As delightful as it feels to time travel back to the heyday of these macrame magazines, not every lifestyle can support a jute planter multiplex. 

When this happens, we take what inspiration we can from our itchy, synthetic, gravity-defying friends, and we build something together that is both beautiful and functional.


I offer several macrame workshops in and around Tulsa and Oklahoma, including one in which we make a simple, beautiful, all-natural macrame hanging planter. 

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And oh, do we have fun. All of the fun. There are no fun leftovers. Because leftovers are despicable. 

Also, we have wine. 

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Ahhh. Let there be light.

I pack my macrame DIY kits with natural materials—100-percent cotton cord, natural-wood beads, tenderly wrapped in 100-percent cotton and/or upcycled vintage fabric. You get your own macrame magazine, too! Except there aren't very many hilariously ghastly macrame photos in the one I wrote for you. Sorry about that. (But there is one. One really good one.) 

I ship the kits within 3 days of your order, and I'm a big fan of 2-day shipping. It pains me to imagine you itching to macrame. So, I ship quick. 

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And you get to pick your bead color! Fun. 

If you don't want the entire kit, you can just download the macrame DIY digital tutorial

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The word on the street is that the tutorial is "fun" and "funny" and "easy to follow." All nice words. 

If you're not quite ready to macra-make an entire planter, I at least want to introduce you to the wild and wacky world of macrame with a tutorial on the basic knots.

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Get started on the basic macrame knots tutorials here on my blog.

Before you know it, you'll be just as knotty as I. And I can't wait for that day. 

Succulent and Hanging Plant Care: My Favorite Resources, How-Tos, and Inspiration

As a maker of scads and scads of macrame hanging planters, plants in general are very important to me. I want them to be happy and healthy. I want them to have everything they need. I want their little plant hearts to explode with rainbows and heart-shaped mylar balloons, and maybe even some confetti made out of little pieces of glitter that look like just them. 

Succulents, of course, hold a special little light-filled corner of my heart. Generally, they are a piece of cake to love. No one balks at your succulent collection while saying, "Oh my God, those succulents are sooooo high maintenance." Because that is nonsense. And generally, most people try to avoid saying nonsensical things. 

But! All succulents are not created the same. Each species has different needs. Did you know, for instance, that there are low-light succulents and lots-of-light succulents? It's true. And your knowledge of this and other fun succulent facts could make all the difference to the happiness of your plant babies. 

I want to share with you, my friends/macrame lovers/macrame lovers who also probably love plants because that's usually how it goes, my favorite resources for succulent and hanging-plant care. Immerse yourself in these how-tos, my pretties, and you'll have a hanging garden to rival ancient Babylon—especially with the help of a few of the basic macrame knots for hanging planters

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Succulent care at Retro Den

The folks at Country living have resources on all the basics of the love, care, and feeding of your succulent friends, complete with pretty graphics: 

That's some good stuff, y'all. 

How to Care for Hanging Plants at The Spruce

We're all here because we love to hang our plants, right? Thing is, this introduces a few extra must-dos if we want to keep our plants healthy. 

The Spruce offers a how-to guide for caring for your hanging plants. Here are a few of the most important points: 

Be sure your hangers are firmly anchored into wall studs or ceiling joists. Because OMG, you do not need kamakaze plants dive-bombing you in your house, and you certainly, most certainly do not need gaping holes in your ceiling or walls. Ew. 

Protect your floors and furniture during and after watering time. Indoor puddles are not and never will be a thing. 

Adjust your watering schedule since hanging plants tend to get warmer, drier air than your plants enjoying life closer to the floor. This is especially true of your plants hanging outside—these plants are going to dry out more quickly, so keep an eye on these babies and don't let them get too thirsty. 

Houseplant Styling at Houseplant Club

If you are ever looking for inspiration on how to style your houseplants in your home, do not miss the Houseplant Club feed on Instagram. Every post is an inspiration for how you can add height, movement, and lots and lots of green to your favorite spaces. Plus, you'll learn about some rare and collectible varieties that you should be coveting for your plant collection.  

What are your favorite resources for plant care? Have you learned any lessons the hard way? What are your favorite houseplant styling tips? Share your knowledge with us in the comments!

XO, Natasha