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Macrame Chairs!

Hey-O Happy Freitag (that’s German for Friday) everybody. Guess what I am doing right now? Sitting in the waiting room of a hospital while Jeff gets a knee surgery for a torn Meniscus. We’re calling him “Young Menisc” from now on. He totally injured himself a few weeks back when Joel and Katrina were in town. I guess casually drinking beers in the backyard can result in knee surgery a month later, so be warned.

Anyway, I’d like to share with you my new favorite craft project: macrame lawn furniture. This combines two of my favorite things; sitting on chairs in the backyard and craft projects, so you can see why I was drawn to it.

It really all started a long time ago. My Grandpa’s craft was making macrame chairs out of colorful cord and discarded aluminum frames. He actually gave us two of the chairs as our wedding present, a totally sweet gift. We use them all the time and totally love the crazy patterns. My Grandpa has since passed away but his chairs remind me of him every time we get them out :)

My Grandpa’s patterns are a bit more serious than mine, or at least his colors are. He was a big fan of dusty blues and white cord with brown speckles. I saw this project as an opportunity to get bold with my colors.

I ordered up some old (aka vintage) macrame books on ebay and followed the instructions. Meanwhile my friend Roonz was given strict instructions to collect aluminum chairs for me at garage sales (she’s a serious garage sale nut).

It took a little bit to get a groove for how this all works. There’s not really any youtube videos to help me with this project. I guess making in depth instructional videos on how to make chairs for old people aren’t hot at the moment. The technical instructions provided in the books are not clear either. I kind of had to figure it out on my own. Using my crochet skillz I was able to figure out the method after about an hour. I finished the whole chair in one afternoon kid-nap sesh.

I have two more frames waiting in the wings. I’m thinking I might end the summer with way too much lawn furniture.

Update: New better macrame chair instructions over here.

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20 comments… add one
  • Roonz June 22, 2012

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to see them and how it all comes together. Can you share a picture of what the back/bottom looks like? I’m trying to figure out how you connected the cord to the the frames so cleanly.

    • Scoops June 25, 2012

      Yes, I totally will.

    • louise August 22, 2013

      How much cord does it take to cover one regular sized aluminum chair?

      • Scoops August 23, 2013

        For me it took 2 packages (different colors if you like) of 100 yards cord. Good luck!

  • Sarah June 22, 2012

    GET. OUT. That is the awesomest!

  • Mieze June 23, 2012

    You have skillz. I wish I had that. These chairs are adorable!

    • Scoops June 25, 2012

      Thank you. It’s easy, you should do it too.

  • Heidi June 23, 2012

    UHmazing! I am so doing this — I wish you’d post a tutorial! Where did you get that/what is that cord?

    PS: I’d really like to see the ones your Grampa did.

    • Scoops June 25, 2012

      Okay, twist my arm.

      Next one I make, I’ll take some good photos and do a post, and I’ll include a few photos of my Gpa’s chairs too.

  • Dan | Manhattan Nest June 24, 2012

    LOVE. This sounds like the most fun craftytime EVER. I wanna play tooooooo.

    • Scoops June 25, 2012

      Thanks! It was a pretty fun crafty party.

  • Kelly June 25, 2012

    I will definitely be waiting for a tutorial. My parents have stacks of these old chairs in their garage, perhaps I can “liberate” a few before summer is over.

  • Angela June 26, 2012

    Yes, I have major lust over these. Love love love! Do you think it’s possible to do them without really knowing how to crochet? I used to knit, many moons ago….so I have some sort of skills in that general area….

    • Scoops August 15, 2012

      Yes! You can totally do these without having crochet skills. Let me know if you decide to try it.

  • louise August 31, 2013

    is it 16 mms cord I’m trying to buy it on online unless you know a store where I canpurchase it?

  • wendy March 17, 2015

    I made these years ago… Found my book for them and everything!… chaosi put it where I can find it… O.O yep… I can’t find it now..LoL… I was lucky to find your page here. I just can’t seem to find the written direction… Would you be willing to send it to me?
    Thanks for showing your lovely work. I so enjoy it.~ Wendy

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