How to Make a Dip Dyed Wall Hanging

Abigail Sawyer | 19 Mar 2015 | DIY Projects


Macrame, the beloved past time of 70’s housewives, is back in a big way. Crafters across the country are weaving their hearts out to make textural wall hangings and adorable plant hangers for air plants.

Give this technique a try with our ultra simple version. We just use one knot and jazz things up with a dip diy technique.

How to Make a Dip Dyed Wall Hanging

Dip Dye Wall Hanging Supplies

Supplies: Cotton Yarn, Dowel Rod, Trashbag, Rubber Gloves, Scissors, Rit Dye (We used Kelly Green and Denim Blue).

1. Protect your work surface. Dyeing is messy!

2. Cut yarn to 2 ft. lengths. We needed about 30 for our 1 ft. dowel rod.

DIY Woven Wall Hanging

3. Knot yarn around dowel. Fold yarn in half, drape over dowel and pull loose ends through loop. Repeat to length of dowel with about 1″ left open on either end. (We did a smaller section just for demonstration purposes.)

DIY Woven Wall Hanging

Dip Dyed Wall Hanging

4. Lay dowel with yarn on flat surface and straighten strands. Lay scotch tape across yarn in the shape you’d like to cut. We did a “V” with our full size hanging.) Snip off yarn ends below tape.

DIY Woven Wall Hanging

5. Mix Rit Dye powder with hot water in glass container. Determine proportions according to dye package. One package makes about a gallon of dye, so you won’t need the whole thing. Stir to dissolve.

6. Wet yarn with water before you dip. This will allow it to go smoothly into dye rather than floating on top.

7. Dip in green dye 2/3 of the way up yarn. Leave for 20-30 mins. Squeeze out excess dye and rinse with warm water.

DIY Woven Wall Hanging

8. Dip 1/3 of yarn in blue dye. Leave for 20-30 mins. Squeeze out excess dye and rinse with warm water.

DIY Woven Wall Hanging

9. Let dry on protected surface.

10. Cut a 1.5′ piece of yarn tie on either end of the dowel rod. This will act as a hanger and keep your knotted yarn from sliding off.

11. Hang + style!

Dip Dyed Wall Hanging

What Next?

Want to try something more advanced? The weaving tutorials on A Beautiful MessHonestly WTF and Pretty Prudent are a great place to start.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw