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How To Make A DIY Macrame American Flag

The 4th of July is just around the corner so I decided to make a DIY macrame American flag. You can make one too with this easy tutorial and I have included a video! It’s super easy and uses only 3 basic macrame knots.

I don’t usually decorate much for the 4th of July, and I’m not sure where I will hang it yet, but it can go just about anywhere! Over the mantle, on the wall, on the door, or even outside if you have a covered porch.

If you are a beginner at macrame check out Learn to Macrame with 4 Basic Knots and my Simple Modern Plant Hanger for Beginners

I love macrame. It can be totally boho or it can be decidedly modern. It’s all how you choose to design it. Infinite possibilities…that’s what I love.

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I didn’t have any beads to use for stars, so I used hex nuts instead. The hubby reluctantly contributed 50 of them from his stash. Hahaha!

close up image of hex nut as stars in the DIY macrame American Flag

Let’s get knotting!!

You will find a materials list and written instructions just below the video. You can also print out the pattern and instructions from my FREE resource library (link to the library is at the end of this post)

Make Your Own Macrame American Flag

Materials need

image of red, natural and blue macrame string, scissors, ruler, hex nuts and bobby pin.   Materials needed to make a DIY macrame American Flag

Step 1

Starting on the right side of the stick and working right to left, attach 4 red strings individually using a lark’s head knot, then 4 natural strings, then 4 red strings, then 4 natural strings.

Next add all of the blue strings individually using a lark’s head knot.

image of red, natural, and blue macrame string tied to a branch using a lark's head knot

Step 2

Beginning on the left side, with the blue strings only

  • Row 1 – tie square knots all the way across the blue strings.
  • Row 2 – Skip 2 strings, tie 1 square knot, add a hex nut to the 2 middle strings, then tie 1 square knot under the hex nut and tighten to keep hex nut in place. Skip 4 strings and tie 1 square knot, add a hex nut to the 2 middle strings, then tie 1 square knot under the hex nut and tighten to keep hex nut in place. Continue across in the same pattern until you have 5 hex nuts in the second row.
  • Row 3 – Skip 6 strings, tie 1 square knot, add the hex nut to the 2 middle strings, then tie 1 square knot under the hex nut and tighten to keep hex nut in place. Skip 4 strings, tie 1 square knot, add the hex nut to the 2 middle strings then tie 1 square knot underneath the hex nut and tighten to keep it in place. Continue this pattern in row 3 until you have 4 hex nuts across the row. They should fall in between the hex nuts in the row above.
  • Row 4 – Repeat steps from Row 2
  • Row 5 – Repeat steps from Row 3
  • Row 6 – Repeat steps from Row 2
  • Row 7 – Repeat steps from Row 3
  • Row 8 – Repeat steps from Row 2
  • Row 9 – Repeat steps from Row 3
  • Row 10 – Repeat steps from Row 2
  • Row 11 – Repeat steps from Row 3
  • Row 12 – Repeat steps from Row 2

You should now have 50 hex nuts in the same pattern as the stars on the American flag.

Image of hex nuts used as stars on the DIY macrame American Flag

Step 3

Frame off blue section of the macrame American flag using half hitch knots.

Measure down about 1/2 inch and using the first blue string on the left side as the working string, tie half hitch knots all the way across until you reach the last blue string.

Learn how to tie a half hitch knot

Step 4

Starting on the right side of the blue section tie 4, 4ft lengths of red string individually using a lark’s head knot. Thread the string through the space between the last square knot and the row of half hitch knots.

Now tie 4 natural strings individually using a lark’s head knot. Alternate 4 red and 4 natural until you reach the left side of the blue section. The last section should be red.

image of red, natural, and blue strings tied with a lark's head knot to form the rest of the flag under the star section

Step 5

  • Cut off all of the blue strings that are hanging.
  • Trim the bottom of the macrame American flag so that the ends are all even.
  • Attach a string to hang
woman holding completed DIY Macrame American Flag

Congratulations! You have made your own DIY macrame American flag.

You can hang it on the wall, above your fireplace mantle, or even on your front door.

DON’T FORGET TO PIN FOR LATER!

Where will you hang yours? I would love to see when you finish it. Tag me on Instagram or Facebook to share it with me!

Happy Macrameing!

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4 Comments

  1. Cheryl Adams says:

    My sister asked me to make her this u.s. flag for her she knows I can macrame my question is how big is the flag complete. Thank you Cheryl Adams. [email protected]

  2. Sheila Cosgrove Johnson says:

    What’s the total yardage of each color ? I’m thinking I’m going to use a larger cord perhaps 5mm I am not certain yet
    Great job

    1. Hi Sheila! 46 yards of red, 30 yards of natural, and 40 yards of blue. Good luck with your flag, I know it will be awesome!

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