Macrame Privacy Wall


Earlier this year I asked for suggestion for creating a separating wall between neighbors.
My neighbor ran a cable from my garage to the house. I started by adding butcher's twine working strings. I was trying be consistent with spacing and the knots I used.
I didn't realize how difficult it was going to be to keep my knots even. Normally, I work on a board on smaller projects, but working against the wind and the height was a real eye opener.
I decided to go with panels so each would be different and add a little interest.
I cannot tell you how many times I changed the patterns. Even then I was still not impressed with the outcome.
It is very hard to keep the rows even. Again, the wind just takes the strings wherever it likes.
I tried to use all of the knots in my repertoire to keep the "wall" interesting.
When I thought I was "finished", I wrapped a 1/4" piece of conduit with the ending knots. After looking at the wall for a couple of months, I decided that next summer I would add 2 more panels and work on the ones I already knotted. The ultimate goal is to have Ivy, Honeysuckle, and cardinal climbers grow up the wall and create a little more privacy.

Suggested materials:

  • 3 Cones of Butcher's Twine  (Ace Hadware)
  • Cable  (had on hand)
  • 1/4" conduit  (had on hand)

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  • RJP
    on Oct 11, 2019

    I admire your determination to complete such a huge project, Macrame is the best. I wonder, though, is the twine you are using is cotton, because once completed and with climbing plants adding weight, will the cotton twine be able to carry the load? Especially after a few years of exposure to the elements. Considering all of the work involved, perhaps something that will withstand the elements better, maybe a nylon cord or a thin hemp rope. I would like to think that you could enjoy your handiwork for as long as possible.

    • Tina
      on Oct 19, 2019

      I was just thinking paracord would be a better option as well.

  • Mary Marishka
    on Oct 18, 2019

    When you plant vines, look into hyacinth bean also! The leaves are sizable and the flowers are beautiful. They are reminiscent of sweet peas. I’ll add a pic of mine from this year. I love your idea!!!

  • Cathy
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Planting arborvitaes is a better solution if your looking for privacy. They make a beautiful natural “wall” once they grow. Less work.

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