Decorative Macrame Basket

Decorative Macrame Basket

I change my mind often when it comes to making something. I had bought some cotton clothes line a couple of weeks ago to macrame a purse and I was a bit stumped on how to go about doing it, unfortunately. Then this morning inspiration hit me, macrame a basket.

The clothesline is very inexpensive, I think it was 2.44 for 100 feet. I wasn’t exactly sure if the clothesline had enough weight to it to keep a shape so I bought two large metal rings in case I needed support. In the end I didn’t use them and my basket is much smaller than the rings anyway.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I used this container as a base for the beginning of my basket.

First I figured out how much cord I needed to cut by measuring the bottom of the container and the side. Adding the bottom and the side twice, I came up with 9 x 11 x 9 to equal 29 inches. Then I multiplied that by 5 to make sure I had enough cord. With that number (145) I divided it by 36 to get how many yards each cord needed to be. It came out to 4 yards for each cord. (Actually just a tad over 4 but I had already rounded up my numbers a bit so I thought 4 yards would be fine.) I cut 8 cords. I had just enough in the package I bought to get all 8 out of it.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I separated the cords into two bunches of four and found the center of each group, then laid them out perpendicular on top of each other.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Now to make a Chinese Crown Knot, this knot looks much more complicated than it is. To learn how to make this knot and all of the other knots I use check out my video here.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Decorative Macrame BasketThis shows it as it is being pulled together to form the knot.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Here it is pulled tightly. I adjusted the cords a bit to make it lay neatly.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I flipped the whole project over so the flat bottom of the knot would be on the outside to keep the bottom of the basket stable. The container was used for guidance since I couldn’t hang this to work on like a plant hanger. I started off making a square knot with each group of four cords.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Then I separated the cords and used two from one group and two from the next group.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Decorative Macrame Basket

As you can see it sort of looks like a square or depending how you look at it a diamond. Take two cords from one group and two cords from the next group and do another square knot.

Decorative Macrame Basket

Keep doing square knots around. Pulling the knots really tight will result in a small basket. I tried to keep them a little looser because this is purely for decoration.

Decorative Macrame Basket

It is already beginning to form a basket shape after just a few rows of knots.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I moved it onto this pitcher to give me more stability working with it.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I kept knotting until I got the height I wanted. Keeping a group of four cords together, I gathered two cords from one side of the basket and two cords from the other side and made one large square knot to begin the handle. I repeated that on the opposite side of the basket for the second handle.

Decorative Macrame Basket

I crossed each group of four cords to form a round handle and used a wrap knot to join them together and cut off the excess. Decorative Macrame Basket


I love how this turned out!


Decorative Macrame Basket

It looks great in the bathroom but I think I’ll leave out in the foyer for awhile.
Decorative Macrame Basket


Decorative Macrame Basket

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  1. Such a lovely basket Kileen! I like seeing all the progress pictures too. I’ve only ever done a little macrame but would love to do some more! Thanks so much for linking to A Round Tuit. Hope you have a lovely week!

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