Macrame Coaster Guide for Beginners

Learn to create a macrame coaster from this easy step-by-step beginner guide with images and video.

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Welcome to our step-by-step guide and video tutorial on creating cord macrame coasters, designed for absolute beginners. In this guide, we will walk you through each stage of the process, encouraging you to master the art of macrame and craft a beautiful coaster for your home or gifts for family, friends, or colleagues. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, this tutorial is easy to follow. By the end of the guide, you will have learned essential macrame techniques and be able to create authentic handmade coasters. You will also discover why hemp cord is perfect for small and large macrame projects. It is soft, flexible, and durable, plus it adds a touch of natural elegance and boho charm to your unique design.

So, gather your supplies and let’s get started on this creative adventure.

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Macrame Coasters with Hemp Cord (Video Tutorial)

Supplies needed

In this tutorial we used #48 Hemp Cord Spools, in Dusty Pink and Natural colors. It is a premium quality 100% hemp cord, perfect for macrame, as it is gentle on the skin, very flexible for intricate knotting, but strong and durable. It comes in 18 colors, is 1.8 mm thick, and is very easy to work with. For less than $20, you can make a pretty boho decorative item for your home. You can use this multipurpose cord to make macrame bracelets, necklaces, garlands, wall hangers, belts, bags, keychains, curtains, Christmas ornaments, gift tags, etc.  Alternatively, you can use #10 Hemp Cord (approximately 0.5mm) or #20 Hemp Cord (approximately 1mm).

For this project, you will need to cut 16 pieces of approximately 4 ft long cords in total. We used 12 pieces of Natural cord and 4 pieces of Dusty Pink cord.

You will also need

A pair of sharp scissors will be used to cut and trim the cord.

Any type of dowel rod or a thick stick will be used to tie the knots around while weaving the design. Make sure you can slide it off the rod after completing the project.

Measuring tape/ruler that will help you achieve consistent measurements and an even–looking product.

DIY Coaster Instructions

Let’s get started on this creative journey of crafting handmade coasters. You will have a personalized finished piece for your mug in no time.


Take each piece of cord and fold it evenly in half.
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Attach each cord to a dowel rod with a Lark’s Head Knot. Start by guiding the folded end of the rope over the rod.


Create a loop.
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Pull the remaining cord through the loop and complete the Lark’s Head Knot. Tighten firmly.


Repeat with all other ropes.
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Once you have all 16 ropes attached to a dowel, move on to tying a row of square knots by using 4 cords at a time. Take the far-right cord and cross it over the two middle pieces. Then take the far-left cord and place it over the right cord.


Guide it behind the two middle cords, and up through the loop.
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Pull it tightly. Half Square Knot is completed.


We are now moving on to complete the other half of the Square Knot.
You will need to repeat the previous process, but in reverse – starting from the left side. Take the left cord and cross it over the middle ones to create the loop. The far-right piece goes over the left, behind the middle ones, and up through the loop. Make sure you pull each knot tightly.

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Continue tying one full row of 8 square knots.


Next, you are going to create a second row of alternating knots. Leave off the two ropes on the far left and start knotting square knots with the next four ropes. Continue until you have finished the row.
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Move on to the third row, using the same alternating method. Start with the 4 pieces on the far left.


Continue tying the knots to the desired length of the coaster.
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Slide the coaster off the rod and use scissors to cut the Lark’s head loops into half, right through the middle.


Trim the loose ends of the coaster to the desired length, which will represent the fringe of the coaster. You can use the ruler’s thickness as a guidance for even cutting.

Note: If you plan to knot the ends of the coasters, do the trimming as a last step, as it will be easier to work with longer strings.
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Your coaster is now complete! For a rustic finish, you can leave ends as is, or try overhead or gathering knot for a neater look.

Why Hemp Cord is the Best Material for Macrame

Macrame, the art of knotting cords, has gained popularity in recent years. Various cord materials can be used in macrame projects, including cotton, jute, but hemp cord stands out as the perfect choice for macrame supplies. Macrame artists favor hemp for its unmatched quality, versatility, and contributions to a greener planet.

Strength & durability

Exceptional strength and durability ensure your DIY macrame creations will endure the test of time.

Hypoallergenic & antimicrobial

Pure hemp fiber is gentle and soft on your sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic and antimicrobial features.

Easy to work with

Smooth fiber texture enables you to knot effortlessly, while maintaining precision in the most intricate designs.

Color variety

Being able to choose from an abundance of different colors helps you express your creativity easily.


A sustainable and biodegradable cord made from a renewable resource that requires minimal chemical processing.

Coasters for Boho Chic Home Décor

The easiest way to add dimension and depth into the room is by adding texture, patterns, or layers. And what better way to add texture than unique DIY homemade pieces that will have a sentimental value, just like coasters.

Macrame coasters can be a charming home décor piece, adding a touch of bohemian flair into your space. Handcrafted coasters will highlight the artistry of one-of-a-kind eye-catching designs. The natural hemp cords add to a cozy and warm atmosphere. Furthermore, intricate and creative patterns soften any space in your home, from coffee tables, dining area, consoles, or outdoor space.

Knowing it is handmade by you emphasizes authenticity and craftsmanship while also allowing you to showcase your personal style and creativity. Whether used for practical or decorative purposes, macrame coasters are a delightful décor piece to any home.

Why Use Macrame Coasters?

Practical usagE

Use them under the mugs to protect surfaces from overheating or staining.


If you want to add dimension and depth to your space, adding macrame pieces is a simple, yet effective way to accomplish just that. Strategically placed coasters around the house will introduce cohesiveness into the space. You can also frame the coasters and put them on the wall.

Great as a gift 

A great DIY gift idea for holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or housewarming gifts.

Basket fillers

A few pieces of handmade coasters can make a stunning and unique basket filler.

Kids Craft Activity

Knotting coasters can be a wonderful craft activity for the kids and families in general.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clean and care for my DIY macrame coasters?
Regular caring includes removing surface dirt and dust by using a lint roller. You can clean common stains by spot washing the coaster with mild detergent. Let the coaster air dry in a well-ventilated area.

If you are dealing with tough stains, you can use the washing machine. Don’t forget to put the coaster in a wash bag or a pillowcase, to protect the fibers. Wash on a delicate cycle, warm water. Bear in mind that you should not use the dryer, rather, air dry the coaster and brush out the fringe if needed.

How do I keep my macrame coaster flat?
Make sure to keep your knots slightly loose to keep your macrame coaster flat. You can also use a few pieces of strands for each row.
What material can I use to make DIY coasters?
Macrame coasters can be made from various materials, such as cotton, jute, linen, hemp, wool, or leather. One of the most popular choices among macrame artists is hemp due to its superior features.
Where to buy hemp cord?
High-quality, durable macrame hemp cord can be purchased at Hemptique. Our wide selection includes various cord colors, lengths, and thicknesses made specifically for macramé projects.
What scissors should I use for macrame?
It is highly recommended to use fabric scissors. They are easier to work with since they are sharp enough to quickly cut through thicker cords and materials while maintaining precision. You can also use regular scissors; however, trimming and cutting the ropes will be a lot harder.