HOW TO MAKE AN ALPHABET ORNAMENT WITH YARN AND BRANCHES

I saw this in an Anthropologie catalog a while ago and ripped the page out. It seemed like an easy enough thing to DIY. I have been procrastinating a knitted top that I must finish before I feel like a failure, but until then doing something else with yarn was calling to me.

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First thing is to gather branches. I hope wherever you are trees are easy to find, and so are the branches that they leave behind. Then consult your yarn pile. My yarn pile also makes an excellent door stop.

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  • Cut branch to workable size sticks. Think about how big you want your letter to be. 
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  • Arrange the branches into the letter you will be working with. I was initially going to do the letter "I", but then felt inspired to do "M".  
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  • Tie with yarn to lock in the shape. I was realizing this would be much easier with some different tools and fasteners, but was going for the minimal materials and eco-friendly approach.
  • Tie your working (wrap around) yarn to one end to begin with. I am working with wool yarn, which is great because it's fuzzy and blends easily when covering up the tied knots. My yarn also had brown tones and I think that helps it look more organic should there be a little branch peek-a-boo action. 
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  • Wrap around. Wrap around. Wrap around some more. Be mindful about how this might make your letter change shape. The branches may get closer together. 
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Viola! 

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Want to have the option to hang it up? Of course you do. Tie another loop on to your chosen point of the letter and hang away. I like the organic texture and shape this creates.