Give your next unique present a creative and truly eye-catching touch. This little macramé mandala gift topper doubles as a present. Any plain-wrapped gift gets a delightfully gorgeous boho touch thanks to your small macrame art, which we'll show you how to do below. Additionally, it may be stored and put in a vehicle or on a wall.
For Mother's Day, bohemian birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, or any other noteworthy occasion, make sure your presentation goes above and beyond. Exclusively for Wrappily, fiber artist Rachel Breuklander of The Lark's Head Shop designed this gift topper instruction and special DIY craft kit. In the video lesson and step-by-step directions below, she walks us through making two different varieties of macramé gift toppers.
Join Rachel in her crafting by seeing the complete video lessons for Style 1—Simple Macrame Mandala Topper for Beginners—and Style 2—Clove Hitch Style (Intermediate) Macramé Gift Toppers on our YouTube channel.
Prepare Your Materials
Materials for Making a Macrame Gift Topper are Available in a Kit
List of supplies
Wooden ring measuring tool, scissors, comb 2mm single twist twine, 5mm single twist macramé cord
For a limited time, you can get the complete DIY Macramé Gift Topper Kit in the mustard color (as shown) in the store, saving yourself the trip to the craft store. Three little mandala toppers may be made using the materials in this eco-friendly kit, but scissors or a measuring device are not included.
Kit for Making a Macrame Gift Topper - Products
She continues. Sustainability is a priority for Rachel in all of her creations, including these gift topper kits. The given string, which I also sell in my online store, is made entirely of recycled cotton from the apparel industry, preventing waste from going to landfills. The rings were purchased from a small US-based company and are constructed of birch wood. The combs included in the kits are entirely biodegradable and may be used for a variety of different projects since they are made of maize husk rather than plastic. You may reuse the drawstring bag!
A pair of macrame gift toppers
(Easy) straightforward macramé mandala topper
Depending on your degree of expertise or a unique style, there are methods to modify this craft. Both of the styles Rachel has provided for us to attempt to begin with the same steps. Make this quicker-to-assemble, easier version as you go by following the directions; it's a good spot for novices to start.
Finished: Simple Macrame Gift Topper
"My favorite aspect of macramé is how simple it is to learn; if you can tie your shoes, you can learn macramé," remarks Rachel. You can do practically anything after learning two or three different knots. Usually, even the most complex patterns only have three primary knots.
First, measure and cut the cords.
The lengths of the 5mm cordage should be precut into 12–16 inches based on the size of your wooden ring. You'll need these things if you're using our macramé gift topper kit:
12 lengths of 12"-16" long macrame cord should be used for the 1.75" tiny hoop.
For the medium, 15 pieces of the medium hoop, 2.25"
The 3" big hoop requires 19 parts.
Step 2: Cordage Stands Cover the Hoop
How to Tie a Lark's Head Knot in Macrame
Each length of rope should be tied to the wooden ring using a lark's head knot. Continue until you have covered the whole wooden ring.
Larks' Head Knot to Cover Hoop in Cords
The third step is rough trimming.
Trim the loose ends of your completely coated wooden ring in a circular pattern, eyeballing a length of around 1-2" depending on your liking. For more shag or a broader gift topper, wait longer.
4. Brush the fringe.
Brush cordage into a fluffy fringe with a comb.
Step 5: Finish Trimming
To balance them out and form a neat circle, trim the ends one more time.
Making a Simple Macrame Topper: Steps 3, 4, and 5
Measure and cut a length of 2 mm twine long enough to wrap around your present plus an additional ten inches. One inch of the twine's tail should be folded. To link the string to the hoop on your mandala, carefully scooch between the cordage and tie a lark's head knot. Attach the present in step six.
Place the topper on your box that has been wrapped, and then completely wrap the present, coming up the other side.
gift with a macrame project attached
Run the twine's free end over the hoop's top, through the middle, and out the other side. Cross the string over to the right, then re-thread it through the hoop, beginning this time at the bottom and producing a loop as you go up to the middle.
The twine's tail should be inserted through this loop and pulled tight. Trim the end flush with the cordage, then comb it into the fringe.
A video attachment to the gift
Voila! You're All Set to Present Your Gift
Eco-friendly wrapping paper by Flock Together is topped with a macramé gift topper.
