Happy weekend! I hope you all are enjoying your end of summer vacations and are stress-free as you prepare to get back into routines with work and school.
We have gathered some bloggers who love to thrift and DIY home decor and welcome you to the first Thrifted Home Decor Challenge. For this challenge, we had a maximum of 20 dollars to spend to find something thrifted and DIY it into something we can use in our homes. I spent a whopping 50 cents for my project and am so excited to show it to you: a simple DIY wall hanging that just about anybody can make.
Welcome to all of you here from Ordinary Royalty! I am so happy to have you here! Ashley is an epic garage sale-er and I love the letter books she came up with for the challenge. If you haven’t yet, check out her garage sale finds tab on her site and see all of her fun treasures.
I’m sure all of you have seen the craze of yarn wall hangings, macrame, tapestries, etc. They are all over the place but can get pretty pricey because they are all handcrafted. I was able to find this vintage metal embroidery hoop at the thrift store for 50 cents. You can find others here and gold macrame hoops here. I spray painted it gold. This Krylon gold spray paint is my favorite. It gives the perfect aged brass color and isn’t too shiny gold.
For this project you’ll need:
2 skeins of thicker yarn in your color choices
1 pair of scissors
1 ruler or cutting mat
Optional: gold spray paint
Once you have your hoop painted as you choose, it’s time to cut your yarn. You will need 30 pieces of one color (in this case, gray) cut at 48 inches. You will also need 10 pieces of your secondary color (in this case, blue) cut at 24 inches.
Now you are ready to start attaching your yarn to your ring. Take your first piece of gray yarn and fold it in half. Place the folded loop over the ring, as shown below, at the middle of the ring.
Next, you will bring the tail end of the folded piece and bring it under the hoop and through the loop.
Pull the loop tight and you have completed your first knot! I told you this is easy!
Continue knotting your pieces of gray yarn. Make sure you pull the knots tightly and put them right next to each other until you have attached all 30 pieces.
Here is how it will look once you have the 30 knots in place.
Now it’s time to start your blue yarn. You will essentially do the same process but instead of looping the yarn over the hoop you will will loop it onto the gray knots. To find the center, count 15 knots from the outside and start there. You will pull the center gray loop loose. Then, fold the blue piece of yarn in half.
Place it over the loose gray knot.
Take the tail end of the blue piece and put it through the gray knot and through the blue loop.
Pull the gray knot tight first and then pull the blue yarn taut to make a clean knot. (See the close-ups below to see how it sits under the hoop.)
Continue knotting the blue pieces until you have put all 10 pieces through the center 10 gray knots.
You have essentially completed your wall hanging, but it will look a little scraggly at this point. The poor thing needs a haircut.
I chose to cut mine at an angle. I placed a straight edge on top and cut the gray pieces first. You will want to comb through the yarn to make each piece as straight as possible. Count 30 strands from the end to find the center and to make the point of the wall hanging centered.
Next, I placed something flat between the blue and gray strands and used my straight edge and scissors again to cut an angle in the blue pieces, matching the center of the blue with the center of the gray.
Final step: hang on the wall and enjoy!
I hope this simple DIY wall hanging brings some inspiration and will show you that even you can make one of these popular textural art pieces. I can’t wait to put it in the nursery.
Here are the rest of the ladies that are a part of the Thrifted Home Decor Challenge! I hope you take a minute to not only look at their projects but also look at the rest of their sites. This is a great group of talented women and I am proud to be a part of this with them!
I hope you enjoyed this blog hop! If you have a blog and would be interested in being a part of our next Thrifted Home Decor Challenge, please let me know! Also, if you are on Instagram and you love thrifting, I would love to see your finds. Tag them with #thriftonite.
Have a happy weekend and happy thrifting!