DIY Modern Yarn Wall Hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I feel like its been forever since I gave a tutorial for anything!  Its definitely something I love to do, but if you’ve known me for long, I always give lots (probably too many) of details and steps, even for the simplest projects.  So, this is a simple one.  And I’ll give you lots of steps!  But its really easy, and you should try it!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I made this wall hanging for my girls’ bathroom, which needed a small pop of color!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I had seen these gold metal hoops in the craft store for awhile and knew I wanted to use them, but didn’t decide how until just recently.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I picked up the gold metal ring (I used a 10″ ring, but there are several sizes available), a 12″ round brass tube, a bag of 20mm wooden beads, and a couple skeins of yarn (Lion Brand – Feels Like Butta in orange, and Vanna’s Choice in pink).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The first step was to cut several lengths of yarn for the bottom section of the hoop.  I did 22 knots withe 2 pieces of yarn in each, so that made 44 pieces.  I’m guessing each piece was maybe 3 feet long, but longer is better since you’ll trim it in the end.  You can always cut something shorter, but you can’t cut something longer!

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The knots are really easy.  I held 2 pieces of yarn together for each knot, and found the midpoint forming a sort of loop and started the knot on the top of the ring (as opposed to holding the yarn below the ring).

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I pulled the loop over the top of the ring to the bottom side and then pulled the tail end of the yarn through the loop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just a really easy knot – make sure that you do all of the knots the same way, otherwise it will look less uniform at the end.  Which I guess is another look you could go for, but I think overall what I love about this project is that it feels a little bit bohemian, a little modern, and just really clean.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Just keep knotting until you have the bottom section as full as you’d like it.  I chose to do about 1/3 of the hoop.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

The next step I forgot to photograph, but its so simple.  I did the same process with the second color of yarn on the bar, but this time with about 13 knots of 2 strands of yarn each.  Then I hot-glued the bar to the metal ring.  Full disclosure: I don’t think this is the best method, for a couple reasons.  You have to work really quickly.  The glue cools/dries really quickly so you need to get it in the right spots and push the bar into the glue fast!  And, the metal bar can be pulled off pretty easily.  If I had small kids and worried that they might play with the yarn even a little, I would try a different solution.  One idea is a stronger, slower drying glue.  Or using yarn or thread or wire to wind around the ring and the bar to secure them together.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

I originally thought I might add a few beads to the yarn strands, but decided against it because I preferred the simplicity of the final product.  But I still wanted to use those beads, so I knotted a length of yarn securely to the ring, then threaded a few beads on.  Then I made a small loop and knotted the end of it.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

Once I had a loop to hang it from, I trimmed the yarn.  The top layer I trimmed straight and the bottom layer I trimmed to form a wide V.

DIY modern yarn wall hanging

And that’s it!  I think it maybe took me an hour or so – I love quick projects!  But, I will say that it made me laugh because it wasn’t cheap, as most crafty projects tend to be pricey.  If I already had the yarn on hand in the colors I wanted, that would’ve saved me a bit.  And I do have leftover supplies, like yarn and wooden beads.  In the end, it was worth it because I got to be creative and have something fun for my girls!

macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging several months ago i shared our master bedroom update in our rental house.  one of my favorite additions was the macrame wall hanging i made.  i tried to copy this one (image below) from urban outfitters (its so pretty!) but realized i would have to either a) wait for my mom to visit and teach me to macrame, or b) google how to macrame, and both options weren’t fast enough for me.  i prefer instant gratification ;)

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i started looking into thin rope for macrame, but it was much more expensive than i wanted to spend (anyone know of a cheap link for me?) so i went to my good ol’ standby: yarn.  i love to use yarn for a variety of projects, never involving knitting or crocheting because i don’t have those skills.  plus there is so much variety in the different yarn you can get, and its fairly inexpensive.

diy macrame wall hanging

i chose 3 different yarns because i started this project with very little idea of what i was actually doing, and only figured it out as i went along.  those are often my favorite types of projects!  in hindsight, i may have just chosen 1 type of yarn for more consistency, but i also love everything imperfect, so the 3 types look pretty good to me!

since i didn’t really know what i was doing, i faked it.  i pulled out my best friendship-bracelet-making-skills from 3rd grade and started tying and untying knots until i landed on a pattern i liked.

let’s back up a bit.  i actually started by cutting tons of strips of yarn, all roughly the same length (about 1 1/2  yards long).

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then i tied my main strand, longer than i wanted to end up with, to the backs of 2 chairs and stretched it across the room.

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when i made my actual banner (?) i didn’t photograph the steps because i was figuring it out along the way, so i recreated it in the photos below, but used slightly shorter yarn (so you’ll see at the end that its shorter).

diy macrame wall hanging

start with a strand folded in half.

diy macrame wall hanging

fold the loop over the stretched strand, from the back over to the front.

diy macrame wall hanging

pull the ends of the strands through the loop.

diy macrame wall hanging

pull until tightened, but not too snug.

diy macrame wall hanging

repeat those steps with all your cut lengths of yarn.  each section that creates a “v” will be made of 10 of the loops just made, like above.

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diy macrame wall hanging

next step, leave the far left strand alone, take the next 2 strands

diy macrame wall hanging

and tie them in a simple knot, not too tight, but not too loose.

diy macrame wall hanging

then knot those same 2 strands again to make a square knot.  you’ll know its a square knot when the strands lay to the side like the picture above rather than one sticking up and the other down.

diy macrame wall hanging

take the next 2 strands and do the same, making a square knot.

diy macrame wall hanging

continue across, making square knots, leaving the far right strand alone.

diy macrame wall hanging

now take the 3rd and 4th strand over from the left, and make a square knot, leaving the first 2 strands alone.

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging

continue square knots across, leaving the last 2 strands alone.  you can just start to see the beginning of the “v” forming.

diy macrame wall hanging

leaving now the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strands alone, take the 4th and 5th.

diy macrame wall hanging

again make another square knot, and continue the same pattern through the next rows until you complete the “v”.

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging

as you can see, in this sample i cut my initial strands a little too short to start with – oops!  to finish, keep adding “v’s” until you get to the desired length and then you’re done!

diy macrame wall hanging

diy macrame wall hanging