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DIY: Modern Boho Yarn Wall Hanging


Over the last few months, I’ve been obsessed with macrame or yarn wall hangings. My Pinterest boards have become inundated with yarn wall art. You can see some of my favorites in my January Highlights.

While putting the design together for the baby girl’s nursery, I was set on hanging one above her crib. It needed to be large, and I also wanted it to have specific colors to coordinate with the rest of the décor. A large, custom wall hanging can cost hundreds of dollars. It might be worth it for some people to just pay up, but I was convinced that I could make one myself (also I’m cheap and will do anything to save a buck).

What You Need

– LOTS of Yarn – I used 7 skeins at Joann’s for a 3’x3′ wall hanging
– Wooden Dowel Rod, tree limb, magic wand…you choose
– Jute Twine (optional)
– Scissors

Here’s all the yarn I ended up using. I used two packs of the Big Twist Chunky yarn.

When shopping for yarn, keep texture in mind. I bought skeins that were  thin, twisted, chunky, and a few in between. You can obviously go with any colors you’d like, but sticking with no more than 3 colors and going with mostly neutrals will result in a finished product you’re probably going to be most pleased with.

Though this is a DIY, it is not simply a copy and paste, unless you just love the colors and the size is right for your space. I wanted to share this tutorial solely for inspiration. I think it’s important to remember that we can create beautiful things around our home with our own hands and on a budget.


How To 


Create a Vision

This was the hardest part for me. I grabbed some markers and a piece a paper to draw out how I wanted the finished product to look. It was a super rough sketch, but it gave me an idea of where to place the different color and textured yarn bundles.

Measure Up

Start by determining the length of your hanging. Keep in mind that there will be a string on the top for hanging.

When you’ve figured out how long you want your hanging, find a cozy spot in your home and start cutting more yarn than you think you’ll need. You’ll need to double the length of your yarn. For example, my hanging is 36″, but I cut the yarn 72″ so that I could double it and loop it around the rod. Cut all the yarn the same length. You can trim, braid, knot, etc. once all the yarn is on the rod.

Laying Out Your Pattern

For the thicker yarn, I cut 7 – 72″ pieces per bundle. The thinner yarn, I cut 14- 72″ pieces. This was so much more time consuming than I thought it would be. I cut strands of yarn every evening for days. A friend or a child who loves to use scissors would make a great addition to this project!


Looping Your Bundles

Grab each bundle and loop them onto the rod. This is the step when you realize after hours of cutting string, you still need to cut 100 more strands to cover the rod.

Getting Crafty

This is the fun part where you get to make it unique. Consider braiding or knotting bundles. You can also add tassels or wrap jute around strands. Get as creative as you want. There are no rules or exact instructions to follow. Just make it uniquely yours. You may also want to trim the ends to even out the bottom or angle it to your desired shape.

Displaying Your Art

I took a strand of jute twine and simply knotted it on both ends of the rod.

Hang it with a hook, nail, or one of these fancy little numbers I found at Walmart.


Let me know how this project goes for you! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook @dahliasanddimes. I’d love to see how you made yours to uniquely fit your space!

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    Cate & Ginger
    March 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Love!! Really awesome!

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    March 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Love that I can follow this tutorial but come up with something truly unique for my home. That’s what arts all about, looks beautiful, and totally perfect above the crib!


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      March 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Susie! I love how it turned out, but I could make 10 more and they all look completely different.

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    Colette @ restyle it wright
    March 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I LOVE IT! SO perfect and sweet for this space! Cheers to a good ol DIY!

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      March 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Colette! I adore your blog, by the way. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Marie Dabbs
    March 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This is gorgeous! Awesome instructions, too. I was wanting to make something like this but hadn’t found the right tutorial.

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      March 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I certainly hope this one helps! It’s definitely not as hard as it seems, only time consuming. 🙂

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    March 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Neat idea! It could also be a fun activity to do with my older kid.

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    March 20, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this so much! I wanted to make something like this for my room! Turned out so beautifully!

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    May 19, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I love it. I wanna try this one it will match on my boho tapestry. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea.

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