Yarn Love


Spell out your feelings with this easy-to-make sign of love.

To make this you will need: wire reinforced clothesline (available at home improvement & hardware stores), yarn & wire clippers. Clip off a length of clothesline (it took about a yard to make this) and shape into the word, "LOVE". Tie or hot glue end of yarn onto beginning of wire and start wrapping the entire word with yarn.

When you reach a point where two wires cross each other, wrap yarn around both wires to stabilize the design and hold the word in place.

Wrap yarn all the way to the end of the word and tie a knot or add a dab of hot glue to secure. I left about two feet of yarn hanging loose at the end because I liked the way it looked.


  1. Pascale  January 14, 2011

    L O V E this!!

    • camilla  January 14, 2011

      Thanks Pascale – coming from someone as talented as you – that is a huge compliment! 🙂

  2. Charlotte  January 14, 2011

    Aww, this is so cute. I am a sucker from a bit of therapeutic yarn crafting!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

    • camilla  January 14, 2011

      I can’t stop working with yarn -I agree – it is therapeutic!! 🙂

  3. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie  January 14, 2011

    I really love this! It is so cute! I especially love the extra bit of yarn left dangling at the end…wonderful!
    p.s. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as wire reinforced clothesline…thanks for letting me know!

  4. Mariska  January 16, 2011

    I love this idea, and also the idea of the wire hearts wrapped with yarn a few posts below. I linked to this post and the wire hearts from my blog – hope that is OK.

    • camilla  January 17, 2011

      Thanks Mariska! So glad you like it – these crafts are so easy to make – great for a wide age range of kids. Take Care, C

  5. emmy-ray  January 17, 2011

    Such great ideas! I posted a link to your tutorials on my blog in my “Make Something Monday” feature. Thanks for the creative inspiration!

    • camilla  January 17, 2011

      Emily – Thanks for linking! Take Care, Camilla

  6. Jill  January 17, 2011

    I saw your project on One Pretty Thing and am totally smitten! Thanks for a lovely, simple valentine’s idea.

    • camilla  January 17, 2011

      Thanks so much Jill!

  7. C.R.A.F.T.  January 17, 2011

    This is a GREAT idea! Please come on over and link up to MMM 🙂

  8. Mrs. Wright  January 17, 2011

    This is so cute and I got sucked into ALL your posts! I’m headed to add you to my reader RIGHT NOW! Great job!

  9. Onica @ The Peasant Housewife  January 18, 2011

    I saw this on One Pretty Thing and LOVE it! I do love me all things fibery related!

  10. sewtara  January 22, 2011

    Oooohhhh lovely. This gives me inspiration for a project! 🙂

  11. Casa e Cose  January 24, 2011

    Hi! What a lovely diy! I have to get some yarn and some wire and I will defenatly do it!

  12. Kraft ★Croch  January 25, 2011

    You have just given me a lovely idea to surprise a friend of mine. 🙂
    Thank you!

  13. Miss Jenn  January 25, 2011

    I love this project, great inspiration. How did you knot the yarn on the ends and how did you keep it from unraveling?

    • camilla  January 25, 2011

      Thanks Jenn! To start – I pulled the yarn over the end of the wire first, then I starting wrapping the yarn around the wire, tied a knot and then continued to wrap around the rest of the wire (covering my knot with the yarn as I went). I did the same at the end, except I tied a knot and left about two feet hanging on.
      Hope this helps – let me know if you give it a try – I’d love to see it! Take care and have a great day! Camilla

  14. Kimberly  January 25, 2011

    this is absolutely darling. Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Sharon  January 25, 2011

    This is awesome! I hear the hardware store calling my name now….

    • camilla  January 25, 2011

      Thanks Sharon! It’s very simple to make – you’ll enjoy it! Take Care, Camilla

  16. Ivory  January 26, 2011

    Absolutely love this!!!! I’m not big on valentine’s day but I can already think of a million other things to do with this idea. I especailly can’t wait to make something for my neice’s room. Her name or ABC’s or a quote from her favorite book, I think they’d look so great hanging on her wall. The only question I have is when you hit letters like the O where you have to double over part of the letter, did you start the letter than tie off the yarn and start over at the bottom of the letter or did you just double back over what you had already wrapped? I hope that question makes sense :p

    • camilla  January 26, 2011

      You ask a great question! I forgot to mention this in the tutorial – for the “O” I did cut, knot and start with a new strand of yarn to avoid going over the yarn with another layer and bulking up the thickness too much. I hope this is clear – thanks for asking – let me know how it turns out! I’d love to see your finished products! Take care, Camilla 🙂

  17. Chrystie DeSmet  January 26, 2011

    I LOVE this idea! I just made letters like this out of 12 gage beading wire. I never thought to put yarn around it! 🙂

  18. robin  January 26, 2011

    so very cool…and I will be going by the hardware store TODAY! 🙂

  19. Lúlla  January 26, 2011

    What a great idea. Thank you for sharing

  20. lori  January 26, 2011

    on the “o” you could continue going around the wire and as you get back to the “L” catch the back wire and continue on to the “V”. not sure if it would look much different from cut/knot and starting with a new strand of yarn. because of the extra yarn you have in the 2 cuts and /knots make sense? sorry if it doesn’t it did im my mind. haha

  21. Angie  January 26, 2011

    Not that any one person invented this project/idea, but I made one almost exactly like that about a year ago from an online class project for “Style School” taught by Elsie Flannigan. 🙂 You can see mine here:

    • camilla  January 26, 2011

      Wow! Angie – that looks great! Thanks for sharing 🙂 take care, Camilla

  22. chels;  January 26, 2011

    so cutee (:

  23. Adrienne  January 26, 2011

    I just made one of these from this tutorial but I used a wire hanger because I didn’t have this other wire. I think it might have been harder to bend but it worked out great! (wish I could show you somehow!) Thanks for this idea. It looks great on my wall.

    • camilla  January 26, 2011

      Adrienne – I would love to see it! Glad the hanger worked out! Camilla

  24. elena fiore  January 26, 2011

    Che bello !
    Wow !!!
    Ciao da Milano, Italia

  25. Monica  January 28, 2011

    Thank you for sharing all the creative and wonderful ideas. You ,for sure, inspired me !!!
    Monica Ivanski

  26. joey  January 28, 2011

    This is a fabulous tutorial, since posting this to my blog, I already have three friends giving it a go this weekend. My hubby want to have a go too. Excellent. Thank you.

  27. kim west  February 6, 2011

    I featured this on my blog today!!!

  28. Angela  February 7, 2011

    I posted a link to this post of yours on my blog. So cute!

    • camilla  February 7, 2011

      Thanks Angela! This is one of my favorite projects! Take Care, Camilla

  29. Adrienne  February 8, 2011

    Hey Camilla! Here’s one of my blog posts with a picture of this tutorial and a link to your blog:

    I had a lot of fun making it! Thanks for sharing

    • camilla  February 8, 2011

      Adrienne – Great job!!!!!!!!! I lOVE it!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sending along the link – it means a lot to me! Take Care, Camilla

  30. Chiara  February 9, 2011

    Wow!!! 🙂


  31. Jennifer Larsen  February 11, 2011

    Do you know how long it needs to be ( so it is easier to wrap the yarn with a cut piece of clothesline). Also, can it be regular plastic clothesline, or does it need to be with wire? The plastic clothesline is a 1/3 the cost of the conduit stuff

    • camilla  February 11, 2011

      Hi Jennifer – I pulled out a lot of yarn – about 3 to 4 times the length of the word – better to have too much than not enough. I agree – so much easier to wrap it around with a small bundle of yarn in your hand rather than a full skein. As for the laundry line – I recommend anything with a wire – it will hold the shape. If the plastic clothesline can hold a form – than that should work. Send along a photo when you’re done – I’d love to see it. Thanks for your question, take care, Camilla

  32. Angela  February 12, 2011

    That is so cute! I’ve add it in a Valentine’s Day Crafting Ideas roundup on my blog with a ink back here:
    Thank you for this incredible idea!

  33. Cutelicious  February 18, 2011

    Sorry, I left my comment in German … I love this idea! Think my daughter could even helpf with it!



  34. Brooke  April 21, 2011

    Are there other words that you have created?

    • camilla  April 21, 2011

      Hi Brooke! I have only done the word, LOVE. However, I would think you could do any word or even an initial or number. Take Care, Camilla

  35. Eva  June 8, 2011

    I love this project so much! I gave this to my Mom for mother’s day and she loved it! If you do the same thing with thinner yarn and wire, could you make jewelry with it? That is the project that i want to see next

    • camilla  June 8, 2011

      Eva – thanks for letting me know – so happy to hear it made your mom happy! I think you have an excellent idea! “Mini yarn love” on a necklace would be fantastic – I will have to give it a try!

  36. julie  July 15, 2011

    I’ve been doing this for years with thinner wire. You can “write” names for nametags for presents and stockings, hang them on stemware to ID drinks. There are websites that show how to make name or initial pins and pendants out of sterling or gold wire. You can also make interesting shapes or designs and hang in windows as sun catchers. Can also be adhered to decorate frames, scrapbooks, just about anything. I’ve even made signs for my children’s rooms. Good for temporary signs for parties, ex. Powder Room. Armature wire, or any 16 gauge wire from the hardware store is much easier to manipulate than wire hangers, and not very expensive.

  37. Kim Thomas  July 18, 2011

    So cute, and such a great idea! I’m always looking for crafty home dec. Thanks for the inspiration.

  38. Suzanna  July 22, 2011

    I love this and did it with a bunch of ladies at one of our recreational church activities, it went down so well. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!!

