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!

Updating a Rental Home Bathroom

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I finally decided to tackle the upstairs bathroom.  It mostly belongs to the girls, but we live in a split-level home, so most of the living space is upstairs and this is our main bathroom, and we all use it as well as our guests.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

This lemon lime paint color has been bugging me for over 2 years now.  We’re in a rental that has so many great features, and yet so many really annoying features.  This pastel-y paint is one of them.  *cue 1980’s Twisted Sister song: We’re Not Gonna Take It*  That song has been running through my head!  I don’t need to take it.  I can spend $25 and a couple hours and make a huge difference with paint!

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The bathroom has been redone in the last 15 years maybe, so in many ways, its not that bad.  Other than the fact that this yellow wall paint should only be used with white cabinetry and tile, not the dark cherry wood and very brown tile and countertop with lots of pinks and terra cotta tones.

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A couple coats of Ultra Pure White by Behr from Home Depot did the trick.  I have used this color in the past, but only on trim and cabinetry – I love it!  It is the brightest pure white I’ve found – no blue, pink or grey undertones – just white.  But I am debating whether its maybe a little too bright white for the walls (I’m considering this for our new house).

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A new shower curtain, rug, towels and a few accessories tied it all together and makes this a much happier place to be.  I have realized we have been in this house for 2 years, just living in it, but not really enjoying it.  And now, I really enjoy this bathroom!

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The rug is super soft and just thick enough that it doesn’t fit under the door – darn!  Usually I’d want it centered in front of the sink, but the door hits it, so I scootched it back a bit.  It shows dirt really quickly, being white, but washes up well.  The pink is the prettiest pink!

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I love this shower curtain!  I always keep it covering the shower, to cover as much of that brown tile as possible.  By the way, I actually like travertine tile.  We had it in our last house.  But this batch is particularly brown and would work better in a bathroom with higher end finishes, maybe more mediterranean?  I just don’t think it works here.  Back to the shower curtain – the fringe is just so pretty and adds a touch of bohemian to the bathroom.

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I pulled this little stool from the living room where it sat as an extra side table that we’d move all around as needed.  It doesn’t serve a particular purpose here in the bathroom, other than maybe to hold the ipad while my teenager watches a show while taking a bath!  But it sure looks cute and I guess I could have styled it out with a turkish hand towel and a loofah, pretending we’re fancy enough for that ;) . Its not a large bathroom, so I couldn’t really add anything much bigger.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

The towels were a recent gift from my mother-in-law.  Our towels throughout the house were looking so dingy and I almost forgot how refreshing bright white towels are! bathroom refresh

I also wanted to add some sort of art/picture/something in here, but there’s no fan so I was afraid anything in here would get warped from the steam.  So I played around with watercolors and came up with this cactus painting, and won’t be devastated if it gets ruined.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

The towel rack above the toilet wasn’t necessary since its just the 2 girls that use this shower, other than when we have overnight guests.  So I took it down and tucked it under the sink until we move out.  I filled that space with a new wall hanging I made recently.  I’ll give the super easy details on that in another post.

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The counter space isn’t large, so putting any accessory there felt silly.  But once I did, we all loved it!  Having pretty things to look at there is actually encouraging the girls to keep that space cleaner – #parentingwin!  The pink vase is filled with dried eucalyptus branches and the aloe plant is actually fake, but is a pretty good fake.  This bathroom doesn’t really get very good light most of the day, so I’m not sure if I could keep a plant alive in here.  This vanilla candle is always burning in some room of our house – it’s inexpensive, burns for hours, and is nice and simple. I was also really happy with how the countertop actually looks better with the pink vase on it.  It has such a weird mix of colors in it (grey, black, brown, cream, terra cotta and pink) that I haven’t found anything to look good with it.  But I think this works!  Rather than fighting against it, I just went with it!

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When recently cleaning out Sean’s parents’ garage, Sean found this beautiful old tin tobacco box and I love it in here, holding the face masks my girls love to use (having teen/tween girls is super fun!).

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Other than the paint, all of the items I have in here can move with us to our next house… whenever that may be. #patienceishard

bathroom refresh