Thursday, May 3, 2012
It's De Ja Vu All Over Again - Macrame Hangers Are Back
Wednesday was volunteer day and then we went to dinner with our second daughter and her family and another day went by with no post. So, here I am today sharing a walk down memory lane with you. As Yogi Berra said, "it's de ja vu all over again." That always makes me laugh. But it truly is de ja vu all over again.
Many of you are not old enough to remember the macrame craze of the 70's. Plant hangers, wall decorations, I even made macrame leather belts for Christmas one year. Yes, I did a lot of macrame and lo and behold it is ba-aack. Seriously. Who would have thought? So, I dusted off the rusty knot tying skills and made myself some candle holders for my patio umbrella. It's hard to see in this dark picture where they are actually hanging, but we put cup hooks in the wooden spokes of our patio umbrella and I hung my candle holders from there. It just dawned on me one day that was the solution to more table space and less clutter.
Sometimes that creative spark is all you need to solve a little dilemma. This was one of those times when the perfect solution came to me. Love when that happens, don't you? And, it was fun putting these all together.
I started with some little apothecary jars I bought at Old Tyme Pottery for 50 cents each. You could use baby food jars, small mason jars, anything you might have on hand, doesn't have to be these particular jars. I painted the inside with some Pebeo glass paint I had from another project. I did this by dropping some paint in the bottom of the jar, adding some acetone nail polish remover and swishing it around with a sponge brush until the inside was covered. Then, I turned them upside down and let them drain on some paper. Following the paint jar's instructions, I then put them in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes and removed them after they had cooled. Easy peasey.
Now, to make the macrame hangers. I wanted simple and easy so I used a spool of jute twine I had from the Dollar Tree. It was more than enough to make these six hangers.
Now, separate the twine into 4 groups of 2 pieces of twine each. I went down about 12 inches to begin tying my first set of knots. You are going to tie an overhand knot which is super simple. You simply take the two pieces of twine and take it up over, around and through the middle.
Next, I put some epsom salts in the bottom of the jars and placed a tea light candle in each jar. You can use sand also, just something that will allow the candle to sit flat. If you don't want real candles, you can use the battery operated flicker candles you get at the Dollar Store or craft store. They work great too.
I am so happy with our candle hangers. The look great hanging from the umbrella and it gives us so much more space on the table. Using the cup hooks allows them to be easily removed for storage, especially if it is supposed to rain and then you can easily hang them back up.
I made my hangers different lengths just because I wanted them that way. You can make yours whatever length you like using the same basic principles. I am thinking about making more to hang from trees in the yard and along the deck rail. They add a lovely ambiance to an evening on the deck.
This is an easy and inexpensive project. I have $1 in twine, $3 in jars and used paint that I already had. If you want to use the glass paint, you can get it at most craft stores and it is not expensive. Think how lovely these could look at an outdoor wedding. Now, I am inspired to make more. It's de ja vu all over again!
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