Something you may not know about me: I love wall hangings. Another thing: I absolutely loooooove anything bohemian. And, you may already know that these two things go hand in hand.
My saved photos on Instagram consist of not much besides plants, boho décor inspiration, and cute coffee shops in NYC, and almost every bohemian-esque home I’ve seen has at least one of those cute yarn wall hangings prettying up the walls.
I intended on purchasing a few myself but then I thought why not take it one step further and make one myself? It can’t be that hard, right?!
And (for once in my life) I was right!
Making one of these bad boys wasn’t hard at all, though I will say it was tedious. The worst part of the process is that it does take some time, especially if you’re going all out and making a big one, but I promise you you’ll be so satisfied in the end with your final product!
I wasn’t intending on making many of these, but I browsed Pinterest for inspiration (that was my first mistake) and wound up saving about 30 different photos of ones I liked for inspiration. This ended up with me heading over to my craft store and purchasing 5 different colors of yarn and enough dowels to make about 12 of these, so you have an idea of where a lot of my time will be going.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for you to follow so you can make one of these yourself and turn your home into the bohemian haven of your dreams!
- Wooden dowels
- Wooden craft beads
The first thing I did was cut down my dowels. I bought several dowels in different diameters, all 36 inches long, and depending on the thickness I cut some of them in half (the thicker dowels), and some in thirds (the thinner dowels).
For this wall hanging I used one of the thicker dowels that was 18 inches long.
I took a piece of yarn and tied it around each end of the towel to use as the hanger. You can add a bit of hot glue or crazy glue to the knot if you’d like, but I found it stayed secured just fine with just a knot.
I figured out about how long I wanted the yarn to hang off the dowel, and then cut pieces of yarn in 3 different colors. Important Note: Make sure when you’re cutting the yarn you cut it double the length of how long you want it to hang because each piece of yarn will get folded in half.
I began with the color yarn I wanted in the middle, which in this case was pink. I took a piece of the yarn, folded it in half, and then laid it on top of the wooden dowel.
Taking the 2 ends of the yarn, I pulled them around the dowel and through the loop. FYI: This is called a lark head’s knot and is what you’ll be doing over and over and over and over and…..
Pull the 2 loose ends of the yarn as tight as possible through the loop so that it knots around your dowel. Congrats, you’ve made a tiny amount of progress on your wall hanging! (and I mean tiny).
Continue making lark head knots around your dowel with each piece of yarn in whatever colors and order you want. Important Note: Since you’re starting in the middle of the dowel alternate tying your yarn around the dowel on either side of the yarn you placed in the middle rather than just working your way on one side – this will make sure everything is centered and in the color order you’d like it to be in!
Once all your yarn is tightly knotted around the dowel, you can dress it up however you want! I chose to add some braids into the tan yarn with some wooden beads, as well as add some darker wooden beads to the black yarn. I also added some knots to parts of the tan yarn.
And last but not least, feel free to trim any of your yarn however you’d like so it’s not all one length!
That’s it! See, I told you it wasn’t easy, but I did say it was a bit time consuming, and you may end up with some achy shoulders, but the finished product is completely worth it.
So, What do you think? The great thing about these yarn wall hangings is there are literally millions of ways to customize them and make them your own, and there’s also tons of overflowing inspiration on Pinterest, so make sure you check some out on there if the inspiration doesn’t quite strike you immediately.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of this tutorial and what colors you use if you make your own!