Rule #5: When making a baby gift, complete and give the gift while the recipient is still a baby. When a close friend of mine mentioned that she loved the yarn monogram I made for R, I promised to make one for her newborn baby. Fast forward to many months later, the baby is about to turn one year old and the monogram is still sitting, unfinished, in my armiore. Ahem. Today, I decided I had to finish this adorable project. This craft is very flexible. While I added a painted wood embellishment, felt or ribbon flowers would be pretty too! This is a great way to use up those random balls of yarn you have sitting around. Materials: Small paintbrush Craft paint Small wood letters (about 1 1/2-2 inches) Paper Mache letter (I wouldn’t suggest wood, it’s hard to wrap the yarn around it) Yarn (approximately 1/2 a skein) Glue gun & glue sticks Embellishment (I used this wooden monkey) Step 1: Paint the letter carefully using the small brush. I used two coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly. Set aside.
Step 2: Plan how you will wrap the letter. Straight letters like A, T, L, are easier than letters with lots of curves like S, O, R. Cut several 3 inch lengths of yarn. Put a small amount of glue on the “ends” of the letter (see picture above) and press the yarn pieces down. Make sure they are close together. No brown should be visible when you are done.
Step 3: Place a small line of glue on the front of the letter, under the loose ends of the yarn. Press the yarn down firmly. Flip the letter over and do the same on the back. After the glue has hardened, trim the excess yarn.
Step 4: Glue the end of the yarn on the back of the letter. Allow the glue to harden. Then, starting just below the area you just covered, begin wrapping the yarn around the letter. A little glue under the yarn will keep it from slipping off. Don’t worry about covering the letter completely or neatly, we will do another layer on top. This layer simply needs to cover the sides of the letter.
Step 5: Keep wrapping the yarn around the letter. You may need to use some glue on certain areas, like on the curves, to keep the yarn from slipping. On the curves, it helps to overlap the yarn on the inside edge.
Step 6: Once you are finished wrapping the letter, glue the yarn to the back of the letter. Trim the end.
Step 7: Beginning at the same spot as before, wrap the yarn ACROSS the letter width wise. This step will help you get better coverage . You may need to glue the yarn down on the sides to keep it from slipping.
Step 8: Once you’ve wrapped the whole letter, glue the yarn to the back and trim the excess. Then, admire your handiwork! You could stop here, but then it wouldn’t be personalized. Step 9: Glue the letters and embellishments down. Admire your adorable new yarn letter! You can this on a door or wall using a small clear Command hook. I hope baby Sophia likes it! What’s your favorite DIY baby gift to make?
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