Yarn-Wrapped Wood Monogram

When one of my best friends was pregnant with her first baby last fall, she asked me to help decorate his nursery which I obsessed over delved into immediately.  I immediately thought of a gallery wall and the largest piece of the arrangement was a large wooden monogram of his first initial, L, with a section of yarn stripes wrapped on it.


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{Supplies for Yarn-Wrapped Wood Monogram}

The letter comes ready to paint or stain so I put one coat of my normal wood stain on it and let it dry.

I then went through my crochet leftover stash and picked out some non-super-babyish colors I thought looked good together.  This is a good way of getting rid of the annoying short leftovers from crochet projects. I wanted her to be able to change the colors if she didn’t like them or if she wanted to update it down the line so I didn’t use any glue and tied them.  At the start of a section, I taped the end down, wrapped until I thought it looked right, scrunched all the rows neatly together, then un-taped the starting end and double knotted the ends together (multiple knots in a color in the pic below are just short pieces tied together).  This way she can just cut and re-tie different yarns as she wants.  Of course you can glue them down to be a little neater and permanent if you wish.

As far as hanging it, since this was not a symmetric letter, I held it up lightly until it hung evenly and tapped in a regular saw-tooth picture hanger in that spot.

I made sure to get it done in time for her baby shower I hosted and hung it on the front door with some ribbon and an upside-down Command hook.   I am later-blogging so unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it in action.

I made her a ton of stuff for his nursery (errr…maybe too much…. sorry Alyssa!) but this was by far my favorite.  It took maybe half an hour (after staining) and is such a cool statement piece which he can have for many many years to come.  There will be one made for our house around Christmas, for a nursery someday, and probably for any other occasion I can think of.  Lord knows I have enough stash yarn for it!

P.S. This is your sneak peek of the painted office which will be up on Wednesday!

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20 thoughts on “Yarn-Wrapped Wood Monogram

  1. I love this, even the back, I love the looks of the knots, it would look cute to do the knots on the front.

  2. Oooh, I didn’t even think of that! That would be kinda cool, you know, if you did it neater than mine were ;)

  3. Okay so I have never heard of this Craft Cuts thing, and it is kind of amazing. I am definitely going to have to do some more research on that. Love the colors you used. Perfect little shower gift! Thank you for linking up with us at The Makers. Off to pin! :)

  4. It is addicting for sure Alexis… I mean, everyone needs a monogram, and there are a million things you can do with/on them. And thanks for hosting The Makers, such cool stuff!!

  5. Love this!! Thanks for sharing at our Motivational Monday party! Be sure to stop by again next week to link up another post.

  6. Thanks Marie! I didn’t want it to be too “baby” so it could stay in his room for years. But it’s easy to change the colors since they’re just tied ;)

  7. Stopping by from SITS link party. I love the detail of adding yarn, it’s so simple but adds so much. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Stopping by from the Hit Me With Your Best Shot link up. I love this! It would be perfect for my little girl’s bedroom. Thanks for the idea! -Jess @ Sweet Little Ones

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