This DIY Wallhanging was made with an older scarf and yarn scraps! It's super easy to make, and a beautiful DIY project that will make a gorgeous addition to your home.

No-Knit DIY Wall Hanging + Peek Into Our Bedroom!

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Today I’m excited to show you all how to make this beautiful no-knit DIY wall hanging from a scarf and some yarn, and to give you a peek into part of our bedroom! As the weather gets chillier here in the Bay Area and our apartment feels colder, I’ve been looking for some nice ways to upgrade our style and make things feel warmer by looking warmer. It’s pop psychology really, but so far it’s been working out nicely.

I finally found the perfect thrifted rug for our bedroom at Out Of The Closet for only $40, which has made getting out of bed a real possibility. Our floors get super cold. That left our walls looking a little bare in comparison. I’ve been slowly adding to our walls over time; I’m a slow nester. I don’t rush into anything I don’t think fits our space because I almost always regret it. 

DIY wall hanging made from a knitted scarf and yarn.

My mom gave me this cream scarf that she grew tired of that was just slightly the wrong shade of cream for my complexion. I cast it aside for awhile, kept trying it on, and every time I picked it up and kept thinking how I really wanted to hang it on the wall instead of around my neck. That, turned out to be a fantastic idea because I was able to design this cute DIY wall hanging tutorial for you all AND our bedroom has never looked better.

I’ve always loved the simplicity and intricacy of woven wall hangings, but it’s not a luxury that I find myself able to buy. I recently went to a fiber conference where weavers were doing demos. A friend and I even had the opportunity to try out a loom, and it was pretty cool! That said, I don’t think I’m the weaving type. I really admired the patience and artistry of the women who were regular weavers, but I didn’t feel inspired to take up weaving as an art or craft. I did, however, incorporate some weaving aesthetics into this wall-hanging through sewing yarn into the layers of the scarf. One could call it faux-weaving.

Bedroom with DIY wall hanging, and black and white bed decor.

About our bedroom, here are some fun little tidbits to share! The black mass on the bed is our cat, Stella. She refused to face the camera for the picture. As you might remember from my compostable wreath tutorial, she’s quite the rascal!  I made the paint splattered pillow last year from canvas and acrylic paint. The fuzzy pillows I sewed years ago, also from a scarf. Amanda hates them because they itch, but I’ve never minded them.  The embroidered lampshades we thrifted but I saw them at Target a little while later so I assume that’s where they originally came from. The small wooden box on Amanda’s side of the bed usually has cough drops in it.

The nightstands both came from the street. the brown and white one I found years ago not far from my mom’s apartment building. The tall white one I found while on my way to buy a nightstand, I kid you not. It was the ugliest color green and I painted it white. I’m pretty minimalist, I love simple things. My favorite thing in the world is falling asleep and waking up in a nicely ordered bed, which Amanda also thinks is quite eccentric. She could sleep in a pile of sheets and not care.

Minimalist bedroom with DIY wall hanging and black cat.

Regarding the DIY wall hanging, any long scarf will do for this project, but one with tassels will mean that you won’t have to make the bottom row of tassels (unless you want to). If you don’t have a scarf readily available, thrift stores are full of them at this time of year. I used wool yarn. I suppose acrylic would work too but I like that wool instantly classes things up. The wooden dowel you can find at any hardware store.

How To Make a No-Knit DIY Wall Hanging 

Supplies: 

Make a DIY wall hanging from a scarf, yarn, wood dowel, and scissors.

  • 1 long scarf
  • Yarn in two contrasting colors, I chose dark gray and cream
  • Yarn needle – sometimes these are called “darning needles”
  • Scissors
  • 1 wood dowel, size of your choice
  • Needle and thread
  • Optional: Yarn scraps for weaving into hanging. You can also just use your contrasting yarn.

Instructions:

1. Cut your scarf in half, and then cut 1/3 off the top off the halves. Trim your smaller piece at a diagonal, and put the excess aside to use for later.

           Scarf cut up for wall hanging.  Scarf cut at diagonal.

