DIY Nautical Curtain Tie Backs Monkey Fist Knot

Troom Troom
by Troom Troom
In this tutorial we'll create DIY monkey fist from ordinary cotton rope and use it as a decorative knot. Now you know how to craft a fabuluos low cost interior decoration!

Take a monkey fist keychain as a base for our intricate curtain tie-backs.
We need 8 feet of rope per a tie-back: 6.5 feet for a knot and 1.5 feet for a fastener. 

Take one end of rope and wrap three turns around your fingers. Hold the wraps with your thumb.

On the fourth turn pass the rope between index and middle fingers.

Take the turns underneath and remove your fingers holding the set of turns in place with your index finger.

Pass the loose end to the back side and make three wraps locking the previous turns. Hold with your thumb.
You’ve got three horizontal and three vertical wraps.  

Pass the loose end through a loop made by the first set of turns.
Pull out.

Change your hands. Hold the first wraps with your index finger. And pass the rope through the loop.
You’ve got two sets of three turns crosswise.
Wrap three more turns fixing the knot.

The monkey fist is ready. Press it with hands forming a ball. We’ve tied two monkeys fist knots. We should make fasteners now.

We need 1.5 feet of rope, a snap hook and a ring.
Decorate a loop base with twine.
Cut out 1.5 feet of twine. Fix the ring to the loose end of the monkeys fist knot. Tie a loop with twine. Cut out the excess and add hot glue. Cover the rope end with twine.

Tuck the other end into the center of the knot and fix with hot glue.  

Secure a snap hook to the other end of the fastener. Fix a loop base with hot glue and decorate with twine. 

Put the snap hook on the ring and place the rope to form a tie-back. Tuck the loose end into the center of the knot. Fix with hot glue. It’s a safe way of securing. It affords to hand wash the tie-backs.

Now we know how to tie a monkey fist and how to make a fabulous low cost interior decoration from ordinary cotton rope.

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  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 20, 2017

    Is this something if you had longer rope you could keep making it bigger like to use a nautical accent in your décor?

  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz on Mar 20, 2017
    I missed what the keychain was used for, and tying a monkey fist knot is hard trying to keep it even and looking nice. Never thought of using it in this way, looks great.
  • Cotto Cotto on Feb 18, 2019

    Thank you for this tutorial! What width is the cotton rope? I can't tell.

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  • Betsy Coss Betsy Coss on Mar 20, 2017

    thank you for showing us how to make this knot. It is always good to know knots. I have a piece of jewelry that has this kind of knot as the closure. A simple loop goes over it to fasten. I think I will try to make this knot bigger so as to feel more secure that it would hold! And you never know when knowledge of this kind of know will help in the future!

  • Brenda  S. Brenda S. on Mar 29, 2017

    This is great!!