DIY: Yarn Wall Art

A couple of months after we moved into our apartment, I was in desperate need of a large statement piece to hang on the wall behind our couch, so I settled on making this yarn wall art. This super easy-to-make wall hanging has made its way around our little home and now resides over an old record cabinet in our dining room. 

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

 

This is arguably one of my favorite pieces in our little home, so I thought I'd share with you this super simple DIY yarn wall hanging. You can make it an any size or color and tailor it to your wants and needs! The small sample I'll be making in this DIY post took me 10 minutes and the larger piece took me 30-45 minutes. 

 

here's the yarn wall art i'm creating in this diy:

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

 

you need:

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

some motivation, creativity, and charisma

3-5 different yarn options (See step 1)

a branch or dowel to hang the piece on (Think outside the box! I used a large branch for my big wall hanging and a small dowel for my example piece.)

scissors

a nail to hang it with

 

 

step 1: choose your theme and yarn

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

Think about where your piece will be and what colors will look best in that space. Think about versatility, too. I have moved my large wall hanging three or four different times and specifically created it in neutral colors so it would fit well in any room. I ended up choosing warm tones and a variety of textures for my sample piece to add some warmth to a small wall in our dining room. I chose two thicker yarns and two thinner yarns. You could also substitute ribbon or some other unique alternative to yarn to really make the piece stand out, depending on your style!

Just a helpful hint: I get most of my yarn at thrift stores because you can get a half to a whole skein for $1 or less versus $5 or $6 for a skein at Hobby Lobby! And thrift stores always have a ton of yarn. 

 

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

step 2: cut your yarn

Hold your first color up against your dowel rod or branch and eyeball how long you want your piece to be. Then, double that length and begin cutting your pieces. I always try to cut them in bulk so I don't have to cut then tie then cut then tie, but don't worry if you don't cut enough because you can always add more! For my piece, I started out with 3 or 4 pieces of each color (since my sample is only a foot long). 

 

 

step 3: tie your yarn on the dowel or branch

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

Fold your piece of yarn in half. Put the loop end underneath the dowel. Pull the ends of the yarn over the dowel and through the loop. Pull tight and adjust as needed.

 

STEP 4: REPEAT UNTIL DOWEL IS FULL

You can alternate colors with every piece of yarn or do sections of colors. You can vary the widths of the sections and make it so the colors don't follow a pattern. You can vary texture, too! There are so many ways to make this piece your own.

 

step 5: trim the ends

DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art
DIY Do It Yourself Yarn Wall Art

On my original piece, I trimmed the ends in a zig-zag sort of way with no regards as to which colors I was trimming. For this piece, I cut each color straight across and each of the colors is a different length. 

 

step 6: hang that sucker up and let it speak for itself

Congratulations, you did it! Look at you go. 

 

let us know how it goes for you! we'd love to see what your diy yarn wall art looks like.