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indigo-dipped yarn chandelier

This yarn chandelier is the perfect complement to your Boho décor and accents the indigo trend. Dying yarn and wood is a fun way to elevate a hand-crafted simple piece of yarn art!
Step 1

Estimate how long you want your yarn strands to hang on the chandelier. Add an extra 12" to that length and then double.
TIP: For example, if you want a 24" chandelier, you will want to cut 72" strands (24" + 12" = 36", then doubled = 72").

Step 2

Now, cut about 120 pieces of yarn that each measure to your calculated length.

Step 3

Fold yarn in half so each end will be dyed but not the middle.

Step 4

Prepare your drying area with a piece of cardboard and cover with paper towels.
TIP: For this messy project, outdoors is the best place to work but if you need to work inside, be sure to protect all of your working surfaces. Wear gloves to protect your hands!

Step 5

Mix Royal Blue dye with water in a large bucket as directed on the container and mix well. Place your bucket in a sink.

Step 6

To dye the yarn, hold the center of all the yarn strands dip the ends into the dye bath. Make sure all ends are saturated and the middle stays dry. Once all ends are saturated, squeeze out some of the dye and transfer the yarn to the mat of cardboard lined with paper towels. Spread out the dyed yarn ends to dry.
TIP: To enhance an ombré affect, spray water onto the dry yarn closest to the blue dye so it will help the dye “bleed” into it but stay diluted.

Step 7

To dye your wood beads and wood ring, mix Navy dye with water, as directed on the container, in a small bowl.
TIP: You will need 36 beads and one wood ring but having more to choose from is recommended.

Step 8

Place the wood beads and a wood ring in the Navy dye bath and let soak for one hour. Drain the water then let the beads and ring completely dry.

Step 9

To build the top hanging portion of the yarn structure, cut six strands of yarn about 60" long. Fold in half. Tie a lark’s head knots onto your 10" hoop. Separate them evenly around the hoop.
TIP: Hold the two ends of the yarn from each section together and wrap a small amount of tape around them to make a threading tool so it is easier to string beads onto the yarn.

Step 10

Work one section at a time, work beads and knots up the double yarn sections:

  • Slide a wood bead onto the double yarn strands.
  • Tie a knot above the bead then tie another knot about 3" above the last knot.
  • Slide on another wood bead and tie a knot 1" above the bead.
  • Slide on another wood bead and tie a knot 1" above the bead.
  • Slide on another wood bead and tie a knot 1" above the bead.
  • Tie a knot above the bead then tie another knot about 3" above the last knot.
Step 11

Bring all six sections together and tie them onto one knot. Slide six wood beads on each individual section and slide all yarn ends through the dyed wood ring. Fold the yarn over the wood ring and tie a knot. Trim the (taped) yarn ends.
TIP: To clean up the yarn ends, wrap a yarn strand around the tails and use glue to secure the ends flush.

Step 12

Hang your hoop from somewhere (like a door frame) so it can hang while you can work on the base.

Step 13

Take one stand and line up the dyed ends. Attach the yarn strand to the hoop with a lark’s head knot at the fold of the yarn. Attach 20 strands to each section around the hoop.

Step 14
Once you have attached all of the stands, use a sharp scissor to trim strands evenly around the bottom of your chandelier.

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