DIY Craft: Yarn Wrapped Frames
January 25, 2010
Whenever I pass the knitting section in the craft or specialty fabric stores and spy all of the beautiful yarns, I wish that I had the skill to knit so I could put those gorgeous threads to good use. Unfortunately, I don’t knit at all.
Then I had an idea to use yarn in a decorative way, by wrapping it around some homemade frames and creating some original wall mirrors for a blank wall space. With this project, I started out with every intention of making two wall mirrors, but in the end, I left one frame as is, just because I like it better that way.
We had a very blank wall between two windows for the longest time and I finally decided to add some decor. I already had the shelf, the pitcher, and the vintage Audubon print.
These days, I’m very focused on adding more texture to my home in creative ways. These yarn wrapped frames seemed the perfect way to do it, and a great project for a rainy weekend.
Here’s the bouclé version, more like a square wreath than a frame.
And the cotton yarn version that I turned into a mirror:
You can wrap just about anything with yarn to make a similar version, whether it’s an existing frame or a foam wreath. There are a lot of creative yarn wrapped wreaths during the holidays. If you want to make your own custom frame for your artwork, or create a yarn wrapped frame mirror, here’s how.
Supplies: 1” x 3” x 8’ timber; yarn; square beveled mirror (available at Michaels); hot glue and/or velcro; corner brackets; “D” ring hooks. Tools: hot glue gun, power screwdriver; compound miter saw.
Step One: Cut your wood with your compound miter saw to form your desired frame. If adding the mirror, use it as the template for the size of your frame.
Step Two: Square up frame and attach together with corner brackets.
Enlist a little helper if you can find one.
Step Three: Put on a good movie and make yourself cozy because the next step will take about an hour. Hot glue the end of your yarn to the back of your frame, then begin the process of wrapping the yarn around your wood frame.
It helps to cut small sections of yarn since you go around and around the inside.
Continue working around the frame until your yarn has covered the wood. Secure with hot glue on the back as you work around.
Create whatever pattern you want.
I added some criss-cross lines to the mirror version to mix it up.
Step Four: If making a small mirror, you can attach your mirror to the yarn with just a thick line of hot glue around the edge of the mirror (along the bevel). For the larger frame, I would likely have used velcro strips along the bevel and fortified with hot glue to secure the mirror to the back of the larger frame, since it’s a heavier piece of glass.
Step Five: Attach “D” ring hooks to back of frames and hang them on the wall.
Originally, I had displayed some butterflies we picked up years ago in a specialty shop on an island vacation.
But I’m not convinced the acrylic frames jive with the yarn.
So I went back to the simpler display.
What do you think ? Keep the simplicity with just the Audubon print, or put the butterflies back up ?