Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ombre Yarn Letters

So before one of my besties had her adorable little peanut we were discussing the nursery and we discussed putting letters over the crib.  In true DIY fashion I said, "ohh no problem I will make letters for her nursery."  After all she is my God daughter and I would do anything for her.  As I continued to procrastinate the project the bestie finally gave me a deadline. Ahhh!! So after having all of the materials for 2 months I got on it. The inspiration for the letters came from a number of yarn letters on my Kelly's Nursery Pinterest board(which you can find in the upper right hand corner. Just click the Pinterest icon.) I didn't follow any tutorials, but I can share what I learned from this 18 hour yarn wrapping extravaganza., which I must mention was assisted by my wonderful mother-in-law. She was such a lifesaver!!

The materials we used were, 24" paper mache letters from Jo Ann Fabrics, 3 colors of pink yarn and the most important product was FABRI-TAC glue.  The glue was so key in keeping all of the yarn in place and wrapping any curved edges. Start by wrapping the yarn back and on the ends and gluing them down.  Similar to this.

Next start wrapping the letters with the yarn and occasionally place a small amount of glue on the corner to ensure it won't move to much.  For small areas we found it was best to make a smaller ball of yarn to get in and out of the area.  For instance when going in and out of the center of the A.

After about 1/3rd of the way down glue the edge of the yarn to the back of the letter and start with a new color.  Again glue the yarn to the back of the letter let is sit for a moment and start wrapping.  When we got to the ends we often wrapped all vertically and then again horizontally like you see in the picture below. Anytime the yarn isn't staying where you want it to just use a little glue. Try to keep it on the sides and back so you don't see any.

If I were to do it over again I would by flat letters and much thicker yarn. Here are the completed letters up in the beautiful gray, white and pink nursery.  Although they were time consuming they definitely turned out beautiful and make an amazing statement above a crib. Isn't her nursery amazing!!


  1. Absolutely beautiful Heather! I love how you have pics in your kitchen, deck and living room. It shows that it was a long project:)

  2. Haha Lacey! I was actually thinking that when I posted the photos. They did take a really long time and I think I may have worked on them in every room..... DIY is definitely an adventure!