2 DIY Stick and Yarn Wall Hangings

how to DIY a natural stick and yarn wall hanging as low-budget decor

I'm all about creating a simple, natural and budget-friendly home. So rarely buy expensive art or cheap big-box decor for my walls. It’s unsustainable and expensive to purchase new things all the time!

Instead, I try to find or make unique and more meaningful things myself. 

Like stick art. 

I’ve been loving the stick and yarn wall hangings showing up everywhere online, so I tried making a couple for myself.

One was done with a driftwood stick and one with a birch branch - both found outdoors near where I live.

One was done for a neutral, one-colour textural feel, and the other for a fun and colourful version.

I did have to purchase yarn for these, but I watched for sales and got them as cheap as possible. Plus, their unique and meaningful, so I think they’re a lovely way to decorate.

Colourful stick and yarn hanging:

For this one, I wanted something colourful, so I bought 4 skeins of yarn and found a birch stick that had come down in the woods around my parent's home in rural New Brunswick.  I didn't really know what I was doing so just tried something and went with the flow. I think it turned out pretty cute! 

DIY stick and yarn wall hanging - natural art

Here's what I did. 

  1. I cut the stick to length for the size wall space I needed (I used a hand saw).

  2. I cut a bunch of lengths for each colour yarn - double the length you want them to hang, because you'll get two strands hanging from each cut piece. The amount of pieces of each colour depends on how wide you want each colour to be on your stick - get creative and lay them out and adjust as you go.

  3. I doubled the piece of cut yarn, and made a loop under the stick, then threaded the to ends through the loop, pulling tight to the stick.

  4. I kept doing this one by one across the stick, changing to the next colour along the way.

  5. I hung the stick by two screws left out from the wall enough to catch the stick. You could also use small cup hooks screwed into the wall (if your stick fits them) or curtain rod brackets. I used screws because I wanted something small that would disappear behind the yarn.

  6. Finally, I used scissors to cut the hanging yarn to the length and pattern I wanted on the bottom.


Neutral Stick and Yarn Wall Hanging

I recently created another stick and yarn hanging, this time with yarn of all one colour, and I bunched about 8 pieces together into a large knot, then tied them onto the stick. Same instructions as above, just use 8 lengths of yarn tied together instead of one. It went a lot faster this way! I also braided some pieces and tied knots in some at different lengths of the hanging pieces, just to make things textural and interesting.

winter dining nook with stick and yarn wall hanging
how to create a simple yarn and stick wall hanging DIY

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