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How to Make a Simple Macrame Wall Hanging with Beads

Learn how to make a simple macrame wall hanging with beads. Make this project using square knots and half hitch knots.

pink macrame wall hanging made using square knots with a round bead.

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Lately I have been minimizing the stuff we have in our home. Taking down old pictures and wall decor. The trouble is it left me with lots of empty wall space that needed something…

Something simple and easy.

Today I’m going to show you how to make simple macrame wall hanging with beads. A wall hanging doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact the simpler they are the better I like them.

I don’t usually plan my projects, they just sort of take on a life of their own as I’m creating. When I decided to go with the pink string, I knew right away I wanted to use my stash of natural colored beads.

This one is made using square knots and half hitch knots. Easy, right?


pink macrame string with wooden dowel rod laying on top

Let’s make a simple wall hanging with beads

Step 1. Cut your string and tie it to the dowel rod using lark’s head knots.

Cut 20 pieces of 3mm pink cotton macrame string 6 feet long. Once you cut the first one, simply use it as a guide to cut the rest.

This will give you 40 strings.

pink macrame string tied to a dowel rod using a lark's head knot

Step 2. Make the design using square knots.

Beginning with the first 4 strings, tie on square knot and continue tying until you get to the other side.

first row of square knots for the simple wall hanging with beads

Skip the first two strings for the second row and tie square knots all the way across. You will have two strings left at the end.

  • Third row: skip 4 strings, tie square knots, leave 4 untied at the end.
  • Fourth row: skip 6 strings, tie square knots, leave 6 untied.
  • Fifth row: skip 8 strings, tie square knots, leave 8 untied.
  • Sixth row: skip 10 strings, tie square knots, leave 10 untied.
  • Seventh row: skip 12 strings, tie square knots, leave 12 untied.
  • Eighth row: skip 14 strings, tie square knots, leave 14 untied.
  • Ninth row: skip 16 strings, tie square knots, leave 16 untied.
  • Tenth row: skip 18 strings, tie one square knot, leave 18 untied.

You have now made an upside down triangle.

square knots in an upside down triangle

Step 3. Frame the design

Using the first cord on the left side as your working cord, tie each string around it twice using a half hitch knot.

half hitch knots to frame design

Tie half hitch knots the same way down the right side of the design.

Step 4. Add beads

Where the 2 sides of half hitch knots meet, tie a square knot.

Then using the two middle strings thread the bead up and tie in place with another square knot.

round bead tied to wall hanging with square knot

Now add the oval beads at intervals across the entire piece. I staggered mine.

Use a bobby pin to thread the bead onto the string easily.

threading an oval bead onto the string using a bobby pin
oval beads tied to the macrame wall hanging

You can finish the bottom off anyway you want to, but I left the strings long and didn’t do any additional fraying to the ends.

I really like the natural look they have just as they are.

Bottom of macrame wall hanging with beads with frayed ends

That’s it! Your simple macrame wall hanging with beads is done!

Completed pink simple macrame wall hanging with beads

Where will you hang this simple cutie? I do believe I am going to give this one to my granddaughter. She has an eclectic soul and she will love it!

Be sure to share your completed wall hanging with me! Tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Like this project? Pin it for later!

image to pin to pinterest

Happy knotting!



Saturday 4th of December 2021

I have a question….so you say I need 20 pieces of string..I’m a little lost on how long tho..according to your thing it says 6 in…that’s not very long to be able to do this.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Hi Michele, That's 6 feet, not inches. Sorry for the confusion!

Helen Winter

Thursday 19th of August 2021

Thank you so much for your instructions on forming the knots Suzanne. I have spent days trying to master the Half Hitch. I got the left to right yesterday but the reverse.... I think too many instructors make this knot more complicated than necessary. Your demo helped me finally get it. Oh I am so happy. Please continue to help us novices.

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Hi Helen! I'm so happy the tutorial helped you!! I can't wait to see what you create!!!

Lisa W

Saturday 13th of February 2021

The pink 3 mm I’m not sure how much to order? How do I figure out how much I will need for the project ? Thanks

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Hi Lisa! I'm so sorry, I'm just now seeing this. You will need 120 feet or 40 yards.


Monday 16th of November 2020

Does skip the first 2, 4, etc mean on each side?

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Hi Debbie! Yes it does.


Sunday 13th of September 2020

I love this pattern, can't wait to make it.

Sunday 13th of September 2020

I'm glad you love it!!