To show my loved ones that I care about them and pay attention to their interests, I always feel both frightened and pleased when I give them presents, "Rachel says." Another way I demonstrate my concern is by paying additional attention to how my gift is packaged, making sure it precisely matches the event or their unique style.
(Intermediate) Macramé Clove Hitch Mandala
If you have a lot of confidence, try making this more complex mandala design. Adding more knots to your gift topper will make it look more complicated and interesting.
Macrame Gift Topper Style 2
Observe Steps 1 & 2 as described previously.
After measuring and cutting the cords, tie a lark's head knot to cover the hoop.
Style 2 Cover Hoop Lark's Head Knot Macrame Gift Topper
Start your lead string with a clove hitch knot in step three.
Lead String Macrame Gift Topper, Style 2.
For your "lead string," cut a second 5 mm rope to a length of 20 inches. Along the hoop's edge, attach the lead string, leaving 5" to the left and the remainder to the right.
Clove Hitch Knot, Style 2 Macrame Gift Topper
To begin, choose a cable and loop it around the lead string as shown in the image above. This creates a split clove hitch knot (or double half-hitch knot). To finish the clove hitch knot, tie one additional loop around the lead string.
forming a clove hitch knot.
Fourth step: a brief pause
Clove hitch knots should be tied around the lead string in a layer around the circumference of the ring, going from left to right. Now is the time to tie twine for hanging.
Halfway Point Attach Twine for Macrame Gift Topper Style 2
Your 2mm rope should be cut to a length that will completely be around your present, plus an additional ten inches. One inch of the twine's tail should be folded. To link the string to the wooden hoop on your mandala, carefully scooch between the cordage and tie a lark's head knot. Tuck the rope beneath the lead string after pulling to tighten.
Step 5: Finish the layer of clove hitch knots.
Clove Hitch Knots, Style 2 Macrame Gift Topper
To finish the remainder of the circle, keep making clove hitch knots around the lead string. Gather the remaining lead string lengths with the 2 mm twine at this stage and keep them apart from the ends of the other cordage.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Approximately 1-inch-long strands of cordage with rough cuts. Fringe the ends using a comb. To balance them out and form a neat circle, trim the ends one more time.
Macrame Gift Topper in Style 2 with Trimmed Edges
Tie a final clove hitch knot and attach the gift.
Wrap Twine Macrame Gift Topper, Style 2.
Place the topper on your present box, face-up, and then completely around it with twine, coming up the other side.
Style 2 Macrame Gift Topper-Attach knot
Run the twine's free end over the hoop's top, through the middle, and out the other side. Cross the string over to the right, then re-thread it through the hoop, beginning this time at the bottom and producing a loop as you go up to the middle. The twine's tail should be inserted through this loop and pulled tight.
Style 2 of the Macrame Gift Topper-Finish Tying
Cross the lead strings over one another, then make another clove hitch knot with the twine below to secure your layer. The twine's tail should be inserted through this loop and pulled tight. Trim cordage ends straight, then comb them into the fringe.
Voila! You're All Set to Present Your Gift
Macrame Gift Topper in Style 2 with Cardinals Wrapping Paper
"The thrill of opening a present is half the joy of getting one. How much more fun is it to unwrap a present when you can see additional care was taken to wrap it?" inquires Rachel. One can tell right away that a present has been carefully picked and chosen with the same love and consideration as can be seen on the outside when they see it wrapped with care and topped with a handmade accent.
Rachel Breuklander, of The Lark's Head Shop, is the creator.
Regarding the Creator: Lark's Head Shop, Rachel Breuklander
Rachel is a contemporary textile artist based in Los Angeles, California. She began studying macramé in 2016 as a creative release and rapidly became enamored with the technique. This is now her only artistic endeavor. She enjoys going on hikes with her dog, Finn, camping, and reading at home when she's not tangled in a mass of thread in her studio. The greatest source of inspiration for her paintings is her love of nature.
Rachel enjoys teaching seminars and workshops, as well as offering online training and assistance to other aspiring macramé artists and lovers. Everybody has a creative side, and macramé is a great way to discover and cultivate that creativity, according to Rachel. She encourages her fellow artists to explore the world of fiber crafts by selling eco-friendly macramé materials, do-it-yourself kits, and craft supplies.