Intro: Yarn-Wrapped LOVE
This is the finished look.
Eventually I didn't make everything horizontally or vertically, I just made sure everything was firm. I like the outcome though :D
As you can see I went criss-cross with the V to make sure every part was covered.
Here are some problems I ran into while making it:
1. The letter O was quite difficult to make and the rest of the letters...I'm sure they're not straight.
2. Cutting it with scissors wasn't the smartest idea.
3. My cardboard was kinda thin so it would bend when I wrapped the yarn over the longer parts because I tied the yarn pretty tight.
4. Some letters are difficult to wrap, for me the hardest was V.
What I'd recommend:
1. Print the letters out and glue it on the cardboard so you can cut it out easier and straighter.
2. Use a rotary cutter, box cutter or something and a cutting mat.
3. Use two layers of cardboard or use letters you bought somewhere. Just make sure it's firm ;)
4. Glue some little pieces of yarn on the parts you can't wrap easily, go criss-cross or cut some part of the cardboard off. I ended up cutting the tops of the V so that it was the same direction of the yarn wrapping, that made it a lot easier. Just play with it and you'll figure something out ;)
Step 1: What You Need:
- Heavy books
Step 2: Design
Start your design, and cut them out. It can be whatever word or letters you want.
You can also make whatever size you want. The length of mine are 20 cm and the width of L, O & E are 15 cm and of the V is 20 cm. You have to keep in mind that it'll be bigger with the yarn, especially if you use more layers of yarn.
Step 3: First Layer
Start wrapping, you can start horizontally, vertically or criss-cross, it's up to you. Use some glue on the back so you can be sure that your first layer will stay in place for the next layers.
I went with three layers (except for the O) so I could be sure everything's covered and you don't see any cardboard. The V was my biggest hurdle and that's the main reason I decided to do three layers (in step 5 you can see why exactly).
Step 4: Drying
Because I used glue I put some heavy books on the letters, while I started wrapping the next letter so it would dry a little faster and it would be flat.
Step 5: Second Layer
Wrap you second and third layer. You can even do more if you're still not satisfied with it, or just do one if you're satisfied with that. ;)
(the pictures are of the second layer)
Step 6: Finished!
This is what I did with it, I hanged it above some DIY I'd already done earlier. I am planning on making more of those (soon) so I might make an instructable of those too ;)