March 19, 2014

DIY - Yarn art

By Chelsea



Well what do ya know, dear friends; we're covered in snow again! Good grief, Charlie Brown! Will it never end?! I sure am looking forward to long days outside with the paintbrush again. On a positive note, we've been stretching our creativity inside and I tried a really cool, (and easy to make), piece of art that I'm excited about sharing today!


What you'll need:
-1/2" pdf board, (the piece I used was a scrap piece from a sheet I had cut at Home Depot. The whole sheet was $11.50 and this was the half I didn't need)
-nails and hammer
-yarn

Step 1:
-Stain your pdf board as dark as you'd like for a richer finish. When applying stain I prefer to use a lint free cloth, (aka ripped up T-shirts), rather than a brush. It helps me get a more authentic finish and into all the grooves. I dip the cloth into the stain and then wipe it on moving in all directions, finishing with a back and forth motion.

Before

After a coat of Minwax Golden Oak stain

Step 2:
-Once the stain is dry, trace your design onto the board with a pencil, (press lightly). I decided to do a heart but you could choose whatever shape you want.


Step 3:
-Using a hammer, gently tap the nails into the board following the trace of your design. Don't tap the nails in all the way; about half - 2/3 will do. I spaced my nails about an inch apart.



Step 4:
-When you have covered your whole design with the nails, it's time to string the yarn! Tie the end of your yarn to a corner of your design, then start stretching the yarn across your design, looping it around each nail. When you like how your design is covered, cut a few extra inches of yarn and tie a knot around a nail, (snip the 'tail').



Lovin' our new funky boho art!




I propped the new piece up on a shelf in our little entry 'nook', which is a shared space with our living room, dining room, and kitchen. And that train track has practically become a 6th member of our family. I can't remember what the room looks like without it!

Photo bomb! The very best kind. :) 
Love that boy, (even though he's gonna go and turn 3 on me next week)!

This piece of art was so easy to make but the finished product is rockin'! So, something good did come out of being snowed in again. Sweet Spring, where are you?

Thank you for stopping by!

~Chelsea

P.S. Local friends to Northern Virginia, the garage is caving in with refinished pieces ready for a new home. Please check my Available for Sale link for all current listings and let me know if anything interests you, (and please, please share with anyone you know who might be interested)! If price is an issue contact me anyways. I would like to be ready with more work space for new pieces when the weather warms up again, (hopefully soon?). Thanks, friends!

4 comments:

  1. That is so awesomely creative!
    -Maggie

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  2. I'm not a DIY'er but that is really cool!! - Misha

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