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Speaker Hanger

Speaker Hanger

This Speaker Hanger is a unique way to display your stereo speakers, without the need for a stand.

This custom Macrame design is very similar to a plant hanger, but the cradle at the bottom is a little different.

Since speakers are heavy, you should use Parachute cord (Paracord).  It's the strongest nylon material available.

The Speaker Hanger is rated moderate, suitable for those with experience.

Time Consuming


Supplies Needed:

  • Paracord (250 yards)
  • Two 3-inch Brass Rings
  • Fabric Glue
  • Measuring Tape

Knots Used:

  • Half Hitch


Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 16 cords, each 15 yards long
  • Cut 2 cords, each 2 yards long
  • Cut 2 cords, 60 inches long (for Wrapped Knots)
Important:  Paracord has an inner core material that can come out of the nylon around it. So it's important to seal the end with a flame.

Light a candle and hold the end in the flame for a few seconds. Pinch the outer portion so the back and front stick together.

Apply tape around the tips as well.


Top Section

Wrap the Rings  

Step 1:  Wrap the two rings together by attaching a 2-yard cord at the top, with a Larks Head knot. Use each end to wrap 1/2 of the rings.  The ends will meet at the bottom.

Make sure the wraps are tight and close together.


Important:  Apply glue to the rings as you wrap, placing the material directly on the glue.

Trim the ends, but don't cut them off completely. Melt the tips with a flame.

Detail of Half Hitch   Secure the wraps with a Half Hitch (at the bottom):

Pass one cord over - under the ring, and over the cord as you pull it right. 

Repeat with the other cord.  Apply glue to the Half Hitches, and allow it to dry completely.


Step 2: Locate the center of each 15-yard cord, by matching the ends.

Secure 2 Cords at a Time  

Secure the center of the cords to your project board or work surface. 

Place 2 cords together (one on top, one below).


Arrange 16 Cords  

Step 3: Make sure the 8 sets of 2 cords (total of 16) are close to each other and are not twisted or kinked.

The centers should all be lined up, so the Speaker Hanger is neatly arranged in this area.


Important:  Bundle each cord as described below, to keep them from tangling.

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Bundling Long Cords

Move down at least 8 inches from the center, and wrap the cord around your hand several times. Stop when you have about 12 inches left.


Wrap Cord Around Hand


Wrap the end around the center several times, to hold the coils together.

Wrap firmly and pull the end tightly, so you end up with a sturdy bundle that's easy to handle.
  Wrap End Around Middle


Pass the end under the last coil you made, to hold it in place. Pull tightly to secure it.


Tuck End Under Coil


As you work on the Speaker Hanger, pull to get more cord from the bundles.

Make sure you tug on the end to tighten the wraps around the center, since the roll gets smaller as you pull from it.

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Position 2-yard Cords  

Step 4: Locate the center of two of the 2-yard cords. Secure 1 on either side of the long cords. Make sure the centers line up with the others.

These are the working cords for the thick Square knots, at the top of the Speaker Hanger. The long cords are the fillers for this area.


Tie First Half of SK   Step 5: Use the lower portion of the 2-yard cords to tie the first half of a Square Knot.

Go around the entire bundle of long cords to make a wide, thick knot.

Tie 2nd Half of SK  

Tighten the first half, making sure it rests close to the center, where the cords are secured.  Try to keep the long cords arranged neatly.

Tie the second half of the SK.


Sennit = 8 Knots   Tie 7 more Square Knots, moving from the center downward, towards the ends (total of 8 SK).

Turn Around and Tie 8 SK  

Turn the board around, so you are using the other half of the 2-yard working cords.

Tie 8 more SK, moving from the center towards the ends. 

Start with the second half of the SK, since the first half is already tied at the center.

Pass Cords Through Ring  

Step 6: Pass the rolled cord bundles at one end through the ring.

It helps to do this step with the Speaker Hanger suspended from a hook in the ceiling or wall.


Arrange Sennit Over Knot on Ring  

Step 7: Arrange the center of the SK sennit on top of the Half Hitches at the bottom of the ring.

The rolled bundles should dangle on each side of the ring.

Fold the sennit, matching the last knots tied in each half, so it's balanced.


Apply Glue on Inside  

Step 8: Apply the fabric glue to the inside of the SK sennit, as well as the bottom of the ring. 

Wrap a piece of scrap cord around the SK sennit while the glue dries.  


Step 9:  Place the Speaker Hanger on your work surface horizontally, with the ring on your left.

Start Wrapped Knot  

Secure a 60-inch cord below the SK sennit, so the secured end is near the ring (Left).

To start the Wrapped Knot, fold the cord 6 inches from the secured end, to your right. 


Wrap Working End Around Bundle  

Bring the working end around the bundle, passing over the secured end.

Pass it over the front and under the back of the long cords.  Pass it under the secured end as you bring it to the front again.


Pass End Through Loop  

Continue to wrap firmly, with the coils close together. Move from the bottom of the SK sennit, towards the folded area (arrow).

Stop when the knot is 1.5 inches long. Pass the end through the folded area, which now looks like a loop.


Pull on Secured End  

Remove the pin from the secured end, and pull on it. The loop will be pulled inside the knot, along with a portion of the working end.

