How to Make a Mayan Hammock: A Step-by-Step Guide
A Mayan hammock is a beautiful and comfortable type of hammock that originated from the ancient Mayan civilization. Mayan hammocks are popular for their unique and intricate designs, as well as their comfort and durability. They are perfect for relaxing outdoors, whether in your backyard, on a camping trip, or at the beach. In this article, we will guide you on how to make a Mayan hammock from scratch.
Before we start, let’s gather all the necessary materials:
Two wooden bars (around 1.5 meters long and 4-5cm in diameter)
Two hooks or carabiners (to attach the hammock to a tree or stand)
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Strings
Firstly, cut 26 pieces of nylon string, each around 6 meters long. These will be used for the main body of the hammock. Then, cut 2 more pieces of nylon string, each around 1.5 meters long. These will be used for the loops at the ends of the hammock.
Step 2: Tie the Loops
Take one of the 1.5 meter pieces of string and fold it in half. Tie a knot about 10cm from the folded end to create a loop. Repeat this with the other 1.5 meter piece of string. These loops will be used to attach the hammock to the wooden bars.
Step 3: Tie the Hammock Knots
Now we will start tying the hammock knots. Take one of the 6 meter pieces of string and fold it in half. Place the folded end over the wooden bar, and pull the two loose ends through the loop created. Repeat this step with the remaining 25 pieces of string.
Step 4: Start Weaving
Once all the strings are tied to the wooden bar, start weaving them together using a simple knot. Take the first two strings and tie a knot about 10cm from the bar. Repeat this with the next two strings, making sure to keep the knots at an equal distance apart. Continue this process until you reach the end of the strings.
Step 5: Weave the Rows
For the next row, start by taking the first string and tying a knot with the second string. Then, take the third string and tie a knot with the fourth string. Repeat this pattern until you reach the end of the row.
Step 6: Continue Weaving
Continue weaving the rows until the hammock is the desired length. Remember to keep the knots at an equal distance apart to maintain a uniform pattern.
Step 7: Tie the End Knots
Once you have reached the desired length, tie knots at the end of each row to secure the weaving. Then, take the two loops you created earlier and tie them to the ends of the wooden bars using a simple knot.
Step 8: Trim the Excess String
Finally, trim any excess string from the knots using a pair of scissors. Your Mayan hammock is now ready to use!
Tips for Making a Mayan Hammock
Choose high-quality nylon string that is strong and durable.
Use wooden bars that are sturdy and smooth to prevent splinters.
Make sure to keep the knots at an equal distance apart to maintain a uniform pattern.
Take breaks in between weaving to prevent hand fatigue.
Hang the hammock from a sturdy tree or stand to prevent accidents.
Making a Mayan hammock is a fun and rewarding DIY project that anyone can do.