+ Yarn X & O

This ended up being lovely. I love yarn and especially if its on an X and an O together. I will say the O takes an hour or so, but the X takes a few nights of wrapping and glueing as you’re watching your husband play call of duty. Well, that was me anyway. And it turned out awesome on my mantle with my pages heart garland. I’m loving this crafting thing.
On another note, I’m SOOOOO excited! My sister-in-law Em Dickson (and brother Mike of course) is having her baby today! She was just induced an hour ago and I can’t wait to see that sweet little thing. Good luck to them. Give her some good luck or congrats over on her blog if you like!

Supplies:
X and an O, mine were $3 or $4 each
Yarn
Hot glue gun with a few extra sticks
or
Tacky glue
Instructions:

The O:

1. Tie one loop and hot glueing it in place in the back anywhere are the straight parts of the O. 
2. Then, wrapping the yarn passing it through the center and out a few times then squishing it back with your finger. Hot glue here and there to keep secure. Don’t worry about making it really tight because one, its easier and two, its faster and three, mistakes aren’t as noticeable.
The X:
1. Start the X off with hot glueing strips onto the end, I would quickly round 2 strips per hot glue strip. 2. Then cut off the ends off (I left an inch, but if I were to do an X again, I would cut them almost off to the end).
3. Wrap a single loop and hot glue it in place at the middle of the X.
4. Wrap more tightly then the O and hot glue the sides of the X every other side. ie. wrap once with hot gluing it on the right side of the X, then wrap again, and hot glue it on the left side the next time. So, every other loop on each side is glued. You can do this part how ever you want, you could do it with tacky glue and have more time to wrap (I wish I had tacky glue at the time because I think I would have done that). Do this until you get to the point of the v. 
*Make sure here and there you add a tiny bit of glue in the center front to keep the yarn strips from pushing each other out and looking bulgy.
5. When you get to the v (like the image below), start wrapping one leg, this is where the glue comes very handy because the yarn doesn’t want to stay. stick hot glue in the point of the v, and jam the first few yarn wraps in there. Make sure to glue both sides as you go down.
6. When you reach the end, hot glue a little over the bottom pre-yarned piece in order to hide a little bit of the yarn you added earlier to the bottom.
**Optional – Rolled Felt Flower:
1. take a square of fabric and cut in a  spiral, making sure the very outside layer is wavy.
2. Roll, starting with the outside first.
3. Hot glue the bottom with the center of the spiral. Then glue to the O.

Comments

  1. so cute!!! i wish we had a mantle or even shelves to put these on! renting stinks!

  2. So lovely!! I have a big ol’ empty mantle that has been waiting for a simple craft like this!

  3. nicely done! i did a yarn wreath for christmas, and that took for a good 2 hours of wrapping. i love the look of your mantle. super cute.

  4. These are adorable! I like the little branching out craft segments you’ve been doing!

  5. Super cute-something for me to do when MY hubby plays call of duty!!

  6. this is such a cute idea!
    i love it… i have my nickname
    in my room in white letters :) ill probably
    do something fun with them like you did thanks!

    xoxo
    Melina ♥

  7. What a great idea! I must try this :)

  8. Love these! I did a yarn wrapped R for our last name and I like it, but this is a great idea for Valentine’s!

  9. What an awesome idea! 😀 May have to try this one day!

  10. Oh my word ! Is there nothing you can’t do ? You are sooooo talented !

  11. Wow, LoVe ThE X and O! Gorgeous!!!! I think I want to make them now!

    Natalie
    http://www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

  12. I am so gone try these<3
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  13. Is there nothing you can’t do? You truly astonish me!

  14. Love this idea! If only I had a mantel to display them :)
    hankorange.com

  15. Awesome! you always have the best how-to’s. Heres another variation on the yarn letters idea which i found a bit ago and have been meaning to try, maybe take a look for more inspiration on other ideas! http://jkizzle.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-nail-and-string-wrapped-letters.html x <3

  16. cute! where’d you buy the letters?

  17. love this, so adorable! especially for the valentines holiday just around the corner!
    xo TJ

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