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Candy Cane Decoration


  Candy Cane Decoration  

Description:  This Candy Cane Decoration features the striped variation of the Lanyard Knot.

This holiday decoration can be used to decorate Christmas trees and wreaths.

The fringe at the bottom is optional.

This Macrame project is suitable for all experience levels, and is perfect for children as well as groups.

Finished size: 6 inches long x 1 inch wide

Supplies Needed:
  • 4mm cord material (Red and White)
  • Craft Wire
  • Fabric or Household Glue
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Project Board and Pins


Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 2 cords, each at least 80 inches long (both colors).
  • Cut 2 pieces of craft wire, 8 inches long.

To change the size from top to bottom, multiply the finished length x 13.  Cut each cord to that length.

To change the width, cut additional cords, or use a different size material.


Arrange Wires   Step 1: Lay the wires on the project board, so one is vertical and the other is horizontal. Make sure the centers are matched up.

Place the Cords Diagonally  

Place the white cords on top of the wires, resting diagonally.

Do the same with the red cords, laying them diagonally too, in the opposite direction.

The centers of both cords need to be resting at the crossing point of the wires. 


Bring Wires Together  

Step 2:  Fold the wires so they pass around the crossing point of the cords.

Bring them together in a group, standing upright.  You can twist them together if you wish.


Step 3: Mentally assign a letter to the four segments of the cords, starting on the lower right (move counter-clockwise).


Lanyard Knot Instructions

Below are the steps to make the first Lanyard Knot for your Candy Cane Decoration.

Each segment has two cords that act together. You can either fold the cords or curve them.
Move Segment A  

Step A: Move segment A (lower right) upward, passing over segment B.

Leave a small space for the 4th step.


Move Segment B  

Step B:  Move segment B to the left, so it passes over segment C.

As you do so, the cords will automatically pass over the ends of segment A.


Move Segment C   Step C:  Bring segment C down, passing over segment D.

Segment D Thru Space   Step D:  Move segment D to the right. Pass it through the space from the top (over - under).

Arrange Cords Neatly  

When you tighten the knot, neatly arrange the two cords side-by-side in each area.

You can remove the pin from the center and position it on the outside of the Lanyard Knot. 

Do not move the knot while you tighten it.



Step 4:  Mentally label the four segments where they are now, starting at the lower right (see image below).

For the next Lanyard knot, reverse the direction you move the cords (clockwise).

Reverse the Direction  

Start with segment A on the lower right. Curve it left, passing over segment D.

The last segment you use should be segment B, at the top right area of the knot.



Important: Always start with the cord on the lower right. The stripes for the Candy Cane Decoration depends on this. 

The two colors will change because of the folding, but it's important to start each knot the same way.

Alternate the direction you progress (clockwise or counter-clockwise) each time you tie a new knot.


Knots Will Stack  

Step 5:  Continue on, making more Lanyard knots, stacking them on top of one another as you progress.

Stop when the Candy Cane is 6 inches long.


Trim and Finish the Ends  

Step 6: Trim the ends so they are even. You can finish by tucking each end into the Lanyard Knot sennit.

Or you can unravel each end and brush the fibers to form a soft fringe at the bottom of your Candy Cane Decoration.


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