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How to Make a Macramé Board

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Claire is a crafter, jeweller, crystal healer, and vegetarian nutritionist.

This is an easy-to-make but effective board to use in macramé knotting.

This is an easy-to-make but effective board to use in macramé knotting.

Homemade Macramé Board

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions and photographs showing how to create a homemade macramé board.

Using a board can help to make macramé projects easier to complete,
especially for more complex designs or micro macramé.

Materials List

  • Cork board double the size that you wish the finished board to be
  • Craft or Stanley knife
  • Contact Adhesive
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Pen
  • Tape measure or metal ruler
  • Straight edge to cut along (optional)

Step 1: Remove Wooden Frame

The first step is to remove the wooden frame from around the cork board. Taking care to keep your hands out of the way, use the screwdriver to prise apart the frame on one of the corners. They generally come apart fairly easily but if needed tap the end of the screwdriver with the hammer to open a gap.

If the very edges of the board get damaged they can be trimmed off but this will affect the size of the final macramé board.


Step 2: Measure and Mark

Measure the board at several points and mark a straight line across the middle.


Step 3: Cut

Cut the board carefully along the line marked in step 2.


Step 4: Tidy the Edges and Glue

If needed, tidy the edges of the two pieces of board using the knife. Now glue the two pieces together using plenty of contact adhesive.

This is a completed homemade macramé board.

This is a completed homemade macramé board.

Step 5: Weight and Wait

Place the board under a heavy weight such as a mattress, under sofa cushions or stacks of books for approximately 24 hours or as directed by the glue's instructions.

Your macramé board is now ready to use. Macramé pins can be used with these boards but take care that they do not come through the bottom and damage surfaces or hurt you. Push pins are an effective and easily obtained alternative.

Useful Macramé Terms

  • Central cords: Sometimes called holding cords. These are the cords that are knotted around.
  • Knotting cords: The cords that will be used to tie the macramé knots.
  • Sennet: A length of the same type of knot tied directly one after the other.
  • Netting: A pattern of knots that feature areas of unknotted cord. Examples of netting can be seen in bags and plant hangers made using macramé.
  • Stitch: A term sometimes used to mean knot but is generally only seen in early patterns.

© 2014 Claire


Ellie on February 22, 2018:

Awesome DIY board!