Welcome to the “Inspired By DIY” series, a monthly blog hop where an awesome group of bloggers join together to share DIY projects and ideas inspired by some of our favorite designers and style icons!
We have such an exciting line-up of inspiration for the following months (this series will run through the end of July)! (This is the first and only project at the moment, but you’ll be able to find them all collected on this Inspired by DIY page later.)
And I’m especially excited that one of my absolute favorite sources of design inspiration was chosen for this first month: the talented filmmaker (and fellow Texan) Wes Anderson!
It’s no secret how much I love his work! For a refresher, check out this Wes-Anderson-inspired guest bedroom design in our first house, and of course, the wild and whimsical pink kitchen makeover in our current home!
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If you aren’t yet familiar with the whimsical, vintage style of Wes Anderson, I though I would share my three favorite films, all of which I highly recommend!
And if you’re already a fan of the Wes Anderson aesthetic, then I know you’ll enjoy this gorgeous coffee table book Bryan gave me for Christmas (without even realizing it was on my wishlist) – The Wes Anderson Collection.
Coming up with an idea for a Wes Anderson-inspired DIY project wasn’t difficult – I’ve actually been dreaming up this craft for ages!
DIY Vintage Tennis Racket Woven Wall Hangings
For some reason, the thrift stores around here are always full of old sporting equipment, specifically tennis rackets. (Which I find intriguing, but I digress.) And I can never spot those without instantly thinking of The Royal Tenenbaums.
Add in my love for DIY wall hangings (even better if they’re created inside unexpected weaving frames) and some vintage-inspired colors of yarn, and you have a perfectly-campy craft worthy of the Khaki Scouts from Moonrise Kingdom!
These were ridiculously easy to create and came together quickly – perfect busy-work while you’re catching up on your Wes Anderson anthology!
- Vintage tennis racket(s) – I found these at my favorite local thrift store and love the vintage graphics!
- Yarn, colors of your choice – I used cream, red, mustard yellow (not pictured), royal blue, blush pink, olive green, and a dark grey-brown.
- Plastic canvas needle
You can think of this as either embroidery or weaving – the technique is a little bit of both. Basically, I use each “box” created by the network of strings to wrap with a single color of yarn.
It’s a lot easier to let this photo show you what I mean:
I used the plastic needle to “stitch” the boxes, one color at a time.
The pattern is totally up to you! Geometric shapes work well with the handy grid of the strings, but if you can pixelate the design you’re envisioning, you can create it!
As you can see, I alternated between wrapping each box horizontally and vertically – it made for a really pretty woven appearance:
When you finish a color (with the needle on the back of the racket), you just thread it through a few stitched boxes and clip the yarn:
I really didn’t plan my patterns out ahead of time – I pre-selected my colors, and then decided to wing it and see what happened!
Then, I just used a few small nails through the woven heads of the rackets to hang them above our eating nook:
I wonder how many vintage tennis racket wall hangings would be too many for one home, because I’m totally ready to work on another set!
I hope you’ll scroll down and visit the other bloggers participating in today’s hop – I’m so excited to see how these talented ladies incorporate some Wes Anderson style in their homes!