DIY Macrame Coasters- Beginners Tutorial- Easy Step by Step

Fun and Easy DIY Home Decor Project - Macramé Coasters - Easy Tutorial

Tutorial By Robyn Gough

This tutorial was created to help first time makers follow a simple weaving pattern to make macrame coasters for the home, a great addition to any tabletop and keeps coffee rings and watermarks off surfaces too!

This pattern was developed so that ANYONE, crafty or not, can make a professional standard home decor item. It doesn’t matter if you have never heard of Macramé until reading this article. This simple step by step will guide you through making your knots and will also feature handy tips and full pattern instructions to get your coasters pro standard! WARNING: this is a totally addictive craft! This tutorial will ready you to start exploring more knots and DIY fibre arts and projects for your home! Once your hooked, don’t forget to head over to the blog or video tutorials page to learn more crafts for free!

Let’s get started!

Make Your Own Perfect Macrame Coasters!


Macramé, unlike crochet or knitting, does not require any “needles”. You only need your hands to tie knots.

I use a contemporary styled Macramé cotton cord known as 5mm seriously soft - this is available in my shop here. It’s a very fine based loose cord that is easy to use and unravels gently should you want to create beautiful fringe effects


  • 2 Colours of 5mm Seriously Soft Single-Ply Cotton Cord (Click to Buy at my store)

  • Scissors

  • Comb or brush

  • Rotary cutter/ chopping board


The easiest way to learn how to do this is to watch this full length free tutorial video :

This video shows me making coasters for the second time. You can see me tie the initial knots in real-time - repeated the method twice. And then when the method becomes repetitive, the rest of the knots are shown in double time with the number of cords you need to add shown in text overlay.

These coasters are created in 6 rings/ rows which I will explain in the following steps in the video I say rows/ring interchangeably but they mean the same thing

*Since making this video I have revised the best amount of cords to add-in on each row, this is explained below and is on the text overlay in the video:

Measure and cut first! Since making this video I have revised the best amount of cords to add in each row, which is explained below and is on the text overlay in the video:

  • 1 length that is 130 cm long (this will be the working cord and should be in the majority colour)

  • 18 lengths that are 90cm long (majority colour)

  • 10 lengths that are 90 cm long of your minority Colour

*if you follow these steps exactly you should have 2/3 lengths left over at the end and enough cord hanging that you can choose to do a 7th round and have enough cord to knot comfortably.

Pattern Method:

*Make a note of this before you start to hep guide you

The below notes on each round will make PERFECT flat Coasters when using 5mm single-ply cord

starting loop 3 of the majority colour and 1 of the minority colour

Round 1

No cords need to be added Round Two Add 3 or the majority cord colour

Add 2 of the minority cord colour Round 3

Add 3 of the majority cord colour Add 1 to the minority cord colour Round 4

Add 2 of the majority cord colour

Do NOT add to the minority colour.

Round 5 Add 3 of the majority cord colour

Add 2 to the minority colour.

Round 6 you should not need to add in cords for this round just do your double hitches on the existing cords

Step by Step Photographic Tutorial - How to make Macrame Coasters - Easy Method


Making a loop to tie the first 4 folded cords onto, (as larks heads knots, 3 of the majority colour and 1 of the minority colour)

How to close the loop and leave a “working cord“ to make a seamless circle of 4 larks heads with a tail or working cord left loose.

Pull cords to tighten!

Round 1

How to tie your first Round of Double Hitches onto and around your working cord that was left loose.

make sure you do not use you end cord marked "x" - Just ignore it !

tie two hitches onto working cord

Pull tight

work your way around to the beginning tying two hitches for each cord you encounter

Stop at the starting cord !

Step 2.- Adding Cords and Round Two How to add in folded cords using a larks head and when to know it is best to do so.

Look for large gaps

fill using a length of cord attached using a larks head, then leave and tie hitches next to this new added in cord

by the end of this Second round of double hitches you should have

added 3 or the majority cord colour in extra (blue)

and Added in 2 of the minority cord colour in extra (cream).

Stop when you reach the first knots/beginning of previous round..

Row 3 Adding more cords Doing the third round by tying hitches and: