After hours of pinning and dreaming of what my daughter’s nursery would look like, I finally decided to tackle one of my favorite Pinterest posts: yarn-wrapped letters from a blog by Ciao Mama found at http://ciao-mama.com/2012/03/06/yarn-wrapped-letters/. The flowers were also inspired by a Pinterest post that linked to www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/fabric-rosettes-tutorial.
The task seemed simple enough: Wrap yarn around cardboard letters and then make flowers out of fabric or ribbon to glue on said letters. However, it cost more money and time than I anticipated (about $40 for three spools of yarn, hot glue gun and sticks, letters and ribbon). But after hours of work, and a few hot-glue burns, they turned out beautifully.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Cardboard (or Wooden) Letters
- 2” Wide Ribbon or Strip of Fabric
- Choose a starting point on the back of the letter near an edge to put a drop of hot glue.
- Once that is dry, start wrapping your yarn around the letter. I’d recommend starting with the most horizontal or vertical surface before moving on to the harder-to-cover areas like the curve of an “S” or top of an “M.”
- When you’re done with one direction, start with a fresh piece of yarn for the next direction, making sure to glue the last bit of yarn to the back of the letter.
- On the difficult spots, trial and error was the easiest way for me to find what would work best for that particular letter. Any mess-ups can be easily fixed by unwrapping and starting again on that section (which is why I started a new yarn string often).
- If any holes were left or cardboard was showing through, I cut a smaller piece of yarn to wrap around just that area and glued it in place.
- Measure and cut the ribbon you will use to hang the letters and glue both ends to the back of the letter. For letters like “H,” which has a large space in the middle, I glued a piece of yarn across the top and through the ribbon to hold it in place. Otherwise, it will likely flip forward and look out of place.
- Fold the ribbon or strip of fabric in half and tie a knot at the starting end.
- Glue down the tail to the knot and begin to wrap the ribbon around the knot, making sure to put a dot of hot glue down at different sections to ensure a secure hold. (Hot-glue tip: Put your glue near the bottom of the rosette to make sure it doesn’t look sloppy on top.)
- Remember, the longer the fabric or ribbon, the bigger the flower.
- An optional finish to the rosette would be to glue a circular piece of fabric on the back to help affix it to the letter, but it isn’t necessary. With a few balls of glue on the back of the flower, I was able to easily fasten it to the letter.