Mastering the Art of Handpainting Tie Dye Macrame Cords

Hey there, Creative Spirits! 😊 It’s Aubrey here, your fellow weaving lover, ready to dive into the whimsical world of tie-dye! If you think macrame is all about earthy tones, get ready to have your world turned upside down with vibrant hues and patterns!

Imagine infusing your macrame cords with a burst of color that shouts personality from every fiber. We’re going to twist, dye, and style our way to some seriously eye-catching pieces that will make your heart sing and your crafts pop! 🌈

So, grab those plain cords and roll up your sleeves because we’re about to get our hands colorfully dirty. And don’t worry if you’ve never done this before; I’ll walk you through every fun-filled step. Let’s create some tie-dye magic together!


How to Handpaint Tie Dye Macrame Cords

I’m absolutely thrilled to guide you through the electrifying process of handpainting your macrame cords with tie-dye techniques. Let’s transform those plain macrame cords into vibrant, colorful creations!

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Macrame cords
  • Fabric dye in various colors
  • Rubber gloves and rubber bands
  • Plastic squeeze bottles for dye
  • Plastic sheeting to protect your workspace
  1. Preparing Your Cords

    Soak your cords in water to help the dye set, then decide on the pattern you want to create. Use rubber bands to bind your cords into the desired pattern.

  2. Applying the Dye

    Mix your dyes, fill the squeeze bottles, and apply the dye to the cord sections. Feel free to overlap colors for a unique effect!

  3. Setting the Color

    Once dyed, seal your cords in a plastic bag and let them sit for at least 6-8 hours to achieve deep, rich colors.

  4. Rinsing and Drying

Rinse the cords with cold water until it runs clear, then remove the rubber bands and hang your cords to dry.

Tips from Aubrey: Always add a little extra dye for more saturation, and don’t rush the drying process—patience leads to stunning results!

And there you have it—gorgeous, handpainted tie-dye macrame cords ready to be worked into your next project. Whether it’s a wall hanging or a plant hanger, these cords will add a personal and colorful touch to any creation.


Can you use food colouring to dye macrame cord?

Who needs specialty dyes when your kitchen holds the key to a spectrum of vibrant possibilities? Food coloring is not only accessible but also non-toxic, making it a fantastic choice for those impromptu dyeing sessions. Plus, it’s a fun way to experiment with color without committing to large quantities of fabric dye.

Here’s the scoop: mix your favorite food coloring shades with some warm water and a splash of white vinegar—the vinegar helps the color set. Soak your cords in this colorful bath, and like magic, watch the transformation happen. It’s like a color party for your macrame, and you’re the host!

Remember, food coloring can be a bit more subtle than fabric dyes, so if you want those colors to pop, let your cords soak a bit longer, and don’t be shy with the color drops. Once you’ve achieved the hue of your dreams, rinse those cords out, hang them up to dry, and voilà—you’ve got yourself some custom-colored macrame ready for your next project!

So, gear up for a dyeing adventure that’s as easy as pie (and just as delightful). Embrace the joy of creating, and let those hues shine through your macrame art.


In this video you can see how to tie-dye macrame cord: