You guys. I’m so excited for this post. Basically, I made some kick ass wall art by crocheting around LED rope light that was shaped into the word “love.” It actually turned out just as I planned, which is amazing. Let’s jump right in!
The supply list is short:
LED rope light. I got this set from Home Depot for $30, and this is available year-round. Mounting hardware was included. LED > incandescent because it doesn’t get hot. I also prefer the “cool white” look versus the yellow looking stuff. You could get some seasonal lights and make a holiday themed version, but I wanted something more permanent.
Craft rope. I picked this up from AC Moore. Regular price is $15, but I snagged this with a 50% off coupon. One roll was all I needed. I also grabbed a size Q crochet hook while I was there for $2.
Make sure the lights work.
After pulling the rope light out of the box, it kept wanting to coil back up like a serious pain in the ass. I ended up stretching it across my dining room for a day or so to help loosen it up. When I started working with it again, it still wanted to go back to its former shape. Ugh.
So I bummed some zip ties from husband to help hold it in place. I chose the word “love” because it’s easy to manipulate the rope light into the letters. And by easy I mean it was still a complete pain in the ass. I also misjudged how much length I had, so I decided to add a heart to the end. After getting it the way I wanted, I put some boxes of heavy stuff on top and let it sit like that for another day or so.
Finally I was ready to get down and dirty.
I just worked single crochet all the way around the rope light. I was really excited to have a project that involved a Q hook. They’re just so big and wonderful.
I won’t lie, there were a few hiccups along the way. I had to use some slip stitches instead of single crochet in some places and get creative with using the crochet to force the rope light into position. Also, sitting in the floor was horribly uncomfortable, and it led to other issues:
Also, I made the mistake of making eye contact with my 80 pound black lab while working on this in the floor, causing her to lay on me and the project. Picking her black dog hairs out of this cord was not fun. Marty (the Ass pictured above) was obsessed with the lights, rope, Q hook, and zip ties. Fending him off became a chore in itself, but it worked out.
I snipped the zip ties off once I had completely crocheted the entire thing. It successfully held together how it was supposed to which was nice. Definitely worth the hand cramps that resulted from working the rope as tightly as possible where the rope light crossed itself.
With the help of husband, I was able to mark the wall with X’s for where the mounting clips would go. I needed extra support on the V and the heart because of the awkward shapes. Those bastards did NOT want to lay flat, but I made them bow down to my power. The mounting clips were clear and easy enough to use, but they had to be put up first and then the rope light snapped into them, and I ended up using all of them.
And you can’t even see the mounting clips with everything going on.
The finished product:
But wait, there’s more! I had to close all the curtains to make it darker for the full effect. I really needed that romantic ambiance, ya feel me? This is in the bedroom of some newlyweds, after all.
What would I do differently? Not a damn thing.