Hey friends! Are you all busting out all your yarn projects yet, now that it’s fall? Yarn is such a cozy texture, I decided to add a bit of warm decor to my home, and made up these fall yarn wrapped letters!
The great thing about this yarn wrapped letters project is that you don’t have to be able to knit or crochet to make it happen. I spelled out “fall” but you can easily customize it to any kind of word art you like! I’ll give you a few tips and tricks I figured out as I worked along. I used 8 inch paper mache letters for mine, but these letters come in a 12 inch and a 23.5 inch size, too – there are so many ways to make these yarn wrapped letters your own.
Supplies needed to make your own yarn wrapped letters:
- 8 inch Paper Mache “F”
- 8 inch Paper Mache “A”
- 8 inch Paper Mache “L” (2)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Caron Simply Soft Yarn
You can make these yarn wrapped letters in colors to match your decor, or you can re-create this fall theme by using Autumn Red, Autumn Maize, Chocolate, and Dark Sage. These are all 6 oz. skeins, and one skein will wrap several 8 inch letters. The exact amount of yarn necessary for each letter will vary on the letter itself and also on its size, but I feel safe in recommending that 1 oz. of yarn will cover an 8 inch letter.
The first step in covering the letters is to cover the ends. You can wrap the entire width of the letter form, or you can save yarn and take a shortcut by using hot glue on about a dozen strands of yarn, 3″-4″ long each. This may look messy when you begin, but when you begin wrapping the yarn around the letter form, you’ll quickly cover any raw edges.
The letter L was a really easy letter. The shape of each letter will have certain challenges to get full coverage, but I’ll share what I encountered, and you should be able to tackle any letter with these tips.
You’ll find as you go along, the corners are the challenge. Let me show you how I worked to cover them.
First, wrap each straight side. Once you have coverage, those wraps will help hold your diagonal wraps in place. begin on either side, and wrap carefully, working toward the corner. When you reach the corner, add a bit of hot glue to hold the yarn in place.
Then, move to the other straight side, and wrap that edge, covering toward the corner. You may need one more dab of hot glue to finish the wrapping and secure it.
When wrapping the “F,” I had to make longer wraps to ensure coverage on the left side. If you try a letter “T,” you will likely encounter the same situation. While part of the “F” looks a bit messy here, remember that you can cover up any gaps just by continuing to wrap it with yarn.
The “A” presented yet another challenge, because it has a hole in the middle. This meant that to wrap it with even coverage, I had to cut long lengths, rather than just work off the skein like the other letters – so that I could wrap through the center hole. You can speed the process up by doubling up your yarn! Join pieces together with a square knot, but make sure the knot is positioned on the backside of the letter.
You can mount the yarn wrapped letters onto frames (like Repeat Crafter Me did with her yarn wrapped letters) or, because these 8 inch letters have large enough bases, I just set them upright. A dab of hot glue to connect the letters helped to stabilize them, and make sure the top-heavy “F” stayed in place!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).