Christmas decor is one of my favorite things in the world. Everything from sparkly snowflakes to red and green ribbons. I have so many Christmas projects pinned but rarely do I find one that causes a minimal mess, is useable, and easy to follow. That is until I found this tutorial for these DIY yarn ornaments. The options are endless and your kiddos will have so much fun making them! Here’s how to get started on your DIY yarn ornaments:
- Cookie cutters
- Cotton yarn
- White glue
- Styrofoam trays
- Sewing pins
Place the cookie cutters on top of a styrofoam tray, then trace around the edges, preferably with a mechanical pencil.
You’ll be “scratching” the styrofoam more than actually drawing the shape and the lead in a mechanical pencil is thin and sharp enough to make a good indent.
Poke sewing pins through the styrofoam to mark out your shape. Make sure you space out the pins so that they are no less than 1/4″ and no more than 1″ apart. Somewhere around 1/2″ spacing is perfect.
Before using glue, cut out your yarn into manageable lengths I made yarn pieces about 2 ft long and used 3 or 4 pieces of yarn per shape.
Pour some white glue to a small bowl, about 2 fl oz.
Put one of the pieces of yarn into the bowl of glue and use a plastic fork to stir it around in the glue until it’s completely covered.
Slide the yarn through the middle prongs of the fork. Then pull it up and through to remove the excess glue.
Wrap the glue soaked yarn around the outline of the shape.
Then start to wrap the yarn around the pins, from one side of the shape to the other. Try to wrap the yarn around all of the pins at least once if you can.
When you reach the end of your first piece of yarn, add another piece of yarn to the bowl of glue and continue wrapping randomly across the shape around the pins.
When you’re happy with the amount of yarn within your shape, try to tuck the end of the yarn somewhere inconspicuous. Then use your fingernail to push the yarn down on each of the pins. You want to make sure all the layers of yarn are touching each other so they stick together well when they dry.
Allow the yarn ornaments to dry overnight. When the yarn is completely dry and stiff to the touch, you can start removing the pins.
Once all of the pins have been removed, use a flat knife to loosen the ornaments from the styrofoam.
Tie on some ribbon or string to turn them into Christmas ornaments.
What are some of your favorite Christmas crafts? Let us know in the comments below!
Tutorial via One Little Project.