Yarn Wrapped Letters for Fall

I was shopping at Paper Source the other week and came across these cute little cardboard letters. I immediately had visions of mod podging them with scrapbook paper to create something along the lines of what Artsy Fartsy Mama did with her adorable monster letters.

So I set to work. And ended up with this:

I hated it. It looks tacky and cheap. I didn’t like the paint or the paper and this definitely isn’t something I was going to display in my house. So I asked a couple of my crafty blogger friends how I could spice this up and make it better. Someone suggested using burlap… and thats when my creative juices started to flow!

First order of business was to cover up the hideous paint and paper. You know how much I love yarn, and I had the perfect fall colors by Vanna’s Choice on hand. So I got out my hot glue gun and started wrapping the letters in yarn. It helps to hot glue the first couple rows down and then you can start wrapping a couple rows and hot gluing here or there or when needed.

Next, I used felt and burlap to create leaves, rosettes and an acorn embellishment.

I cut leaf shapes out of felt and stitched around the edges with yarn and a tapestry needle. I cut a piece of burlap in a leaf shape that was slightly larger than the felt leaf and hot glued the two together.

To make the rosettes I cute a 2 inch circle out of felt (don’t worry if the circle isn’t perfect). Then cut it into a spiral. Roll up the spiral felt and use a dab of hot glue here and there to help it all stick together.

Hot glue all embellishments onto the letters (yes this project takes a lot of hot glue!)

Here are some up close views of the embellishments

Since the letters have yarn on the bottom, they don’t stand up so well on their own. I thought it would be cute to frame them and that would also give me the option of hanging them or just leaning them on a mantel (or table). I lucked out and found these 8×10 rust colored wood frames at the Dollar Store! When I saw them, I knew they were PERFECT! I took the glass out and mod podged burlap directly onto the backing. Then I warmed up my hot glue gun one more time and glue the letters in the center of each frame.

I went from hating my Fall letters, to absolutely LOVING them! Even my husband commented on how nice they look! I think this was the perfect project to welcome the first day of fall :)



  1. says

    As you know….I am kinda really in love with these 😉 I usually shy away from anything that uses a needle or yarn because I don't have a clue where to start with such things, but this??! Oh, yeah! I can do it! {well, your tutorial makes me think I can, hehe} Great tutorial and a beautiful outcome too! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I thought the letters looks fine with paper, but I am totally WOWed at how they look now! Love, Love, Love! The little embellishments add the perfect touch. Pinned! I need to make my own.

  3. says

    I love all of the different textures! My weekly linky party–One Creative Weekend–has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.)

  4. says

    Thank you so much for linking to Homa Style’s No Orange Autumn Display Link Party. Your fall lettering is sweet and I was excited to show it to my readers. Homa Style will be hosting a Simple Holiday Handmade Gift Idea Link Party {Please no sale items} on Oct 31. Hope to see you there. Thanks again!

  5. says

    Sarah, this is a great tutorial! Your fall letters are adorable. Thank you for sharing them at Project Queen's Link Party last week. I will be featuring them tomorrow night (Monday) at the highlight party!

  6. says

    You know I love these, but on the frames they are perfection! Great job Sarah!

    Thanks for linking up to the CHQ Blog Hop, best of luck in this week's giveaway!

    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

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