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Danielle Lyrette

Ladies, I am happy to report that one of my first DIY projects for my wedding cost me a total of twenty-five cents!

DIY project yarn letters
Check out my yarn letters… and my toes!



– cardboard

– yarn

– stapler

This was a super easy and fun project to create decorative yarn letters. I think I am going to put them on the head table right in front of me and fiance.

Step one: Draw your letters on the cardboard. The more square you can make your letters, the better. My first prototype was very curvy, and it turns out, very hard to wrap with yarn. I abandoned them for this design.

DIY project yarn letters

Step two: cut out your letters.

Step three: Take one of the letters and staple a piece of yarn to it. Don’t get too hung up on where you start. You’ll end up going every-which-way no matter what.

DIY project yarn letters

Step four: Start wrapping! I learned quickly that you can’t be too neurotic about this. While you should be wrapping the yarn tightly right beside itself each time for maximum coverage, you will have to double-back over places you’ve wrapped before to make it cover every part of the cardboard. For example, on the “L” I wrapped the bottom of the letter vertically first, then doubled-back over the bottom horizontally, then made my way up the tall part of the letter horizontally, then I wrapped the tall part of the letter vertically. It’s the only way you can get the yarn to cover all the edges and give you that fully-covered look. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the “L” wrapping, but the “O” will give you a sense of how all over the place you will be.

DIY project yarn letters


Step five: When you’re done wrapping everything tightly, wrap it a few more times chaotically. Not only does this look rustic and cute, it also covers up any randomness/errors/differences in your coverage-wrapping.

Step six: When you’re done, tie the end of your string to whatever other strings you can.

Step seven: repeat!


A few tips:

  • If you’re spelling a four-letter word, use the cardboard from the bottom of 24 cans of pop. It makes it easy to divide and all your letters will be to scale.
  • Make your letters as square as possible. Wrapping curves is tricky because the yarn doesn’t have anything to stay taut on. I could only wrap the curves of the “O” at the end because it had other yarn to grip to.
  • If you’re spelling LOVE, wrap your “O” last, or when you have a small ball of yarn. You will have to pass the ball of yarn through the middle. The “O” took the same amount of time to wrap as the “L”, “V”, and “E” combined.
  • If you wrap too tight and/or your cardboard is weak, the cardboard may begin to buckle once you have a good amount on it. This sucks because it looks like you have to undo everything–you don’t. I found this can be rectified by slipping a wooden BBQ skewer (basically a giant toothpick) under the yarn you’ve already wrapped for reinforcement.

Wrapping the letters took only one ball of yarn and the cardboard came from the recycling dumpster behind our apartment. I bought “mill-ends” yarn from Wal-Mart. I got 4 balls for $1.00, therefore making the word LOVE a total of $0.25! BAM!

I plan on setting the letters on tiny decorative plate stands on the head table . The link says they’re $3.00 each, but our local Dollarama has them 2/$1.00. And, I may not even need to buy them, as my Grandma says she thinks she has some. SCORE!

I have other crafty plans for the remaining three balls of yarn that I will share with you at a later date.

Happy yarn wrapping! <3


Danielle Lyrette

is an English teacher from Ottawa, ON, Canada! Before teaching, I was an event planner at the University of Ottawa for the Faculty of Arts. I love reading, experimenting with gluten-free recipes for my hunny, and being crafty!