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How to Make Yarn Letters

If you’re the kind of DIY enthusiast who loves making custom lettering pieces and monograms, which I totally am, then I have a feeling you’ll enjoy the process of yarn wrapping letters in order to make decorative quotes and names. I’ve seen a few tutorials out there for crafts like this before, but there just wasn’t one as small and simple as what I had in mind, so I decided to make one of my own! My eldest daughter’s name is nice and short, so those are the letters I chose to crate, covering them with variegated yarn that involved her favourite colour (she loves purple).

Whether you’re making a short name or a longer word, I think you’ll be able to handle customizing some yarn wrapped word art of your own by following the simple steps I’ve laid out here!

Diy yarn letters

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Yarn (whatever colour you please)
  • Scissors
  • Fork
  • Cardboard
  • Pen and ruler
  • Glue stick

Modern diy yarn letters

How to make yarn letters materials

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

How to make yarn letters step 1

Step 2:

On your first piece of cardboard, map out your first letter. I started with an I, which I sketched out using a ruler to ensure that all of my lines were straight. I wasn’t too picky about the thicknesses and dimensions of the letter’s details, so I didn’t specifically measure out each piece, but I did use the ruler’s straight edge to make it very neat. Once your letter is drawn, cut it out!

How to make yarn letters draw on cardboard

Step 3:

Start your yarn wrapping by pinching the end of the yarn against the top of your cardboard with your thumb. You can also apply a bit of glue near the top and press your end into that, but I still held mine there even with the glue, just to make sure it didn’t pull out and unravel my work. After a few rows around, the yarn layers will hold the end down for you, tucked underneath, so you’ll be able to carefully slip your thumb out without losing your tension. Start right near the top edge of your letter and wrap the yarn around horizontally, laying each wrap next to the one before it and working your way downward.