Make 03: yarn bombed bench

Have you ever heard of yarn bombing? I didn’t know it was such a thing until my sister-in-law told me about it after describing the bench Cury and I were working on. Just when you think you’ve invented something cool, you find out. . . it’s already been done. Someone was cooler than you quicker than you. ha! That’s okay though. After Ash told me about this yarn bombing, I looked up some photos, and found some pretty creative yarn bombed things.

Isn’t it awesome! The world is full of so much beauty and so many beautiful people with beautiful minds. I love it and am inspired by it. You go, society! 😉

Anyway, here is our yarn bombed project. A pretty little bench for your entry way or dining table. I challenge all you crocheters and knitters out there to fancy up your version of our bench. I unfortunately don’t possess those talents yet. 

what you need 

yarn (duh)

wood glue

– 8′ long by 3″ wide by 1″ thick boards.
– Cut 18 at 15″ (pieces to be wrapped with yarn)

3 – 8′ long by 2″ wide by 2″ thick boards.
– Cut 4 at 17″ (legs)
– Cut 6 at 7 3/8″ (leg connectors, short side pieces and middle pieces)
– Cut 2 at 42″ (long side pieces)

1 – 4′ long by 12″ wide by 1″ thick board.
– Cut to be 46″

6 – 2″ wood screws (for best results use kregg jig screws)

Box of 1 1/4″ wood screws for best results use kregg jig screws)

Box of 1 1/4″ small trim nails

Liquid nails (if you do not have a caulk gun be sure to buy the hand squeezable tube)

TOOLS

Hammer
Tape measure
Pencil
2 clamps
Caulk gun (optionable)

POWER TOOLS

Chop saw
Sander
Screw gun with kregg jig

what to do

First, use your wood glue on a section of one of your planks. The section can be as long as you’s like. 

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Take your yarn and start wrapping your plank with it. Once that color’s section is done, use your hot glue gun to glue the end of your yarn to the yarn on the plank. Since the hot glue dries faster than the wood glue, this will enable you to move to your next color without having to hold your end piece down until the glue dries. The hot glue doesn’t stick to the wood very well, so I hot glued my end piece to the other yarn.

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Repeat this step until all 18 planks are covered with yarn and looking beautiful! It took me a while to do this. I watch about 4 or 5 episodes of Gilmore Girls as I wrapped. It was fun though. Kind of relaxing.

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I left some random spaces for the wood to show.

next step – organize your planks to your liking and set aside.

Now. . we build.

Cury said that if you don’t have access to a saw, just ask the kind employees at the hardware store. Give them your measurements and they will chop them for you.

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Whether you cut your own boards or not, you will need to sand the edges. You can use regular sand paper if you don’t have access to an electric sander.

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Next, use your nail glue to secure the first plank to the board.

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Attach the clamps so you are free to use both hands to nail the plank to the board. You’re going to want to spread the yarn apart, hammer in the nail, and move the yarn back over to hide the nail.

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We put three nails in each plank. Repeat each step until the board is covered.

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Now the base. Cury uses a kregg jig. It makes it so you can drill on an angle and the screws are invisible.

I have no words to describe how to attack everything. The pictures do the describing. Just make sure you do it in this order. . .

And make sure your legs are placed 1/2″ in from the edge on all sides.

legs, long side pieces, short side pieces, middle pieces, bottoms of legs

labled

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You got it? Is it looking like a bench? When you’re done attaching all the pieces, flip it over and test it out. . .
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Now smile. Because you did it and it’s fabulous. Now, grab your phone, put it on Instagram and hashtag #makersgonnadiy because I am dying to see it!20150209_733420150209_7365

2 Comments

  1. rory & hudson February 11, 2015

    We think it turned out pretty cool, aunt kiki & uncle cur! Can’t wait to make fun things with you both someday! Mom says, “she loves it too!”

    Reply
    • klavoyphoto February 12, 2015

      Rory and Husdon – it’s so nice to hear from my favorite ladies 😉 You bet we will be making all kinds of fun things together before we know it! Love you all xoxo

      Reply

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