DIY Yarn Word Crafts

DIY Yarn Word Crafts

Add a little something extra to your home décor with simple DIY yarn-wrapped words.



By: Liz Elliott

These DIY yarn word projects are easy to do, and perfect for hanging around your home for a little extra inspiration. Prop up photos, use them as nametags for chairs or add some fun to a shadowbox or collage.

Words to Try

  • Love
  • Fun
  • Peace
  • Learn
  • Family
  • Together
  • Laugh

Tip: When deciding on what words to craft, remember that lowercase “i” and “j” are difficult to do because of the floating dot.

Yarn Words
Use simple ingredients and lengths of colored yarn to create your favorite words.

Materials
Marker
Paper
Wax paper
4 oz. school supply glue
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup warm water
Yarn

Instructions

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  1. Write a motivational word in cursive using a marker on paper
  2. Lay the wax paper down on a flat surface over your word: the word should still be visible through the wax paper
  3. Mix together glue, cornstarch and water in a bowl until there are no clumps
  4. Cut a long length of yarn and dip it in the bowl
  5. Make sure it’s soaked through with the mixture
  6. Remove the string from the bowl holding one end
  7. Using the other hand, squeeze the yarn between two fingers and run them along the full length, wringing out the excess mixture
  8. Trace your written word with the yarn and cut any excess length
  9. Press firmly on any areas where the yarn overlaps itself
  10. Leave to dry for 24 hours
  11. Once yarn is dry, carefully remove it from the wax paper

Tip: Add some food coloring to tint the yarn, and sprinkle glitter on the word while it’s still wet for a bit of sparkle!

Yarn-wrapped Letters and Words
Turn a simple wooden or cardboard letter from the craft supply store into a fabulous monogram to hang in the bedroom. Try wrapping a few letters in coordinating colors to spell out a motivating word.

Tip: If you knit or crochet, use the yarn scraps from other projects to create these.

Materials
Wax paper
4 oz. school supply glue
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup warm water
Yarn
Wooden or cardboard letters
Ribbon or pipe cleaners (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lay wax paper down on a hard, flat surface
  2. Measure then mix together glue, cornstarch and warm water in a bowl until there are no clumps
  3. Cut a long length of yarn and dip it in the bowl: make sure it’s soaked through with the mixture
  4. Remove the string from the bowl holding one end
  5. Wring out the excess mixture
  6. Start wrapping the letter from one end, making sure not to leave any space between the yarn as you go
  7. As you work around the letter, you may hit a stopping point and need to cut the yarn and start wrapping again from a different angle or direction
  8. Continue to wrap until the entire letter is covered in yarn, and then lay it down on the wax paper to dry
  9. Leave to dry for 24 hours
  10. Once dry, glue ribbon to the back of the letter for hanging or attach pipe cleaners to the back of each letter and use them to lean the words on

Tip: Buy string with variegated color to produce a trendy ombré effect once the word is wrapped. Another fun option is to use a few different yarn colors to create stripes.

Share what word you would create for your home in the comments section below!



I’m co-founder of Craftbaby.com with my pal Candie. Whether it's painting office walls pink (home decor), chasing after a messy toddler (parenting), creating knock-offs because we're too cheap (DIY), or cooking without wheat so we don't get puffy (recipes) — we'll share it with you on our blog. Come connect with us!

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