This Urban Outfitters-Inspired Boho Macrame Portal Is Surprisingly Cheap and Easy to Make
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This Urban Outfitters-Inspired Boho Macrame Portal Is Surprisingly Cheap and Easy to Make

When dreaming about the perfect bohemian paradise and vacation-inspired living, we envision tall plants, faux fur throw pillows, and macrame wall hangings. So today, we’re showing you how to make your own Urban Outfitters-inspired Rhona Macrame Portal ($129) with tassels for a fraction of the price. What’s more — it takes less than 30 minutes (plus dyeing) to create! Read on for the tutorial.

Materials and Tools:

Instructions:

1. Submerge the curtain in water.

2. Pour the dye directly into your washing machine drum. Add your curtain, set your washer to “cold,” and run a cycle.

3. Start another normal cycle with a mild detergent.

4. Let the curtain air dry, then remember to clean your machine. Set your washer to “hot” and “high” water settings and run a full wash cycle.

5. Split your curtain’s fringe into eight sections and braid the first section for four inches and tie a knot.

6. Repeat with the other sections.

7. Start from the left and split each section in half. Join each half with the half on the right and tie a knot as shown below. Then repeat one more time.

8. Cut the fringe at the center of the portal and use it to create some tassels. Wrap the yarn around your hand 15 times.

9. Tie a knot to create the head of the tassel. Then cut the bottom of the yarn to create the final tassel.

10. Repeat to make 15 more tassels.

11. Use the needle to sew the tassels in place, as shown in the picture below.

First, take your curtain and submerge it in water to remove any dirt or deposits that could interfere with the dying process. Then wear your gloves and pour the dye directly into your washing machine drum. Add your curtain, set your washer to “cold” (105 degrees Fahrenheit is considered ideal), and run a cycle. After the cycle has finished, start another normal cycle with a mild detergent. At this point, remove your curtain from the washing machine and let it completely dry. Now it’s time to clean your machine. Set your washer to “hot” and “high” water settings, then run a full wash cycle. Once the cycle has finished, you’re officially done with the dye.

At this point it’s time to start creating the “macrame effect”: Split your curtain’s fringe into eight sections. Braid the first section for four inches and tie a knot, then repeat with the other sections. Now start from the left and split each section in half. Join each half with the half on the right and tie a knot as shown below. Then repeat one more time to create a new layer.

Cut the fringe at the center and use it to create some tassels. Wrap the yarn around your hand 15 times. Tie a knot to create the head of the tassel. Then cut the bottom of the yarn to create the final tassel. Repeat to create 15 more tassels. Finally, use the needle (or a glue gun if you prefer) to sew the tassels in places, as shown in the picture above. And you’re done!

A little bit Scandinavian and a little bit boho, this tiny nook is a refreshingly colorful oasis.  

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