It’s true: Craftin’ is like therapy, ain’t it? Well, in this case of this fun yarn wall art, it’s more like “a-KNIT?” Get it??
I wanted to create some yarn wood art with a piece of scrap wood and my power drill. I’ve been dying to weave yarn through wood since forever, but I didn’t know what kind of project to do until now. This knitted art is quick and should only take you about 1 hour, tops. You’ll need a piece of wood, stencils, yarn, a power drill, and tape!
Be sure to check out this other easy wall art with a thrift store canvas, as well as tips for photographing and printing your own floral photography wall art. If you want to make your own DIY picture frames, I’ve got that tutorial too. 🙂
….I mean, we could buy new, but why would we, right??
Let’s jump into it!
BEFORE – Pretty balls of yarn
AFTER! – Yarn and Wood Art!
With just holes drilled into a board, I could spell out anything I wanted and use colorful yarn to wrap through the wood holes. A totally crafin’, knitted art piece that only takes a drill make!
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Craftin’ is like THERAPY, ain’t it?
Most people may not get it. I know…..sometimes you can be too clever that only yourself gets the joke. LOL. Hopeful you get it!
It’s now hanging up in my colorful basement office recently.
How To Make This Yarn Wall Art:
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Go gather these materials:
- Power drill with a drill bit (any size drill bit want to use)
- Stencil (I used my Silhouette Cameo, but you can use any letter stencils you want).
- Colorful yarn
- Wood stain or paint for the wood
- Paint for the letters
- Old cloth to wipe off stain
- Masking Tape
- Hot Glue
- Size 10 knitting needles (or larger)
- D-ring picture hangers for hanging your wall art
STEP 1: Paint or stain your wood.
You can also use an old piece of wood that you already have lying around, like an old cabinet door or something! Wipe off the old stain with a cloth. Feel free to paint the board. Either way is fine.
STEP 2: Add your stencil to the wall art and paint it.
I used my Silhouette Cameo (I highly recommend eventually investing in a cutting machine like this when you’ve got the budget to do so. It makes stencils so much easier). But if you don’t have one, craft stores sell letter stencils. I chose to stencil “Craftin’ is like therapy, a’KNIT?”
STEP 3: Write the word “KNIT.”
Might be a little hard to see against the dark stain, but I wrote the word “KNIT.” And then at each point of the letter, I draw little dots to show me where to drill into the wood.
STEP 4: Drill at the points.
I started drilling at the “T” as you can see here. This is where you’ll weave the yarn into the wood to spell out the letters.
TIP: Here’s an excellent tip for drilling clean holes into your wood: be sure to have a scrap piece of wood underneath your wood art. The scrap piece of wood underneath the section you’re drilling helps to prevent something called tear out, which occurs when the drill bit rips out the splinters of wood on the backside of a hole. For more info on this, watch this YouTube video where I explain in detail how to prevent tear-out when drilling while working on my DIY word light sign.
Once all the points of the letters were drilled, this is what the yarn wall art was beginning to look like:
TIP: If you know exactly where you want your holes, I recommend drilling them before staining and stenciling. That way you can sand it down, clean it up nicely before staining. I messed up and did it the opposite way. Oh, and at this point, you probably should apply a polyurethane sealer, which I did not.
STEP 5: Tape the ends of the yarn.
This is how you’re going to weave the yarn through the wood. It’s just like the ends of a shoestring!
Tape both ends of the large piece that you cut. Cut enough so you have plenty to weave through.
Weave the yarn through the first letter.
Secure the end of the taped yard to back with more tape so that you can start weaving it through the rest of the wood and the yarn won’t come out.
The wall art started to look like this.
When you’re done your first letter, it will look like this. On the back of the wood, you’ll secure the other end of the knitted yard with more tape.
STEP 6: Weave all the letters with different colors of yarn.
With the second letter weaved into the wood, in a different color, it’s now looking like something. 🙂
STEP 7: Hot glue some knitting needles.
Using some hot glue, secure a couple of extra knitting needles to the wall art.
STEP 8: Add D-ring picture hangers.
Use your drill to easily add hardware to the back. (FYI, you may need wire cutters if you’re using wire and it’s too long).
STEP 9: Hang it on your wall!
I’ve got the yarn and wood wall art hanging in my office, but you can hang this anywhere in your home! A crafting room or office is best, though.
It’s amazing how just one little tool (a drill) and some wood and yarn can create a really unique piece of art for your wall! 🙂 I love it!
If you love doing projects with wood, be sure to check out my DIY word light wall art tutorial!
Also, if you’re looking for another easy project to do with just a power drill, here’s a fun project that is super simple: upcycling an old knife block, to hold crayons, crochet hooks, makeup brushes, and more!
Have you ever made any yarn wall art for your home? Leave a comment below and tell me what you’ve made! 🙂