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When we decided to hide our TV in a credenza instead of hanging it on the wall, we were left with a big blank spot to fill.
But as always, I was SHOCKED at the price. Almost $400 for some wall art?! No thank you. I’ll make it myself.
And alas, this tutorial was born! Since we already had some plywood, stain, and paint on hand, this project cost us approximately $10. Much better than $379.
Alright, let’s start DIYing!
- Jig saw
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors (personally, I use these PowerSnips on all my projects–they cut through everything like butter!)
- Optional: electric sander
What You’ll Need
How to Make a Round Wood and Yarn Wall Hanging
Note: our wall art has a 24″ diameter. You can always make yours larger or smaller.
STEP 1: CUT YOUR DOWEL STICK
First cut your dowel stick down to 24″. Keep the remaining 12″ piece–we will use it to draw our half circle.
STEP 2: CUT YOUR HALF CIRCLE
To draw the half circle, I marked the center along the bottom of my piece of plywood.
Then, I lined up the 12″ piece with the center mark, held a pencil against the opposite end of the dowel and slowly rotated the dowel until it was perpendicular to the bottom of the plywood, making sure to mark with the pencil along the way.
Repeat on the other side.
Sure, it’s not the most scientific method, but it worked out fine for this.
Once I had my half circle sketched out, I grabbed my jigsaw and cut along the line.
STEP 3: SAND
Sand the sides of your plywood until everything is nice and smooth and rounded.
Then sand the front of your plywood until it’s smooth.
STEP 4: SPRAY PAINT THE SIDES
When working with plywood, we have the dreaded plywood edge. Rather than covering it with edge banding, I decided to paint mine.
If you want a nice, smooth texture all the way around, apply spackle, wood filler, or edge banding along the edges of the plywood before painting. I decided to just go ahead and paint this time.
Spray paint the edges until they are fully covered. Try to spray straight onto the edge to avoid getting a lot of paint on the front of your wood piece.
Once the spray paint dries, quickly re-sand the front of your plywood to remove any paint that got on it.
STEP 5: STAIN
Stain your plywood (or paint it) to the color of your choosing. We used a 50:50 combo of Minwax Special Walnut and Golden Oak.
P.S. Want a full tutorial on how to stain wood like a pro? Check this out!
STEP 6: LOOP YOUR YARN
First we need to cut a lot of pieces down to the correct size. Find something that it around 12-16″ long and loop your yarn around it several times.
Then, cut one side of the looped yarn so that you end up with strings that are approximately 24-32″ long.
Grab your 24″ dowel and grab a piece of yarn. The yarn should be folded in half.
Place the looped side of the yarn over and around the dowel and then pull the other side of the yarn through the loop.
As you pull your yarn tight, position the “knots” are all lined up with the front of the dowel.
STEP 7: CUT OFF THE EXCESS YARN
Place your dowel and yarn on top of your plywood half circle so that the dowel is just hanging off the flat side of the plywood.
Trim your yarn so that it lines up with your half circle or extends just beyond it. As you’re cutting, make sure the yarn is “hanging” straight down and isn’t pulled crooked.
Don’t worry about getting it perfect just yet. You can always cut off more once you hang it up and see how it looks.
STEP 8: GLUE YOUR DOWEL TO THE PLYWOOD HALF CIRCLE
Grab your hot glue gun and add a generous bead of glue to the dowel. Glue your dowel to the bottom of the plywood, making sure the side with the “knots” is lined up with the front of the plywood.
Hold your dowel in place while the glue dries for a few moments.
If your dowel doesn’t seem secure, add an additional bead of glue between the backside of the plywood and the dowel.
Add an extra dot of glue to the back of the yarn on both of the ends to make sure it doesn’t get the urge to fall on off.
STEP 9: ATTACH A SAWTOOTH HANGER
Attach the sawtooth hanger to the back of your wall art and hang it on up.
There you have it! Now you know how to make modern boho wall art using wood and yarn.
Looking for more wall decor ideas? Check out our roundup of 19+ of the best DIY wall decor ideas on the internet and this modern geometric wall art DIY!
Don’t forget to pin the image below for later!