DIY Wall Hanging Tutorial

Hey you guys! I’m so excited about this project today!

A few weeks ago, I had never considered delving into the world of yarns, rug hooking, and weaving, but now I’m definitely becoming addicted. This is my second DIY wall hanging and I don’t think it will be my last!

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I’m not going to lie: this is a fairly involved and time-intensive DIY, but you may find yourself just as hooked (oh what a wicked pun!) as I did if you try it!

If you feel inspired to recreate my design step by step (for personal use of course), please feel free! But the beauty of this craft is how infinitely imaginative you can be – change colors, change textures, change shapes, and suddenly you have a whole new work of art.

Step 1: Make a design plan.

I collected yarn from a few craft store visits and raided my secret stash, choosing colors that I thought would complement each other and work well in my home.

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Then, I created a blank canvas in my photo editing program and began to doodle using the various yarn colors I had selected. I used Photoshop Elements, but seriously – you don’t need anything more involved than Paint for this, and you could do the same with a piece of paper and some markers. Try out different shapes, color arrangements, and combinations until you settle on a design you are happy with.

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Step 2: Prepare the backing for your wall hanging.

Many wall hangings are made by weaving, but I decided to make mine on a rug canvas backing and using latch hooking techniques. (Although now I want to try weaving one next!).

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Rug canvas*
Latch Hook*

*Amazon affiliate links if you, like me, don’t like leaving the couch for your crafting supplies.

Decide on your dimensions and cut the canvas. I made mine 24” by 15”.

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Then I followed my little Photoshop design plan and used a sharpie to roughly copy the design onto the canvas. It does not have to be perfect – angled lines will end up being “pixelated” by the rug canvas grid, so just go for it! Your sharpie lines will be covered with yarn later.

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I decided I wanted an angled bottom to my wall hanging, so I trimmed away some of the canvas into a V-shape.


Note: I actually ended up altering the bottom even further once I finished the wall hanging… So seriously – there is no “wrong” way to do this!

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Step 3: Begin hooking your wall hanging!

I vaguely remembered how to latch hook from a kit my grandmother gave me when I was a child, but I did need to Google for reminders. So I’m going to point you to several helpful tutorials today. I used several different techniques on my wall hanging (Can you spot them below?): (1) latch hooking (the long loose pieces: pink, mint, beige, gold); (2) regular rug hooking (the looped brown & cream sections); (3) crochet (the flatter sections: mint, red, gold, and black is hiding under the tassels).

I also threw some tassels on there for good measure. Because who doesn’t love tassels?

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I made a fun little gif for your enjoyment…

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Don’t let the speed fool you – this is definitely a time-intensive project and the rows come together SO. SLOWLY. But once I got into a nice rhythm I found myself really enjoying the process!

I’ve also broken it down step by step for you below, never fear!

Layer 1: Pink 10” pieces. Latch hooking technique. (Latch hooking works best from the bottom up. Ask me how I know!)

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I cut my pink yarn into 10” pieces using this handy trick:

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Make a cardboard template that is the height you want your yarn piece to be and as wide as you like. Wind your yarn around it, and then cut along both ends with scissors. Voila! Many many pieces of correctly sized yarn!

For my pink section, I didn’t want my yarn to be too closely packed so I skipped several rows as I went up.
As you can see, I filled in anywhere I felt needed a little more bulk:

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Layer 2: Mint 8” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row or so for this one as well.

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Layer 3. Gold 4” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row on the canvas.

Do you know how they call glitter the “herpes” of craft supplies? Well, I submit a new contender. This gold eyelash yarn is ridiculous. It gets everywhere and I mean everywhere.

But it’s so pretty and sparkly.

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Layer 4: Red yarn. Crochet. I don’t know if this is an actual wall hanging technique or not – I was just experimenting and really liked the effect! I did a simple crochet chain stitch on top of the rug canvas. You don’t cut your yarn for this section. You are basically treating the rug canvas like a chain of crochet and single crocheting on top of it.

You can barely see this little layer in there – look closely!

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Layer 5: Mint yarn. Crochet.

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Layer 6: Chunky cream yarn. “Traditional” rug hooking technique – which I’ll refer to as “looping” to keep it separated from “latch hooking”.

For this technique, you don’t cut your yarn into small pieces. You start by creating a loop at one end of your bottom row, then you guide the yarn along the underside of your row pulling up loops through each square in the rug canvas.

Be careful not to accidentally unravel your whole row… It may or may not have happened to me. But as you fill up the squares, the yarn will bunch together and start to support the loops.

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Layer 7: Black yarn. Crochet. If this looks different to you than the finished product up top, you aren’t crazy. I decided to fill in the black section with my crochet stitch first so the tassels would have a background behind them.

