The Bell Wreath is an easy Macrame
project, suitable for older children and
beginners. This holiday decoration
features a bell shaped area in the center, with a
brushed fringe as the wreath. A small metal
bell is added on the inside, to give this unique
wreath a musical jingle.
Only basic knots are used for this wreath
ornament, and the arrangement can be changed if
you want to experiment. You can make this
decoration with any type of material, but make
sure it can be unraveled and brushed
In the example shown, the decoration is 4 inches
from the top ring to the one at the bottom.
You can change the size by using smaller or larger
rings, and make adjustments to the height.
You'll need to change the number
of cords and their length,
if you alter the size (see Preparation).
I used thick plastic rings in the example, but
metal ones work just as well. The material
used in the example is polypropylene, with
6mm cord material (35 yards)
Fabric Glue that dries clear
Cut 16 cords, each 45 inches long
Cut 16 cords, each 20 inches long
Cut 2 cords, each 30 inches long
Cut 16 cords, each 8 inches long
is no need to prepare the ends, if using For twist style
cord, tie Overhand knots at the tips. braided
Tip: For changes to the ring
size of the Bell Wreath, cut the 45-inch
cords as you mount them to the small ring.
This way you will cut only the amount that can fit
on the ring.
The number of cords you cut need to be a multiple
of 4 (12, 16, 20, etc.)
If you want to increase the height
of the bell design, cut the cords longer.
1: There is a knotted design used
as a hanger, at the top of the Bell Wreath. It is
used to hold the small bell as well.
You can find another way to hang the decoration
and attach the bell, if you prefer to change this
Fold one of the 30-inch cords in half, and
tie an Overhand knot. Leave
a 1/2-inch loop.
Tie a second Overhand knot just below the
Now you will make a
Square Knot while adding the second 30-inch cord
to the first.
the Square Knots (SK) in the Bell Wreath
pattern will be made following the directions
Fold the new cord in half and secure it under the
ends of the first cord. The two ends of the
are used to tie the SK. The two from the
loop are the fillers.
Direct the left
half of the new cord to the right, over
the fillers and under
the right half of the cord.
Move the right
the fillers, and pull it left. Pass
the left half of the cord. Pull both ends >>
to tighten. firmly
The two ends of the working cord have
So you need to make the second half of the Square
knot in the opposite direction:
Move the left
half of the new
cord to the left, over
the fillers and under
the right half.
Bring the right
half of the cord under
the fillers and over
the left half, as you pull it to the
Pull both ends
to tighten. firmly
2 more Square Knots following the same 4
Mounting Cords to Small Ring
2: Put the hanger design aside for
The instructions below show you how to attach each
of the 45-inch
cords to the ring with a reverse
Larks Head Knot:
Fold one cord in half, and place it under
the bottom portion of the 2-inch ring, as
Bend the folded area forward, over
the ring. Pass the ends through the
folded area of the cord. >>
Pull both ends firmly
the remaining 45-inch cords to the ring the same
Now you will attach the
to the ring, using Double Half Hitches:
cords into 4 groups of 8. The four
groups should form and X shape.
To attach the hanger, the fillers (F) will
be attached to the top and bottom of the
ring, The working cords (WC) will be
attached on each side.
the groups of cords.
Place the hanger
the ring. Secure it so it cannot move.
Arrange the four cords as in the image above,
placing them under
the ring. Secure them as well.
Slide the long cords to the sides, in the area you
will be working. Use pins to hold them out
of the way for now.
Use the cord in the front (filler),
passing it over
- under the ring.
As you pull it straight down, bring
the cord. Tighten
Tie a second Half Hitch to the right of
the first. Make sure the end comes
the two knots. >>
remaining cords for the hanger
in the same way.
Tip: When you attach the cords to
the large ring at the bottom of the Bell Wreath,
you will use Double Half Hitches again.
over the ring, so you are working
it. Locate the four hanger
cords, which are shorter than the others.
cords on the right and left to
tie 2 Overhand knots, as you did at the
top of the hanger.
Apply glue and cut off the excess material
when it's dry.
Tip: The small bell is attached
where the knot is located, in step
8 of the Bell Wreath design. Do
attach it now, because it will get in the way.
You will need to use a piece
of wire or fine cord
to attach the bell, since they usually have
Creating the Bell
The main area of the Bell Wreath is made with
alternating rows of Square Knots. I added
Picots to some of them, to make the design more
You can change the knots if you want to experiment
with different techniques. Here are some
suggestions (knots made with two
3: Tie the first row of
Square knots, using groups of four
cords. Each knot will have two
working cords and two fillers.
While tightening, pull on the fillers
slightly, so that the SK will rest against
the knots on the ring.
4: Mentally number the
cords from two
knots resting next to each
Use cords 3 and 4 from
the SK on the left, and 1 and 2 from the
right, to tie a new knot.
Tighten it 1-inch
below the first row of Square
image for step
6, which shows
"alternating" more clearly.
Tip: Making the Bell Wreath with
an alternating pattern can be confusing.
To help you stay organized, separate the cords
into 8 separate groups, each with four
cords. Double check that there are two cords
coming from two different knots in row 1.
Tie a second
Square Knot, using the same four cords.
They can be tightened close together, or
separated by 1-inch (to make picots).
picots are optional.
second knot up,
holding the filler cords. This will cause two loops to form
5: Use the remaining cords
to tie the rest of the second row, but
don't put the picots next to each other.
every other group you should tie
the two SK so they rest close together.
6: Alternate the cords
again, to tie the third row.
clearly see in this image how the
cords come from two
different knots in the second
Move down 1-inch and tie the next
SK. Tie only one
knot for this entire row.
7: to create
the 4th and 5th rows of the Bell Wreath
steps 4 - 6
The groups used to make the picots need to
from those in row 2.
So if there is a picot design in row 2,
tie the 2 knots in row 4 without them (and
Important: The Square
Knot design will begin to move upward, like a
dome, as you complete step 7. Don't
try to make the design flat again.
Instead, bring the knots closer together to encourage
the Bell Wreath to bend upward even more.
I recommend you secure the knots in one row, while
tying those in the next one. This makes
tightening the knots easier.
Now it's time to attach the cords to the lower
ring for the Bell Wreath. You do so with the
Double Half Hitch, just as you attached the
to the upper ring.
8: Attach the small metal
bell onto the hanger, which is dangling on
the inside of the design you just made.
Place the 7-inch ring over the top of the
main area. Make sure all the cords
pass under it, as you organize them into
the 8 groups you finished with in step
cord to the large ring with Double Half
Hitches. It's best if you attach 4
cords at a time, directly under the SK
tied in the last row.
Tighten all these knots firmly.
There will be space between each set of
knots, which will be filled in later.
When all the cords are attached to the ring,
it over so you can reach inside.
Apply glue to the back
of all the knots, and allow it to dry before
Now it's time to create the brushed area at the
bottom of the Bell Wreath. You will attach
the remaining cords, as follows:
9: Attach two
20-inch cords to each of the 8 spaces
between the knots, with reverse Larks Head
knots (same technique as in step 2).
end to tie 1
Half Hitch, to the left and right
of the Larks Head knot.
continued: Slide two
8-inch cords through spaces around the SK resting
against the inside
of the ring (blue
X). They don't need to be knotted,
just fold them.
brush all the cords,
at a time.
For the 8-inch pieces that are not
attached to the ring, hold both ends as
Trim the cords
as needed. You can use the scraps to fill
in some of the thin areas. Just
slide them through spaces on the inside of
This is what the Bell Wreath should look
like when you are through.
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