Start by repainting your old Christmas ornaments with spray paint in beautiful new colours. Apply thin layers and spray from a distance of about 20 to 30 cm.* Let the paint dry completely.
Cut a piece of cotton string to about 80 cm. Cross the string around the hanger on the ornament.
Cut 13 more pieces of cotton string, 40 to 80 cm long depending on how many knots you will tie. Fold a piece of string in half and attach it with a lark’s head knot over the crossed string (see image 2). Then attach the remaining pieces of string with lark’s head knots around the entire hanger. Pull on the crossed string to tighten the threads around the hanger. Then continue with one of the following three techniques:
Christmas ornament with narrow stripes: Arrange the strings evenly over the ornament.
Christmas ornament with wide bands: Divide the strings into groups of four and tie square knots all the way down, to the underside of the ornament (images 3 and 4).
Ornament with checkerboard pattern: Divide the strings into groups of four. Tie 4 square knots (images 3 and 4) with each group. Then take two strings from each knot and tie a square knot 1.5 cm down on the ornament. Repeat once more.
Cut a piece of string and make a loose loop. Place the loose loop on top of all the strings and wrap the string over the loop and firmly around all of the strings several times, down to about 1 cm under the ornament. Thread the end of the string (that you used for wrapping) into the loop, and then pull on the other end of the loop to secure the string.
Trim all strings, so that they are nice and even.
Decorate the Christmas tree with beautiful macramé! If you think your old holiday ornaments are getting a little dusty and sad, here is a fun way to reinvigorate them. Start by repainting the ornaments with spray paint in the same or different colours. After that, tie macramé knots around the ornaments to give them extra pizzazz. It’s the perfect Christmas craft if you love old-fashioned holiday decorations with a cool, modern twist.
*Spray outdoors or in a well ventilated space, for example in a workshop or garage.