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Layer 8: Beige 4” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row on the canvas.

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Layer 9: Black yarn. Crochet. After I crocheted the background, I got to work making my tassels! I used 5 for each black section of my wall hanging.

Don’t know how to make tassels? I used my yarn winding template again to cut 10” pieces of black yarn, folded a bunch in half, and wound another piece of yarn around the top to create a tassel. Visual tutorial here.

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Layer 10: Gold yarn. Crochet. I liked working with the gold yarn much better when it wasn’t cut into little pieces!

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Step 11: Red yard. Crochet. You know the drill: rinse and repeat.

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Step 12: Chunky brown yarn. Looping.

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Are you still with me?

That was intense!

But if you’ve made it this far…

Step 4: Finish the wall hanging with a dowel up top! I purchased a thin wooden dowel at the craft store for 60 cents and painted it with some leftover gold acrylic paint. I strung a length of my brown yarn through one of those big plastic needles for plastic-canvas and stitched the wall hanging to the dowel by wrapping my yarn around the dowel and through the top layer of the wall hanging. Then I braided three pieces together for my hanger on top.

Step 5: Hang that baby proudly on the wall!

DIY Hand-Knotted Wall Hanging Tutorial | www.thegatheredhome.com #latchhook #wallhanging

 

DIY Hand-Knotted Wall Hanging Tutorial | www.thegatheredhome.com #latchhook #wallhanging

 

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What do you think? Are you inspired to go on a yarn shopping spree and tackle a DIY wall hanging of your own? Please share with me if you do – I’d love to see it!

Brynne
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Comments

    • says

      Even though it does take quite a bit of commitment, I really enjoyed my hours spent crafting and watching Netflix. I think it was exactly the sort of semi-mindless craft that I needed to help myself relax and unwind this month!

  1. says

    WOW!!! This is so awesome and once I saw it transferred to the gray wall… WOW!!! It really pops. I love the arrow pattern at the bottom accentuated by the pink. Love your mix of colors. This is truly a piece of art!!! Love it!!

  2. says

    Looks fantastic! Even better than the last! Do you have any problems with the canvas backing pinching together? I did a rag rug and I had a hard time with the canvas backing getting wavy. I think I was pulling too tight.

  3. says

    Brynne, I LOOOOOOOVE this! Oh my goodness it's so much fun and I never would have thought to mix all of those different colors. Pinning all over the place and thanks for sharing it at The Makers!

  4. says

    Whoa Brynne, that looks amazing! I really want to do something like this only weaving seems way too intensive and time-consuming. I'll definitely be trying this method!

    • says

      Hi Judy! I wish I had a more helpful answer about the crocheting section, but it was something I just stumbled upon by playing around on the canvas… Basically, think of the squares of the canvas backing as a row of chain stitches and then single crochet on top pulling loops from underneath each time to anchor the crocheting on the rug canvas. I hope this helps!

      So glad you're going to make one!

  5. says

    I am so stinking impressed. I started a shag rug a year ago. And I stoppedhalfway. It took me a month just to get that far. I know how long this takes. It turned out amazing. I love your pattern and colors.

    Jenni

    • says

      Thank you Jenni! I discovered that I really enjoy the process and having something to keep my hands busy while I'm watching Netflix or a movie – in general I have a hard time sitting still, so this gave me something to do during my "down time". :)

  6. says

    WHAT THE WHAT. This is freaking amazeballs. I have no idea how to loop/stitch/crosshatch/skiptotheloo at all so ya know, I'm going to admire your awesome skillz from afar. But seriously, that is impressive. You should totally sell them ;) xxx

  7. says

    I LOVE This!, oh how I wish I hadve kept my childhood favorite wall hangings though. Now I gotta go find these hanging rug canvas sheets! Perfectly do-able and pin-able :D

  8. says

    Brynne!! This is awesome!! Love it love it love it!! Love the colours and the textures!! I've been wanting to do some weaving for some time, but think I'm going to try my hand at this first now!! Pinning and sharing!! xxx June

  9. Judi says

    I love the wall hanging and have started it but do not understand the crochet section I have tried everything. What am I missing. What do you mean by laying the chain on top of mesh Any help you can offer will be appreciated. Your hanging is just beautiful.
    Thank you

    • says

      Hi Judi – so glad you are making your own wall hanging! I’m sorry the crochet section is a little confusing – I kind of made it up as I went along and I wasn’t completely sure of the crochet terminology. Basically, I treated the canvas backing as if it was a foundation chain and then did a slip stitch on top of it. So the hook went through each hole of the canvas backing and attached the crochet stitching to it. I hope this helps!

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