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 an old dresser

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One of my more popular posts from years ago was when I painted a sweet vintage dresser from white to mustard yellow.  French Pale Gold by Behr, to be exact.  It was a total statement piece, and generally stood in our entryway, so it was a bright sunny welcome to everyone!  I love that dresser.  It was one of the very first pieces I got garage sale-ing when we first got married.  It was a dark cream color and I painted it white, because I was deep into the shabby chic thing (those over-used words now make me cringe), and I painted everything white.  Then chipped off some of the paint, of course.

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The dresser has bounced from house to house and room to room.   Once we moved to our current house, it was a chance for me to figure out what my design aesthetic really was.  It had been changing over time, and my previous house hadn’t really been reflecting that for awhile.  In this new house, it’s been a time of slowly discovering what I love for my home.  And French Pale Gold was not it anymore.

Give me all the woods, creams, whites (am I going shabby chic again?!), black, grey (nope, definitely not shabby chic), and then pile loads of texture on top of that.  Yes, thats more of the direction I’m heading.  So that meant I either was going to repaint the dresser AGAIN, or strip it.  So I stripped it!  I had no idea the condition or quality of the wood underneath, whether the top would be melamine or veneer or solid wood.  But I knew if it was really bad, a couple coats of white paint would cover a multitude of sins.

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My dad helped, of course.  He always helps.  I rarely start a project unless he’s visiting (my parents live with us about a week out of every month), so naturally, I waited for his help and expertise.  I knew he had stripped furniture in the past, so I was relying on his experience.  It totally paid off!  He suggested using a citrus based stripper called Citristrip from Home Depot.  (Definitely get the 1/2 gallon size rather than the quart because it takes a couple applications.)  The stuff was amazing!  The paint bubbled up and after testing a couple spots and waiting longer, it came off really easily.  We used flat scrapers and for the indented areas and curves, we used a wire bristle disc on a drill.  After the majority of the paint was off, we sanded it down and cleaned it off.

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There is still a little bit of paint pocketed deep in some spots, but I am totally ok with that.  I love a little imperfection.

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And that is all!  I really should give at least the top a clear coat to protect it, but I really love the way the wood looks now, but as soon as it is wet (like it would be with a clear coat, it had a strong reddish/pinkish tint, which I didn’t love.  So I’m keeping it raw.  In the picture below, you can see how i=different the woods are between the drawers and the trim, but I actually really love t!

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The next dilemma was what to do about the handles.  We lived with blue tape handles for about 6 months, which got a little annoying immediately.  The previous handles were original to the piece and super ornate and dated.  I really wanted to find a mix of all the styles I love: Warm woods, vintage shape, and modern handles.  The problem was that there are 9 drawers, and 3 different handle sizes.  After lots of searching, I realized I’d have to come up with my own solution because I couldn’t find coordinating handles to fit the various opening sizes I had.

The center 3 drawers just needed knobs – easy fix.  I found these great brass knobs on a trip to Target (where I find everything I never knew I needed!).

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Then I had to devise some pulls that could vary in size, depending on the hole spacing on each of the drawers.  I have seen some leather handles lately that I love, so I decided to try to make them on my own.  I ordered a long strip of 1″ wide leather.  It came raw, which means it was undyed, so I experiemented with some old shoe polishes I had on hand.  The dye soaked in quickly and was such a quick project.  I rubbed on the polish, buffed it in, and haven’t had any issues with the color coming off at all.  I had enough leather to experiment with the length a little, and made a size that was just big enough to comfortable fit my hand in without sticking out too far.  I have a leather punch leftover from my old business, and it comes in handy pretty often.  If you don’t happen to have one, you can always use a hammer and thick nail to punch holes in leather.

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Then I went to Home Depot and found some screws long enough to fit through the leather and the drawer, with just a tiny bit left to screw on a nut on the inside of the drawer.  I found brass screws that looked great, although I was really hoping to find some with a cool hex shape – no luck.

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The total cost of the whole project, stripping and adding hardware, was maybe $55 (the Citristrip isn’t cheap, but worth it).  Not too bad!