The Holiday Lantern is a Macrame
decoration that features a ball frame covered with
a spiral design. Inside the ball is a white
candle with a flame, much like vintage
lanterns. The brushed fringe at the bottom
resembles a wreath.
In the example shown, twist style Macrame cord
(polypropylene) was used to cover the frame.
You can used braided cord, since 4mm twist cord is
hard to find.
The frame is made by connecting three brass rings,
or you can use a ball frame.
For sizes above 8 inches, you need to use 6mm
material and make the candle longer.
The chart in Preparation
will help you determine the length to cut the
cords for different sizes, and the total you need
This Macrame project is rated easy, suitable for
4mm cord material (for 5-inch to 8-inch ball
6mm white material for candle (3 yards)
2mm or 4mm gold material for flame (24
Three metal rings or one ball frame (5-inch
Ribbons or other decorations
Plastic ice cream bucket (optional)
Cut 2 pieces of white 6mm material, each 60 inches
Cut two pieces of gold material, each 12 inches
Use this chart to determine the cord
lengths you need to cover the frame for
your Holiday Lantern:
(These measurements apply to rings or ball
of each Cord
cords -- 3.5 yards long
6 cords -- 4 yards long
6 cords -- 4.5 yards long
6 cords -- 5 yards long
For a large Holiday Lantern using rings
8 inches, here is the math for the cord
Divide by 36 (for yards) Cut 6 cords, each
the length you came up with.
You should use . 6mm material
for frames over 8 inches
To make a frame with rings, arrange
three rings inside one another, so there
are 6 sections. Place one horizontal,
one vertical and one diagonal.
You may need to
the rings slightly. bend
Secure the top and bottom with tape, or
a piece of wire.
The candle for the
Holiday Lantern is made with a Crown knot sennit.
Place the 2 white cords on your project board so
they form an X shape. Match the centers and
secure them. Mentally label the four
segments A - D as shown in the images below.
A to the right, to rest on top of
Make sure it curves as shown.
B vertically, to rest on top of segment C.
C to the left, so it rests on segment D.
B forward to the curved area of segment A.
Pass it over
- under as you bring it through
that area. >>
2: Tighten the first Crown
knot by pulling on all four ends firmly,
so it's as small as possible. Remove
the pin from the center, and place it on
the outside of the first knot.
step 1 several times, to make
more Crown knots. The knots will stack on
top of each other as you progress.
continued: Stop when the candle for
the Holiday Lantern is 5
For ball frames over
8 inches, make the candle 6
Tip: Eventually you will need
to lay the candle on your work surface.
Secure it on your board, then curve the end upward
slightly, to position the new knots.
3: Pass the two 12-inch
gold cords through the crossed area at the
top of the candle.
Match the ends to center the two
Tie a counter-clockwise Half
Hitch with the two ends on the left,
around those on the right.
Tie the next Half Hitch with the two
ends on the right,
4: Unravel all 4 ends and
brush the fibers to form the flame.
The best way to do this when using braided
material is to pull out individual fibers
close to where the knots are tied.
That loosens the braid and makes the rest
come apart more easily.
The top area for the Holiday Lantern is made with
the Spiral Stitch, to match the knots on the ball
frame. The term "Half Knot" is used below,
since you tie the first half of a Square
can be changed by using other knots.
Should you make any changes, try to keep the
design around 3
Fold one of the cords for the ball
frame in half. Place it under
the bottom portion of
the 2-inch ring.
Bring the ends forward and down, over
the bottom of the ring. Make sure it
area of the cord. >>
Step 6: ,
attaching the remaining 5 cords for the ball
frame. Repeat step 5
Pull the ends firmly
to tighten each knot.
7: Divide the cords into 3
groups of four.
The Half Knot is tied with
two working cords and two fillers.
Move the left
working cord to the right, over
the fillers and under
the right working cord.
To complete the Half Knot, move the
working cord to the left.
Pass it under
the fillers and over
the left working cord.
7 and 8 = one Half Knot
Repeat steps 7 and 8 several times, until
the sennit is 1.5
When you get to the 4th knot, the twisting will
become obvious. You may need to rotate
the sennit to create the spiral (ends switch
10: using the
other two groups of cords, for a total of
3 Spiral Stitch designs. Repeat
steps 7 - 9
You can add an extra knot in the first and
third design, so the bottoms all line up
11: The next portion at
the top of the Holiday Lantern is a large
spiral. This brings all the cords
together, which is important.
Mentally number the cords 1 - 12.
The working cords are 1 and 12. Tie
inch Spiral Stitch with the
working cords, around all the others (10)
which are fillers.
This new spiral is very thick, so you will need
to help it twist by rotating the cords.
You will probably be able to twist it only 1 time.
Should you make changes to the top area of
the Holiday Lantern, I recommend you bring
the cords together in a bundle
like this, using one or more knots.
This way, when you attach the cords to the
ball frame, it's more stable.
Covering the Ball Frame
The next step for your Holiday Lantern is to
cover the ball frame. I recommend you do not
make changes here. The Spiral Stitch is the
best decorative knot for this area.
To keep the spirals the same size, tie a set of 5
knots, then so the ends rotate the sennit
Also, push the knots close together as you
12: Choose two cords from
the bundle and arrange them on either side
of a metal segment on the frame.
Tie one Half Knot, just as you did in steps
7 and 8. The
metal is the filler.
Tighten the knot firmly, and push it close
to the top of the frame.
Go to the metal segment directly opposite,
which should be the same
Repeat this process with the rest of the cords,
attaching two cords to each metal segment.
This will anchor the top portion of the Holiday
Lantern to the ball frame.
Tie the Spiral Stitch to completely cover
the six segments of the frame. Push
the knots close together as you progress.
you been wondering what the ice cream bucket is
You use it to hold the ball frame as you cover it
with knots, so you don't need pins.
15: At the bottom
of the Holiday Lantern, divide the cords
into two groups of six.
Tie an Overhand knot, and tighten it as
much as possible. You can add some
glue to the frame, so the cords sit on top
Unravel and brush each cord after trimming
to 2-inches. The best approach is to pull
all the cords outside the frame while brushing.
When using braided cord, remove one of the fibers
to loosen the others. Do this close to the
frame, not at the tip of the cord. Repeat a
few more times, until the cord is completely
Repeat this step with the cords at the bottom of
Use one fiber
from a piece of scrap cord, and pass it
through the candle near the bottom.
Pass one end around the metal and then tie
2 tight Overhand knots. This will
secure the candle to the bottom of the
Do this in three more areas, securing the
candle to other portion of the frame.
cords are brushed and fluffed, trim them
to neaten the edges.
Pull the fringe inside
the frame, so it surrounds the candle.
Add ribbons or other decorations to
complete the Holiday Lantern.
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