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Butterfly Bookmark

Butterfly Bookmark

Description:  The Butterfly Bookmark is the easiest project in Macrame for Kids. 

It's suitable for children 6 years and older, but some younger children may be able to create it with assistance.

You can modify this pattern by first making the butterfly, then attaching it to a key ring or bracelet design rather than creating the bookmark.


Supplies Needed:

  • 2 mm to 4 mm cord material
  • Project board and pins

Knots in Pattern:



The Butterfly



Cut 2 pieces of material, each 90 inches long. Apply glue or tape to the ends so they don¬ít unravel.  Mentally label them cord A and B.

In the example shown, 2 mm size Paracord was used to make this project. 

Should you decide to use the material, please read Cord Preparation.  Near the bottom of that page are instructions to properly prepare it for knotting.


Step 1: Secure the center of cord A to your board.

Make a loop, crossing the right half of the cord over the left.


Overhand Knot  

Step 2: Move the right half of the cord under the left half near the crossing point, then over the left side of the loop.

Tighten the Overhand knot until the opening is about the size of a quarter.



Step 3: Pass both halves through the Overhand Knot from the top (over - under).

This will form two loops, which are the upper wings of the butterfly.

Tighten the Overhand Knot further, but still leave a small amount of space. 



Step 4:  Repeat steps 1 - 3 to make the lower wings with cord B.

Adjust the size of the loops for both sets of wings.

The loops for the lower half of the butterfly should be smaller than those for the upper half.


Step 5:  Secure cord A to your board with the working ends heading forward (toward you).

Place cord B closer to the front of the board  with the working ends heading backward.

Make sure the crossed areas of both knots are face up.

Designer's Tip:  
  • Forward = Toward the front of the board
  • Backward = Toward the back of the board


Pass both halves of cord B through the Overhand Knot in cord A, heading backward.

They should pass under the crossed area of the Overhand knot.



Step 6: Pass both halves of cord A through the Overhand knot in cord B, heading forward.



Tighten both Overhand knots firmly.  Adjust the size of the loops as needed.

The back of the Butterfly Bookmark is the side where the crossed areas of the Overhand knots are located.


Step 6, continued:  You can stop here and simply tie Overhand knots in both halves of cord B (for the antennas).   Secure the knots with glue and cut off the extra material.

Both halves of cord A can be used to attach the butterfly to a belt, package, key ring, etc. 

Make sure you finish off the tips of the cords in the best method for the material you are using.



Creating the Bookmark

Turn Over  

Step 7: Turn over the Butterfly Bookmark so the front is facing upward.

Move both halves of cord B forward, so they rest between the two halves of cord A. 

The cords should all be together in a group so you can use them to make the bookmark.



Step 8: The two halves of cord B are the holding cords, which means the knots made with the other cord are attached to them.

Both halves of cord A are the working cords.

First Half Hitch
Use the left working cord to make a Half Hitch in a counter-clockwise direction:

You make a loop over - under the holding cords.  As you pull it left, pass over the working cord to complete the loop.

2nd Knot

Use the right working cord to make the next Half Hitch in a clockwise direction:

Make the loop over - under the holding cords, and over the working cord.

Two Half Hitches  

Step 9: Repeat step 8 several times.

Stop when the Butterfly Bookmark is the size you want, or you are running out of material (working cords). 

You still have two knots to tie.


Step 9, continued:  Use each half of the working cord to make two Half Hitches instead of one.  Before you tighten the knots, apply glue to the holding cords.

Tighten the knots firmly, so the glue is on the inside.

  Finish off the ends of both cords by applying beads followed by Overhand knots.

Another option is to weave them into the woven area made by the Half Hitches.  Make sure you weave them into the BACK of the bookmark portion.

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