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Making a Twig Heart Loom – DIY Boho Wall Art

I’m loving all the woven wall art that keeps popping up on my Pinterest feed. Strange how things come back into fashion. A few years back it was seen as dated and too “fuddy-duddy,” but that sure has changed. And there’s no shortage of weaving tutorials that show you how to make your own. I especially enjoy the ones that Jelica from A Pretty Fix shares. I’ve learned so much and thought I’d challenge myself and make this faux twig heart loom.

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It’s a great way to recycle old sheets or any other fabric remnants you may have, and you don’t need to buy a loom either 😉

What You Need To Make a Twig Heart Loom

I would have loved to use real twigs to make the heart loom, but we don’t have any trees with bendable, flexible branches in the garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a willow nearby, you can use real branches instead. The length of the twigs or branches will determine how big your heart will be. You’ll also need:

  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fishing line or yarn for the warp

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

The only faux twigs I could find had these little buds all over them. They didn’t quite fit with the look I was going for, but they were easy enough to pull off.

Making The Twig Loom

Split the twigs into two equal sized bunches. Bend the tops and join the points tightly using jewelry wire.

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Attach a few more twigs with wire to create a fuller shape if you need to. When you’re happy, gather the bottom ends of the twigs together to form a heart and tie them with another piece of jewelry wire.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

Adding The Warp to The Twig Loom

I used fishing line to create the warp, but string or yarn will work too. Tie the fishing line to the bottom V of the heart and then secure it to the middle top. Make sure the fishing line is tight enough, but not too tight else you’ll end up with a wonky heart 😀 Add more warps in the same way to the left and right of the first warp, by tying the fishing line to branches. If you find that the fishing line keeps moving use a little glue to stick them down onto the twigs. The warp should be about 2,5 cm (1″) apart. Don’t worry too much if your warp threads aren’t evenly spaced; the most important thing is to keep the fishing line as tight as possible, without pulling the heart out of shape.

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How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

Weaving the Fabric Heart

Rip an old sheet or fabric remnants into strips that are about 4 cm (1.5”) wide. They don’t have to be precisely the same size. If you want a neater heart, you can cut the strips instead of ripping them.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

Start at the bottom of the heart shape and tie a fabric strip to the fishing line. Weave the fabric (or weft) over the first warp thread (the fishing line). Change direction and weave the fabric under the warp thread. Repeat as you move up the heart, alternating the weave. So if you went under the fishing line on the previous row, you’d go over the fishing line when you come back. I’m hoping this piccy below will make it a little clearer. The lighter brown represents the fishing line, and the darker brown would be the fabric.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

Don’t worry too much if the fabric strips twist and turn while you’re weaving. It adds to the look.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

If you find that the gap between the woven fabric and the twigs is too large, weave the fabric into the twigs before continuing with the next row.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

When you run out of a fabric strip, simply add a new strip by tying it onto one of the warps and carry on weaving.

Finishing Up

Once the whole heart has been filled, tuck any tail bits into the back of the heart to neaten things up.

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I love the rough texture of the twigs next to the fabric. It creates such a lovely contrast between the frayed edges of the old sheet and the faux, lumpy bark.

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

And the best part is you don’t have to worry about taking the weave off the loom when you’re done 😀

How to make a heart twig loom. Beautiful boho decor inspired by nature and love #BohoDecor #Valentinesday #WallArt #WeavingTutorial

I would love to know what you think of the twig heart loom. Is it something you would make for your home?

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If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later.

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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, creative week. Sending love as always

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

 

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Comments

  • Posted: February 28, 2019 03:24

    Amy

    I would absolutely put one of these up in my house, Michelle. I love the whimsical, yet rustic, look of it. I also love the softness and sentiment of the heart. So, so pretty.
    • Posted: February 28, 2019 11:58

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Amy. I think that's what appeals to me too. That not so perfect rusticness
  • Posted: February 26, 2019 22:17

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love the twig heart Michelle! You did a fantastic job on it! I like how you added the weaved fabric. I need to find a willow tree. :)
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 09:18

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda, hope you find that willow tree 😉
  • Posted: February 21, 2019 18:02

    Molly

    So cool. We have willows at the bottom of our garden so I'm going to try this with real branches. Can't wait!!!!
    • Posted: February 22, 2019 11:50

      acraftymix

      You're so lucky Molly. I would love to have made this one with real branches. Have lots of fun with your heart
  • Posted: February 18, 2019 06:58

    Leanna

    The textures in this are wonderful. Such a beautiful piece to hang on the wall. I would make something like this as a wreath. I love your stunning stool as well, its amazing
    • Posted: February 18, 2019 09:09

      acraftymix

      Thanks Leanna and one day hopefully soon I'll publish a tutorial for that stool too 😉
  • Posted: February 12, 2019 12:17

    Debra

    This looks fantastic. I would certainly make one and will have it on the to-do list. I like the idea of the twigs with the contrasting material.
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 15:18

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much and I would love to see your version when you make it 😘
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 22:37

    Carolann

    So perfect for Valentine's Day too! I love it! I can't wait to try and make one too!
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 06:14

      acraftymix

      Thank you Carolann, have fun 😘
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 20:52

    Gillie D

    💞 💞 💞 💞
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 17:33

    Maya Kuzman

    What a fabulous project Michelle! Just perfect for Valentines!
    • Posted: February 6, 2019 05:14

      acraftymix

      Thanks sooooo much Maya, I really appreciate that 💌 It would make a wonderful Valentine's day gift, but this one's going to stay on our wall 😉
  • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:16

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    That heart is beautiful, Michelle! Looking at the picture, I never thought that these are faux twigs.
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:30

      acraftymix

      Right?!!!....it's amazing how real they actually look
  • Posted: February 4, 2019 20:59

    Katrin

    Gorgeous!!! What a unique decor piece, I totally thought the twigs were real! & I love the wooden stool too btw.
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:34

      acraftymix

      Isn't that stool just beautiful? I bought it on the side of the road a few months ago. We have these guys here in South Africa that make the most amazing furniture, with basic tools and then sell it to support their families. I've been dying to do a series on them for the blog.
  • Posted: February 4, 2019 17:30

    Christina Makri

    Oh wow this is so interesting and unique! I have to try it!!! Thank you for sharing your idea Michelle :)
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:31

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Christina, glad you liked them
  • Posted: February 4, 2019 17:12

    Mary

    Yes, yes, yes!! I love this unique heart Michelle. If I had more room in my home I would definitely make one. It kind of reminds me of the US flag I made using the refrigerator wire shelf. This is truly one of a kind and the twigs make it look so pretty and rustic. Michelle, can I please have a bigger house? I am torn between trying to have less on the walls but there is so much pretty out there that I want to make!
    • Posted: February 5, 2019 05:29

      acraftymix

      Awww Mary, I know that feeling too well. There are so many interesting crafts and DIYs out there, if only we had the time and space to play with them all 💌
      • Posted: February 5, 2019 13:48

        Mary

        We need bigger houses or we can just go all crazy and fill up every inch of the wall!
        • Posted: February 5, 2019 14:58

          acraftymix

          YES!!! I love the idea of filling up every square inch of wall space with beautiful memories and ideas
  • Posted: February 4, 2019 16:44

    Merle

    Oh my that's really pretty Mix. Do you think it would work with normal wool too?
    • Posted: February 4, 2019 16:47

      acraftymix

      I'm sure it will, but you would probably need to move the warps closer together, or use some of that really chunky wool. 🤔 Mmmmmmmm now you've got me thinking. The chunky wool would look amazing against the twigs. I might just have to make another one 😉

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