Hey there! I’m excited to show you how to make this cute Yarn Wrapped Letters Project! You can use these letters as room decoration or for bulletin boards. It’s also a good introduction to working with different types of fibers, as you can find yarn that’s spun of so many things from recycled plastic to humanely sourced alpaca. Best of all, they’re lightweight so they’re easy to hang and very inexpensive to make. Here’s what you’ll need!
Put that yarn to more good use with my paper plate dreamcatcher craft!
Yarn Wrapped Letters Project
- Cardboard. I like thicker corrugated cardboard for this, like recycled Amazon or diaper boxes.
- Craft knife
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
Start by using your ruler and pencil to draw a big letter Y on your cardboard. I made mine 8 inches tall, but you can make yours any size you like! If you don’t feel comfortable drawing your own letters, we have a whole bunch of printable letters you can cut out and trace onto your cardboard. I suggest using a big blocky print letter for the easier wrapping. Then use your craft knife to carefully cut out your letter. You can use the part of cardboard that you cut the letter out of as a stencil for another project, or just recycle it.
Gather up your letter, your yarn, and your hot glue gun or craft glue. We’re going to start by wrapping the arms of the Y, and then wrapping the base. Flip the Y over and glue the end of the yarn onto the top of one of the arms. Flip the Y right side up, and place a line of glue along the top of the arm, and lay the yarn along it. Now it should be dangling off one corner. On each side of the arm, put a line line of glue. If you’re working with hot glue, you’re going to only do this about a half inch at a time. If you’re working with craft glue, you have plenty of time before it dries so you can do bigger sections.
Start wrapping the yarn around the letter, making sure each layer of yarn is snugged tightly against the first one, and trying not to overlap the layers. Keep adding glue as necessary, working your way all the way down the arm of the Y. None of the cardboard should be showing. When you get as far as you can go, trim off the yarn in the back and glue it down. Now you’re going to do the exact same thing to the other arm of the Y. When they’re both covered, place some glue just a tiny bit above where the two arms meet and glue a new yarn end down.
Now you’re going to start wrapping the yarn all the way down the base of the Y. Be careful in this top section where it’s angled, making sure to use plenty of glue and overlapping if needed to fill in blank spots. Work your way all the way down to the bottom. Then place a line on glue on the bottom edge of the letter, and press the yarn into it. Trim off the yarn so there’s a small tail, and glue that tail onto the back of the letter.
And you’re all done! I hope you had fun learning how to make this Yarn Wrapped Letters Project with me!