Decor & DIY

Creative Challenge 2016 & Month 1: Macrame

Some of you might remember and even took part in the international Elegance & Enchantment Creative Challenge last year. It was such a fun project to take part in and really got me inspired to do things that I love again.

Today I have some crazy exciting news to share! Creator of the challenge, Michelle Hickey from the Elegance & Enchantment blog has asked me to take over the challenge. I hope that I will be able to continue the dream that she has started building and that you will be inspired to join the challenge with me! There will be a re-cap of the month 12 challenge on her blog later today.

This year we will be doing 11 challenges, aiming to finish off the last project before the holiday season starts, the outline of the challenge as well as the dates can be seen below:

Creative Challenge 2016

  1. 15 Jan – 15 Feb: Macrame / Wool art
  2. 16 Feb – 15 Mar: Adult colouring
  3. 16 Mar – 15 Apr: Stamping / Screenprinting
  4. 16 Apr – 15 May: Origami / book art
  5. 16 May – 15 Jun: Sewing hoop art
  6. 16 Jun – 15 Jul: Creative jars
  7. 16 Jul – 15 Aug: Snail Mail
  8. 16 Aug – 15 Sep: Creative Bunting
  9. 16 Sep – 15 Oct: Wood, nail & wool art
  10. 16 Oct – 15 Nov: Decorate a planter
  11. 16 Nov – 15 Dec: Gift wrapping

Here’s how you can get involved

1. Join the official Creative Challenge Facebook Group
Ask questions about technique, share your struggles and show off your progress

2. Follow Lovilee on Pinterest
I will be creating a board for every challenge on my pinterest account with inspiration and how to articles for each of the challenges.

3. Use the hashtag #EECreativeChallenge
Snap photos of your work and share on Instagram, please do tag @LovileeDsigns and use the hashtag #EECreativeChallenge so that I can also follow your creative journeys! You can also share your images on the Facebook Group.

Here with inspiration for our first challenge – Macrame / Wool art

Macrame: the art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles.

Macrame is an art form that is making headway again and can add a touch of lovilee to any room. I have opted to include wool art as macrame is not always the easiest to attempt, but I would urge you to try nevertheless. At the end of last year I revamped my home office and attempted doing macrame. I am fortunate to have a very creative mom who showed me how to do it. I made a macrame planter hanger and also some wall hanging pieces that I hope to share soon. It is addictive once you get started!

Creative Challenge - macrame
Creative Challenge - macrame
Creative Challenge - macrame

I found a great resource on youtube with plenty of macrame projects to attempt. Here is also a great tutorial on the basic knots that you need to know. Visit the Creative Challenge Pinterest board for more inspiration and tutorials.

Follow Lovilee {Live, Love, Create}’s board Create on Pinterest.

Do share your projects with us on our Creative Challenge Facebook Group and Instagram! Leave us with a comment below on what you will be creating for the challenge!

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Karen Kelly is the founder and editor of She is a creative at heart and passionate about all things DIY. Learn more about her here and connect with her on social media on the links below.


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      Yay! Tag us on Instagram!!! #CreativeChallenge

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