This past weekend I took a trip to my local yarn store. You know, not just the craft store yarn, but real yarn. All the colors, sizes, and real wool yarn. It was gorgeous and I spent more money than I needed to or should have, but I come home with three skeins of neon, hand dyed wool yarn. It was beautiful. So I decided to use just a bit of it along with some solid colors of regular wool blend yarn I had from the craft store to create a DIY valentine’s day neon yarn wall hanging. And it is so fun and colorful and such a cute project for Valentine’s Day.
Just look how cute it is with it’s wood dowel rod arrow and felt hearts and all.
- Yarn in various colors (I went with shades of coral, pink, lime, and teal. Plus my hand dyed yarn in neon colors)
- Felt balls (2cm-4cm round and heart shaped)
- Pom pom maker (optional, but makes the process of pom pom making so much easier!)
- Embroidery needle
- 1/2″ wood dowel
- Stiff felt sheet for the arrow tail and head
Begin by making your tassels to hang off the dowel. An assortment of sizes of tassels and pom poms make give the wall hanging it’s freeform look. So no need to be precise here. Just play around making all sorts of tassels. To make a tassel, wrap the yarn around your fingers for small tassels or around your forearm (between your palm and elbow) to create large tassels. Wrap roughly 20-30 times, then tie a piece of yarn around all the pieces in a knot and cut the loops on the opposite end of where you tied the yarn.
Next, wrap a coordinating color of yarn around the top of the tassel about 1/2″ from the knot and tie. Cut off the extra ends. You can make a few tassels like this or add a few extra details to them like felt hearts or balls and pom poms. To attach the extras, simply thread the yarn that you tied to the top of the tassel through the needle and use it to sew through the felt shapes and pom pom center.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I also added tassels comprised soley of felt shapes by sewing through the balls and hearts with yarn on my embroidery needle. Then I made tiered tassels by threading small tassels together using the yarn pieces from the knot of one tassel to sew up through the middle of the tassel above it. Then I tied it off and repeated until I had a chain of tassels.
Once you have all the tassels, it’s time to assemble your wall hanging. Just tied the tassels onto the dowel rod and cut felt into a triangle for the head of the arrow and hot glue it on, then cut strips for the tail of the arrow and hot glue them onto the dowel rod.
And that’s it! This DIY Valentine’s Day neon yarn wall hanging took me about 2-3 hours to make. You can always add more or less tassels as you want. You can even try making a smaller version by using a shorter dowel rod and smaller tassels.
I love my neon yarn wall hanging and plan to keep it up longer than just to Valentine’s Day!