Friday, November 5, 2010

yarn-wrapped letters

i've had these block letters for a while (mine and my husbands initials), but i didn't know what i wanted to do with them. i was about to resort to painting (which is fine, i just wanted to try something different), but i've been seeing on different blogs the popularity of yarn, including simply wrapping things in yarn. which is FANTASTIC! i had yarn in the house, so that's what i decided to do. hope you like it!
  
supplies you will need:
block letters
yarn
scissors
that's it!

directions:
(these aren't really step-by-step directions, but more like tips and guidelines.)
1. begin wrapping the letter with the yarn. my recommendation is to wrap horizontally at first. (though really you can do it any way you want!) and unless you have to wrap a letter with a hole (Bs, Os, Qs, As, Ps, Ds, Rs, etc) you don't need to cut a particular length of yarn.
2. tackle the more difficult areas first (my ex: the middle part of the K). it doesn't have to look pretty in the beginning.
3. keep wrapping, and make sure the "uglies" (where you have to criss-cross to get to other parts of the letter) are on the back side.
4. make sure you cover every single bit of the letter, even the sides.
5. when you're done wrapping horizontally, start wrapping over that vertically. you don't have to, though, this is just how i do it. i learned that i like to wrap the letters in the direction that i would write them. does that make sense?
6. on the back, tie off your yarn (using some of the already wrapped yarn) and snip off the extra. 


you're done!
now you can decorate with your masterpiece, add embellishments, use them as tools to help your child learn his ABCs, or whatever!

here's what i did with mine:
i found this gaudy frame at hobby lobby for half off, and had to get it. 
great thing about it is i can use it for decorating AND as a photography prop!


happy crafting!

91 comments:

  1. They look amazing...and I like the frame you chose.
    Found you over at somewhat simple.
    Cheers!
    Theresa

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  2. I'm visiting from New Friend Friday. Awesome idea with the monogram, looks great!

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  3. I stumbled upon your blog via WWU @ Tatertots and Jello. Very crafty cute idea! Thanks for inspiring.

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  4. LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. love it! very sweet and imaginative! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  6. Hi Bailey, you did a really good job on those. That type of craft is easier said than done. Getting the yarn to not look bunched up, yet smooth is not easy, really well done. tami from the high street cottage

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  7. I saw your link over at Tattertots & Jello--I love your yarn letters. What a unique idea to do a monogram.

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  8. That turned out awesome! You did such a tidy job of wrapping them. I think mine would look like a first grader did it.
    Found you on the soiree....

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  9. Great job! Fun and inexpensive decorating idea!

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  10. These look so cute! I love the colours you choose!

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  11. Get out of town! I love these so much. I am so drawn to the texture of them. I would love to do a monogram for my son's room. So cute. Thank you

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  12. Such a creative idea to dress up wooden letters ! They now have such a warm and cuddly feel.

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  13. I love this idea. The texture rocks.

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  14. Bailey, I LOVE these!! This might be Christmas present worthy for a few friends of mine. Thanks for the idea!

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  15. wow, these are awesome! I want to feature this project on crazydomestic.com, but I can't find a place to email you! email me @ crazydomestic@hotmail.com and let me know if that's ok with you!

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  16. Love the texture the yarn adds to the letters

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  17. Oh my word!!! I HEART THESE SOOOO MUCH. You are amazing.

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  18. wonderful idea! off to check out more of your blog.

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  19. this is soo pretty! i love it!! you could really make them any color you want!! how awesome!

    i have to go to hobby lobby this frame is so gaudy i love it! haha

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  20. i bought the stuff to do this today and i'm getting ready to attempt it, but i'm starting to realize that there's not much to a "c" so i'm not sure how cute it will be because i think pretty much everything will be going in the same direction. hmmmm...

    love the idea though! thanks!

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  21. Love the colors and the texture! Great job!

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  22. thanks everyone!

    @tara - no it will still look great!! look at the curves of the "B" of mine, it looks good!

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  23. what?? those are sooo great!!! I love the yarn colors you chose...those are awesome...

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  24. i did it and it looks great! (even my hubby loves it! well...as much as a man can be excited about a yarn covered letter. ha!)

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  25. This is the cutest thing I have seen! I'm bookmarking it for sure!

