DIY Wall Hanging Tutorial
I'm an avid thrifter. I usually hit up some sort of second hand store once a week. It's a problem really. I love the mix of luck and digging. It's a fun mix of feelings. The element of luck is undeniable. There's so much chance and unpredictability associated with thrifting which can be exhilarating. You never know what you're going to find. But there's also an element of skill because you have to be able to dig through piles of junk to find the gems. It's like treasure hunting but without a map. You have to be able to recognize the good quality items and weed out the rest. I have found so many home decor items while thrifting. Really, it's my primary shopping source.
On a recent excursion I found something that got me excited, even though I wasn't sure what it was. I'm still not sure to be honest. But I love it anyway. It's a handmade rug. Or tapestry. Or something. For the sake of this post lets call it a rug, even though it looks like it has never been stepped on. It's individual pieces of yarn wrapped around a plastic mesh back. So like 100s and 100s of tiny pieces of yarn tied into knots to make an image. The rug features three people holding hands and the people appear to be in northern maybe Inuit clothing. The colours are lovely and retro looking. I'm thinking the 1970s? Maybe? I spotted it immediately among the racks of linens and knew I had to have it. I knew right away it should be hung on the wall. I just needed to figure out how. Once I go it up on the wall I figured I should share how I did it with a DIY tutorial. So here we go.
- A item to hang (something that you can sew fabric onto the back without seeing the thread on the front)
- scrap fabric
- needle and thread
- wooden dowel cut to the right size (mine was 48 inches)
- two wall hooks and hardware
For the hooks, I had originally intended to use the adhesive command hooks but the wooden dowel didn't fit on that style of hook. So I found so coat hooks instead. Like the ones below only white. And you only need two, not five.
1. Lay out the item you want to hang on a big work surface like a table or floor. Lay it out with the right side facing down so you can see the back. You’re going to attach three squares of fabric on the back of the item along the top.
2. Take your spare fabric and cut out three good size squares. The squares have to be big enough to cover the wooden dowel. Arrange the squares along the top of the item. Put one square at each end and one in the middle. Get out your sewing kit. Find the thread that is the same colour as the item you want to hang. For example my hanging was yellow so I used yellow thread. Next handstitch each square onto the item. Do this by sewing along the top and bottom of the square leaving the sides open so the dowel can slide through.
3. The next step is to hang the darn thing. Decide where it will go and get out your trusty level (laser or otherwise). When hanging anything on the wall you want it to be straight. Hang the two hooks so that you won't see them once the item is hung. Then it will look like the item is floating on the wall. So you'll want to measure a couple inches in from each side of the piece and mount the hooks there. We needed to use a drill to get our hooks into the wall. Make sure the two hooks are level before you start drilling. Once the hooks are in simply place the dowel through the squares and then hang the dowel on the hooks. Ta da! Step back and enjoy the much needed colour and texture you've just brought to your room. Textiles are such a perfect way to make a room interesting.