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Trend Alert: Create your own Yarn Wall Hanging

Putting all my energy into a craft is the perfect way to unwind. Crafting is a terrific way to disconnect from my phone and express my creativity. My favorite type of craft is DIYing an item I’ve eyed in a store, or online. Specifically, an item I’ve thought about buying, but felt I could recreate on my own. DIYing also presents the opportunity to make something EXACTLY to your liking. Prior to starting a DIY, I make sure I can complete it on a major budget. If you can DIY something at half the cost of purchasing it, the entire project is 100% worth while. A home decor item I’ve been wanting is a yarn wall hanging. I’ve seen them at Home Goods, Urban Outfitters and Target. The retail prices range anywhere from $25 to $150, depending on size, design and coloring. I instantly knew I was capable of making my own yarn wall hanging, especially at a much lower cost. So I decided to give it a go. I started by taking a trip to my local Michaels and JOANNs to get the supplies I needed. Below, I will bring through all the remaining steps to follow in order to finish this DIY perfectly. 

What you Need:

  • 2 Wood Dowels- 5.8 in. x 12 in.
  • 2-3 Different Colors of Yarn- at least 95 yards each
  • Pair of Sissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Painters Tape
  • Yarn Needle (Optional)
  • Pencil

Directions:

Step 1:

Grab one wood dowel.

 

 

Grab the color yarn you’d like to make up the majority of the bottom layer. 

I started with my Sugar’n Cream Lavender scented yarn. I knew I wanted my bottom layer to be mostly a light purple color. When I saw that Michaels had lavender scented yarn, in the perfect lavender color, I was SOLD. I’ve never heard of scented yarn. It makes perfect sense to me as lavender is a calming scent, allowing you to feel calm and focused as you work with the yarn. It smelled absolutely amazing as I worked on this project. It added such a nice element to my crafting experience. 

 

 

Measure and cut a piece of the yarn at 64″. 

 

If you’d prefer to cut all your yarn pieces at once, cut until you use the entire 95 yards. You will end up cutting it later, so I find it helpful to cut a longer length than have it too short.

*Tip: At JOANNs, I purchased a Cindoco 4-pack of wood dowels. I felt this was a great value for only $1.79. You could use the extra 2 dowels to make a second yarn hanging!

Step 1.5:

Measure and cut a piece of the yarn at 64″.

 

If you’d prefer to cut all your yarn pieces at once, cut until you use the entire 95 yards. 

 

*Tip: At JOANNs, I purchased a Cindoco 4-pack of wood dowels. I felt this was a great value for only $1.79. You could use the extra 2 dowels to make a second yarn hanging!

Step 2-

With the wood dowel, use the measuring tape to measure 2 – 2.5″ in from the left end of the dowel and mark with pencil. I went with 2″. Repeat this on the right end of the dowel. This spacing allows room for you to later tie yarn to hang it. 

Step 3-

Fold your first piece of yarn in half. Place it under the dowel at the pencil mark you made on the left end.

Take the two loose ends of the folded yarn, and pull them through the loop tightly (this is where you would use the optional yarn needle). It will now be knotted around the wood dowel. As a guide, see photos below. 

 

Both ends of the yarn should hang at 32″.

Step 4-

Continue folding and looping pieces of yarn until you reach a spot on the dowel where you’d like to add in a new color of yarn (as an accent color). I chose to use Caron Kindness Yarn in Skywalk as my accent color. Skywalk reminded me of my car’s paint color…so I had to pick it.

Step 4.5-

Cut approximately five 64″ pieces of the second yarn color. Follow the same instructions as Step 3. Continue until you use up the five pieces of yarn you cut. If you want a thicker accent color segment, cut and add more yarn pieces.

 

Resume with your first color yarn, following Step 3. Continue until you reach the second spot on your dowel, where you’d like to make another accent color segment. Follow the above instructions. 

 

Again, after finishing the second accent color segment, resume with your first color yarn until you reach the pencil mark on the right end of the dowel.

Step 5-

Place the yarn covered dowel aside, but not too far as you will need it. 

 

Grab your second wood dowel. 

 

Measure 3-3.5″ above the yarn covered dowel. That’s where you’ll place the second wood dowel (aka your top layer)

Step 6-

On the second wood dowel, measure in 4.5″ from both the left and right ends. Mark in pencil, like in Step 2. The space in between the two pencil marks will be covered by yarn. 

Step 7-

Grab your third color yarn. This will be the only color yarn on the second dowel. I decided to use Premier Home Cotton Yarn in Blueberry Speckle. I chose this as the top layer because its multi-colored pattern ties in both the Lavender and Skywalk color yarns from the bottom layer. 

 

Step 8-

Cut approximately twenty-four pieces of 59″ yarn (or enough pieces to cover the space in between each pencil mark).

 

 

Fold your first piece of yarn in half. Place the folded yarn underneath the dowel, starting at the pencil mark you made on the left end of the second dowel. 

 

Take the two loose ends of the folded yarn, and pull them through the loop tightly. It will now be knotted around the wood dowel. Both ends of the yarn should hang at 29.5″.

 

 

Continue until you reach the second pencil mark. You want to stop there. The top layer should only cover a small segment of the bottom layer. 

 

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Step 8-

Once both wood dowels are covered in yarn, grab your painters tape. This will help you cut a straight line, without harming the yarn. 

 

Lay the bottom layer dowel down. 

Measure 11″ up from where hanging yarn ends. Cut and place a piece of painters tape there. Cut a straight line across (cut along the bottom of the painters tape). 

Step 9-

Grab the top layer and place it 3-3.5″ above the bottom layer. 

 

Note: In the end, you can either increase or decrease the space between the two dowels depending on how you’d like them to hang. The 3-3.5″ is used as a guidance point for measuring out the top layer. 

 

Cut two pieces of painters tape. Measure 6″ up from where the hanging yarn ends. This is where you will place the two pieces of painters tape diagonally, to form a point (pictured below).

 

Cut along the bottom of the painters tape.

 

Step 10-

Last Step! Cut a 45″ piece of yarn (I chose to use my accent color) and tie a knot on both ends of the bottom layer dowel. Make sure this is your desired “hanger” length, if not, untie the knots and trim until you are happy. 

 

 

Cut a 38″ piece of yarn. Tie this piece on both ends of your top layer dowel. 

 

The above yarn lengths allowed me to have a 3″ space between the top and bottom dowel. Again, spacing can be changed to your preference. 

The Final Product:

Thoughts? 

 

Overall, I’m extremely pleased on how this craft came out. I was able to create a yarn wall hanging so unique, compared to the ones I’ve seen in stores. It’s the exact colors I’d want to match my bedroom. I love how it uses both solid and multi-colored yarns to create one cohesive piece.

 

The final product cost me a total of $6.52. I haven’t seen any yarn wall hangings in stores for less than $25. At minimum, that’s a $18.48 savings. Plus, I was able to customize it to my liking. I encourage you to try out this super fun and affordable craft! 

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  1. donald says:

    nice do it yourself . with easy to follow descriptions as allway

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