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Want to get creative this festive season? Have a go at making your own Christmas decorations. We've got the lowdown on how to create stunning macramé baubles.

Tools and materials


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Measure and cut string

An easy way to remember how much string you'll need is to go by the ‘10 and 10 Rule' – you'll need 10 pieces of string, and each piece will need to be 10 times the length of your bauble. Use your string to measure against the length of your decoration, then fold it in half to get twice the length of your bauble. Do this another five times to get your ten lengths. Keeping up? Don't worry – you can refer to the video at any time. Once you've got this first piece, cut another nine lengths the same and you've got your string.

3Tie it up

Take your 10 pieces of string, fold in half and tie a knot – this is the bit that will attach to your Christmas tree.

Person holding string in front of Christmas tree.

4Stick the knot to the table

Grab a piece of masking tape and stick your knot to the table – this will make the rest of the job much easier.

String and masking tape lying on table with cloth.

5Separate your strings

Once you've stuck down your lengths, separate them into five groups of four, then tie a knot about a third of the length of the bauble down from the top knot. Pull it tight.

String taped to table, and person making macrame decoration with different ends.

6Tie adjacent lengths

Take two pieces from two adjacent lengths and tie them together. Then take the final two pieces on either end and tie them together. This completes our second row of knots. Then repeat the process for a third row.

String taped to table, and person making macrame decoration with different ends.

7Place your Christmas bauble in

Once you have your three rows of knots, grab your bauble and nestle it into the knots you've made. Twist the loose ends at the bottom together before tying one final knot to secure your decoration in place. To neaten it up, give those loose edges a bit of a trim – and you're done!

String taped to table, and person making macrame decoration with Christmas bauble.

8Admire your handiwork

These little decorations make great gifts. They are also great DIY school holiday activities to do with the kids. Why not experiment with different ropes and twines for fancier looks? The sky's the limit!

Person holding Christmas bauble macrame decoration.

9Feeling crafty

Liked this project? We have plenty more Christmas craft ideas to choose from or you can head to your local Bunnings store's craft aisle for inspiration.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.