(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial So, you know how you see those giant tapestries of woven yarn and fabric and think, “Ohhh, man, maybe I could make that,” and then you count the hours it would take to weave it from scratch in your head and think, “Ehhh, never mind…”? Well, if you’ve ever had the itch to create your own oversized tapestry, but didn’t want to commit a giant chunk of time to making one, then this is the tapestry hack for you! I noticed that a lot of the large weavings I saw had a ton of different colors and lengths of yarn woven into a relatively plain colored background, so I thought that maybe I could start with a background that was already woven and just tie the layers of yarn into the existing weave. I tested a few layers on a woven leather rug, and it totally worked!

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial Supplies:
-2′ x 3′ woven rug (you’ll need one that’s a larger weave, big enough that you can get a small crochet hook through)
-small crochet hook
-yarn of several widths, colors, and textures
-dowl rod and string for hanging

So, to complete your tapestry, you are basically going to make a bunch of rows of knotted yarn like you see in the photo above. Building lots of rows of different colors and textures on top of each other will give the woven-tapestry feel.

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY (click through for tutorial)To insert your yarn into your rug, you’ll cut your first color of yarn into strands that are twice as long as you want them to hang (that way, when they are folded in half they will be just right). Following the sequence above, first insert your hook downward into a horizontal loop in the rug. With your strand of yarn folded in half, hook the yarn around the hook (closer to the open side of your folded yarn) and pull the yarn halfway through to the other side. When the yarn is halfway through, pull the two yarn ends at the top through the loop at the bottom, and pull the ends until the loop is tight against the rug. That’s it! Just keep making these knots as close together as you can all the way across that horizontal row until you want to stop and start a new row somewhere else. 

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial I tried to think out the different areas of the tapestry in chunks of different colors and textures. Once I had a large section (like the yellow or the orange area), I would start to layer on top of it with a smaller or larger texture and an opposite color scheme (like a cool color on top of a warm color) to really make them stand out from each other. Also, I made all the sections a little longer than I thought I would want so I would have some length to play with when it came time to trim where the different sections overlap. So don’t worry too much about how long your sections are at this stage. Just focus on the color and texture placement and make sure to leave plenty of room at the top of your woven rug to be folded over to create a pocket for hanging.

Once you have all your yarn in place, fold back the top 3″ or so of your rug to make the pocket for the hanging rod (like how the top of a curtain has a pocket for the rod it hangs from). Depending on what kind of rug you chose, you may be able to run the folded edge through your sewing machine to secure it, or if it’s thicker (like my rug), you can simply use a needle and thin yarn to hand sew straight across the top of the rug to create the pocket.

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial I chose a 1″ dowl for the hanging rod and cut it to the appropriate length (it sticks out about 3-4″ on either side). Then I took a drill and drilled a hole through the dowl on each side (about 1″ in from each end). This hole is what you’ll tie your hanging string through, so choose a drill bit that’s big enough for whatever string you want to use.

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorialSince a tapestry of this size is a little bit heavier than a smaller weaving, you’ll want a string or yarn that will hold the weight (I chose a leather string for mine). I painted my dowl rod black, threaded the leather string through the holes, and then tied the string in a knot on the other side.

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial Once you have all your yarn attached, you’ll probably still feel like your piece is a bit messy looking—it’s because it needs a haircut!

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial All I could think to myself as I did this step was the line from the old SNL sketch with Tracy Morgan (as the animal enthusiast Brian Fellows) where he meets a porcupine and says, “That rat needs a haircut!” I love that sketch, so I just chuckled the line to myself the whole time I was cutting like an idiot.

Anyways, this is the part where you get to clean up the ends of your yarn groupings. You’ll want to decide which groups to cut into angled ends or straight ends, and which (if any) you want to leave as is. I liked having some that were obviously cut and some that weren’t, but you can do whatever you like. 

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial You can see how much cleaner the overall piece looks once you trim it. Much better!

(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial (Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial(Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial (Fast + Easy!) Large Tapestry Wall Hanging DIY—click through for tutorial It only took me about 3 hours to create this whole thing from start to finish. Not bad for a giant tapestry! And since there’s really only one simple step to attach the yarn, it doesn’t require a lot of concentration, and you can even work on it watching a few of your favorite movies or shows. Are you up for creating your own giant tapestry? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • This is an awesome hack! So glad I ran across this on Pinterest. Better believe I’m gonna try my hand at this!

