This post was meant to go up earlier this week, but I was having some major technical difficulties on the site. If you happened to visit on Saturday morning and see the (horrifyingly bad) rough draft of a post that was displaying live on the site… woof. I’m sorry. Can we still be friends? I hope so! Because I have a sweet tutorial to share with you guys for V Day.
I’ve been itching to attempt a wall hanging for a while now, so I dreamed up this little heart situation. It’s not the quickest DIY, but most of the work involves looping yarn onto a dowel, so it’s pretty mindless. This project took me approximately 2 episodes of The Man In The High Castle. If you’re not stuck in bed with the flu like me, invite your BFF over for a wine & yarn party!
As you can see there’s no pink, red, purple, glitter or confetti involved in this DIY… it’s a Valentine’s crafting miracle! Not that I’m a hater, but the princess sparkle unicorn vibes just wouldn’t blend in well with my home decor. And also… #teamneutral. This no weave wall hanging is subdued enough in ivory & gray that if hearts are your thing this could easily grace your wall year round. But feel free to use some sparkly pink yarn if you are #teamprincesssparkleunicorn.
Heart No Weave Wall Hanging
- 3 dowel rods
- 2-3 colors of yarn
Determine what size you’d like your wall hanging to be (mine was about 12″ wide) and cut your dowels to length. For this project I used 3 dowels to create the 3 layers of yarn. Leave one dowel 4 inches longer, this will be your top dowel (so that you can tie the hanging string to it).
Start with your bottom layer, which will have the longest fringe. Cut lengths of yarn to 24″ (or your desired length – honestly I just eyeballed the whole project) then fold in half and do a half hitch knot to tie them onto one of the shorter dowels. Repeat until you have the whole dowel full, then secure the ends with a little bit of glue.
Repeat step two for the middle (heart) layer, with yarn cut slightly shorter (about 20″).
Repeat again for your top layer, using the longest dowel. These pieces should be about 14″.
Stack all your layers together in order, then use the thinner string to tie the dowels together in the back. Tie a long piece of string to each end of your top dowel so you can hang it up on the wall.
Hang your yarn creature up. Now that you can see the basic shape coming together, just trim the individual yarn pieces of the middle (gray) layer into a V. Then trim the top layer to shape the top of the heart. No need to bust out the ruler for this part. Mine is imperfect, but hey… it’s yarn on the wall! It’s supposed to be funky and charming.
Isn’t she a sweet little yarn creature? Have fun with this project! The basic idea of creating a pattern by layering dowels leaves a ton of room for creativity… try cutting in different shapes or mixing up the color pallette to make it work for your space.