DIY: Rainbow hanging

We all love rainbows, right?! I think I knew the colors of the rainbow in the right order before I could tie my shoe laces. 

And now they are fashionable again. Yay!

So here’s how to make those cute rainbow hangings, if you don’t feel like bleeding half of your salary to get someone else or a renowned brand to make them for you (and fair enough! It takes time to make them, so if you want to make a living out of selling anything hand made, you should charge a small fortune for your products – they are both unique and I bet a lot of love has gone into them).

Scroll down to see how I made these two rainbows for my girls.

Supplies: Yarn of some sort. I used plain cotton, but wool or embroidery strings will also do the trick.

I used five colors; one for the inside and four different colors for the bows. You also need a needle with a big hole (to tie the ends of your yarn neatly into the bow), a small needle and sewing thread to sew the bows together.

Duration: 1 hour per rainbow -including sipping of coffee and making sure your kid is not drawing on the walls while you are concentrating on wrapping your yarn neatly.

How to: Cut about 10 pieces of string for the ‘inside’ of your bows. Try to lay them in a bow, so you can see, how big it’s going to be when finished. I like to wrap my string around a book in the proper size and then cut at the top and bottom, this way my threads are equally long without measuring every single one of them.

Carefully wrap your first string around the ‘inside threads’. This can be a bit fiddly to start with – don’t give up at this stage! If you keep your string long at the beginning, you can adjust the tip afterwards, when the bow is a little more stiff and easier to handle.

You might want to ask someone to hold the ‘inside strings’ for you, while you make your start. My 5-yo is very helpful, and it’s nice when you get them to be involved in something useful (finally).

I like to put something heavy on the thread, like a book or big plate, when I have made the beginning of the bow, so I can use both hands to wrap. This also coincides with the attention span of the 5-yo. After having helped with the beginning, she is not into it anymore. Wrap until your bow has the desired length. The text continues below the pictures.

I don’t like to tie a knot at the end of the bow, it makes it bulky. Instead, I use a needle and shove the thread under the wrapped part. I pull the thread 3-4 centimeter on the inside of bow and then I let my needle resurface. I cut the thread off as close to the bow as possible. If you ‘wiggle’ your bow a little, then the tiny bit of yarn that is still sticking out will disappear into the bow, making for a smooth finish.

Make 4 or 5 bows. The closer to the middle, the shorter they need to be. Check every once in a while if your sizes are still compatible.

Sew your bows together with a thin sewing thread. 

Done! And have fun decorating your kids’ room with it and thinking about the bucks you have saved.