I had some leftover rope and yarn from my last rainbow wall hanging, so I thought- maybe I could make a small one for Don’s room! The plan is to hang it on his nightstand and it’ll be an adorable decoration for his room. If you’d like to make one too (I figured this would be adorable for a nursery too, below is the tutorial for how to easily make a mini macrame rainbow wall hanging
First up, I thought I’d share some behind the scenes. If you follow my blog closely, you might have noticed that for the past 4-5 days, I haven’t shared any new projects (until this one). I was working on my bathroom and had a lot of projects planned for in there. Then we opened up the wall and WHAM- termites. Those had to be sprayed so I had to stop work in there until that was taken care of. It felt like a massive road block.
But then that led to me feeling a little lost. I’m always thinking about my next projects. Because, really, I’m happiest when I’m creating something! But I just felt empty. No ideas. Stuck. I think it’s ok to acknowledge that sometimes that happens. I’ve noticed the cycle creativity naturally takes in my life- I plan things, I do things, then I rest (as little as possible!) and start all over again. A person can’t always be putting things out without refueling.
So that’s what I did- I refueled. And then on Friday I pulled a muscle in my leg (it hurt so bad!) and that forced more of this pause so I could rest my leg. I read, played with my son, did some needle point, scrolled Pinterest, took a bath. Mostly, I gave myself some slack from feeling guilty from not sharing anything. Slowly, by Sunday, the ideas started coming back. I felt excited about projects! Yay! So I started brainstorming how I’ll do them and ordering supplies!
I think, part of my “writer’s block” was that we’re prepping to go back to Utah next month (you can read more about that here). It’s a lot of work to prep a house to rent it out (even if it’ll only be a little over 2 months that we’ll be gone). So a lot of my energy has been going towards that. We’re excited to be close to friends and family (after we self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival to our house. Then be really careful when we do see people).
Also, I’m so excited to see and live in our Logan house for a bit! I miss so many things about it. Like the rainbow stairs! And she shed! Mostly, I’m missing spending spring there- the lilacs are almost blooming and I SURE hope I get to see them in a bit of their glory. It’ll be good, but until then, I’ll be busy with projects around here! Plus my leg is feeling better so that’s good! Let’s start with that mini rainbow-
how to make a mini macrame rainbow wall hanging
- 5′ of 3/4″ twisted cotton rope cut to 17″, 14″, 12.5″, and 10″
- Baby Pink Yarn you’ll need around 40′
- Lemon Yarn you’ll need around 38′
- Frosty Green Yarn you’ll need around 36′
- Aruba Sea Yarn you’ll need around 30′
- Fabric Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun
- Painter’s Tape
- Pink Felted Wool Balls
1. Baby Pink Yarn you’ll need around 40′ / 2. Pink Felted Wool Balls you’ll need 11 / 3. Lemon Yarn you’ll need around 38′ / 4. Frosty Green Yarn you’ll need around 36′ / 5. 5′ of 3/4″ twisted cotton rope cut to 17″, 14″, 12.5″, and 10″ / 6. Aruba Sea Yarn you’ll need around 30′ /
Start by arranging your rope in a rainbow shape. That’ll give you a good a good starting point for where you’ll start cutting. Use that as a guide line for cutting the first arch. For the following arches, lay them inside each other and use that for where to cut.
Or, if you’re using the same rope as I am and wanting a this same cute little size rainbow wall hanging, cut the rope to 17″, 15″, 12.5″, and 10″.
Make sure to put painter’s tape or masking tape at the ends before cutting to prevent the rope from fraying. You’ll need good scissors to cut this rope (I used fabric scissors). The rope very thick and takes awhile to cut. You kind of have to gnaw away at the rope as you cut through it. The rope that is covered in tape is what will become the cloud/ fringe!
Side note, in an earlier rainbow wall hanging tutorial, I added wire so that the rainbow will keep its shape. Because I’m using thicker rope, it’ll hold it’s shape without any wire. Yay for eliminating a step! I’ve now tried it twice without wire and I promise, it’s not necessary as long as you glue the arches together in the shape you want them.
After you have the knot, start wrapping the yarn up the rope. It will cover up the tail of the knot. Make sure to wrap the yarn tightly as you go up the rope so you don’t leave any gaps. Pay attention to how tight you wrap the yarn and try to keep the same tension on all the arches. If you pull the yarn tighter on one strand, that one will be longer and won’t match up.
This is the part of the project that will take the longest. It’s slow, but somewhat calming to keep your hands busy. This is the perfect project while watching a show or during a car ride. Since I’ve done this project before and it’s a smaller size, it probably took me an hour to wrap the all 4 strands.
At the end of the rope, right before the painter’s tape, tie a knot at the end and cut the tail off. Position the knot on the inside of the arch so it’ll be covered by the next arch. Repeat wrapping the yarn over the rope with each color.
Before the rainbow is glued together, tie a loop of yarn around the third layer. Use the same color as the third layer (I did the green). This will be camouflage since it matches the green and is the sturdiest way to create a way to hang the rainbow.
Finally, it’s time to line up the rainbow. Use a hot glue gun to connect the pieces together. Look at each strand and decide which side should be the front and back (the back should be where the knots from starting and ending the yarn are). Make sure to put the glue in on the back so that you can’t see it from the front.
If you’d rather, you could also use a needle and thread to sew the arches of the rainbow together. Though I think that’d take much longer and if you glue from the back of the rainbow, you can’t see it from the front.
After the rainbow is glued together, remove the painter’s tape and unravel the rope. Isn’t it already looking cute?! You can use a comb or a pet brush to unravel the the rope. Or you can simply use your fingers to untwist the strands of rope.
Ta da! Here it is on my son’s nightstand. To attach it, I just used another piece of yarn and tied it onto the pull with a bow. It might be a little girly, but I love it and Don loves it so who cares?!
One of the things I was excited with this project is that I used all items I already had on hand! For me, taking something I have and making it into something special feels really good. This was a great little project to get my creative juices going again. I hope you love it too!
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