This has been one of those DIY's that I started last Christmas (EEK!) and it has been laying half done in my master bedroom for the past six months. Of course, by the time I went back to the project earlier this month I had TOTALLY different ideas for what I wanted to do!
The whole project started because I had a gold bar left over from a closet project in our Master bedroom! It was in perfect condition and I didn't want to just throw out the bar. After some research, I decided to create this statement piece in our master bedroom using some leftover yarn and the repurposed bar! The room still needs the floor to be done so I won't be showing you guys the whole space until I do that big project at the beginning of next year. Regardless, this new piece is GORGEOUS! I am totally in love and can't believe it took me this long to complete it!
Today I am going to take you through how I made the piece. The whole project took me about 3-4 hours and it was a perfect lazy Saturday project for me to do while binging some Gilmore Girls! Let's do this:
Step One: Collect Your Supplies
- Yarn (Choose 5-10 colors) I went with some of the colors in my bedspread and I wanted a cool 70's vibe to my hanging. Take some time in the store to make sure you are loving all the colors. I literally spread mine out right in Hobbycraft!
- Bar (Use a dowel or re-purpose one you have in the home)
- Trash Bin
Step Two: Decide the Length And Width You WantMy hanging is about 3 1/2 feet long x 4 feet wide. I had a large wall to use up but you could make this piece as large or small for the space you have! just make sure to eyeball your wall and see what would make sense!
Step Three: Start Attaching Your Yarn
Now that you know how big your hanging is, you can use that to start measuring out your string I worked color by color and made sure each color and texture was spread evenly throughout the piece. You'll see a picture below of me doing all of the large pink yarn and the different braids I did!
To attach each strand, find the middle of your strands of yarn and fold all the strands in half. Pull the loop over to the front of the dowel from behind, and then pull the ends of the strands through the loop. Then you will proceed with your design. Again, I worked my way across the dowel but you could also add the string by texture or design. Here are some of the textures I used:
1. Knotted Strand: Cut 6-12 long strands of the same yarn. Each strand should be double the length you want the final piece to be. Loop around the bar. Separate into 2-3 sections and place knots 4-6" all the way down the strand.
2. Friendship Knot: This knot is how I used to make bracelets or boondoggle in summer camp. I've attached a DIY tutorial if you a refresh on how to do it! Go here.
3. Plain Strand: Cut 6-12 long strands of the same yarn. Each strand should be double the length you want the final piece to be. Loop around the bar. I put knots in some and not in others depending on how it looked!
4. Tassel: I made all of the tassels out of the chunkier yarn and then wrapped them around the bar at different lengths If you need a refresher on how to make tassels you can go here.
5. Double Braid: Cut at least 10-20 strands of a single yarn, about one and half times the final length you want it to be. Loop the yarn around the bar and then separate the strands into two sections. Braid and end with a knot.
6. Textured Strand: Cut at least 4-8 strands of a single yarn, about one and half times the final length you want it to be. With some of the chunky yarn, I deconstructed it to get that squiggle, textured look. Some of these I also used a brush to make them a bit fuzzy and some I deconstructed some of these all the way and the other half way.
7. Plain Braid: Cut at least 10-20 strands of a single yarn, about one and half times the final length you want it to be. Loop the yarn around the bar and then separate the strands into three sections. Braid and end with a knot. Some I did knots at the end and some I didn't.
Step Four: Play Around With Colors and Textures
Just play around with some of the braid and textures and make sure you are alternating them as you work across the bar! This will make the yarn work together.
Step Five: Hang Your Piece
I used two nails to hang the piece. Make sure you use a level to make sure the dowel is going to be straight and linear against the wall. Put up the hanging and voila, you're done!
So what do you guys think?! Minus the part where sitting on the floor that long gave me major back issues, I LOVED this DIY and the result is a ton of bang for your buck!
I have received some questions for you guys about where I got the yarn! I got everything from my local Hobbycraft here in Glasgow. I went in person because they often have deals on yarn and everything was 3 for 2 in the shop! As a result, I was able to get some of the chunky yarn for cheap! So go check out your local craft store and look up coupons! The whole piece cost me £32! Plus the happiness of creating something cool for the home!
I'm dying to see what you guys come up with! Make sure to tag me @thefuzzybee and #fuzzybeefun over on Instagram! Or comment below!
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