So I’ve seen posts all over the internet and Pinterest showing people how to make cute home decor by wrapping pre-made letters in yarn. Well every time I go to a crafting store (Micheal’s, AC Moore, etc) I never like the type of block letters they sell there. Personally I like cursive type the best, and they don’t seem to pre-make those. So here is my solutions and how I created this adorable, and completely custom, monogram for my room.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
Yarn (I used three different shades)
Hot glue gun
Find some cardboard that has a large FLAT surface area, or that has enough space for the size of letters you want to do. You don’t want any significant bends in the cardboard. It’ll just make your life harder, and the letters not as stable. I used an old cardboard box my father had used to mail me some things last month.
Draw out the letter than you want on to the cardboard. If you don’t know what you want it to look like, Google has a TON of images of different cursive letters.
Cut out the letter. My advice would be to use a sharp exact-o knife. The reason you want it to be sharp is so that it will cut through the cardboard easier and you won’t have to bare down as hard, which could result in an injury. BE CAREFUL! I don’t suggest scissors because cursive letters often have places that overlap and that is nearly impossible to do with scissors.
Do the rest of your letters the same way. Make your last initial larger because that makes the monogram look more pleasing. It is ok if your cutting job is not perfect. The yarn helps hide any imperfections!
Start wrapping the yarn around the letters. I usually overlapped the first go around, just so the end of the yarn was tucked in and didn’t come loose. This takes awhile to do the whole letter but make sure your yarn lays side by side so that it looks clean.
For intersections I continued the wrapping until the yarn had covered as much of the cardboard as possible before moving on.
Basically just think about how you would write the letter normally and what parts would overlap one another. It will make the letter look more natural if the yarn overlaps the same way.
To finish up the rounded ends, wrap the yarn as far around as you can, then overlap it in the opposite direction. Just be sure no cardboard is showing. To keep the yarn in place, I put a dot of hot glue on the BACK SIDE. Excuse my black hot glue, it is all I had. But no one sees it once it’s up on the wall! 🙂
Hang it on the wall. I used this poster hanging tape because it is close to the color of the yarn I chose and you can mold it so that it doesn’t show behind the letters.
Voila! You now have a beautiful homemade monogram to hang anywhere! Enjoy!