You have seen those beautiful yarn wall hangings, or macrame art and you have wondered how to get one? Well, you can do your own DIY to create exactly what you want for your own home decor.
I looked for awhile for a wall hanging that I liked. That is when I decided to make my own. With it came some research and patience with staticky yarn. Here is what I learned:
What you will need:
- Yarn or string of your choice
- Stick or dowel (Sticks are free)
- Beads (optional)
- Needle (if doing beads)
- Dryer sheet (NOT optional)
- A daughter to hold the stick while you braid (Optional, a son or a spouse or a friend will work too)
STEP BY STEP
1. Cut yarn to length. Because the yarn is looped, the yard should be double the length you need. Then fold the yarn in the middle to create your loop. This is where the dryer sheet comes in. As you cut the yarn it will stick to EVERYTHING. Just stick the dryer sheet in your hand as you slide the yarn through and voila, no more static.
2. wrap the yarn loop around the stick.
3. Pull hanging yarn through the loop.
4. Tighten the loop.
5. Multiple threads together: Same as above, but with 2-5 strings together. The number depends on how thick you want it or how thick the yarn is. I had both thick and thin yarn so the number varied.
6. I found if I kept the knots loose I could adjust them on the stick as I added other yarn. This allows for changes and creativity.
7. If you want to add braids then cut the selected yarn at least twice the length needed for a regular knot. I did 3x but it was way too long and hard to manage. The thickness of the braid obviously depends on the thickness of the yarn and the quantity of the strands. Tie a knot when your done.
8. I added a group of yarn differently to create a feature on the hanging. I did the knot backwards to all the rest of the knot’s, making the blue yarn stand out more. Instead of putting the top of the loop over the top, you will put the loop on the bottom of the stick and pull your yarn around the back and over the top.
9. By stringing a thread of yarn through a needle I was able to put on a few beads from a broken necklace that I couldn’t throw out. Make sure the needle is small enough to thread the beads.
10. I tied an aesthetic knot rather than a small functional knot to keep the beads from falling off. If you have to tie a knot it might as well make a statement.
Finish it off
11. Cut the bottom of the yarn to hang the way you want it to. I’ve seen some very strait, or a sharp angle cuts. I went for a casual angle. Not perfect, but that’s what I wanted.
12. Use thread or yarn for the handing piece. I started on one end, wrapped the stick a few times, then went to the other side. Make sure you leave enough thread hanging in the middle for your hanger. After wrapping the second side a few times, Go back to the other side, ensuring that the thread in the middle matches the first length. End by wrapping the thread around the stick, adding a few knots to finish.
13. You can now adjust how you hang your stick. It can be at any angle you choose. Keep in mind if you do use a stick it may not sit flush to the wall.
14. Enjoy!! Now you have your very own wall hanging.
Check out my post How to make what you love work in your space to see the wall hanging in my room. Hope you love it as much as I do.
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