How to Make String Art for Your Lovely Home

They say you only get a few seconds to make a first impression. 

If you have ever walked into a home that looks like it is straight out of a magazine, then you know it is true. An amazing entryway hardwires a visitor’s brain to see the rest of the home in a positive light. 

The reverse is also true, as a bland or shabby intro to a space can set the tone that there are no “hidden surprises.” Small additions to your home can truly transform the space into a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. 

When I was looking into ways to add a little coziness into my living space, I found a macramé dream catcher wall hanging. While the one I was looking at a cost close to $40, I knew I could make my own for a fraction of the cost.

In addition, by making my own, I could choose the colors of the macramé dream catcher, as well as the materials involved. I decided I wanted double colors for my space, white and grey.

This color combination matches my living room well and I love the way the colors contrast each other. In addition, I was able to use two different types of weaving techniques in my yarn wall art.

It was fun to customize this dream catcher into wall décor that was personalized for me and my space. I hope you have as much fun making this yarn wall art and customizing it to meet your style just as much as I did! 

Materials Needed: 

  • Yarn, twine, or rope
  • A ring or hoop- I used an old embroidery hoop that I painted black
  • Scissors 

That is truly all the supplies you need. It’s amazing how great this wall art can turn out and will so few materials!

Step 1: Measure 

To get started, I found it most helpful to measure out the distance I wanted my yarn to hang instead of going off of a specific number of feet. Again, it is wonderful to have full control of how this project looks! 

Take the yarn and fold it over. Without cutting the yarn, measure out how far you want your yarn ends to hang down from the top of the hoop to the bottom of your yarn.

Once you have that distance, you can square up the ends of the yarn, and cut. This is your guiding piece of yarn to make your other cuts. 

Step 2: Start Cutting

Using the first piece of yarn as a guide, go ahead and cut all of your yarn pieces for the project now. I needed 14 pieces of white yarn and 14 pieces of grey yarn. Total you should have 28 pieces of yarn all cut to be 6 feet long. 

Don’t worry if the yarn pieces seem long to you. They will be folded over so that there is only about 3 feet for each strand to weave. 

Step 3: Larks Head Knot

Take a strand of yarn and fold it in half. Place the spot that is folded onto the hoop. Take that loop and bring the ends through the loop. This should secure the yarn to the hoop. This step is called a  “Larks Head” knot.

Step 4: Attach All Strands

Complete the Larks Head knot for all 28 strands of yarn. I kept my white yarn to one side and the gray yarn to the other side. However, it is completely up to you how you want to order your yarn colors or simply keep the same yarn throughout the project. 

Step 5: Start the Pattern

Take a strand from the right side of the hoop, and cross it to the left side of the hoop. Tie a knot at the bottom of the left side of the hoop to secure the yarn’s diagonal shape across the hoop. 

Step 6:  Second Strand

Repeat step five, but now start with a strand of yarn on the left side, and cross it over to the right side. Again, tie a knot at the bottom of the hoop to secure the diagonal shape from the left side of the hoop to the right.

Step 7: Weaving (If You Will) 

Decide what type of woven formation you want for your wall art. I could not decide, so I did two different types of designs on my hoop. I first started with a woven pattern, then I simplified the design with a simple cross over pattern.

If you want to do a woven pattern continue reading step 7. If you would rather stick with the simple crossover look, skip down to step 8. 

Weaving the Yarn- Just like weaving a basket or blanket, getting that woven look is easy. Simply follow the over and under movements with the yarn pieces before securing the end of the yarn to the bottom of the hoop.

This step will become more tedious the larger you want your woven area to be as there will be more yarn to weave through. If you are planning on weaving several pieces of yarn, you may want to get a thick needle to help you weave through the hoop.

Step 8:  Crisscrossing 

Crisscrossing the yarn pieces is just as easy as it sounds. All you need to do is continue to take one strand of yarn from the top of the hoop and tie it to the opposite, bottom side of the hoop.

Continue this process until all the strands of yarn are creating a diagonal pattern across the hoop. The key to this step is to stay in order from the middle strands to the outside strands of yarn.

If you go out of order with the strands of yarn, your diagonal pattern will become unorganized and messy. 

Step 9: Hang and Trim the Wall Décor 

Once you have completed your yarn wall décor, first pat yourself on the back for saving money and creating a unique piece of wall art. Then choose a place to hang your wall art and trim up the edges so that the ends of the yarn look nice and crisp. 

Congratulations!

You now have an awesome, unique piece of wall decor that you made! Hang it with pride!

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