Apply a light coat of Fabric Glue on the outside of the knot. Trim the two ends of the 60-inch cord flush with the bottom and top of the knot.  Melt the tips with a flame.



Long Sennits (Middle Section)


Step 10: Organize the long cords by dividing them into 8 groups of 4.

Put each group in a plastic bag, or use another method to keep them organized. They should still be rolled up.

Spiral Stitch  

Suspend the Speaker Hanger from the ceiling or wall.

Using one group of 4 cords, tie a Spiral Stitch sennit measuring 15 inches.

See important tip below


Important: This area of the Speaker Hanger should be neat and uniform.

Start by tying 5 Half Knots. Push the knots together to eliminate any space.

Twist the spiral design so the back moves to the front, facing you (half twist).  Then tie 5 more knots.

Repeat this process several times, as you continue.

Switch Fillers and Working Cords  

When the spiral portion is finishedswitch the working cords with the fillers.

It's best to put the working cords under the fillers when you switch them.


Design Option:  To disguise any of the switched areas in the hanger, you can apply beads before tying the next knot. 

Tie a Square Knot  

Step 11: The previous fillers are now the working cords for the next portion of the sennit.

Tie the first Square Knot. Remove all the slack above the knot by tightening it firmly and pulling down on the fillers.


Square Knot Sennit  

Tie additional Square Knots to create a sennit measuring 25 inches.

As you progress, push up on the knots to eliminate any space between them.


Repeat steps 10 - 11, using each group of four cords, to create the remaining sennits for the Speaker Hanger.

Make sure they are all the same length, in both the Spiral Stitch area and the Square Knot portion.   Measure carefully.


Upper Cradle (Lower Area)

Link Two Sennits  

Step 12: Select two sennits that are close to each other, and mentally number the cords 1 - 8.

Make sure they are not twisted.

Tie a SK with cords 3 - 6, to connect them.

Repeat this process with the remaining sennits for the Speaker Hanger.
Switch Ends  

Step 13: Go to one pair of linked sennits, and locate cords 5 - 8.

Pass cords 5 and 8 over cords 6 and 7, to switch them.

Cords 6 and 7 now become the new working cords, with 5 and 8 as the fillers.


Design Option: This is another area where you can add beads to decorate the Speaker Hanger and disguise the switched portion.  

Add them before you tie the knots (step13 and 14).

SK After Switch   Tie a Square Knot with cords 6 and 7.

Pull out as much of the slack above the knot as you can, when you tighten the knot.

Switch Ends  

Step 14: Pass cords 1 and 4 under cords 2 and 3, to switch them.

The new working cords will be 2 and 3, and the fillers are cords 1 and 4.


SK on Left   Tie a Square Knot with cords 2 and 3.

Pull out as much slack as you can above the knot.

25 SK Sennits  

Step 15: Using cords 1 - 4, tie 23 knots to make the SK sennit on the left (total of 24).

Do the same with cords 5 - 8 to make the SK sennit on the right.

Make sure each sennit is the same size, and that the knots are pushed together to eliminate any slack.


Repeat steps 13 - 15 with the remaining linked sennits, to finish the upper cradle for the Speaker Hanger.


Lower Cradle

Alternate Sennits  

Step 16: You now need to alternate the sennits when you combine them to make the lower part of the cradle. You do this by putting 4 sennits next to each other.

Mentally number them 1 - 4. Link sennits 2 and 3 with one SK, as you did in Step 12 (cords 3 - 6).



Step 17: Do the same with the remaining sennits.

Sennit 4 in the image above will be linked with sennit 5.  Sennits 6 and 7 are linked, as are 8 and 1.

The most important thing to remember when making this portion of the Speaker Hanger, is that the newly combined sennits have to be alternate to the first ones you linked together in step 12.


Step 18: Go to each new set of linked sennits, and switch cords as you did in steps 13 and 14.

After the first knots are done, tie an additional 19 SK (total of 20), similar to what you did in step 15

Measure each sennit carefully to make sure they are all the same length.


Finishing Touches


Step 19: Bring all the ends together in one bundle. Make sure none of the sennits are twisted, especially in the cradle area.

Use a 60-inch cord to make a 1.5-inch Wrapped Knot, as you did in step 9.

Apply glue to the cords inside the bundle as you wrap. This way the knot holds onto the cords better, since nylon is slippery. Wrap tightly.

Apply glue to the outside of the Wrapped knot, and cut off the end flush with the knot (60-inch cord only).  Melt the tip with a flame.

Pull on each of the long cords to remove any space above the Wrapped Knot. It should rest against the bottom of each sennit.




Step 20: To make a Figure 8 fringe for the Speaker Hanger, use one cord to form a counter-clockwise loop.  It should be close to the Wrapped Knot.

Pass the end under the segment coming from the  Wrapped Knot.


Figure 8 Knot  

Bring the end to the right, passing over the segment coming from the Wrapped Knot.

Pass it through the loop under - over (from below).

Pull the end tightly and try to position it as close to the Wrapped Knot as possible.


Series of Figure 8 Knots   Tie several more Figure 8 Knots along the length of the cord you are working with. The space between each one should be the same.

Glue and Fuse the End   The final Figure 8 knot should be at the tip.

Apply glue to this knot and heat fuse the end to prevent unraveling.

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