I have an odd fascination with the wire macrame hoops in craft stores. I don’t know how to macrame – or have a particular love of macramed crafts – but I think the hoops offer a lot of different opportunities on their own. I used them to make a ribbon chandelier for my daughter’s nursery several years ago.
More recently, I used them to figure out how to make a mobile. I wanted to do something fun and modern in Emma’s big girl room. Turns out, it was really easy!
I began by buying four macrame hoops in different sizes. I think the largest one was 18 inches and the smallest was 6 inches. I also bought a few different colors of cord from the craft store.
I wanted to do something that seems a little woven and global, so I decided to wrap the hoops in twine in alternating colors and patterns.
With the blue and white twine, I tied a knot around the hoop.
Then, I wrapped that twine around the hoop about 50 times. I cut the twine leaving about a 2 inch tail, and I tied that to the gray twine.
I wrapped that about 50 times and went back to the blue/white twine. I alternated this (with some orange/white twine thrown in for fun) until I got to my beginning point.
Then, I untied my original knot and tied it to the end of my last piece of twine.
Here I could have cut off the loose ends, but I really liked the rough look of the extra twine.
I wrapped each hoop differently – and one I even left completely unwrapped.
To turn the hoops into a mobile, I laid them all out flat with the hoops spaced where I would like them. Using small lengths of twine, I tied the innermost two together, then the 3rd and 2nd one, and then the 2nd and outermost one.
Then, I put a little cup hook in Emma’s ceiling and hung the mobile with a piece of twine tied to only the outermost hoop. This allows each hoop to spin and turn individually.
The end result was a lot of fun. I love how it hangs! It sort of has a Dreamcatcher vibe.
This modern mobile was sort of a risk, but it was a cheap and quick one – and a risk I’m glad I took! It looks really sweet in Emma’s room. The mobile is a fun piece of art that isn’t overwhelming.
Does this look like a project you’d like to try? Grab those macrame hoops and let’s bring them out of the 1970s!