Make fiber art with handy materials. Use bracelets and yarn to create a wall hanging

Ever seen a wall hanging in a gallery and gotten a touch of art envy? Fiber art is a growing trend and an elegant way to bring color, texture and form into your home. However, these handmade labors of love can be above the budget of a first-time collector. One alternative is to flex your creative muscles and design a wall hanging out of materials you already have on hand — literally.
This wall art project uses old bracelets as a base to explore simple shapes and composition. Thick, high-quality yarn in gray, orange and white transforms the bracelets into textured circles and hangs them from a simple wooden dowel. The yarn also adds brightness and helps instantly attract the eye. Hang the completed piece on any wall you wish to accent with a burst of color and geometric interest.
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Materials
- Old bangle bracelets, 3
- Thick gray yarn
- Thick orange yarn
- Thick white yarn
- Scissors
- Wooden dowel
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Instructions
1. Place an old bracelet on your work surface. Cut a piece of gray yarn about 1 1/2 or 2 inches long. Fold the yarn in half, place the loop under one side of the bracelet, then pull the free ends of the yarn through the loop. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire bracelet in loops of yarn.
2. Use scissors to trim the ends of the yarn to a uniform length.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2, but use orange yarn for the second bracelet and white yarn for the third.
4. Take the bracelet covered in gray yarn. Flip it upside down. Cut a piece of orange yarn about 2 feet long. Tie the end of the orange yarn to the bracelet. Tie a second knot, then trim the end.
5. Tie the free end of the orange yarn to the left side of the wooden dowel. Tie a second knot, then trim the end.
6. Take the bracelet covered in orange yarn. Cut a piece of white yarn about 1 foot long. Tie the end of the white yarn to the bracelet. Tie a second knot, then trim the end.
7. Tie the free end of the white yarn to the middle of the dowel. Tie a second knot, then trim the end.
8. Take the bracelet covered in white yarn. Cut a piece of gray yarn about 1 1/2 feet long. Tie the end of the gray yarn to the bracelet. Tie a second knot, then trim the end.
9. Cut a piece of white yarn that's about 1 foot longer than the dowel. Tie the end of the yarn to the left side of the dowel, then tie a second knot. Trim. Double knot the other end of the yarn to the right side of the dowel, then trim.
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10. Hang your completed fiber art and enjoy!
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