I love having new decor to hang on my walls. What I love even more, though, is when it is inexpensive, and I can create it myself to suit my exact tastes. So, if you are anything like me, then you will love this easy DIY yarn hanging tutorial. I loved it so much, in fact, that I made two of them!
As someone who enjoys crafts and DIY projects, I am always seeing things that make me think, “I could totally do/make that myself.” Ha! The problem is, DIY projects take both time and money. So, unfortunately, many of my I-could-totally-make-that ideas never come to fruition, due to lack of one or the other (or both).
However, when I stumble across something that I like that is easy to make and inexpensive, I am all over it.
Enter the DIY yarn wall hanging.
Now, macrame has been quite popular for the last couple of years. I love the look of it, and it always catches my eye in the store. I can’t tell you how many times I have picked up a macrame hanging in the store and debated about whether I should buy it or not. It is often pricey in store, though, and it seems like it would be quite involved as a DIY. (Although I can’t speak this as truth, because I have never actually tried.)
Recently, though, I have seen photos of a few of these more simplistic yarn wall hangings – probably on Instagram – and they really caught my eye. I had a feeling they would be fairly simple to make, and lucky for me (and you!), I was right.
So, here is my super simple, super inexpensive yarn hanging tutorial.
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*I actually made two of these, and the second one required a few more supplies, as it was quite different than the first one. I’ll show pictures of the other one and touch on the differences at the end of this post. But, for now, let me show you how simple this can be.
The first thing you want to do is determine how long you want the yarn to hang. I just held the yarn up against the steel ring and eyeballed what I wanted. Then, double that length and start cutting.
I didn’t measure my pieces of yarn out exactly. I just used the first piece as a guide for length. You can trim the ends up however you want once the piece is finished.
Then, you’ll start the knotting process. You’ll be using a simple lark’s knot for this part.
Grab a few pieces of yarn, (I alternated between groups of 4 and groups of 2) fold them in half, and place the center just above the base of your steel ring.
Then, pull the length of yarn around the back side of the ring and through the center loop of yarn.
Pull tight, and you’re done.
You can see here how I have alternated between 2 and 4 strands of yarn per knot.
Continue this process until your ring is filled out to a point that you are happy with.
Next, use your other skein of yarn to fill out the top ring.
*Since this yarn was multicolored and the ring size was smaller, I only used one piece of yarn per knot.
Finally, hang it up and trim the ends however you want. I left mine mostly as is, although I did trim a few extra long strands here and there. I liked the uneven finish, as well as the slight V shape.
The great thing about this craft is that it is so versatile. You can: choose any color(s) you want, as many colors as you want, create different shapes, or use different types of yarn, use different bases, and even braid or knot the yarn however you’d like.
The possibilities are truly endless.
Plus, it’s incredibly easy to put together and much cheaper to do it yourself. My total cost for the hanging above was about $8. The steel ring was approximately $2.50, and I got the yarn on sale for about $5.50.
Here is the other one that I made.
For this one, I literally found a stick in the yard to use as a base. I sanded it down a bit so it was smooth, and cleaned it off so it wouldn’t get the yarn dirty. Then, I followed the same process as above, and just added a few braids for extra texture.
Also, I put a dot of hot glue on the the back side of each knot in this one. The yarn didn’t seem to want to knot as tightly on this one – maybe because the base was different or maybe because I used yarn that was different textures – but I wanted to make sure everything stayed put.
I think I like this one even better than the first. It matches my decor a little better.
What do you think? Which one do you like better?
However you choose to do it, you really can’t go wrong with this easy yarn hanging tutorial.