We are wrapping up our projects for our week five of the One Room Challenge. If you’ve been following along for this room transformation, when we started I created this DIY fluted rainbow out of leftover scrap wood. I loved it, however I wasn’t loving the shape of it once her bedroom was coming together. I still had some leftover plywood from her DIY arch bed, so I decided to pivot and create something new. Today I’m going to show you how I made a DIY yarn rainbow!
First you’ll want to grab your template. You can obviously free hand this part, however I’ve never had the best luck creating the perfect rainbow arch. That’s why I resorted to my go-to Block Poster. I’m not sure if you’ve ever used Block poster, but I’ve been using it since 2009 when I attempted to decorate our first apartment.
Essentially Block poster allows you to re scale images and print larger. I found an arch rainbow on google, brought it into Photoshop to remove some of the background. (This is totally not necessary for normal templates, however I was planning on utilizing the lines on the rainbow.
I imported my photo into Block poster and chose the 2 page width option. This size would fit perfectly between her DIY arch bed and DIY play kitchen! Let me show you guys what I’m talking about in the form of photos to better explain!
Print your template from Block poster if you’re not planning on free handing your creation.
Next cut out your template. Make sure to place your template together before cutting. There might be an area that you shouldn’t cut depending on how it printed.
Place your now cut out template onto whatever material you’re using. I’m cutting my DIY yarn rainbow out of plywood. You could tape this down if you feel more comfortable tracing it that way. I skipped that step and just went for it.
Holding my rainbow template in place, I traced around it with a pencil onto my plywood.
Once your template has been traced, cut it out. I’m using my jigsaw to cut out my DIY yarn rainbow.
This is what your rainbow will look like once it’s cut out of your plywood.
This is the part I was explaining earlier in the post about keeping my template to utilize the lines. I knew I wanted to incorporate yarn, so to make this embroidered vision come to life, first I marked every other line on both sides.
Next I grabbed my drill and drill bit and just randomly made a small indent with the drill going up the lines. You could obviously measure, but that wasn’t super important to me. I like the imperfectness of it.
Below is what your rainbow will look like once you remove your paper template from the top. You’ll notice I made small tic marks with the drill bit tip so that I would know where to drill all the way through.
Here’s a closer look of the drill bit holes.
This is what my plywood looked like once I drilled all the holes through with my drill and drill bit.
I decided to paint my plywood to match the wall. You’ll obviously want to do this step before embroidering your yarn as it would be pretty difficult to do later.
Finally, once the paint is dry, you’ll grab your plastic needle and yarn and start embroidering. I didn’t have a game plan for this pattern, I just winged the entire thing to my liking. Go crazy with it!
I wanted to semi follow the lines that were on the template. To do this I had to go in and out every other hole, and then come back down the same line and hit the holes I missed to create the entire line. (If you follow us on Instagram, there are more behind the scenes of this process saved to our DIY yarn rainbow highlights!)
Here’s how my rainbow looked once all the yarn was finished. You’ll notice I had a slight hiccup on the top. I plan on fixing that with some trim work, so I’m not going to over think it.
Lastly, I wanted to add long lines for height. I simply turned the rainbow over, placed some yarn on the bottom of it and made it the length I wanted. Remember if it’s too long once you hang it on your wall, you can always trim with scissors! I did 15 on each side.
The next two steps aren’t fancy AT ALL. I didn’t have any felt on hand, so I literally just used the Block poster template paper to secure to the back of the rainbow using hot glue.
I also didn’t have a photo hanger on hand. No problem. This is my favorite hanging hack, a pop can top. I removed it off of a can of beer and simply hot glued it to the top.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my DIY yarn rainbow as part of our daughter’s bedroom transformation for the ORC! Make sure you check out the other weeks of the challenge below.
Stay tuned for the big reveal of the entire space next week! While you’re waiting, hop on over to Instagram and give us a follow! We’re almost to 10k and when we hit that goal we’re giving away a Tiki Brand fire pit bundle! Pin the graphic below on Pinterest to save this fun DIY yarn rainbow project for later!