2. Sew your long pieces together down the middle, and then your small pieces. To make your seam relatively invisible, first, thread your yarn needle with yarn. Insert your needle into the first stitch through the back, and pull your yarn through. Next, insert your needle under the next stitch above the stitch you just pulled from, and draw your needle across to the stitch met on the otherside. Pull yarn through, and repeat on the other side and up the length of your two halves.

         Sewing knitted pieces together with yarn needle. Joining knitted pieces together with yarn needle.

When finished, your pieces should look like this (I laid them on top of each other, to get an idea of how the hanging will come together):

Knitted pieces sewn together to make a DIY wallhanging.

3. Use your needle and thread to sew a few stitches down the length of your diagonal smaller pieces, so the stitches don’t unravel.

Protecting cut knitted pieces from fraying by sewing the edges.

4. Make your tassels:  I made 21 tassels, enough for the entire pointy edge of my smaller piece. You’ll need to decide how many of each color to make. I made 9 grey ones and 12 cream ones, for the design I wanted.

To make the tassels, wrap your yarn around your hand or a piece of cardboard about 15 times.

Cut a long piece of yarn (longer than you think you’ll need) and tie the end around the middle of the yarn loop you just created and thread the other end into your yarn needle.

Wrap your long piece of yarn a few times around the top of your loop, to make it look like a tassel. Insert your needle beneath the wrapped part going down towards the long loops on the bottom and pull your yarn through. Then, insert your needle beneath the wrapped part again, on the other side going up, and pull it through.

Next, insert your needle through the middle of your bauble and wrap it around twice. On the second wrap, pull your yarn through the loop to tie it off. Cut your long loop open so you have a tassel. You can also follow this technique from Martha Stewart on how to make a tassel if you’re super duper confused. It’s a little different than mine, but…you still get a tassel.

Wrapping yarn around hand to make a tassel.   Tying yarn together to make a tassel.

             Wrapping tassels in yarn.  Pulling yarn end up through tassel.

Finishing of handmade tassel.  Knotting up DIY tasselt.

Handmade tassels made for DIY wall hanging.

5. Begin sewing your tassels onto your diagonal edges of your smaller piece using your yarn needle. There’s no science behind this, just make sure that you knot off each tassel on the wrong edge.

Sewing tassels onto DIY wall hanging.

Adding tassels to a knitted DIY wall hanging.

6. Lay your smaller piece on your larger piece, ends together. Take the small pieces that you cut off before to create your pointed diagonal edge, and lay them on the top of the smaller piece to make another point.

Layer a DIY wall hanging from a scarf.

With your yarn (or yarn scraps as I used), begin to sew your smallest pieces to both the large and medium piece using crude large stitches. There is also no science to this, you might find a style you like and stick with it. I started out using single strands of yarn, but switched to double strands of yarn because I liked the style better and it was faster! I left the ends on the back unknotted, and just left a long strand to hold it in place.

Sewing a layered DIY wall hanging together with yarn.

Partially sewn DIY wall hanging.

Just make sure you completely sew down the edges so they don’t ravel or look sloppy.

DIY wall hanging, woven together.

DIY wall hanging from a scarf and lots of scrap yarn!

8. Sew a running stitch at the top of your piece with yarn, about 3/4 from the edge. This will hold the piece together and make sure it doesn’t unravel.

Attaching DIY wall hanging to wooden dowel.

9. Align your wall hanging with your wooden dowel. Double-thread your yarn needle with a very very long piece of yarn. You’ll probably have to replenish your yarn a few times on this step. Insert your yarn through the back of the piece, BELOW the stitches you’ve just inserted at the top, and wrap it around the dowel, sewing the dowel to the yarn. Continue until the whole piece is attached to the dowel.

Sewing a DIY wall hanging to a wooden dowel using yarn.

Finished DIY wall hanging, ready to be hung.

10. Finally, tie a long piece of yarn to the dowel to hang your piece with, and put it on the wall!

DIY wall hanging with contrasting tassels, attached to a wooden dowel.

Salvage & Stitch: DIY No-Knit Wall Hanging. This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful wall hanging from a scarf, yarn, and a wooden dowel.

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