I feel like I haven’t done a proper home DIY in quite some time – at least not one I love as much as this! Making a woven wall art piece has been on my to do list for quite some time, but weaving requires a little time and patience to learn and create. Fortunately, with the rise in popularity of woven wall art, DIY bloggers everywhere began creating similar, but much simpler, yarn wall hangings. This twist on the classic, 1970s-style woven and macrame wall art gives that same textural element but with a lot less work and skill needed.
The piece I’ve made was inspired by two yarn wall hangings I saw. The first was this DIY piece from Homey Oh My. I loved the use of the brass rings and how thick and fluffy the yarn looked. I wanted something a bit different though, maybe with another color mixed in, and wasn’t sure what direction to take it in until I saw some pretty yarn art in the cafe below my office. Everyone in my office frequents this particular cafe for their amazing food, and they always have a rotation of art on the walls for sale. I believe these particular pieces were created by one of the staff members – if she had a website I’d show you!
Anyway, the piece that caught my eye was a simple one with two layers, similar to what I’ve done here. Both the top and bottom layer were single strands of yarn looped around the dowels, cut straight across the bottom, with the bottom layer being longer than the top. I messed around with a few different ideas in my mind and ordered some yarn, then last weekend while watching What Women Want (for the first time, don’t judge) I put it together! It took about 2-3 hours total, so it’s perfect for a Netflix binge. Here’s how to make it. Supplies:
2 colors of any type of yarn you’d like (I already had the navy, this is the cream one I used)
Brass rings (I bought these)
2 wooden dowels (mine were 12″)
Pieces of cardboard to measure the yarn
How to make a DIY Yarn Wall Hanging
Start by measuring and cutting the yarn. For the top layer I used a piece of cardboard about 12″ in length. I wrapped the navy yarn around the cardboard 10 times then cut all the yarn at one end (so it created 10 strands of yarn about 24″ long). Each set of 10 strands created one loop for the top dowel. I created 7 sets. You can adjust the length of the yarn and how many loops depending on the size of dowel and how big you want the overall piece to be. Tie each set onto the dowel using a lark’s head knot. If this is confusing, refer to Amy’s instructions here.
Repeat the same process for the bottom layer of yarn, but instead only wrap the string twice around to create a 48″ long strand. I tied the bottom layer on one strand at a time instead of creating bundles of 10, so that the bottom layer wouldn’t be too bulky, allowing the top layer to lie more flat. I tied on the bottom layer strands as I went since I didn’t know how many I’d need to cut. I cut enough so that the bottom layer was slightly wider than the top. This was the most time-consuming part.
With all your yarn tied around the dowels, we can assemble the entire piece. Using a longer strand of the navy yarn, I tied a lark’s head knot around the brass ring, then tied the ends of the yarn to the top dowel. This was a tricky process to get it even. I tied the string between the bundles to hide the knots, then cut the excess yarn. Then, using the navy yarn again I tied a lark’s head knot to the top dowel, and simply knotted it to the bottom dowel to attach the two. Getting the two even was difficult, and came with a lot of untying and retying, but I got it eventually!
Once it was all assembled, I hung it up and got to trimming. I liked the pointed shape of the Homey Oh My piece, but trying to cut two layers at the same angle sounded disastrous. I opted to cut the top layer into an angled point, and cut the bottom straight across. Since I didn’t measure things very accurately to begin with, I ended up cutting off a lot of yarn.
Once it’s all attached and trimmed, your yarn wall hanging is complete! I love the way mine turned out. That tweed cream yarn is just so interesting – I love the combination of the pattern with the solid color above. I hung it above our tv, a neglected wall, and moved a couple prints to that wall. Our living room finally feels more complete! You can see a sneak peak of it in these photos actually.
Let me know if you create this yarn wall hanging or if you’ve done any similar. I have a couple dowels, rings, and lots of yarn left over so I’ll probably make another for our bedroom.