Back when I made the DIY floor rug, one of the most frequently asked questions I received was how to make it colorful. And today’s DIY started out as a solution to that… and then turned into an entirely new DIY. I made a hanging piece of wall art that mimics a weaving, in a fraction of the time and without any special weaving equipment. So, I’m calling this one a wall art weaving hack.
Bonus! I’m giving away $200 worth of supplies so you can make your own too. Click through for the details.
This time, I used Peruvian wool yarn from We Are Knitters (instead of cotton piping) and the results are colorful, thick, and super soft. WAK was kind enough to send me their amazing yarn to play around with. And it worked great for the weaving. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a $200 gift card to We Are Knitters to try it for yourself.
Here’s what you’ll need for my DIY weaving hack…
- thick wool yarn (mine if Peruvian wool yarn from We Are Knitters)
- multi-use netting (I used this exact one and cut it down to 12 x 24)
- wood dowel (if desired)
Things to note for this project: I used between 3 and 4 skeins of yarn for a 12 x 24 inch weaving (each skein was 87 yards). And from start to finish, the project took about 2 hours to complete.
The yarn colors I used are lead, pearl grey, and mauve. But there are TONS of other WAK colors available if the subdued tones aren’t your thing.
1. Start by wrapping the yarn around the width of 3 fingers, as shown, until you’ve gone all the way around at least 8 or 9 times. Then cut the end of the yarn away from the skein.
2. Next, remove the yarn from your fingertips and insert one end of the loops through one of the boxes of the netting, as shown.
3. Then weave the other end of the loops through the netting box next to that one. Again, as shown in the photo. No additional security is needed. That’s it!
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until entire netting is covered. Note: Every so often, I changed up the yarn colored I used and/or direction of how I added new yarn pieces (I would do a few horizontally and then some vertically and then switch back to horizontal again, etc).
5. Attach wooden dowel approximately the same length as your weaving, if desired, with yarn. Add a another piece of yarn to hang the weaving from and it’s ready to hang.
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If it’s falling out, it sounds like you’re not using enough yarn OR your yarn isn’t thick enough (which would mean you’d need more yarn to fill it out). Does that make sense, Grace? It’s hard to explain it further than that without seeing what you’re doing to know what could be fixed. Feel free to shoot an email with photos if you’d like, and I can try to see what’s going on. 🙂 Email me at email@example.comBrittni
I have been working on creating this wall hanging for 2 mornings now and I cannot get the yarn to stay in! It’s taking forever because I keep having to redo the same pieces over and over again. I do one pair of squares, then when I move onto other sections, the first ones fall out. Help please!Grace
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This is a nice wall hanging. The yarn used is not suitable for a rugged rug. Try using Wool and the Gang’s recycled t-shirt ‘yarn’.Elizabeth
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I love this piece! I love how you can make it for any room to add a simple yet elegant “pop.” Well done!Lisa
It’s looks sooo soft! Going to have to add this to my project list! Thank you for sharing this hack!Martha
Currently finishing a crocheted afghan for my great-granddaughter. Am always looking for new craft ideas for my church bazaar and love the wall hanging idea. Thank you!Peggy
Hi Paul. I’d recommend wool, since that’s what I used. But you can also use cotton if you prefer. Hope that helps.Brittni
Very adorable wall hanging. Natural colors add beauty to the wall. I am in a little bit confusion between cotton and woolen wall hanging. Please suggest which one would be best and long lasting for my wall. Thanks.Paul Walker
Thanks for the kind words Monique, Marwa, Julia, Angela, and Lucy. Much appreciated.Brittni
This looks absolutely amazing! Love the colors you used!Monique | WritingMonique
As if the cotton rug wasn’t any good that came up with a colorful version. This wall hanging takes it to another level!Marwa | Enthralling Gumption
Wow it really is so easy! Love the colors you chose too.
Julia – http://bunnybaubles.comJulia
love this – the colors and the soft look!Angela
This is so cute, and so simple, I think even I could do this and achieve something similar to the one pictured!
Thanks for sharing xLucy
Hey Jessica. You can totally turn this into a small rug. You’d probably just need another couple of skeins for a 2×3 rug, for example. The wool is SUPER soft and cozy. You might have to experiment with making the wool pieces a bit more secure if using as a rug, since it will be getting a lot more wear than if it’s just hanging on the wall. But that would be super easy to play around with…you could secure the loops with extra yarn, to tie them together once in place in the netting or use the rubber band method that I used on the giant rug I made. Link here: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2016/09/30/how-to-make-a-large-scale-rug-from-scratch/Brittni
Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes!
This looks so good! Do you think this could apply to make a small rug? The wool looks so comfy I want to burry myself in it.. x
Jessica — NinetyCoJessica
Thanks everyone! 🙂Brittni
Wow, this looks really cool! Amazing how simple this is!Michelle
This is SUPER cute. You’re so so talented!!
Beckie xo // The Pale TailsBeckie
Looks like some super cool latch hooking.Linda H
O.k. This is genius. It looks super complicated and beautiful, but sounds so easy to make.Kimberly
I love this.Sophie