May 31, 2010

Make a scrap-yarn-wrapped branch decoration!

yarn branch art piece thing

While flipping through The Big Ass Book of Home Decor a couple weeks ago, I came across a project like this – yarn-wrapped twig arrangement.  I felt like I’d seen similar projects online too, like it wasn’t the first time I’d seen a branch wrapped in yarn, but now I can’t find anything in blog-land (at the bottom, I linked to some other related projects that I did find!)… Anyway, mine is a bit different from the book project, so now I’ll share it with you!

yarn branch art piece thing

I wanted to use a glue gun, but some crafty items got temporarily lost in the move and my guns were nowhere to be found, so I came up with methods that use as little glue as possible.  Some glue was necessary, so I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue, which worked very well.

All you need for this project are some branches/twigs (the size and amount that you want for your vase or other arrangement plan), yarn leftover scraps, glue, and scissors.

yarn branch art piece thing

You can barely see, but I tried out something with the solid blue yarn that I thought would look cool – as I was balling up the yarn, I tied knots in it all throughout, which made little bumps on the branches.  It would indeed look cool, I think, if I did more; if you make knots, make them super frequently (like every 4-6 inches or so).  I think I knotted the yarn an average of every 18-24 inches-ish, and that makes the knots pretty far apart on the branches, oops!

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To make the scrappy version, you’ll need a bunch of yarn bits around 1-2 feet long.  For either version, to start wrapping at the bottom of your branch, wrap the yarn around itself a couple times then start wrapping upwards.  I found no need to knot or glue the piece at the bottom, just holding the tip down and overlapping it in the first wraps worked out well.

To change colors, when you have about 3-4 inches of your first color left, hold the tip of the next color alongside the branch.  Wrap the last 2-3 wraps of the first color around the end of the next color:

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Hold the end of the first color against the branch, and start wrapping with the next color over the first color, wrapping over the tip to hold it down:

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When you reach the end, cut the yarn when it’s wrapped all the way to the top, then unwrap a couple times around, dot some glue on the branch end, and wrap back over the glue.

To wrap the offshoots, the number one rule is be careful – they can be easy to snap!  Either wrap up over the offshoot and back down to continue upwards, like the red yarn above, or you can wrap the end of a new color into the base, continue up the main branch, and then use that new yarn for the offshoot.  The neatest way is to wrap up the offshoot just like the rest of the branch is wrapped, and glue it off at the tip, but on smaller offshoots you can wrap up loosely (further apart wraps), then wrap back down to the base, normally, so it’s double-wrapped and there’s no need for gluing the end.

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By the way, I do recommend doing this project over newspapers – the little twig dust gets everywhere on your workspace, so newspaper makes for easy cleanup!

If you do snap an offshoot after wrapping, like you can see I did below, you can glue it back together, twisting it to get the wrapping back in place as much as possible.

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So, just keep on wrapping until you’ve wrapped all the branches you want…

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Then arrange them in a vase, or whatever (some kind of wall art arrangement could also be rad looking):

yarn branch art piece thing

I had a fun time photographing mine, it’s so colorful and fun!  I love how it turned out!!

yarn branch art piece thing

I made this one for our bathroom, which is white and boring, so now it’s cheery and colorful! Yay!  If we had some kind of entry area, this might be a great piece for that (bigger and crazier, perhaps)…

yarn branch art piece thing

So, as I was searching around to see if other crafters had made similar projects, I found some fun other ways to decorate with branches/twigs… I super love Betz White’s pussy willow rainbow, made with felt balls.  I also love the idea of pom poms on twigs, like Apartment Therapy shows here, and row home living shows here.

yarn branch art piece thing

Other ideas: branch jewelry holder, cherry blossom branch, and cherry blossom branch lights!  I think I see a roundup developing here…..

yarn branch art piece thing

It’s a fun project, I’d love to see photos if anyone does it!  The scrappy branch is my favorite for sure – I love that I found a use for some of my scrap jar yarn!!

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Filed under: home stuff,tutorials,yarn — leethal @ 1:02 pm
  • http://punkysmamma.blogspot.com Vic

    That. Is brilliant.

    Looks so good… I need to scrounge me some twigs, now!

    Just found your blog & have to say… I think I am in love. Will have to spend an age perusing your older posts – so much to see by the looks of things!

  • beckysews

    At first I thought “eh, whatev.” Then the more I read and saw pictures of how you made yours I came to really like this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    hahaha good reaction… it's a simple project, but I really love how it looks. glad you came to like it!

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    Thanks!! Glad you like it :)

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    That looks awesome! I love how you knotted the branches. This would make such a cool yarn shop display. Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

  • http://aprettycoollife.com Cheryl @ a pretty cool life.

    Love these! I'll totally be doing this project for Valentine's with pink yarns!

  • Amanda

    I love this! I've seen a pattern online somewhere for stuffed birds out of bright fabrics, and it would be so adorable if you wrapped the branches and then hung them horizontally from each other, suspended the birds on the branches and then hang it all up mobile-style!! :D I love this so hard!

  • krista

    AH! I love it. I'm going out to find some sticks tonight!

  • http://www.brilliantwallart.co.uk Metal Wall Art

    I love this one man! You have the most creative ideas and I am planning in creating one of this. Just can't help but admire your design such a wonderful piece of art and a good one for home decoration.

  • http://www.HandmadeByAnnabelle.Blogspot.com Annabelle

    Very, very cool! Love it.

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  • pam

    Another brilliant idea! LOVE it! A terrific idea for my Halloween tree this year as well as for all those lovely branches hanging in my garage that I just can't part with. My sweetie keeps asking me what I plan to do with them! Ha! Now I have a definite reply!

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    This is a great idea.

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  • http://www.uprinting.com/mc.html mc

    nice post!

  • Erf13

    I have seen this in large scale on a tree at HSU. SO FUN!

  • Rose

    I love this idea.  You can use various colors according to holidays or seasons, etc… How decorative and Fun!  Thanks for the idea!!

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  • Rubberduck50

    I would love to do a large one for my patio wall, in bright RED! Thanks for sharing.

  • Fahim

    looking awesome!!!i will definetely make some…
     

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