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9 Craft Ideas Using Yarn

Updated on July 10, 2012
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If you are a crafter, there is a good chance that you have yarn floating around your home. Many people only think of knitting and crochet when they see yarn but in reality, there are many other things that you can do with these materials. Need some inspiration? Look no further!

Dolls – Dolls come in all shapes and sizes so why not take your yarn and create a doll with it? Get creative in how you shape it and use the yarn. Or search the Internet and see what kind of ideas you find.

Plastic Canvas – This medium is a natural to go with yarn. You create designs by winding the yarn around the canvas. You can then sew the pieces together if you are trying to create something that is not flat or put a magnet on them and you have a fridge decoration.

Hair Accessories – There are all sorts of things you can do with yarn to add to your hair. Create a simple bow to cover a ponytail holder or braid a few strands together to create a headband. Use yarn with barrettes for an easy way to keep it in place.

Wigs – Another idea for spare yarn is to create a wig for playtime of Halloween. It shouldn’t take a lot of effort to create this and a person can have hours of fun with it.

Decorating – A fun way to use yarn is to decorate your home. A simple method is to just put yarn balls into a bowl but you can be a bit more creative and wrap yarn around something to make it fit in, to change the colour or just to make it stand out.

Dream Catchers – These are mostly found in Native American culture but they are expanding into the mainstream market. It is essentially a hoop which string is wound around to make a pattern. Beads and feathers can be added to make it more interesting or you can likely add other items with personal meaning.

Pom Poms – This is a great way to use up spare yarn as you do not need a lot to make one. Just find some cardboard, your scissors and the yarn and you are ready. Use them to decorate after or maybe to tease the family pet.

Latch Hooking – This craft using a printed canvas, yarn and a special hook. But you can also find plain canvas and create your own pattern and look.

Rug Making – This is a great craft for kids and one I did myself. Take a hollow spool and put nails around it. The yarn then gets wrapped around the tube and you end up with a round shoelace type string. Once it gets long, you can create a rug out of it.

I’m sure with a bit of thought and creatively there are many other things that you can think of to do with yarn. The only limiting factor is how much you have to use for your project.


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      Missy 3 years ago from The Midwest

      I need to share this with my kids. They have a ton of random things of yarn.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

      These are some really great ideas. I know my grandmother gets lots of yarn and I could try some of these fun things! Thanks for sharing with us!

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      PageC 5 years ago

      Great ideas for all the extra yard that does float around. Thanks for pulling this together.