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Macrame Standing Highland Cows

The macrame standing highland cows craft kit comes with three different highland cows that you get to customize, assemble, and decorate with!

I went with very neutral colors because I wanted them to blend naturally with my existing home decor, but you can go as bold and as bright as you want!

That’s the best part of crafting your own home decor. YOU get to decide what your style and vision are for each piece, and customize to to match exactly what is in your brain!


Macrame Standing Highland Cows

How to make Macrame Standing Highland Cows

I started these Macrame Standing Highland Cows like every one of my kits – by sanding each piece. When we cut these on our laser machines, it can leave a layer of residue that affects the finish on them.

Once each piece was sanded, I stained them with brown acrylic paint and a tiny bit of black. I didn’t stain the horns of the cows, though.

Macrame Standing Highland Cows

To stain with paint, mix a bit of water and your paint together and use a foam sponge or wet wipe to apply the mixture to each piece.

Use a clean wet wipe to remove any excess paint from each piece and allow them all to dry completely. I like to use a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Macrame Standing Highland Cows

Once the stain was dry completely, I used a dry paint brush and stippled the sable brown onto the cow to make it look like of like fur.

Allow that to dry completely, then you’re ready to apply your stencil. Place your stencil over the cow’s body and use a dry paintbrush to stipple the burlap paint onto the surface.

Macrame Standing Highland Cows

Bring it all together

Next, I painted the horns with light grey paint and the snout pieces with sable brown paint. Once the paint was dry on the horns, I did the macrame yarn/string on the heads of each cow.

Trim the strings on each cow head, and sand each piece of the cow to distress the edges. Then, glue the snout pieces to each head and the heads to each body.

Macrame Standing Highland Cows

I painted the nostrils onto each cow’s snout with black paint, and braided a tail for each cow with the same string I used for their heads.

Lastly, I painted the stars blush pink, glued the tails to each cow, glued the stars, and glued the macrame standing highland cows to their bases!

Macrame Standing Highland Cows

I hope you enjoyed these Macrame Standing Highland Cows as much as I did and decide to make them for yourself! If you do, I would love to see how yours turns out!

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Watch the DIY tutorial

I shared how to make these super adorable Macrame Standing Highland Cows during a LIVE video on my Facebook page.

If you want to see the DIY process, craft along, or just join in on the fun conversations, you can watch the DIY tutorial video on Facebook!

For this project, I will be using these items but you can substitute where you want.

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  • Macrame Standing Highland Cows Kit
  • Paint of choice
    • DecoArt Raw Umber Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Black Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Sable Brown Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Cobblestone Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Burlap Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Mississippi Mud Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt White Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Cinnamon Stick Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Blush Pink Acrylic Paint
  • Twine/Yarn of choice
  • Stencil of choice
  • Gorilla Super Glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Macrame Standing Highland Cows

If you loved these Macrame Standing Highland Cows you might also like this DIY topiary! 

Thanks for stopping by! XOXO Amber

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