If you haven’t tried macrame before, and you like the idea of creating something a little boho chic and contemporary with fiber, you absolutely should try macrame, you will love it! There isn’t a huge expensive outlay or a ton of equipment to buy, just to get going. And you can make something you’ll actually be proud of – your very first try. To get you started, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best macrame kits out there.
If you’d prefer to just skip all the extra information, you can use the table below to choose from our top picks for the best macrame kits for each category. We also have a ton of alternative choices for you further down the page…
|Type of Macrame Kit||Top Pick||Alternative Picks|
|Best Macrame Plant Hanger Kits||Macrame Plant Hanger Kit by ReformFibers||Show me all|
|Best Wall Hanging Kits||Beginner macrame KIT by CordPlusQuartz||Show me all|
|Best Home Decor Macrame Kits||Macrame Hanging Shelf Kit by KnottyCotton||Show me all|
|Best Mini Macrame Kits||Macrame Keychain Kit by KnottyRopeCollection||Show me all|
If you want to see some alternative choices, just use the table of contents below to jump to the type of macrame kit you are interested in.
Table of Contents
- Why You Need a Macrame Kit
- What to Look for in a Macrame Kit
- The Best Macrame Kits Reviewed
- Other Worthy Mentions
- Frequently Asked Questions
Why You Need a Macrame Kit
Why a kit? We recommend a kit over buying the raw materials and finding a tutorial, to begin with, simply because you are less on your own with a kit.
Macrame kits have everything in them that you need in order for your project to turn out exactly as you’d want it to. Choose a good macrame kit and you don’t have to spend time hunting around to find the right wooden beads, length of wood/dowel, or know exactly which type of rope, cord, or string to get and where to get it from – and that’s before you’ve even had the chance to try macrame out for yourself.
Make do with a cord that’s not really intended for your chosen project and your finished piece will look different. Not necessarily worse, but you will learn more quickly if you start out with the right materials, to begin with. That way you’ll know from the picture that comes with your macrame kit how your project should look when it’s finished. That pretty much applies to crafts in general and why we recommend getting a good soap making kit or candle pouring kit, for example, rather than start from scratch on your own.
What to Look for in a Macrame Kit
In this section, we will look at macrame kits in general and give you a few tips and tricks to look out for, when choosing the best macrame kit for you.
What Materials are Included?
The kit should list all the materials it contains and it’s a good idea to check what’s included with your kit for a couple of reasons:
- You may wish to substitute part of your kit for something a little more individual. For example, if you are making a wall hanging it may come with a plain wooden dowel but you can make your hanging a little more personal, by using a natural branch or stick found in a place you love to go walking, or a beautiful piece of driftwood – if you’re lucky enough to live near a beach.
If you are making a wall hanging, the kit will usually tell you the size and length of the dowel in the description so you can start looking for something of a similar size before your kit even arrives. You can also buy beautifully shaped twigs, sticks, and driftwood online.
- Secondly, and this may sound obvious, but it is worth mentioning that if you want a full kit with everything in it that you need to get knotting, do make sure you check what’s included. It’s pretty easy to mistake pdf instructions, that require you to source your own materials, for a full kit.
Pre-Cut v’s Cut Your own Lengths of Macrame Cord, Rope or String
If you find a kit you’d like to make, check whether the cord is already pre-cut into lengths for you. Some kits have pre-cut lengths of cord, whereas, with others, you have to cut the cord to the correct lengths yourself.
Either is okay, but if you do have to cut your own lengths, make sure that you accurately measure the lengths required before you start. Many kits don’t leave you with much string to spare. And remember not all the cords will be the same length – your working cords will be much longer.
Get Familiar with the Basic Knots
Your kit will probably use a selection of a few basic macrame knots. Common knots include the larkshead knot, (that’s the one you’ll use in a wall hanging to secure your macrame body to the dowel) reverse larkshead, half-knot, double half hitch, diagonal half-hitch knot, and square knot, etc.
The names of these knots my not initially mean much to you. But if you get to know them, it won’t be long before you can easily follow more advanced patterns on your own.
From my own experience, I found the same thing with beading. PRAW (prismatic right angle weave), CRAW (cubic right angle weave), and Peyote, etc. all meant nothing to me at first, but I can now search for patterns and projects based around any of my favorite stitches.
So you’ll be able to look up square knot macrame plant hanger tutorials rather than just macrame plant hanger tutorials – if you like the effect that that particular knot creates.
We’ll now take a look at our recommendations for the best macrame kits out there.
The Best Macrame Kits Reviewed
Best Macrame Plant Hanger Kits: Macrame Plant Hanger Kit by ReformFibers
Best Macrame Plant Hanger Kits
This kit makes an absolutely stunning (approx 58″) plant hanger. There’s nothing 70s about this one. It’s completely contemporary-modern and high-end chic.
To be honest, you can cheat with this one if you really want to (we promise won’t tell anyone). There’s an option to buy the macrame plant hanger ready-made by the skillful hands of shop owner Elsie Goodwin.
The macrame kit comes with over 100 feet of 100% cotton rope – pre-cut to the correct lengths that you will need to make your project.