    -Rene

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  26. So fun! I love the direction you took the yarn in. Great idea!

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  27. Hi!! I am your newest follower from the crafty link up! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
    Take a peek at my giveaways if you come by. Everything is handmade and gorgeous!


    These are gorgeous! great photography too! I also love your blog design very nice blog you have here:)

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  28. so cute!!! love how neat and clean they look!

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  29. I found you at Fingerprints on the Fridge - these are fantastic! Love it.

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  30. LOVE THEM! K- so I have seen and even have a twine letter "L" never have seen it with Yarn, and I love it. Your color choices and framing them are great too. Love the blog and header too. Thanks for linking, xo Jen

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  31. I love these. I've seen so many Mod Podged letters but I like the texture these add to the decor.

    http://boyohboyohboycrafts.blogspot.com

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  32. I am so in love with these.... new follower, and I MUST find the letter font you used. The ones at my hobby lobby have ugly dots on the ends... very middle school. :( Where ever did you find them?
    pamela.eaton@gmail.com

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  33. These are so cool!!! I'm featuring you on my favorite finds today. Stop by!

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  34. I will be featuring these tomorrow on my blog, if that's okay. I couldn't figure out how to get a hold of your email! :)

    http://www.thoughtfuldesigns.blogspot.com

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  35. I'm in love with these!! I saw these on b&w side by side blog- they're so cute! I may have to do this for a Christmas gift :) And the picture at the top with your puppy- TOO MUCH CUTENESS!!! :)

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  36. love! wish i had done this for my wedding!

    http://threesisterz.blogspot.com/

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  37. I love this! I did a small feature on my blog, feel free to check it out and grab a button!
    http://thecraftymamablog.blogspot.com/

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  38. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/yarn-wrapped-letters/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  39. What a great idea!!! So fun and unique! :)

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  40. I love this idea! The yarn gives so much texture and is such a great alternative to paint!

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  41. Just saw these on Courtney's blog (A Thoughtful Place) and totally love them. You're so talented and creative! So glad I found your blog!
    XO
    ~Michaela

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  42. I really like what you've done with your letters! I live for yarn, but it never occurred to me to wrap it around those wooden letters. How odd, huh? Really cute idea! I'm a new follower. Hope you can stop by for a visit sometime.

    www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm over from A Thoughtful Place -- your letters are amazing. Love what you did with them!

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  44. That is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-party.html

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  45. Bailey - I simply adore these! Fantastic colors and the yarn adds such a neat texture! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase Round Up. Thanks so much for joining in the fun! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  46. Oh How Beautiful..I adore these.I love them in the frame!!!!Fabulous:)
    Thankyou for sharing at the PA Blog
    Terrie
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/

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  47. Love,Love,Love this!!!
    I'm featuring this on my blog today!
    Hope you don't mind!

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  48. So beautiful! I too am featuring these today so head on over and take a look! Thank you for linking them up to the party! Have a fabulous Friday!

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  49. I adore these! I just made my own... you can see them at tatteredandinked.blogspot.com! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

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  50. I am your newest follower! I am seriously going to go home and make these tonight! Love, love them!

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  51. awesome, very cool....and cheep and easy, love!

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  52. Ah! I'm so doing this! I found a beautiful old frame a long time ago and have been puzzled with what to do with it...until now! I'm going to have to follow now!

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  53. i'm featuring these tom! thanks so much for sharing :)

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  54. I love your yarn letters -you have them wrapped perfectly -and I always see yarn at Goodwill and other thrift stores even frames like your one from HL. Very nice :-)

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  55. I am completely in love with these letters and have everything to do it. I'm just stuck on how to hang the letter "L" the way you have yours hanging inside the frame. Any suggestions? Feel free to email me at cfalbro@gmail.com if you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear it : )

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  56. This is such a great idea! It's definitely inspired me to get creative with some Christmas presents! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  57. these are so so cute!! i'm definitely going to give it a try! :) and, i'm your newest follower!

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  58. Love it! Just tried to wrap one myself after seeing the one on Creature Comforts. I really like the yarn you used and how you wrapped them. I'll have to try it again...and I might share on my blog if you don't mind!

