How to Design Your Own Wall Hanging

This is a recipe for designing and crocheting your own wall hanging. You can follow the steps exactly to get started, but then feel free to play around with them using your own changes to get the unique wall art that is right for your own space. Wall hangings are art and making your own crochet wall hanging should be a fun form of creative self-expression!

When you make your own wall hanging, you can use any stitches that you desire. In this sample that gets you started, we use the following stitches:

  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • rev sc = reverse sc (also known as crab stitch)
  • sc = single crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • v- stitch = (dc, ch 1, dc)

Step One: Choose your yarn

Don’t be afraid to mix colors and textures, although you may want to choose yarn of all the same weight when first starting out.

Step Two: Starting chain

Crochet a starting chain that is slightly longer than the desired width of your crochet wall hanging. Use a hook sized to your chosen yarn weight. Make this wall hanging as wide or narrow as you desire. If you’re planning to make several, go for a smaller size; if you want to make a large statement piece then crochet a long starting chain.

crochet wall hanging

This is our first sample of the steps below. In our sample, we used a starting chain of 21. The steps are completed from right to left here (meaning row 1 is on the right side; the piece has been turned horizontal after crafting).

Step Three: Crochet your first row in a basic stitch.

For example, make a row of single crochet or double crochet stitches. You will be working with basic stitches on your first crochet wall hangings and can advance to more detailed stitch patterns as you get used to using this recipe.

In our sample we used Super Saver yarn in Cornmeal color and crocheted a row of single crochet stitches.

Step Four: Repeat

Crochet a second row in the same stitch as the first row. Use a turning chain that is suitable to the height of stitches in the row. (For example, if you are making a row of double crochet stitches, begin with chain 3 as your first dc.) Fasten off at the end of the row.

In our sample we repeated a single crochet row in the same Cornmeal yarn.

Step Five: Change stitches and yarn

Choose a new basic stitch. Join a new yarn and create a turning chain for the height of the new stitch. Work two rows in this same color and stitch pattern. Fasten off.

In our sample, we used Scrubby Smoothie yarn in Oatmeal color and treble crochet stitches.

Step Six: Repeat

Repeat step five until your crochet wall art is the width and height that you desire.

Here’s what we did for the rest of the rows in our sample (two rows of each):

  • Hdc in Frosty Green Super Saver
  • V-stitch in Baby Pink Super Saver
  • Sc in Scrubby Smoothie
  • *Dc, sc and repeat from * across row in Country Blue Super Saver
  • Dc in Cornmeal Super Saver
  • Sc in Frosty Green Super Saver

Step Seven: Add a border

You can create a natural frame for your crochet wall art by adding a border around the entire piece.

In our sample, we did a round of single crochet in Scrubby Smoothie around the entire piece, followed by a round of reverse single crochet.

Step Eight: Add tassels and fringe

Adding tassels and fringe to your work enhances the impact of the design, elevating it from just a crochet motif to true art. These can be added on the bottom, sides or even to the body of your crochet piece.

Alternatively, or in addition, to the tassels and fringe, you may wish to add surface crochet as an embroidered design, crochet appliqués on the face of the work or mixed media such as beads or paint.

Step Nine: Hang your art

As you can see from our sample, you can hang your wall art horizontally or vertically, and it doesn’t have to be hung in the same direction that it was created.

There are several different ways to hang your art. The most common options are to hang the piece from a rod, place it in a frame or simply attach it to the wall with pins or nails in the corners.

mandalas wall art

A Wall of Crochet Mandalas Hung in Embroidery Hoop Frames

There are many variations on rods including dowels and driftwood. Embroidery hoop frames work great for round crochet pieces while square or rectangular frames can be used, with or without mats, for basic motifs.

whipstitch frame

There are also many variations for how to attach the wall hanging to the rod or frame. Using a whipstitch with a length of yarn is one popular option.

New Work: Change up the recipe

You can use this recipe over and over again to make many different variations of crochet wall art.  Here are some examples of what the exact same recipe looks like using different yarn; the stitch pattern is the same as in the original.

crochet wall art design

This example uses Country Blue, Frosty Green and Cornmeal Super Saver yarn, in that repeating order, and then it is finished off with a border of Hopscotch in Scooter color.

crochet wall hanging

This example uses four rows of Hopscotch alternated with two rows of double-stranded Scrubby cotton (Fiji and Peachy colors) held together. The border is Hopscotch. 

Alternatively, you can change up the stitches to get a different looks. The example above shows the exact same yarn choices and color changes as the first sample, but the stitches used are completely different as follows:

two wall hangings

Once you get used to the idea of working like this, you can start incorporating different crochet stitch patterns and techniques into your wall art. Use moss stitch, seed stitch, spike stitch and textured stitches like popcorns and bobbles to give additional edges to your work. Embrace techniques like broomstick lace and hairpin lace to build out the body of a crochet art piece. And don’t be afraid to play with freeform crochet to create crochet wall art in shapes other than a classic rectangle or square.

Wall hangings don’t have to be crochet either. You can always make an easy DIY wall hanging, too!

How to Design Your Own Wall Hanging