Ombre Yarn Wall Hanging

Yarn wall hangings are all the rage these days! Unfortunately that means they can be a bit expensive to buy, so I decided to just make one! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick it was to make. If you’re looking for an easy DIY project for the weekend, look no further!


 

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Supplies:

(2) Boxes of powder dye (your choice of color)

(2) White fishtail cotton cording

(1) Small tree branch/ stick (I found mine while walking my dog in the park!)

(1) Large bucket

(1) Pair of rubber gloves

(1) Cup of salt

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My sister is about to have a baby boy and wanted a yarn hanging for the nursery, so as godmother, I wanted to make one! Gifts that are handmade are always so much more special and meaningful. This yarn hanging isn’t just for nurseries; it can be hung in a living room or a bedroom too. The best part is that this can be made in only a few hours!

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The first step is to measure out the shape and length you want for the hanging.  Make sure the cording length is doubled because you will need to fold it in half to attach it to the branch.  I decided on a simple angled shape.  When placing the cording along the branch, you want to make sure at least 3/4 of the branch is covered so that it doesn’t look too sparse.

To get the angled shape, I started by cutting the longest piece of cording to the length I wanted. This can vary based on how large you want the hanging to be.  Again, it is important to make sure you cut the cording to double the length you want.  Afterwards, cut two pieces a couple of inches shorter than the first piece. This will begin the tapering effect you will need to create the angled shape. Continue to cut the rest of the cording pieces to fill up the branch, always cutting a couple of inches shorter than the previous piece. You can modify the lengths of cording however you please to create a more dramatic or subtle angle shape.

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When all the pieces are cut and arranged according to where they will be placed, the cording can then be tied to the branch. First, attach the longest piece to the center of the branch with a slip knot. To do this, wrap the loop end of the cording over and under the branch, and run the loose ends through the loop and pull tight.

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Continue to do this with the rest of the pieces, making sure that all the knots are facing the same direction.  The hanging is now complete! Time to dye the yarn!

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To start the dyeing process, boil 3 gallons of water and pour it into a large bucket. The yarn is a cotton fabric, so I added a cup of salt. The dye directions recommend adding one packet of dye per 3 gallons of water, but I decided to add 2 packets of dye because I wanted a deeper blue color. Stir the dye and water to mix them together. Since I only wanted to dye the bottom third of the yarn, I ran that portion under hot water and wrung out the excess. Then place the wet portion of the cording into the dye, hanging the branch over the edge of the bucket so that the top portion of the cording does not get dyed.

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To get the ombre effect, I let the entire bottom portion sit for only 10 minutes. I then lifted the cording so that only the bottom two thirds remained in the dye and water.  I let the cording soak for another 10 minutes before lifting another third out of the dye. The bottom third of cording was left in the dye for another 10 minutes.  Once it is done soaking, pull the cording out and hang it to dry. I hung the branch atop the backs of two chairs.

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Try to straighten the cording strands while they are drying. Once they dried, I ironed the strands on low heat to straighten them a bit more. To hang, hammer two small nails into the wall spaced the length of the branch, and rest the branch on top of those nails. The yarn hanging is now complete

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So cute! This is one of the easiest DIY projects I have ever done, mostly because it took no time at all! If you are short on time and want to add a homemade decorative touch to any space, this yarn wall hanging might just be for you! XO

 

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