Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY Yarn Letter

With many hours lost into the abyss that it Pinterest, we were jumping for joy when our fave fellow DIY bloggers said it was time for another edition of the Pinterest Challenge. Time to make a few of those pins a pin-ality. We’re livin’ the dream, folks!

Many thanks to YHL, BowerPower, Hi Surgarplum, and The Great Indoors for hosting. Maybe someday in our awesomest dreams we’ll be cohosting with the fab YHL & Bower, too! This is me wishing upon a star…

Ok. So it was time to get to work. After trying to figure out what the heck to do, I decided we needed a B in our house. And since I am the Queen B, I thought a letter B was appropriate. It’s also the beginning of our last name…
I’ve pinned a few inspirational things:

Are you pin-spired?

So I popped into Joann’s with my coupons in hand, and after debating over which size and font letter I wanted, I went with this:

Not too big, although I did have the GIANT B in my hand at one point, and not too little. It’s just right. I also picked up this fab Martha yarn because I really liked the wavy aspect of it. It was playing on my chevron obsession and I thought would give this B some good texture.

Yarn Letter

It was time to get to work. Sorry for the not-so-fab progress pics… gotta craft when the kid goes to bed, so it’s not the best for picture taking. I didn’t cut too long of a strand of yarn because it was just easier to work with. I hot glued the end to the back in the middle of the B’s stem. I figured I would start in the straight portion so I could get a rhythm down & then I would progress to the curvy, more complicated parts. And when I was done, I hot glued a little loop on the back to make it easy to hang.


It took all of maybe an hour and a half to do. I wasn’t moving very fast, and I was watching Justified… so there were a couple drool-wiping moments because Timothy Olyphant in boots & a cowboy hat can distract a girl from her crafts.

Yarn Letter-001

There’s still a lot of yarn leftover, so maybe another fun orange yarn project is on the horizon. It’s so soft! See the pic on the bottom right? See how I covered the bottom portion? I liked how the straight part was wrapping, and I couldn’t cover that part by wrapping, so I went back and just weaved back and forth. I ended up using a little bit of hot glue while laying each row just to keep it in place. No big globs, just a gentle squeeze with the gun’s nozzle directly on the wood letter to give the yarn a little something to stick to so it wasn’t rolling all over the place. And of course there were a few “OW!” moments, because what’s a project involving a hot glue gun without burning yourself a few times, or 10. I’m pretty sure those guns were invented by the devil…


I grabbed a nail, a hammer, and a cute little frame I picked up from Goodwill a few months back for $2.99 or so.


There she is! The queen B hanging in all her glory above the kitchen sink.


I love the little touch of glam the frame gives her. My little dude even saw it hanging this morning and said “Oh! Mom! I like that B! Good job!”. Thanks Will!

My pin-ality is complete! Check!
I think I’m ready to challenge a yarn wreath. Maybe for the springy spring!



  1. Yes I'm pinspired!!! I now think I need the letter D somewhere in my house. So cute.....don't you just love Marthas yarn?!?! They come in such pretty colors and textures. I attempted the yarn wreath for Christmas and it turned out worries

  2. @suitedperfectly4eternity - Yes! Definitely add Martha's yarn to the list of a billion things of hers that I love. It's so soft and easy to work with. I can't wait to use it on something else. I had a really hard time deciding on the color, but I'm on an orange the orange ;)

  3. Heather,

    I love your yarn letter. Such an awesome color.


  4. Cute! I love the texture of the thicker yarn - just makes it look so soft and wonderful :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! i love your idea of doing Christmas string art. How cute would a reindeer be??? Love your yarn project! I have never seen it done with thick textured yarn before! Love it!!

  6. So cute and super easy! I love the letter style you chose, too. Great job, and thanks for linking up to the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

    P.S. I was completely surprised myself to be a host for the challenge this go round (being linked to YHL and Bower Power increased my blog stats by 10...), so it's possible! :-)

  7. I absolutely adore Pinterest! The yarn letters are so creative and cute! You're letter turned out fab and the frame was a great touch! Love it


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