Red, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn Art

Red, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtI’ll use almost any holiday as an excuse to dress up our house. However, I refuse to spend any significant amount of money on decorations that will only see the light of day for a week. Last year, I decorated our deck with some old school red, white, and blue paper chains that were the perfect balance of cute and cheap. This year, I wanted to make something to hang on the wall for Independence Day, and I challenged myself to keep my spending under $10. What did I come up to pretty up our entry way for the long holiday weekend? Red, White, and Blue DIY Yarn Art.Red, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn Art

Yarn hangings have been all over Pinterest for the past few months, but until now, I just wasn’t all that pumped to make one of my own. But with my budget in mind, I realized that some super cheap yarn (plus a dowel I already had on hand) would make it easy to create a large scale piece of hanging decoration just in time for the 4th of July. A quick run to the craft supply store and a couple hours playing with yarn, and I was putting up the finished product.Red, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn Art

Now that I see how easy it was to create this low investment, high impact piece of wall decor, I’m already scheming a few more yarn installations for some bare walls that have been stumping me. As a bonus, this is a project that would be great for kids old enough to work safely with scissors. Lots of hands cutting and looping would make this a fast and easy summer project! Red, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn Art

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Step 1

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtAs you can see, I wasn’t worried about getting high quality yarn. I grabbed 3 skeins of yarn in red, white and blue that were priced at $3.19 each at my local craft store.

Step 2

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtBecause I knew I wanted the piece to be relatively large, I cut my yarn threads long, using the length of my craft table as a template so I could go faster. My table is six feet long, and because I knew I’d be trimming the ends, I wasn’t precise about cutting the ends at exactly six feet.

Step 3

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtI estimated about how many threads I needed to cut of each color by how wide I wanted each color stripe to be on the dowel. I wanted the center to be a wide red stripe, flanked by two narrow white stripes, and then two wide blue stripes on the outside, so I cut more red and blue, less white.

Step 4

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtOnce I thought I had enough yarn cut, I did a rough mock up on the dowel, and played around with layout.

Step 5

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtNext, I looped. A lot. I found it was fastest to loop on my hand and transfer it on to the dowel. I’d find the center of the yarn thread, lay it over my palm, wrap around between my thumb and first finger, then wrap around behind and down toward my pinky. Then I threaded the loose ends down through the loop at the bottom of my palm.

Step 6

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtThen I transfered each loop to the dowel…

Step 7

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtAnd pulled it tight by cinching down.

Step 8

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtThen I did that over and over and over and over, until I used up all my yard threads. It was a little monotonous, but I kept myself entertained with music. Feel free to catch up on your favorite movie or TV program – it’s pretty mindless, so you can multitask.

Step 9

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtNow that all of the yarn was on the dowel, it was time to attend to those scraggly ends. (To be honest, I kind of liked the unfinished look of the scraggly ends.)

Step 10

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtI hadn’t really made up my mind how I wanted to shape the bottom, so I started out trying a straight line. I measured down from the top on each side, and then used a length of painter’s tape to secure all of the strands so I could cut them neatly.

Step 11

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtHere’s the finished result, after my blunt straight cut. Neat, but boring. Try again.

Step 12

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtBecause of the symmetrical pattern, I decided to keep the bottom shaped symmetrically, too, so I went with a chevron pattern. Again, I measured and taped off my pattern.

Step 13

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtThen gave my yarn art a second haircut.

Step 14

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtMuch better.

Step 15

 Open GalleryRed, White, and Blue: DIY Hanging Yarn ArtAfter playing around with it in my studio for a bit, I took it home and hung it next to the front door for the world to see. It coordinates nicely with the red door and blue planters, right? With a project price point of less than $10, I’m okay if it gets ruined by rain, bugs or wind, but because the yarn is pretty sturdy, I have no doubt my little DIY Yarn Art project will make it through the long holiday weekend. And if no toddlers or dogs decide to make a plaything out of it and tangle it hopelessly, maybe it will even make it until next year.

Materials

  • Red, white, and blue yarn
  • 1 wooden dowel

Tools

  • scissors
About Ellen Foord 

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As the founder, designer, and one-woman workforce behind Minnow + Co, a tight budget has never stopped this DIY-girl-at-heart from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every ...

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  1. Cindy says:

    I love this! thanks

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