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I’ve been thinking about actually doing up my mantle in Halloween decor this year, and one of the things I wanted to do was some yarn-wrapped letters, so I figured now was the perfect time.
The hardest part about this project is winding your yarn balls small enough so they fit in the hole in the letter so you can easily wrap the yarn around.
I spelled “Boo,” and admittedly the B is a little tricky (it didn’t help that I was doing it in dim light while watching TV) but it’s more time consuming than actually difficult.
What You’ll Need
- papier mache letters (I used B, O, O and got them at Jo-Ann)
- black paint and paintbrush (optional)
- black yarn (I used Lion Brand Homespun)
- white glue
What You’ll Do
- If you want, paint the letters. I did this just so if there were any places where the yarn wasn’t perfect, you’d only see black. Allow to dry.
- Wind yarn into small balls so it can pass through the holes in the letters.
- Put a small amount of glue on the letter and begin to wind the yarn around. On the Os, I probably only glued in three or four spots. The B was trickier because you end up with triangular spots you can’t really wrap and have to just fold the yarn onto and glue down, so you’ll need more glue there.
- Keep going until the whole letter is covered.
- Lean against the wall on the mantle. Cue scary music.
I think they came out really cute. I like the texture on the Homespun yarn; I think it makes it a little creepier.
How do you decorate the mantel for Halloween? I’d love to hear!