DIY Yarn Wall Art

by - November 01, 2017

Putting together our living room has been a long process! We moved into our apartment a year ago this month and will have been married for a year as of next month! Our living room is where we spend the majority of our time so I knew it had to feel homey, but also a fun reflection of our personalities! I wanted it to be relaxing but also energizing! If you want to read more about that process, you can check out the before photos of our place, take a look at my mood board for this room's design, or see the huge gallery wall I've already shared.A post on all the progress we've made on putting this room together will be coming very soon!

Today, I have one more sneak peek for you before the big reveal! I'm sharing one of my favorite DIY projects I've made for our home so far - this super easy, super colorful Yarn Wall Art piece! It is crazy simple, cost me less than $20, and could easily be accomplished in an afternoon (I, of course, had it strewn around our living room for several weeks, but we don't need to talk about that ;) Anyone else SO good at starting projects but procrastinate the heck out of finishing them?!)

You will need:
  • Several skeins of yarn - how much yarn depends on how big you make your wall hanging and how many colors you want! My finished project is about 18 by 24 inches, and I only used 1/2 - 1/3 of each of these skeins! You can use any weight or type of yarn you like, but I got the cheap stuff from Michael's and it worked just fine
  • A wooden dowel rod - I believe mine was 5/16 inch diameter. It is heavy enough to support the weight of all that yarn, but I was able to cut it in half (slowly) with just a pair of scissors!
  • Scissors
The first thing, and definitely the hardest for me, is to decide on your design! Initially, I was going to have half as many bundles and mix together the light and dark shades in one bunch. But once I started getting to work, I was really digging the more color-blocked look. The possibilities here are truly endless and there's really no wrong way! 

Once you have at least a general idea of what your design will be, you need to get to work on that yarn! I didn't measure very precisely - just used my fully outstretched arms which happened to be about 50 inches. Cutting out the yarn is by far the most time-consuming part of this project, although thankfully it is not very complicated! You can make each of your bundles as thick or thin as you'd like - all of my bundles had 20 pieces of yarn for reference! So I cut 20 strands, each 50 inches long for every knotted bunch on my rod.

Once you have a bunch ready to go, you need to attach them to your rod. Fold your bunch of yarn in half, as evenly as you can. Don't worry if the ends don't line up nicely, you'll trim it later. Place the fold in the middle of the yarn on top of the rod. Put the looped part behind the rod and stick your fingers through the loop to grab the length of the yarn. Pull the ends of the yarn all the way through the loop. 

Pull down until that loop is as tight as possible. I wanted the top yarn on top of my wall hanging to be really flat and even, so I went through and pulled on each individual strand in the bundle to get it as tight as I could. You may not be as obsessive about that as me, but make sure you get it as tight as you want it before you start trimming the ends.

Take a shorter piece of yarn and create a loop on top of the rod so you can hang it up! Just tie the yarn near each end of the rod. 

Then it's time for a haircut! The last step is to trim up the bottom of your wall hanging. It's easiest to go ahead and hang up your piece before you start snipping so that you can tell how it's going to hang. 

And there you have it! Told you it was easy! I love the pop of color and texture it brings to our living room.

Even our sweet boy Zuko approves! He's a tough critic ;)

And just because I'm nice... I'll give you a peek of where this is in context in our living room! Ta daaaa

Like I said, I'll be sharing a full living room reveal here on Blooming Boldly soon! For now, where in your home needs a yarn wall hanging?! This DIY is a too fun and affordable to not try for yourself!

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  1. How freaking cute is that! I love this idea with yarn. Gonna have to steal some from my mom and make me one! ♥

  2. I love wall hangings like that in areas like alcoves or kid's rooms. They are so colorful and easy to make without costing an arm and a leg. Very cute!

  3. Oooh I love this idea. How fun! The colors and pattern you went with look great, and I pinned this for later. :)


  4. What a brilliant idea! I would have never thought to do this, but it looks so pretty up on your wall! Thanks for the DIY inspiration!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

  5. What a beautiful piece & so simple to make! Thanks for sharing!