This Rainbow Yarn Wall Hanging Craft Kit is such a fun reminder that you can’t enjoy a rainbow without first weathering the storm. Too cheesy?
Regardless, creating this rainbow yarn wall hanging craft kit is so much fun. It would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day craft, a rainy day activity, celebrating pride month, or just a fun craft to have a bit of quiet “me time” (is that still a thing?).
This DIY post is specifically for a purchased craft kit that you can find on my Etsy shop HERE.
Rainbow Yarn Wall Hanging Craft Kit Instructions
This craft kit is recommended for all skill levels; however, due to the use of a hot glue gun parental supervision is required.
Step One: Gather Your Supplies
In this purchased craft kit, you will receive:
- 10 Feet of Yarn in the following colors:
- Lime Green
- 220 Feet of White Yarn
- One 6 inch Wooden Dowel
- 2 Precut White Felt Clouds
Additionally, you will need: a pair of sharp Scissors, a Hot Glue Gun, and a Tape Measurer (or whatever measuring tool you have).
Once you have your supplies, you can get started.
Step Two: Cut the Colored Yarn
Working with one color at a time, cut five strips of yarn, each measuring two feet in length.
Continue until all of the colors have been cut, keep them in same colored piles . Then, cut one single strand of white yarn, also measuring two feet in length.
Step Three: Attach the Colored Yarn to the Dowel
Remember that you can add the colors in any pattern you wish, this is just how I created my rainbow.
The colored yarn will be attached to the dowel by using cow hitch knots.
Start by laying down the wooden dowel and the single strand of white yarn on your work surface together centering the two, as shown below. Doing this will allow the white yarn to be attached to the wooden dowel underneath of all of the colored knots. Next, taking one pile of colored yarn and fold it in half. Lay the folded yarn over the dowel and white yarn, as shown below.
This video below will show you how to create a cow hitch knot; however, it does not show the white strand of yarn, so please do not be confused by its absence.
Then, simply continue making knots with one color at a time, until all of the colored yarn is attached to the dowel rod.
Step Four: Create Pom Poms for the Cloud
To make the pom poms for the clouds, use the spool of white yarn. Measure the size of each pom pom using your fingers. I have chubby fingers, so you may need to adjust the sizing; however, I used two fingers for the small pom poms, two ‘spread out’ fingers for the middle sized pom poms, and three fingers for the large pom poms. Wrap the yarn around your finger 20-30 times, until you think your pom pom is thick enough, as shown below.
Next, cut a small (about 3-4 inch) piece of yarn. Then, wrap the cut piece of yarn around the yarn on your finger and make a knot, as shown below. Wiggle the wrapped yarn off of your fingers and tighten the knot until the wrapped yarn is secured.
After the wrapped yarn is secured, cut the loops, as shown below in the photo to the left. Next, trim the pom pom to create a curved shape.
What if my pom pom isn’t perfect?
The pom poms will later be glued to the side of the clouds, so your pom pom does not have to be a sphere, it can be a half-sphere.
Also, if your pom poms are just too small, you can take two of them and place them side-by-side on the cloud to appear as one, as shown below.
Create as many pom poms as you need to cover the cloud; however, I created and used four large pom poms, two medium pom poms, and two small pom poms. Just as a reminder for sizing… I used two fingers for the small pom poms, two spread out fingers for the middle size, and three fingers for the large pom poms; also, my fingers are cubby.
Step Five: Assemble and Attach the Front of the Cloud
The craft kit comes with two felt clouds; one is solid and the other has four small slits into it. Use the cloud with the small slits first. This cloud will cover the knots of rainbow yarn on the dowel rod and will also be covered in pom poms.
First, take the white yarn and thread it through the slits of the cloud, starting under the cloud through the first slit going up above the cloud and finally through the second slit back down under the cloud, as shown below. Follow the same steps for the other set of slits on the cloud.
I suggest first laying out the pom poms to help you have a visual plan for where you would like them to be glued. Because the two clouds are the same size, the easiest way to do this is to lay out the pom poms on the cloud that has not yet been used, as shown below.
Then, you can simply transfer the pom poms, one at a time, from the unused cloud to the cloud already attached to the yarn hanging, by glueing the pom poms in place with a dollop of hot glue per each pom pom.
Step Six: Attach the Back of the Cloud
The unused felt cloud shape, is the back of the cloud (the one with no holes). Attaching the back of the cloud is going to hold the front cloud into place and give the wall hanging a polished look.
To attach the back of the cloud, first flip your project so that the back is exposed. Then, take the unused cloud shape and align it with the front of the cloud. Once the two felt clouds are aligned, glue them together, sandwiching the white yarn into place. Start at the top of the cloud and work your way down, as shown below.
Glue the clouds together around the dowel rod, on both sides, as shown below. This will ensure that the colored yarn will not fall off of the dowel and will give the finished project a cleaner finish.
Step Seven: Trim the Bottom of the Yarn
Once the project is finished, you may have uneven yarn. To remedy this, simply cut the bottom edge. You could also do something cooler like curving the bottom in a “u” shape, or like a downward arrow, or in a zigzag pattern, or in a slant; you just follow your creative heart.
Random ideas that you could do to personalize your Rainbow Yarn Wall Hanging…
- Any of the trimming ideas from Step Seven
- Braid some of the yarn pieces
- Unravel some of the yarn to make it fluffier
- Display it with other one of a kind Unplanned Whimsy products… I couldn’t help myself 😉
- Use it to hold your hair clips, bows, pins, or flowers
Step Eight: Enjoy!
Thank you for crafting with me!
You did a wonderful job. I know it looks beautiful.