May 24, 2012

diy: yarn-wrapped letter.

let me share my first of two projects i finished this weekend. it's been on my list for months, so i'm pretty excited about it.

not the best picture, but i hope you get the idea. haha.
this was harder than i thought it was going to be. i looked up a few different directions online & it looked so simple that i thought it would breeze through it. most directions were just to the effect of wrap, wrap, wrap and glue.

not so much. although if you're an expert with the hot glue gun, you might not want to listen to me--i'm not an experienced crafter by any means. but, if you need a little extra explanation, this is for you.

you only need half of these (wreath instructions will be coming next). though, i consider coffee & LOtR are necessities. 
yarn-wrapped letter
what you need
hot glue gun & glue sticks
any letter style of your choice (michaels has tons of options, though i like that this letter has a cutout to hang it in the back. it makes life that much easier.)
a small skein of yarn (that's what it's called, right?)

what i did
1. plug in your glue gun & let it warm up. simple, yes, but i don't remember these things.

2. glue the first edge of yarn down on an end.

3. start wrapping, keeping it as taught as possible. try to cover as much of the end as you can--keep in mind, you're going to have to go different ways to cover the different sides & ends.

4. on the edges, you'll need to dab some glue to keep the yarn in place. do this as much as you need to, because you'll be wrapping over some of it later on.

5. continue wrapping around the rest of the letter, dabbing glue on odd spots as necessary.

6. repeat what you did on the first corner on the other corner(s). the main goal at this point is to cover all the letter with yarn as neatly as possible.

7. once that is done, now for the aesthetics. at the opposite end of the letter, tightly wrap over the edges in the same direction (see the photo above to see how i did it). this does take some trial and error, but don't give up. just find the best way to cover all around neatly, and glue some of it to keep it in place.

8. sparingly wrap your way back around the letter to the other end(s). since it's all wrapped tightly, it will blend it with the yarn.

9. repeat the patterns you came up with for the first end until everything is neat & pretty. snip the yarn, and glue that sucker down.

10. if there are some loose pieces, just glue underneath them and place them where you want them.

11. if you want to add embellishments, now's the time to do it.

12. hang your masterpiece & pat yourself on the back. you did it.



  1. This is such a beautiful idea, I love it.

    You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.


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