DIY THIS BEAUTIFUL WALL HANGING FOR YOUR BOHO WEDDING
I’m going to be straight with you, you do not need amazing weaving, knitting, crocheting or macrame skills to make a beautifully striking backdrop! What you do need to make sure you have though is beautiful fabric to work with, this really makes all the difference in the quality of your piece. Since I knew fabric was going to be the key element of this backdrop I teamed up with Fabric Wholesale Direct and chose a bunch of different shades of chiffon that I knew would reflect the jungle type theme I wanted to create!
The best part about this project is that you can make it in a range of colours that suits your scheme or style because Fabric Wholesale Direct literally have so many options (we’re talking over 36 shades in the chiffon alone!) If you want to use the exact same ones I did then they are as follows: Hunter Green Chiffon, Sand chiffon, Grey chiffon, Light Pink Chiffon & Gold chiffon.
YOU WILL NEED:
Chiffon fabric in a different range of colours // Fabric scissors // A wooden pole (I used a curtain pole and cut it down to the size I needed) // White macrame style cord //
My very first step for this project was to try and map out the project with the macrame rope first, it helps so much visually to see it hung up on the wall so you can figure out exactly how long you want the pieces to drape. So the first thing you need to do is tie your macrame rope either side of your wooden pole so that it can hang. From here I added 4 draping pieces of rope in different lengths.
Next, I added four macrame style ropes in a simple Lars head knot. This is the main technique we’re going to be using to add all the fabric to the rope, so if you’re unsure how to create this type of knot then click here, it’s super easy!
Time to start adding some colour! I started with the green which I wanted on the second longest rope. Cut your fabric into long strips around 1.5 inches wide, then from here cut them into pieces that are around 17/18 inches long. Next start adding these to your rope using the Lars head knot technique again. Keep going until you have a nice long row of these and then pick up two pieces of the now hanging fabric and wrap them around each other so you get a cute little plait type section, then simply tie this in a knot at the bottom and cut off the ends. Keep repeating this on random pieces so that you have a mix of fabric hanging down and a mix of some plaits.
Next I repeated the same process (without the plaits) for the pastel pink section but instead I cut the pieces of fabric into 5 inches in length so that they were much much smaller to create a more delicate look for this section.
Now it was time for the gold chiffon! This was the longest rope so I knew it would take some time to complete, my best recommendation for this is to cut as many pieces of the fabric into strips as you can first, then tie then all around the rope, then do all of the plaits, it seems to work much quicker in this conveyor belt style method rather then cut one, tie it, plait it, etc. I cut the pieces exactly the same length as the green (17/18 inches long) as I wanted this to be a key statement of the wall hanging.
So at this point, you should have three different sections complete, two that are long and filled with longer pieces of fabric with plaits and one that is short with no plaits, just the simple knot technique and short sections.
Once I looked back at the original ropes I had places I realised I only had one left to fill but I could see the wall hanging was going to look a little bit empty on the right hand side so I decided to also add in an extra piece here in light brown with the same technique as the pastel pink, with short little pieces of fabric. I then continued with my final colour of grey in the same ways I had completed the mustard and green.
You may also notice that I added a few more pieces of macrame rope on the right hand side too, this is completely optional but I liked the bohemian feel that it brought back into the piece.
So what do you guys think? All in all I would say this project took me around 2 days to complete, some of that time was spent figuring out the placements and techniques for the fabrics but totally worth every minute if you ask me! What colours would you use for your wall hanging?