Bohemian rainbows are all the rage right now and I wanted to make a rainbow wall hanging for my bedroom. You can adjust the size of your rainbow by the thickness of the cotton rope you choose. The rainbow pictured above is about 11 inches wide and 7 inches tall and I used a 1/2 inch cotton rope.
- Knitting Yarn in three or four coordinating colors (I used beige twice)
- 1/2 inch cotton rope
- Gold embroidery thread (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Painter's tape (this tape works really well)
It helps to arrange your rope into a rainbow shape (like pictured below) before you cut your strands so you can visualize the project. Wrapping painter's right tape right above where you will cut the rope will prevent fraying.
Cut your rope into four strands. Leave plenty of extra length on each strand for fraying and trimming.
You can always trim the rope shorter, but you can't make it longer if you cut too short (anyone else having traumatic flashbacks to a time they tried to cut their own bangs?).
Floral wire is used to hold the rainbow shape. Cut floral wire to the same length as your rope pieces and tuck the wire into the taped ends. You will wrap the yarn around the rope and the wire to give the rainbow shape.
Start wrapping your yarn a few inches above the end (so you have ends to fray). I used a drop of hot glue to secure my string of yarn before I started wrapping. You can also start by tying a knot.
Wrap neatly and tightly, and don't forget to secure your yarn when you're done with a knot or hot glue so it won't unravel everything you did.
Tip: I used my tape roll to bend my rainbow around to get the perfect rainbow shape
Once all four strands of yarn are wrapped, you can use gold embroidery thread to embellish, using hot glue to secure the start and finish of each thread on the backside.
After all rope are wrapped and embellished, its time to assemble. I've seen some people sew their ropes together with a long needle. I personally could not get my needle past the half way point, so I chose to hot glue the ropes together (a little messier, but it got the job done).
Hot glue only the middle 2/3 of your rope, leaving the ends unglued because you will need to fray them.
When your glue is cool, remove your painters tape and using a needle or your fingers pull apart the rope to fray the ends. I then trimmed the frayed ends.
For a hook, I used a string of yarn and hot glued it in a loop on the back.
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