I didn’t have any intention of getting into macrame. My mom mentioned in passing that I should learn how to do it so I could make hanging planters with the pots I was hand building. I laughed it off and said I didn’t need any other hobbies, and then of course less than 24 hours later I had a (digital) cart full of macrame supplies ready for checkout.
I started making a bunch of other little projects with the abundance of cord I had, one of which was the first version of this water bottle carrier I assembled from a few different online resources I found. I liked how useful it was, but had some tweaks I wanted to make so I figured I’d make a video that anyone else could follow along as well.
In addition to the video walking through the entire process of creating the water bottle carrier, I’ve also put together a handful of short videos that review how to tie each of the knots I used to create this project. I hope they’re useful for anyone who maybe hasn’t done macrame before, or anyone who might feel a little rusty when jumping into this project!
Here’s the breakdown of how to make your own bottle carrier.
- 8 pieces of 3 mm cord – 10.5 ft in length
- Additional cord scraps for finishing the strap, alternately cut roughly an arm’s length of new cord instead
- Tape Measure
- Optional: the bottle you’re planning to carry, this is helpful to size up the carrier as you work
- Start by taking one of the 8 pieces of cord and fold it in half. Tie a double half hitch knot to create a loose loop that’s a few inches across. Hang this over a hook to make working easier.
- Attach the other 7 pieces using lark’s head knots. Pull on the unknotted half of the string in the half hitch knot to tighten the loop and force all the other pieces into a tight circle. This will form the bottom of the carrier.
- From here tie four square knots directly against each side of the base.
- Leave a 1-inch gap and make a row of alternating square knots
- From there make 6 additional rows of alternating square knots, leaving approximately 1.5 inches of space between each row. This spacing can be adjusted up or down to accommodate larger or smaller bottles.
- Split the thread into two sections of 8. On each side leave an inch of space and tie a square knot using the middle four cords. Directly above that tie two more square knots side by side.
- From here you can design the handle however you’d prefer, but for this version I left a 6-inch gap, tied 6 square knots, left another 6-inch gap and then tied 6 more square knots.
- From there I overlapped the two sections of cord and used some scrap cord I had to create sections of gathering knots to form a shoulder strap and finish off the carrier.