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This project is part of the Yarn Stash Challenge.
For more great ideas, or to join the fun, visit the Yarn Stash Challenge blog post!
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I’ve been wanting to make a yarn wall hanging for forever! Yarn wall hangings are a great way to add a pop of color and rustic charm to a room. And they are so, so easy.
So when I was looking for something fun to do with yarn from my stash, a wall hanging was the first thing I thought of. I found the process of making one to be calming and very therapeutic… which is exactly what I need right now.
First, I went on the search for a nice stick. You could also use a wooden dowel, if you have one, but a sturdy stick works just as well and gives it rustic charm. I found a stick that was almost a yard long, but any length you want is totally fine!
Next I chose my color scheme.
I wanted to stick with white, cream and navy, because those are the colors in my bedroom, where the art would go. I chose yarns with fun textures (finally, a use for all that fur yarn that was too hard to crochet with!) and made a pile on my kitchen table. Then I cut lots and lots of individual strands, making them more than twice as long as I wanted the wall hanging to be in the end.
Then, I started attaching the yarn to the stick using the same method I use when I attach fringe to a crochet project: loop a strand of yarn and slide it down under the stick, then bring ends over stick and down through the loop. Pull tight.
I didn’t have a specific plan going into it as far as color placement; I just decided as I went along, trying to keep it looking cozy and random. I really wanted to end up with a rustic look in the end. I also added braids every so often, just to change it up and add some visual interest. Then I tied string to the ends so I could hang it up.
Once that was done, I trimmed the ends so they were generally straight. (Hint: Use tape across the bottom to guide your scissors.)
Here’s what I ended up with:
I’m in love with the finished product!
Some Tips For You
There are so many directions you can take this project. Here are some things to consider:
Texture: Do you want a rustic look with lots of different textures? Or a more sleek look with only one type of smooth yarn?
Color: Are you looking for a bright pop of cheerful colors? Or a more understated piece with just one or two basic shades? Do you want your colors to be randomly placed, or form a specific pattern?
Shape: Do you want a basic rectangle or square shape? You could also cut your ends in a funky, jagged line, or keep them untrimmed for a more natural finish.
Size: Your wall hanging doesn’t have to be as big as mine; even a stick that’s a foot or less will provide you with a great piece of art that you can hang anywhere in the house.
If you need a little more help, just go to Etsy and search “yarn wall hanging.” Trust me, you’ll find plenty of inspiration!
Make It A Family Affair
Let your kids or grandkids help you, or – better yet – let them make one of their own! They can find their own stick and choose some fun colors, and you can teach them how to attach the yarn. Then, watch their creativity soar!
Don’t forget to share your finished project!
Share it on FB, in our FB group, in other groups, on Instagram… wherever you want to spread joy! Be sure to hsashtag #yarnstashchallenge and tag me @yarnandchai.design so I can see it, too!
How do you determine the length of yarn to cut when you want to braid your yarn. I am doing some straight, some braided, and some with macrame knots. I want it to end up 6 feet long. Any way to calculate how long to cut my strings?
Great finished product and inspiration. Love the colour choices.
So glad that you brought back the art of wall hanging! I used to make both wall and plant hangers years ago so now I can make them again with new touches 🙂 I love to crochet and knit too but sometimes my projects get a little boring. Time to lay them aside for awhile and get creative with something new.
Hope you and your family are doing well!
How fun! I definitely enjoyed doing something different with yarn than I usually do. It’s fun to branch out sometimes 🙂
I love this. I might use this idea as a privacy curtain across the lower half of my kitchen window – light yarns a little spaced out – I think it would look great x
I just did some yard work over the weekend, an great way to get outside, yet not around people ( yard work everyone appears to disappear ) And even had an really nice WOOD pile burning…. so sad that I now have no branches in my yard….. yet I’m sure with another day of wind and possibly I may just have an treasure of at least one branch to use for this fantastic idea. ( Or maybe it’s time to help my neighbor out with her yard branches ..just an thought lol ) . Thank you so much for sharing , looking forward to joining in with “stash challenge” . Stay creative and stay safe.
You’re welcome Kate! And I’m sure some nice branches will find their way into your yard soon. They always do when we DON’T want them to, right? 🙂
Thanks Rebecca for putting this together. I live in Tel Aviv, Israel and we have been on Shelter in Place for the last 2 weeks. I have been keeping busy and OK. My husband is starting to go crazy–wants to “take a car ride.” Never mind the police are stopping cars and if you are not going to the grocery store or a medical appt. you get a very large fine (over $1000). Our son and daughter in law are in the middle of a remodel of their kitchen and are staying (stuck) with us. The saving grace is their fluffy little Maltese–Little May has gone out on more “walks” than ever. Each of us takes turns walking her within 100 meters of our apt. — it has ben a walk every 2 hours. The poor pup is pooped!!!!!! While the wall hanging really isn’t my style, your hanging is lovely. Again thanks.
Thank goodness for pups at a time like this!
Oh wow Rebecca, that’s a great idea. I’m going to make one for my bedroom in our new house (when it’s finished). I definitely think I could manage to make one of these, because it looks so easy. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. Take care of yourself at this difficult time.
SO easy! And a great way to add a personal touch to your new house (how exciting!). 🙂
Rebecca, you are so creative! Thanks so much for sharing all of your brilliant and beautiful ideas and for making it easier for us to make some beautiful projects.
I couldn’t have said it better than Debbie Del Signore Did, I.m an 85 year old G-Grandmother and have been doing crafts seems like all my life , and when I get your E-mail look forward to trying every thing out Always some one in the family that can use the finished project . Thank you from me. NANA
Aww… thank you to both of you!