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Globe Float Hanger

Globe Float Hanger

Description: The Globe Float Hanger is a net-like pouch that surrounds glass globes.  You can use this general design to cover other items, such as bottles. 

This type of Macrame project was very commonly seen on sailing vessels, back when this craft was first being introduced. So it's considered a Vintage design.

For decorations that will be exposed to weather, use nylon or other man-made cord, rather than natural materials.

This pattern is rated Easy, and is a suitable project for beginners. 

2015 Update: Changes made to finishing technique (step 8).

Supplies Needed:
  • 6mm Nylon Cord, Twine, or Rope
  • One 3-inch Ring
  • Glass Globe
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue
Knots Used: 

Step 1:  Cut 8 cords, each 10 times the size of the globe you are covering. 

For example:  To cover a globe that is 6 inches tall, each cord needs to be around 60 inches long. 

Be sure to prepare the ends, particularly if you are using twisted style material.


Step 2:  Lay the 8 cords on your table, forming an X shape. There should be 4 cords in each half of the X.

Make a Lanyard Knot for your Globe Float Hanger, following the instructions below. 

Note that only two cords are used in the images.
Area A

Move the left lower segments (A) towards the right, passing over the right lower segments (B).

Make sure you leave a space for the fourth end to pass through, and arrange the cords neatly.


Segment B

Fold the right lower segments (B) so they are heading upward.

They should rest on top of the right upper segments of the cords (C).


Segment C
  Fold the right upper segments (C) to the left.

They should rest on top of the left upper segments (D).

Segment D
  Move the left upper segments (D) down to the space formed by the left lower segment (A).

Bring it through the space over - under.

Tighten the knot by pulling on all 4 ends.


Secure the Lanyard knot with masking tape, to the bottom of the glass globe.  

As you make the net, it’s better to work around the glass ball, but you can also make the Globe Float Hanger flat on a table.

As you tie each row of knots, be sure to secure the net to the globe with additional tape.


Step 3:  You now have 16 cords to work with. Arrange them into 8 sets of two cords.

Tie a Linked Overhand knot with each set, 1-inch away from the Lanyard knot.

The Fisherman’s knot is the easiest one to use for the Globe Float Hanger, but other knots on that page will work, too.

Tighten the knots so the net is flat against the glass globe, without any slack.



Step 4:  Move down 1-inch, and tie another row of the same knot you used in the previous step. 

Alternate the cords before you get started. 

That means you use one cord coming from two different knots in the previous row, which rest next to one another.



Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the net is close to the top of the globe.  

Make sure you alternate the cords each time.

Design Tip: You can increase the distance between each row of knots if you wish, but don't go over 2 inches.



Step 6:  Bring all the cords together. Select the four longest cords and use them to tie a Square Knot around all the others, which act as fillers.

So there will be two working cords acting together on each side.

This SK should rest against the top of the globe. Make sure the net is still tight before moving on.

Note:  I recently changed this area of the Globe Float Hanger to make it more sturdy.  This finishing technique is optional, if you prefer to do something else.


Step 7:  Tie a sennit of Square Knots measuring 3 - 4 inches.


Step 8:  Pass it through the ring and then fold it, so it rests around the bottom of the ring.

Select two cords, preferable ones that are on the outside.  Use them to tie an Overhand knot (or a Square Knot), making sure it goes around ALL the cords, including the ends. 

Apply glue while tightening, so it's on the inside.

You can tie additional knots if you feel they are necessary.  Cut off the excess material after the glue dries. 

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