It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared a home-based DIY project here at JustineCelina, but that’s about to change this spring! But I’m also a pretty crafty and love the challenge of figuring out how I can achieve a similar look for less — like the Natural Tree Trunk Side Table I made for a third of the price of its West Elm dupe, for example. Tonight, I’m sharing all the DIY details that went into the Large Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging I created for our recently refreshed Living Room! The inspiration for this Large Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging came about as my DIY ideas often do — I spot a stunning piece of art or decor and fall head over heels, only to experience extreme sticker shock when I find out how much it costs! In this case, I found similar scale wall hangings (for reference, this piece is 70″ x 52″) retailing online for up to $1 500 (plus shipping!) I made this our Large Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging for less than 30th of the cost of the inspiration piece — plus it ties in perfectly with our space and I have the satisfaction of knowing it’s completely unique.
Real talk — sourcing your materials is actually the most time consuming part of the entire project! I’m no expert macrame artist, but I had spotted some beautiful, smaller scale macrame wall hangings at HomeSense on my many runs to source elements for our living room — so I figured I could amalgamate them into one large scale driftwood wall hanging. So, I kept a reference piece in mind (you can spot it in the upper left hand side of my living room mood board below) and scoured all my local stores for macrame wall hangings I could deconstruct and reassemble.
I’ve always loved driftwood, but started collecting it over the years on girls weekends at my friend Kelsey’s lake in interior BC. However, I didn’t have the nearly 6′ piece I needed for this wall hanging, so I asked Kelsey for a good place to find driftwood close by (we live about an hour from some of Canada’s most stunning lakes in Banff National Park!) I lucked out big time as it had been drying out in her garage since the summer, but if you don’t have an awesome source like I did, I suggest going for a forage at bodies of water close to you.
Once I had my driftwood and my centre hanging, I could start to visualize what the piece would actually look like and what I needed to source to complete it. On my HomeSense runs, I looked for other macrame wall hangings similar in length that were neutral in colour and that I could also detach from their wooden rails easily. Since this is a bespoke project and every wall hanging will be unique, you may need to take different steps to achieve your desired result. Then, I measured the length of my driftwood and the width of my focal macrame piece to determine centre.
I positioned the focal macrame piece in the centre of my driftwood, checking my measurements on both sides. I also unraveled the macrame loops at the top of the piece to ensure they were large enough to slide over the driftwood.
Then, I drilled a 2 hole through the driftwood, about 3 inches away from each edge, to thread our macrame cord through to hang the piece. I found the weight of the materials caused the hanging cord to drop, making it too long.
Once I was happy with the way the piece was hanging on the wall, I trimmed any excess cord from either side of the knot.
I hope you found this post helpful and feel empowered to tackle a DIY Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging of your own!
If you do, I’d love to see photos — feel free to share, tag me, use the #justinecelinaDIYs hashtag, or shoot me a DM or an email so I can see your beautiful creations.