  • love this & definately going to try to make it. a little nervous you made it look easy though:) is the white yarn really a yarn, i love it, but not sure I’ve seen anything like that. also do you have any suggestions where you get your yarn, they can really add up in price. thanks so much, love all your projects!

  • So smart! I love this idea so much, thank you for sharing! I am totally going to try this.

  • I love this Laura!
    I think it’s my favourite DIY ever on ABM. Can’t wait for the weekend to try and make my own.
    x

  • OMG – This is stunning and so very clever!! Who would have thought to do this, well of course you did!!! The time savings is amazing. If this is your idea I would get a patent for it and start selling custom kits!!! This is to die for!!! Thanks for sharing your idea!!!

  • Taking my baby to Hob Lob now to go get the supplies! In love with tapestries and was going to start a woven one but I think I’ll save that for winter when we’re cooped up inside and do this fast version for now! Thank you!

  • Well, you could glue felt or fabric to the back if you are worried, but since it’s hanging on that rod, it doesn’t really touch the wall much, so I’m not too worried about that on my end…

    Laura 🙂

  • I love the way this turned out! And so easy too! I could definitely see myself zoning out doing something like this while listening to old episodes of The Office in the background.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • love this. going to try this for sure. even better that the rug is half off right now! 🙂

  • These became so popular lately,
    Instagram is full with all kind of variations on weaving.
    I didn’t know it’s that easy though…:)

    Oly
    http://www.tlvbirdie.com

  • I have a pin it button installed already. I use chrome. No issues, let me figure out. Thanks for replying. 🙂

  • I love the colors you chose and the difference in the yarn widths! Awesome project. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • This is such a colorful and different wall hanging, would love to have one in my place too..the gif really helps to understand the technique.

    xo

    http://agoldentulip.blogspot.com/

  • This is such a sweet craft to spend a few hours with on a rainy day – especially knowing the holidays are just around the corner.

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

  • Love this! And on another note, the one slideshow-ey picture that shows the sequence of how to loop the yarn- that was a very helpful visual!

  • Such a great idea! It came out beautifully! Might have to try this one…tired of looking at the same old on the walls lately. Thanks for the tutorial!!

    <3

    http://www.RitaMaesShop.etsy.com

  • I LOVE this! I have the perfect spot for it! Great post

    xo

    Octavia
    as told by tavi 

  • This is so awesome! I love how this turned out, and that you used a store bought rug for part of it (I never would have known!).

  • This is great, thank you. Did you do anything to protect the wall from color transfer? The description of the rug says to avoid light carpets and flooring because of it.

  • Beautiful. Great job. Such a statement piece for your house.

    Fabulous 30s

  • I actually just found the link to the one I got in the store:
    http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/noah-s-ark-bib-kit-512814/

    I’ll add it to the post, but of course, any woven rug with a large weave would work 😉

    Laura

  • This looks amazing, but I don’t think I have the patience!

    http://freakdeluxe.com

  • That’s so cool! I love that you cut some of the yarn to different lengths, what I great way to vary the design! Such a cool project!

  • I’ve never seen anything like this but it looks so unique and creative! It’d be great as a handmade house warming gift! 🙂

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • I love how relaxing weaving is, but I’m not sure I’d ever have enough time to attempt something that large. This is such a great idea for a giant tapestry.

  • Hi Krati!
    Hmmm, I haven’t heard that pinning is an issue for people lately and it’s working fine on our computers. Maybe it’s something with your browser? You can also download buttons from Pinterest to add to your toolbar so you can pin from any site, so maybe try one of those? What browser are you using?

    Laura 🙂

  • Cute! I love how this wall art doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard, and it’s ruggedness is what gives it its charm. Makes it harder to “make a mistake” that way too!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • Hi Guys! Creative as ever…love this wall art! But here’s a small problem im facing. Lately I have not been able to pin anything from your blog to Pinterest. Any clue why this could be happening? Love..

  • So Cool! I used to weave all the time, but that’s the thing: it took all my time! Love this hack!

  • oh my gosh! This is amazing. I love the weaving trend but I am not a patient person…so this is perfect for me!

  • This is SO good! Much more doable than sitting down to weave for days to create a significant size… now I have weekend plans. Very cool. Thanks for sharing another awesome DIY Laura! 🙂

  • This really is a genius hack! Like an, oh wow why didn’t I think of that as I sit here and weave the largest weaving ever and spend countless hours doing so, kind of hack.

  • This is genius!! I love weaving but you’re right, sometimes it just takes too long and I’m not a patient lady.

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