Add a Little LOVE: Yarn Wrapped Letters Tutorial
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the desire to store less and less seasonal décor in my home. You may have seen the changes in me just from this blog as we created an autumn wreath that could be used for the entire fall season, or the yarn pom-pom wreath I created to address the decorating needs of winter in my home, rather than just Christmas.
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you can find ways to show your love for without having decor that needs to be stored until next year. Although the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Liner Trees made their way out of storage for another year of display, I wanted to show you a cute way to honor the season all year long. After all, why does LOVE have to be a seasonal expression? My answer:
As you can see from my giant display, I tend to go all out when I tackle projects like this, but you could definitely use smaller letters and thinner yarn to make this display of LOVE on a smaller scale. This is one of those projects that you can make all your own and I hope you share your interpretation with us!
Let’s get started with our supplies list!
- 23.5” paper mache letters that spell LOVE (like these)
- 6 skeins of bulky yarn (the back of the packaging should tell you the weight of the yarn)
- Hot Glue/Tape, or even a Thumbtack for securing yarn in place
- Large Package of clear 3M hooks for damage-free mounting
01. To begin, grab a skein of yarn and wrap your letters in one direction (I started going up and down first). Do your best to cover the letter in that direction and feel free to cut and secure yarn on the back as you go to cover the entire letter. You can begin and end the securing of your yarn with a thumbtack, a piece of clear tape, or a little dab of hot glue.
02. Once you’ve covered the letter to the best of your ability, wrap the yarn in the other direction. Navigating around detailed corners will be tricky. Don’t be afraid to stop and start the yarn to wrap the letters. I found that the corners were a bit bulkier to try to cover, but no one will notice that.
03. For the last letter, utilize all the ends of each of your skeins to create a scrappy letter from the three colors used in your L,O, and V. I tried to layer the colors in places, securing again with a little hot glue, tape or thumb tacks for starting and finishing these wrapped places. I also added a few knitted accessories to my last letter. The same idea could be achieved with fabric, interesting buttons, or purchased accessories. The possibilities are limitless and can fit your own style.
04. To mount them, I used clear 3M hooks, and used a razor blade to cut an “X” in the back of the cardboard letter to create a spot to hide the hook internally. Some of the letters could be mounted with just one hook (like the O) while others require d two or three hooks to secure. The best part is that you can move your letters around or remount the hooks if you struggle with getting everything level. These won’t damage your walls and when you get tired of this display, you can remove them and try something else.
I’m not the only one who loves the LOVE in my room- it’s been a beautiful focal point that people remark on when they peek in our space. Not only are we honoring the season of LOVE for Valentine’s Day, but thanks to the neutral tones that I selected, we can leave this display up all year-long. This is my favorite spot in the house right now and the perfect cozy spot to read our winter book together, “Little House in the Big Woods,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I hope this project inspires you for Valentine’s Day and beyond!