I told my mum I was making a DIY wall hanging last week and she laughed. It seems that everything she use to have in her house at my age is making a revival. Fortunately shag carpet hasn’t really come back in fashion but wall hangings have.
You’ve probably heard me rabbiting on about setting up our apartment back in Sydney again. While I was opening the hundredth box the other day, I decided that our rooms might need a bit more texture. I’ve been pinning some weaving wall hangings but thought I’d start somewhere simple first. Hence the ribbon and wool wall hanging – an affordable and quick way to solve my boring wall problem!
For those of you that are as unorganised for Christmas, I think these would be a fabulous pressie! You can choose your mum /friend /sister’s favourite colour and make them the loveliest gift in a flash!
D I Y W A L L H A N G I N G
YOU WILL NEED:
- A piece of round dowell about 6-8mm for a small to medium sized hanging
- Saw or cutting knife to cut the dowel (or you can ask your hardware man to help you!)
- Ribbon – different textures and colours. You can also use materials like twine, raffia or ripped linen threads.
- Wool – again find different weights and colours
- (nb: The amount of wool and ribbon you need will depend on how large your wall hanging is)
- Feathers (if you want to add them in)
- Glue (either a glue gun or a craft glue)
Well this isn’t going to take long because it’s super duper easy to make!
Cut a piece of dowel to fit the space you want to hang it.
Cut your ribbons individually. Figure out the length and then the ribbon double over. Put the ribbon behind the dowel. Feed the two ribbon strands through the top loop of the ribbon. Continue with individual ribbons. Make sure the loops all sit at the front of the hanging.
For the wool, measure the length you want it to hang and double it over like you did with the ribbon. Then create 4-7 full lengths, depending on how thick the wool is and how big your hanging is. Again create a loop with all the strands and tie them onto the dowel.
Continue to mix different textures, colours and thicknesses along the wool. I chose to make mine in a V shape so each side was symmetrical but I’ve seen some lovely hangings which are totally free flowing! I also braided some brown twine to give even more texture. You just tie on the twine as normal and then I braided it (using two pieces of twine as one strand – so 6 pieces in total if that doesn’t make sense!)
When you’re done, you can add on feathers, wooden beads or even some pom poms! You can also cut the bottom into a certain shape (like mine is a V shape) or just trim the scraggly ends.
Now time to make the hanger. Just cut a piece of twine and then do a double loop and tie it onto the dowel. Then use your glue to fix it into place.
Hang it up! If you’ve been watching my instal-stories then you will know that I have an obsession with sticky hooks. They have clear ones you can use to attach your hanging to the wall or you can find a cute wooden hook.
That’s it guys! So super duper easy that even the most non-crafty person could tackle this project! And because I had so much fun creating it that I made another little one for my desk. He took less than half the time and I think he’s just as adorable!
Let me know if you give this little project a go – I’d love to see your creations!