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  59. this is so adorable. I want to make these for my kids! Where did you get the letters from? I love this font and how flat they look but can't find them anywhere!

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  60. These are amazing!! As a knitter, having new ways to use left over yarn is always a plus! haha! I will definitely have to try one in my initial!

    Love your blog too! First time reader and I'm hooked!

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  61. Love this! I wasn't sure how to get the yarn wrapped just right and this actually helps a ton, haha. Thanks!

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  62. Love this idea! I can't wait to share with my readers! It's the perfect idea for monograms/initials used at showers, birthdays, weddings, etc.!

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  63. This is absolutely adorable...I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  64. I am totally in love with this project!! I love the colors you used. How perfect would this be for bridal shower or wedding decor? Including it in our roundup today! Decorating with monograms Thanks for sharing!!

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  65. Such a creative project!! I just gave it a try and it turned out perfect!! Take a look....www.balancingthedream.blogspot.com

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  66. Love this idea! I want to try this w/our ginormous paper mache' letters I bought from Michaels forever ago!

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  67. achei seu blog bem interessante parabénms.se quiser olhar meu blog .

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  68. This is such a cute idea! Those are actually my initials too ;)

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  69. Okay, so I tried this lovely idea... how did you get the corners? I'm having a rather difficult time covering them without the yarn slipping off.

    Thanks!

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  70. @ shan - i didn't really have a problem with mine; i think sometimes it might just be the shape or thickness of the letters. i would say that if a little bit is showing still but you can't notice it from a few feet away, then you're fine. if you can tell even being feet away, i would just use a little bit of glue so the yarn will stick where you want it. hope this helps!

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  71. must make! new follower! I blogged about this! come check me out!

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  72. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  73. Found your post from The Inspired Room and I just LOVE this! The textured yarn makes it fun and interesting and then with the frame... it's just such a fun, unique, personalized piece of art (that didn't cost a fortune). Loving your blog - now I'm your newest follower! : )

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  74. I LOVE this! -- about to head to Michaels right now :)

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  75. I know this is an older post but I see that I'm not the only one who is still noticing it. Brilliant idea and I love how you framed the finished product! Nice work!

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  76. Just found this on pinterest. Absolutely love this idea & cannot wait to do it myself!

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Im following your blog now as well!

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  77. Love Love this super easy tutorial!! I've already made one, can't wait to make more!
    I featured your craft on my blog as well!

    http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/07/yarn-letter.html

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  78. Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I had wanted to do one, but wasn't exactly sure how... this made it easy for me! Thanks again and I look forward to seeing more from you!

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  79. Hi - like everyone else - I love these. I went to Michael's and Joanne's this weekend and they didn't have the letters. I loved the ones you used - where did you find them?
    thanks

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  80. Thanks for the great inspiration. I made a yarn letter for my daughter's room. It turned out perfectly.

    http://selacava.blogspot.com/2011/10/yarn-letter.html

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  81. I enjoyed reading it. I require to study more on this topic. Thanks for sharing a nice info..Any way I'm going to subscribe for your feed and I hope you post again soon.

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  82. Absolutely LOVE these letters you made! Yours look so much better than all the other yarn-wrapped letters I see floating around on blogs. Thank you so much for this post. I finally just started wrapping a "J" for my soon-to-be-arriving little boy's nursery and I am having serious issues, though! It looks just like the capitol "J" in this font--pretty much all one curve (no T on the top) and I am having the hardest time trying to get the ends. Really doing anything but wrapping horizontally around the whole thing is pretty difficult. That may jut be because I have never done this before--I was hoping you may have some tips for how I can get the ends and vertical parts to work? Thanks so, so much! If you prefer to email back my address is courtneykristianne@gmail.com. Again, thank you for sharing this fantastic craft and a great tutorial!

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    1. The best way I can think is to glue the yarn where you're having problem areas. And then wrap like normal over that. I can imagine a 'J' would be hard, though. Good luck!

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    2. Thank you! I will definitely have to try that...Hopefully it turns out ok! Thanks again!

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  83. OMG - I saw the last pic of the finished letters in the frame on Pinterest (pretty sure!). You started a revolution in yarn wrapped letters :)

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  84. so cute! I LOVE these letters you made! Thanks for sharing your beautiful craft! ..by new follower!

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