Instructions for a Macrame Door Curtain

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Cover your doorway with a knotted curtain.
Cover your doorway with a knotted curtain. (Image: Doorway image by styf from Fotolia.com)

Some rooms and closets don’t have doors. Perhaps your home has never had a door to a particular space, such as a closet, and you don’t feel the need or have the funds to get one. Others need to partition large spaces without renovating or investing in heavy hinged screens. Macramé door curtains are one solution. You can add beads if you like and use whatever colors suit you.

Things You'll Need

  • Dowel rod
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Varnish or stain (optional)
  • Macramé cord
  • Scissors
  • Beads (optional)

Lay your dowel rod horizontally on a flat, sturdy surface. It should be no thicker than ½ inch and as long as the inside of your doorway so it fits properly. Sand or finish the rod before attaching the curtain.

Cut lengths of macramé cord six times as long as you want your curtain to be. For instance, if you want your curtain to be 1 foot long, each cord should be 6 feet long. Cut 24 lengths of cord for each foot of dowel rod; for example, a 3 foot dowel needs 72 lengths of cord.

Fold the first cord in half and slip the folded end under the dowel rod so the loop sticks out on the side away from you. Pull the loop toward you up and over the dowel and slip the ends of the cord through the loop and pull tight. This is a lark’s head knot. Repeat with each cord.

Start at the left side of your dowel and separate out four strands of cord. From left to right they are A through D. Bring cord A to the right over cords B and C and under cord D. Bring cord D to the left under cords B and C and over cord A. Pull cords A and D to form your first knot.

Repeat Step 4 for each set of four strands across the dowel rod. When finished, go back to the left side of your dowel and repeat Step 4 again, creating your new knots below and between the first set of knots to create a staggered pattern. Continue until you reach the ends of your cords.

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