Macrame Butterfly Instructions

Updated March 23, 2017

Macrame is a popular crafting method that uses knotting over weaving or crocheting. It can be simple in nature or very complex, depending on the intricacy of the knots used. The macrame butterfly comes in many patterns and levels of difficulty. This particular butterfly design is well suited for macrame beginners.


Assemble the materials for the butterfly project. You will need a 3-foot section of hemp rope, three 1/4-inch wooden beads (colour and texture depend on personal tastes) and masking tape, craft glue, and jewellery pins. All items can be purchased at any craft speciality store.

Initial Assembly

Cut hemp rope into three, 1-foot lengths. Fold one piece in half and tape two ends to a flat surface. Slide one bead onto the folded rope and push it toward the taped end; letting it rest about 1 inch from the tape. Place the other two strands together and put them under the folded rope. Use this double strand to make a secure knot under the bead to prevent it from sliding down the rope. This double strand will be used to make the details of your butterfly.

Final Touches

Make another knot about 1/2 inch up from the first one toward the taped end. Push this knot down to meet the first knot, this will make the top wings. Slide two more beads onto the folded piece of rope. Make another knot 1/2 inch down from the last bead you have placed on the rope. Push the knot up to the last bead to make the bottom set of wings. Using your craft glue, place a dot on the last knot to secure it in place. Cut off any leftover rope. Glue the jewellery pin on the back of the butterfly and let dry overnight. Your finished butterfly will be about 2 1/2- to 3-inches long.

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