The kit also includes a metal ring, an easy to follow pattern, and a handy Beginners Knot Guide – with photos, and FAQs.
We couldn’t resist showing you another of Elsie’s macrame kits.
She’s a very talented fiber artist who holds her own macrame workshops.
Again, you can buy the kit with pre-measured and cut lengths of 100% cotton cord and the same accessories as above, or cheat and get one exquisitely handmade by the fiber artist herself, like the ones you see in the photo left – and then choose another kit to tackle yourself.
If you want a splash of color this kit is a fabulous choice. It comes in a choice of 5 different shades. The kit includes pre-measured macrame rope, a wooden ring, and a link for an easy to follow instruction video.
This kit is super affordable and great choice for a beginner.
The kit includes:
- 1, S-hook handmade specifically for this kit.
- A wooden ring, also handmade for the kit.
- Two lengths of pre-measured rope, so you can get knotting as soon as your kit arrives.
Another great way to learn the basic macrame knots. This plant hanger kit will hold a 4-8″ inch pot and hangs around 3.5ft long when completed.
This kit comes with:
- 100% 3-strand twisted, cotton rope, pre-measured, and cut.
- 1, brass ring.
- One plant hanger pattern
and a macrame tutorial booklet.
Best Wall Hanging Kits: Beginner macrame KIT by CordPlusQuartz
Best Wall Hanging Kits
What particularly we love about this 12″ kit – apart from how cute the design is, is that there are 15 gorgeous colors to choose from, so you can make a macrame wall hanging that will complement or contrast your decor.
The kit includes:
- A 19-page pattern book with step by step instructions and pictures.
- Beginner knot guide with step by step picture instructions to the 8 basic macrame knots.
- 1, 12″ wooden dowel and pre-cut 100%. cotton cord in the color of your choice.
This sweet little beginner macrame kit even comes with an extra little gift such as a puzzle sheet, tea, or candy, etc. to put a smile in your heart.
The kit comes with:
- 60m of 4-strand, 3mm macrame rope.
- A 12″ dowel and string for hanging.
- A 10-page full-color pattern booklet.
- A helpful 12-minute instructional video with text instructions.
And support! If you get stuck you can message the seller.
This cute little wall hanging is ideal if you are new to macrame. It comes with a wooden dowel, cotton rope, a small cotton rope to hang your wall hanging, when complete, and a knot guide. You will also get an emailed video tutorial.
Best Home Decor Macrame Kits: Macrame Hanging Shelf Kit by KnottyCotton
Best Home Decor Macrame Kits
This Scandinavian boho-chic macrame shelf will create a stunning focal point in any room.
The kit comes complete with everything you need for your macrame project, including a handmade S hook, wood craft ring, and cotton rope.
Plus you get a (15.5 – 16-inch) piece of pine with an adorable design – as you can to the left. The wooden shelf is pre-drilled with holes for hanging.
The finished piece will be around 2.5 – 3 ft long but if you need a customized length, you can just message the seller.
Best Mini Macrame Kits: Macrame Keychain Kit by KnottyRopeCollection
Mini Macrame Project Kits
This macrame kit includes everything you need, including a video tutorial, to make this adorable macrame keychain.
This sweet little kit contains:
- Macrame rope – in a wide choice of colors.
- A wooden bead and antique brass lobster clasp.
- Plus a link to a private YouTube video tutorial that will be emailed to you on purchase.
This little keychain, like our last, would make a sweet gift for someone – so you might want to buy two. With a choice of clasps and 5 color options to choose from, this is another big hit for us.
This macrame keychain kit contains:
- 3 strands of 4-5mm cotton string.
- 1 lobster clasp out of a choice of 3.
- Instructions including one extra bonus design.
We are back to plant hangers with this macrame kit, but this one is a mini kit version.
It comes with all the pre-cut rope you need, a wooden ring, a digital plant hanger pattern, and a digital knot guide.
Other Worthy Mentions
This fabulous kit comes with 4 designs to choose from – and enough cord to make any 2 items from the included booklet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What material is used for macrame?
You can use a variety of materials such as cord, rope, or string to make macrame. Each will give you a different effect. 4mm 100% cotton rope is a good choice for many common macrame projects such as plant hangers, etc. but you can also use jute twine, linen, hemp, and more, depending on the project you want to make.
Is macrame coming back?
Macrame is seeing a huge resurgence in popularity right now. Not, it has to be said, because 70s style is coming back any time soon.
The ever-growing popularity of mid century Scandinavian design with its use of natural materials and beautifully handcrafted items may well be an influence in the revival of the craft.
You could also argue that some trends are aesthetically appealing enough, (boho-chic being a good example of this) to evolve easily and be adaptable to the current times.
Sooner or later such trends will make a huge resurgence – in a way that will make them the very latest thing.
Is macrame bohemian?
Macrame’s association with the 1970’s has earned it its reputation for being bohemian. But it is, in fact, an ancient craft that has been with us for over 1000 years.
And interestingly, the Victorians who goodness knows loved a fringe, couldn’t get enough of it.
We hope this list of the best macrame kits has been helpful.
If there’s anything good that you think we’ve missed, or if you have any questions about anything, then let us know down in the comments below.