If you’re looking for a Summer project for you and your kids, this might be just the thing. The great part about this is that you can make it as small or as large as you want, and in the end you’ll have some great looking artwork to hang on your walls – wouldn’t that make your kids feel so good to see their work on the wall? Here’s what I’m talking about:
Woven wall hangings are pretty trendy at the moment, but can cost a pretty penny, so why not make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Picture frame (I used an 8×10)
- Cotton string or yarn
- A variety of yarns, ribbons, trim, rope, etc
- A plastic sewing needle
- Wooden dowel, driftwood, or a wooden branch
- A fork
Start by wrapping the string around the frame and tying a knot. Continue to wrap it fairly tightly with about a ¼ of an inch gap.
Tie another knot at the end and cut off excess yarn. You now have a loom to work on! Thread a needle with about two feet of your choice of yarn and start weaving only on the top ‘layer’ of your loom – the string on the back of the frame remains untouched. A simple over/under makes a really nice and tight weave, and doubling up on the yarn will give you added texture!
Pull most of the yarn through so there are only about two inches remaining and use a fork to make the yarn into a straight line – this will be a handy trick for getting everything nice and tight as you go along. Weave back in the other direction, but this time make sure that wherever you went “over” last time, this time you go “under.”
Using different types of yarn, ribbon, or even trim, repeat this same pattern. You can also loop the yarn around the strings in the loom for a more textured look.
Don’t be afraid to try different things here. The more texture the better, and if you find certain materials you like, go ahead and repeat them throughout the weaving in different spots.
If you want to add a fringe at the bottom, simply cut about 12 inches of yarn (I used the same cotton string as the one I made the loom with), fold in half and loop through one of the bottom stitches, making sure to tie a knot to secure it. For a thicker fringe, add one more layer to the row above.
Once you’re finished, turn the frame over and cut the untouched yarn.
Tie the loose string together to secure your woven piece in place. If you added fringe like me, it’ll just blend right in, and you’ll see what to do with the leftover at the top in a moment!
Using the crochet needle, weave all of the loose ends along the sides and back into your piece and cut off the excess.
As for the top of your piece, tie all of the remaining string around a piece of driftwood (or a dowel, pipe, branch… whatever you want!)
Now trim the excess string and your fringe at the bottom of the piece.
And that’s it! All done! Your piece is ready to be hung with pride!
This is a great project for a rainy day, and can also be something to work on slowly, like a puzzle. You can weave in just about anything malleable enough to fit through the loom – I had all of the things I used here on hand, and some of it was leftover from past projects. The driftwood was something I collected on a beach trip with my parents a few years ago. You can use things that matter to you and your kids, too: an old t-shirt cut into strips, yarn from a frayed sweater or blanket, ribbon from a favourite present, a found treasure on a nature walk or a trip, etc.
There are so many possibilities, and at the end of it, you have something you can achieve together, that the kids can take pride in, and you can feel good about having something pretty cool on your walls!
Have you ever tried a woven project like this before? What would you use to make one with?