Thursday, December 17, 2009

Yarn Ornaments

We were trying to think of a fun project for our 4-year-olds to make as a Christmas gift for their preschool teachers. We have a ton of yarn left over from our flower pots, so we were hoping to incorporate that as well! Having seen lanterns made by wrapping glue-soaked yarn around balloons, we decided to use the same technique to make ornaments!

What you need:
  • balloons (we used water balloons)
  • glue
  • water
  • sugar
  • yarn
  • glitter (optional)
  • ribbon

First, we blew up the balloons to the size we wanted for our ornaments. We then diluted the glue with the water so it had a smooth consistency. We then added a bit of sugar. Sounds weird, but it was a technique our grandmother used to make some of her crochet projects stiff. Glue and water alone will harden the yarn fine, but we found that they were just a bit firmer when we added sugar to the mix.

Cut a long piece of yarn and put it into your glue mixture. You may want to do a trial run by wrapping yarn around your balloon before soaking it so you know about how much you'll need, but we tend to be too "fly by the seat of our pants" for that! Bear in mind that you will need more than you think. Next, take your yarn out and run your fingers down it to remove any excess liquid. Begin wrapping your yarn around your balloon, criss-crossing it around itself as you go. And add different colors if you want! Just be sure to leave openings, as this will allow lights to shine through and make it easier to get that balloon out later.

Once your balloon has the look you want, you can add some glitter! This was our boys' favorite part. Then let them dry for at least 24 hours, although it may take longer depending on how many layers of yarn you used.

Once your ornament is completely dry, pop the balloon and tie a ribbon on!

Now it is ready for your tree!

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  1. Oh how precious! I've made these types of things with colored string (and wow what a chore LOL) but never thought of using yarn. They look great!

  2. What I love most about this ornament, is that I have ALL the supplies needed already! We have our first Christmas party on Saturday, so I better get the stuff out and let the kids make some tonight!

    I'm going to feature this later today on my blog:


  3. These are really cute! My kids would love these! I featured these at Grab my "featured" button. I hope to see somedaycrafts added to the "other stuff we like" column:)

  4. Yours came out cute too! Next time, email me directly, don't use the link on the webpage. For some reason, it takes a little longer. You have great stuff keep them coming! Craft Gossip Lesson Plan Page-

  5. awesome tutorial i was looking for a firmer consistency for the glue mix. Has anybody used modge podge?

  6. Has anyone ever tried this with twine? Any thoughts?