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Ten Ways to Repurpose Yarn this Christmas

Updated on October 30, 2012

Make the Best of Leftover Yarn

Besides crocheting and knitting, the obvious purposes for yarn, I have recently come to appreciate how many ways yarn can actually be put to good use. Using Pinterest and a few other sources, I have compiled a list of ways to use that leftover yarn to make cute crafts that you can even use for Christmas gifts!


Ten Yarn Crafts

  1. Yarn-wrapped recycled bottles. I love this craft because it involves recycling bothe yarn and glass bottles! Simply wrap the bottles with yarn, using craft glue to secure when necessary. I originally saw a row of colored-yarn bottles on Pinterest, so I decided to neutralize the colors a bit, cut out letters from scrapbook paper to express the JOY of the coming season, and added some spirally twigs left over from my wedding (available at dollar stores for cheap).
  2. Use yarn instead of ribbon to decorate your Christmas gifts this year. It will give your presents a rugged personalized look.
  3. Yarn-wrapped wreath. See a previous hub I wrote on making a wreath wrapped with yarn; the link is to the right.
  4. With leftover white yarn, three styrofoam balls in decreasing size, black wire and two small buttons, I indulged in my fanatical love of snowmen! Simply wrap the balls with yarn in plenty, using hot glue or craft glue to secure. To make the hat, use thin jewelry wire that is already black to wrap in a cricular motion, starting with larger circles and ending with smaller ones to make it look like a hat. To make the arms, twist the wire in a long skinny strand and push deeply into thesecond styrofoam ball. Glue the buttons on the front and attach the wire hat, and you're set! I still think he needs a scarf though-- doesn't he just look chilly?

5. Yarn wrapped letters. Use your old yarn or hemp to crap wooden letters found at any crafts store. To be really "green," you could use an exacto-knife to cut the letter shapes out of cardboard! Spell out a child's name, a family name, or just one large letter repsresenting a first or last name. Add embellishments such as a bow or fabric flower.

6. Hair embellishments. Tie colorful yarn around strands of heair like the feathering trend. Or tie them like bows! These embellishments can get pretty decorative- use your imagination and style.

7. Decorative yarn balls. See the tutorial by visiting the link to the right. Even kids can make this one! Display in a basket on a coffeetable or hang them from a ceiling.

8. Make a yarn stamp. Wrap a small wood block in yarn, making a pattern as you wrap. Dip one face of the block into colorful paint and stamp onto paper.


9. Wrap a plain lampshade with yarn to add a splash of color to the room.

10. Dream catchers. There are a variety of shapes and colors you can implement with these dreamcatchers.

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Enjoy the ten previous ways to repurpose yarn! It comes in such big bundles that it's fun to be able to use what's leftover after your original project of crocheting or knitting. Thanks for reading!


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      Kayla Brown 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Natashalh- Perfect for homemade holiday cards :)

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      Kayla Brown 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Thank you RTalloni! Yarn is pretty neat but it's so easy to assign it to crocheting or other needlework but it's definitely more versatile!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      You've posted some neat ideas here, and they inspire me to think outside the box when it comes to yarns.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      That yarn stamp idea is fantastic! I've never thought to do that before, but now I can't wait to try.

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      Kayla Brown 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Randomcreative-- Thanks for reading! I bet the yarn stamp could be used on a bigger scale for a neat pattern on walls too, like in place of wallpaper. Sueko- thank you for your comment! I think I'm going to try those again too! The possibilities are endless there!

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      Sueko Sasaki BASW 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri, The Ozark Mountains

      I'm so excited!! I'm going to make yarn wrapped letters for holiday decor! I find holiday colored yarn discounted all the time. Thank you for this creative Hub!

      Best wishes,


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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The yarn stamp is too awesome! I am dying to try that now.

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      Kayla Brown 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Thank you billybuc and glamorous06!

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      glamourous06 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      cool hub, both creative and awesome

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool ideas! Passing this one!