There are rainbows in many different forms everywhere right now, and I’m sure I’m not complaining. Although if you’ve been here for a while, it won’t surprise you that I like my rainbows on the pink and gray side of things.
This zip line do-it-yourself project started as a project for Bubs’ small room, but now that it’s done, it has actually earned a place in the main living area. Even though we repainted over a year ago, our walls are still so bare that we hope this first gorgeous piece of wall decoration can be the beginning of an increasingly productive styling period!
If you love this cable rainbow trend, you definitely have to check out Mandi Smethells. I would like to call her the Rainbow Queen. Seriously, it’s brilliant! So much inspiration for gorgeous shapes! Now that I’ve figured out a technique with the standard rainbow, I’m definitely going to try playing around with some other pieces. Her work is available directly from her Etsy store.
I want to be completely honest and say that this is not the fastest home improvement. It’s not that difficult, but it just takes time to pack it up. Fortunately, it’s something you can work on piece by piece while watching Netflix.
There are also little tricks to make it go faster, but if DIY isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t put it at the top of your list. I enjoyed doing it and don’t want to scare you off, I’m just being honest. I’ve probably worked on it a little bit every day for 5 days, so it’s really not that bad. When crafting, you have so much space to play with amazing textures and colors, and I love the feeling of seeing things that I came up with in our house.
If you are not ready to do it yourself, there are also some local South African brands that also have very similar beautiful rainbows. You can find them here and here (available in order of receipt). I haven’t seen either personally, but considering the work that goes into it, the prices are really good!
Rope rainbow DIY wall hanging
What you need:
Thick rope, about 15 mm (5/8 inches) wide. (The length depends on the size of your rainbow. You can always roughly lay it out in the shop before buying. I used about 3.5 meters for 7 layers of rope rainbows)
Threads or yarns in different colors for wrapping (thicker threads or wool can be wrapped much faster, but I like the thin thread look, and I firmly believe that you should use what you have, instead of getting more and more supplies to buy).
You can get really wild here by trying out different textures, colors, thicknesses or even adding some metal yarn.
Wire strong enough to hold a shape but light enough to bend with your hands.
Cotton, for sewing the layers together
Normal straight needle, big enough for the thread to wrap your rope.
Curved upholstery needle
Wire cutting pliers
- Ribbon, for hanging