DIY Yarn Letter
Do you love decorating on a dime? I‘m aways looking for ways to make our home more beautiful for very little money.
Decorating with big, bold letter or numbers has been all the rage for a while now in interior design, and making a yarn letter looked easy enough to do. So I made this yarn letter today, and aside from being fun to make, I love how it turned out and serves as a pop of color and an interesting conversation piece on our bookshelf from now on.
You will need these supplies:
- 1 wooden letter
- 1 roll of yarn in your preferred material and color
- glue gun with glue sticks
Yarn Letter Tutorial:
- There are two ways to create this yarn monogram – you could make your own letter out of cardboard, like this blogger did, or pick up a wooden letter for a minimal cost at your local craft store. I chose the letter ‘L' to make a yarn letter for my son Landon.
- I liked the white color of it, but you could opt to spray paint the letter any color you like prior to beginning the process of wrapping/covering the letter.
- Secure the start of the yarn with a dot of hot glue and then start wrapping the yarn tightly around the letter. Because my letter wasn't just a simple, straight shape, it was a process of trial and error of how to wrap the yarn around it. I could have secured each row with hot glue on the back, but I ended up liking the criss-crossing of the yarn better, and I didn't mind that some of the white of the letter ended up showing through.
- Depending on which letter you cover with yarn, just play around with its shape and decide how you want to wrap the yarn around it.
- When you are happy with the result, secure the yarn on the back with hot glue several times during the wrapping, and then at the end.
Initially I had the thought to embellish my finished letter with buttons or other craft supplies, but once I completed the wrapping of my letter, I realized that I liked the simplicity of how it looked and left it without further embellishment.
Some considerations for embellishing or changing up the look of your letter might include:
- different colored yarn
- mixing up your wrapping using both yarn and ribbon
- sanding exposed edges
- modge podge various pattern papers instead of yarn
I only planned to make one yarn letter that makes a statement on our bookshelf, but you could take this project a step further and make several to spell out a word or a name, or even place some in a shadowbox frame as a larger decor element in your home.
You could hang them with ribbon or hemp fibers instead of leaning them on something as you see I've done here – the sky is the limit in terms of possibilities.
These yarn letters are fun to make, and it's a project that is simple enough that even your kids would be able to create their own without too much guidance – just be certain you're helping them with the glue gun.
Inspired? Which letter are you planning to turn into a yarn letter, and which color will you use? How would you tweak this design to make it your own?
Images via Dagmar Bleasdale