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Valentine’s Day:: Yarn Wrapped Letters

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I mentioned last week that I was guest posting over at How To Nest For Less and sharing a little Valentine’s Day project.
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I wanted to share the full tutorial here today just in case you missed it!I’m typically not one to decorate for Valentine’s Day, but thought it would be fun to make a little something this year.

Yarn was on sale at my local craft store, so I decided to make some yarn wrapped letters spelling out LOVE.

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Instead of using traditional Valentine’s Day colors (red & pink)  I went with a fun yellow & blue, with a touch of gray.Here’s what you need to make your own.

Yarn
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Cardboard Letters
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I decided I wanted to spell out LOVE. You could actually do this for a lot of holidays. Like ‘JOY’ for Christmas, ‘BOO’ for Halloween…you get the point.
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Wait. Did you notice something wrong with my letters? Yes, you are seeing things correctly. That is a ‘Q’ and not an ‘O.’ The one snag was that my local craft store didn’t have the letter ‘O.’ But, I had set my mind on this project, so I found a way to make it work.

I bought a ‘Q’ and cut off the tail outside..
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and inside.

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Voila! Now you have an ‘O.’
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The next step was to start wrapping.
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I just wrapped the entire letter in one direction, then went back and wrapped in the opposite direction.
The ‘O’ was the tricky letter to wrap. Since there was an opening, I had to push the wad of yarn through the opening and continue wrapping all the way around.

Instead of just leaving the letters yellow and blue, I decided to wrap a little gray around each letter as well.
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I just think it gives it a fun texture.

Here’s what the L and V looked like before wrapping them with the gray yarn.
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And here’s the final result again.
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Here’s a close up of some of the letters.
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This project was super simple and only took a few hours. It’s a great project to work on while watching mindless TV ;)

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Happy early Valentine’s Day!

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Yarn Inspired Set Design

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I’m getting over a nasty bug so I didn’t accomplish too much last week. But, one thing I did accomplish was doing a little set designing for an event at work.
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The event was an album presentation for the lovely Audrey Assad. {Her record, Heart, comes out on Feb. 14 and you should definitely go get it…sorry, shameless plug ;) }I actually started working on some of the decorations for this event over Christmas break so I was excited to finally see how it would all come together.

When researching ideas for decorations, I came across these gorgeous yarn chandeliers.

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Aren’t they so pretty?

I decided to attempt to make some myself to hang from stage. From there a ‘yarn’ theme emerged for the overall event.

Here’s what the stage ended up looking like when it was all said and done.
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I think it ended up looking great! Just a few subtle and simple touches here and there. I’ll be posting a tutorial for the yarn chandeliers hopefully next week.

I hung them with fishing wire from the ceiling. Here’s an in progress shot.
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And here’s a close up shot once they were hung right before the event.
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Since the album title is Heart, I wrapped letters in yarn spelling out Heart and put them near the center of the stage.
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I propped up some of the letters with books and included some balls of yarn in the vingnette. {The balls of yarn are actually some of the leftover balloons from the chandeliers just wrapped with yarn}.
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Here’s a close up look of the left side of the stage.
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And here’s a close up of the right side.
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For the little side table chests in between the chairs, I had some leftover chandeliers that I didn’t really need to hang, so I just put them on and in front of the chests. I also wrapped the vases with yarn.
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Here’s a final shot of the stage again.
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Audrey hand drew out her lyrics from the album {which looked amazing by the way} and we put them together in a ‘book’ to give to everyone that came. To continue with the ‘yarn’ theme, we bound them all together with yarn.
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I think it was a cute touch.

We usually always try to provide some sort of ‘treat.’ This adorable bakery in Nashville called Dozen-A Nashville Sweet Shop, made these cookies and wrote out ‘heart’ on each one.
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I also wrapped a few more balloons in yarn and put them on the table with the food just to have a little table decor.
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Overall, I think everything turned out great and Audrey did an amazing job! I always have fun coming up with ideas for these events and making it all happen. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. :)

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