  39. Ada @ NY  July 25, 2011

    I LOVE it!!! How creative + beautiful. I may create a large one for one of my walls or as a gift. Thanks for ur inspiration!

  40. connie  August 11, 2011

    This is such a great idea!! I love how simple and easy it is to make but how cute it looks!

  41. Wendy  September 21, 2011

    Such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

  42. Charlie  December 28, 2011

    So beautiful! I’ll be making a few of these for around our house this Valentine’s Day! And I’m linking to this in my V-Day post this week. 🙂


  43. stevie  January 8, 2012

    I love this crafty valentine day craft.

  44. Peggy  January 18, 2012

    Wow! Who doesn’t have these supplies around the house? Who knew to put them together? YOU! And thank you for sharing your creative spirit! I found you via Charlie at ‘Attempting Aloha’. Thank you both for the inspiration!

  45. Florentyna  January 31, 2012

    L O V E this!!

  46. Amy  February 1, 2012

    I made one of these a few months ago using your tutorial, and I love it! Mine actually looks identical to yours because I used yours as a pattern to bend my wire. 😀 Thanks so much for posting it!

  47. Aretusa  February 2, 2012

    Hi Camilla!
    This is Aretusa from the blog Petit Pooh Mon Amour.
    I loved your project so much and made a post about it on my blog.

  48. Kate  February 16, 2012

    Hi! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made it with about 15 girls at our youth valentine’s party! Each girl made different things out of the wire, some made the word “love” their name, a heart and arrow going thru…very creative! It was the PERFECT craft! They loved it!

    • camilla  February 16, 2012

      Kate – That is great to hear! Thanks for letting me know! Take Care, Camilla 🙂

  49. Adel-del-del  March 9, 2012

    So cuuute ^^

  50. Karen  March 23, 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing this – each Friday I go in to our local special needs school & do crafts with the 16-18 year teenagers & this would be a great thing to try with them…Thanks again

  51. Dana  April 6, 2012

    I’ve been wanting to make this for a couple of months and finally just finished it today. Since I’m really limited on the supplies I have at my disposal, I wasn’t sure what I could use for wire. I was throwing away an old spiral-bound notebook when I started playing with the wire then realized I could use that for the project! Yay re-purposing! I ended up ending mine with a heart instead of only the word, and since my yarn is fairly thin, I did a few layers. It looks great! I’m in such desperate need of using anything to brighten up my room and make it look a little bit more homey and this is perfect. Thank you!

  52. Reju  April 19, 2012

    Wow! Great idea let me try and let u know….

  53. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts  April 26, 2012

    I am planning on making this with a big group of girls – – do you know how much clothesline you used? That way I can be sure to have enough….

    • camilla  April 26, 2012

      Hi Mandy – I used about a yard of line to make the word, LOVE. Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have fun with your friends! Camilla

  54. Teresa  May 27, 2012

    I am doing this now and it is not as easy as I wanted it to be. I used some old wire we had from putting up fence in the cback yard.So word of advice to anyone use an easy to bend wire.
    I hope mine looks as good as yours does . Ty for your great ideas!! :n))

  55. Katherine  July 3, 2012

    How many yards of yarn did you use?

    • camilla  August 1, 2012

      Katherine, Way to go!! These look great! Thanks for sharing, Camilla

  56. Katherine  July 6, 2012

    I made a few and framed them! You can see them here:
    Thanks for the idea! I’m going to use them to decorate my dorm room.

  57. Emma  July 26, 2012

    So simple, yet so clever – as all the best ideas are –
    thank you for this, I look forward to trying it out in many different forms for many different people!

  58. Loralee  October 13, 2012

    Just pinned this (and the Pumpkin Yogurt, and Chopstick Helpers!) Thanks again!

  59. lien  January 6, 2013 name lien,im from malaysia..can you teach me how to make a words GONG XI FA CAI using wire and yarn.p

  60. abbey  February 13, 2013

    i love this diy! but i have a question. at the end where you have the extra yarn, how did you make it look “braided” like that? did you knot a second piece of yarn at the end and wrap it around like that?

  61. justin  February 14, 2013

    Don’t remember where I found this, but loved it and made it for my wife for Valentine’s Day this year. Did a bit of a twist on it – used a coat hanger so that it was sturdier (though much harder to work with), and left a length after the “e” to create a sort of stand/rest so that it stood up on it’s own. I wrapped that part as well and glued a small yarn ball of the same color to the end of it, bent it just so, and made the stand/rest part look like a ball and trail of yarn leading to the word. Sort of came off looking like one of those frozen action statues like a spilling cup or whatever, but this as yarn sort of magically spelling out the word “Love”. Anyway, love it, thanks for the great idea.

    My finished product:

    • camilla  February 15, 2013

      Justin – You ROCK!!!! Way to go!!! Love it, C

  62. Camilla  March 16, 2013

    This is so cool c: