I always feel creative during the holidays and my crafty side emerges. Here are 3 Simple DIY Christmas Yarn Crafts that you can seriously make in 10 minutes.
I love yarn – especially in the winter months.
There is something about the texture that makes me want to grab a hot cup of coffee and snuggle up with a book.
There are so many things you can do with yarn! Obviously, you can knit, and I’ve shared a few fun projects with you all.
A few months ago, I made a fun fall craft using chunky knit yarn to cover some pumpkins and you all seemed to really enjoy that!
So, I thought it would be fun to try to create some easy peasy yarn projects for Christmastime!
Let’s start with the supplies you’ll need.
3 Simple DIY Christmas Yarn Crafts
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Yarn – I used this Red Chunky Velvet and Forest Green Medium Weight yarn
Ribbon – I used red and white gingham
Hot Glue Gun
Drill and Drill bit sized to your skewer
Let’s start with the DIY Yarn Christmas Trees.
I chose a medium weight yarn, something that would be easy to unravel and frizz up a bit.
To begin with, I cut 1 1/2 inch pieces.
This next part is perfect for little fingers, so get your kids involved.
You simply untwist the yarn, leaving about 1/3 of the top untwisted.
The next thing you want to do is fuzzy up that unraveled end.
So take a few seconds to separate all the fibers. It should look like this:
After you have all your yarn pieces cut and frizzed up, then it’s time to glue them to the wooden skewer.
Simply add a dab of hot glue to the skewer and attach them using the unraveled end working your way around the skewer until your first row fully covers the stick.
Carefully squeeze the yarn to the skewer.
It dries pretty quickly, but be careful – I did get some hot glue on my finger which is not fun!
Continue working your way up until you reach the size of tree you want.
I added the yarn in 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch increments above each finished row.
For the smaller trees, I added two rows, and a total of about 4 rows for the taller trees.
The one pictured below is made with four rows of yarn.
To finish off the top, simply cut off the remaining skewer. I found that kitchen shears were perfect to cut through the wood.
You may need to peel back some of the yarn to fully cut the skewer.
Next you add a dab of glue to the tip and pinch together to form the point. I didn’t grab a pic of this, but you can watch the tutorial video to see how this step is done.
Finally it’s time to add the wood base.
Drill a small hole in the center of the wood disc.
Dab a bit of hot glue to the pointed end of the skewer and insert it into the hole.
Isn’t that so simple?
One extra tip you may need to do – trim the tree if it isn’t shaped right. I had to do that for one of my trees.
Simply give the tree a twirl and you will soon see any pieces that are too long. Just snip a little bit off and that’s it!
Now let’s move onto the other yarn projects.
This is really a two-fer, meaning it’s one tutorial for two different projects.
I know this probably isn’t the first yarn covered ornament out there, but this was the first I’ve seen using chunky knit yarn.
You’re using almost all the same materials with the exception of the ribbon and the styrofoam balls.
To begin with, you need to add the ribbon to make the ball into an ornament.
Just take a wooden skewer and burrow out a small hole into the styrofoam ball.
Next, add a dab of hot glue into that hole. This will hold the ribbon in place.
Cut a piece of ribbon and fold it in half so that the ends meet, creating a loop. I cut about 6 inches, so that gave me 3 inches of loop to use to hang on the tree.
Then use the skewer to push the end of the ribbon into that hole.
That gives you an instant ornament to work with!
Now you are ready to start adding the yarn.
I start with a bead of hot glue right around the base of the ribbon.
I worked in small sections to make it easy to work with. Plus, I really didn’t want to get burned again with the hot glue!
Continue to work your way around until the entire styrofoam ball is covered.
Cut the yarn from the styrofoam and tuck in the end and glue.
If you find a few spots exposing some of the styrofoam, just add a bit of glue to the ball and pinch it together.
Now here’s the two-fer part. You know those decorative balls you can purchase to display in bowls?
I also made some of those using the same process, minus adding the ribbon at the beginning.
Here’s how they look in our Christmas Sunroom.
I also added a few to my living room when I decorated our fireplace mantel.
Isn’t this the easiest DIY ever?
I think this would be fun if you have any crafty kids. My boys aren’t especially crafty, but my Mom and I made a few when she was here visiting.
I especially love how the red yarn ornaments look on our flocked tree!
I hope this inspires you to get a bit crafty this season!
And I love that they are simple, and inexpensive! If you decide to make some for yourself, send me a pic – I would love to see it!
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