**Update: I am now selling custom yarn-wrapped letters on Etsy! Click here to view my shop. ***
A couple of posts ago, I wrote about our visit to Jacksonville to meet our brand-new little niece, Emma – but I didn’t mention how big of a role this brand-new little craft played in that trip.
Let me paint the picture: DCA airport. Zillions of people. Five spools of yarn, four cardboard letters, one roll of masking tape, and a glue gun with no outlet in sight. And me, sitting in the middle of the terminal, tangled up in all of it. I have no shame.
Let’s just say I underestimated how long these cute little letters would take me. I started on Tuesday, thinking that by the time we leave DC Friday night, I will have had time to wrap our entire apartment in yarn if I really wanted to. (I didn’t really want to, but that sort of kind of happened anyways. Matt just lovessss when I do crafts!)
Thank goodness I was allowed to take up the entire kitchen table at Amy and Brian’s once we landed and was able to enlist another adorable neice, Miss. Abigail Milkes as my craft assistant. She made sure every inch of the letters were covered and helped me match the yarn and the fabric flowers together. I couldn’t have done it without her!
Now don’t get me wrong: this is not the hardest project in the world. Once you get the hang of it and the way of the yarn/direction to wrap, it is pretty easy and takes no time at all. So much so that you should totally do it. Right now. I would lend you some yarn but unfortunately I can only untangle about a foot and a half at the moment. The rest is wrapped around our apartment, remember?
I would recommend a bit of practice or just a general gameplan before you begin wrapping, though. (I somehow always forget the “gameplan” part. Hence why it looks like the aftermath of a preschool art class in our living room every time I get crafty. Or why I was seriously considering asking the stewardess if I could use a glue gun in-flight.) Figure out what direction to start and/or what sections you should wrap/cover beforehand as some spots (like the bottoms of the letters, or curvy angles). If this doesn’t make sense now, come back and read this after you’ve attempted your first letter. Well, only if that first letter isn’t an “I” or an “S.” In those cases, STOP WHINING!
Since I wanted to jazz up my letters a bit for little Miss. Emma, I added fabric flowers that I had made a few months ago. They actually were my first post-wedding craft, so I got a little bit too excited about them and made approx. 247 of them. Just kidding. But seriously. I found the amazing video (so helpful!) tutorial here.
Even though these letters were for Emma’s nursery, I wanted to pick colors that would go along with Stephen and Kim’s amazing décor and ones that could also grow with Emma – you know, through preschool to high school to who knows – her college dorm at St. Bonaventure?! :)
After we left, Kim texted me a picture of the letters up in Emma’s room. I am so thrilled that they loved them, and hope they always serve as a reminder of how much we love them & Emma!
- Cardboard letters (I bought mine at Paper Source, but I know they sell them at Hobby Lobby)
- Yarn of your choice
- Glue gun
1) After you practice/map our the direction of your yarn and your game plan for covering up those hard-to-cover spots*, place a small dab of hot glue on your desired starting place and-you guessed it- begin to wrap! If you need to start a new piece of yarn, just hot glue it down where your last piece ended and wrap around the end at least once to conceal.
2) Be sure to start/end your yarn on the back side of the letter, as you want the front to look as pretty as possible!
3) Once you are complete, embellish with flowers, buttons, etc. – or just keep them plain, as they are simply perfect as-is.
*For hard-to-cover spots, like the bottom of letters and/or flat edge, (like the top of the “m”): cut little pieces of yarn and glue down separately. Then conceal any edges/frays by wrapping yarn over.
Now that I am a yarn-wrapping freak, I am happy to make these for all of my other nieces and nephews, friends, coworkers, etc – as long as their first name is four letters or under.
AGAIN, just kidding. But seriously.