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Yarn Art

Updated on September 12, 2018
Colorful bits of yarn makes beautiful yarn art.
Colorful bits of yarn makes beautiful yarn art. | Source

What is yarn art?

Yarn art is simply creating with yarn. In this case I am making pictures with yarn. Some call it Painting with Yarn. This is how this particular yarn art works. You use the yearn to outline or cover your picture. If you don't want to draw a picture yourself you can always find them in coloring books or on line. Here are a few of the online sites that have pictures suitable for use for this yarn art.

  • parenting.leehansen.coml/downloads/coloring/flowers/butterflies.htm

Supplies you need for Yarn Art
Supplies you need for Yarn Art | Source

Supplies needed

As this is a simple project the supplies needed are few.

  • Piece of paper, any size. I used watercolor paper, the glue will not soak through it. You can also use foam core board or any paper you wish that will not let glue soak through.
  • White glue. I used Elmer's, the white school glue also works.
  • Bits and pieces of yarn.
  • Simple picture if you don't want to draw one yourself.

KoffeeKlatch files
KoffeeKlatch files

Step by Step directions

  1. The first thing you need to do is to sketch a simple picture to use. As you can see from my yarn piece I chose to draw a very simple rainbow with hearts in differenty sizes attached to it. On the tip I wrote out the phrases Best Friends. I chose this particular sketch because of the simplicity. If you feel you cannot draw at all try tracing a page out of a coloring book. Make sure it is a basic simple picture. If you get too complicated it becomes almost impossible to complete.
  2. Next, choose the yarn you want to use. I used bits and pieces of scrap yarn. Any color combination is allowable - the sky's the limit. After all, you're being creative, so create a new combination.
  3. Now you can begin the fun part. I used plain white glue to trace a small portion at a time. I then cut pieces of yarn that looked like they would fit on the spot I waned to cover. I did 1/2 of the heart at a time. The bottle that contained the white glue had a nice applicator tip that allowed me to run a line of glue on the line I was covering with yarn. Most glue containers are supplied with these tips.
  4. Let yarn and glue dry flat and you have a picture most tweens will love. They can hang their artwork on a wall or give it as a gift especially when they write I love you, best friends, or any other message.

KoffeeKlatch Gals files
KoffeeKlatch Gals files

Tips for successful yarn painting

  • Make sure you choose a picture that is simple. If you choose one that has a lot of lines you may become discouraged and never finish it.
  • Try to do one little section at a time when gluing the yarn. If you try to do too much at one time you will be dislodging pieces.
  • Be creative, use as many colors and combinations as you can.
  • You can paint a background on the paper and then sketch a picture and glue the yarn.
  • You can fill in the images you create with yarn, glitter, feathers, sequins, or other crafty items.
  • If you choose to fill in with yarn you can fill with straight lines, coils, waves, or anything else you can think of.
  • Make it your own.

KoffeeKlatch Gals files
KoffeeKlatch Gals files

Wait, There's a Little More...

It doesn't have to sop here. You can fill the hearts with more yarn, beads, glitter, or whatever else you please.

May it your own special piece of art. Whatever you decide to do make sure you have fun. That's the whole point of this art.

© 2012 Susan Hazelton


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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks JakManson.

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      Jak Manson 

      6 years ago

      I really like your work. It is really good and it is something that kids can do too. If you are in need of a place that can supply yarn and can really help you out.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tracy Lynn Conway, it's a great project. The kids had so much fun creating their own picture.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I have been gathering up simple and beautiful art projects such as this one to use with my elementary age students. I love that you can keep this one simple or go to town by filling out the page with yarn. I can wait to see how these turn out. Thanks for a great idea and hub!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      That Grrl, have you ever noticed how everything old becomes new again.

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      Laura Brown 

      7 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      We made pictures like that as kids. I haven't thought about that for a very long time.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, how true. When I had the middle schoolers do this craft it brought out a great deal of creativity.

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      7 years ago

      A super craft with loads of possibilities!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Moonlake, this is a project I am doing with middle schoolers this sumer in our Summer Program. Everything old is new again. Craft projects are brought back for the old, a little something is added, and presented as new.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jackie, It is a fun thing to do. I found it relaxing. An added bonus is being able to use up all of those yarn sscraps.

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      7 years ago from America

      Great and easy craft project for kids. It seems to me years ago our kids use to come home from school with yarn art. Voted Up and more.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How interesting. I use to crochet but tired of it. This seems a new fun thing to do with yarn, (of which I have tons) thank you!


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