This craft suddenly came to me. I couldn’t remember if I had ever done it. It was like a faint memory, and I think I may have done something like it in elementary school. Not sure. I was wondering if it was an original idea, so I Googled it, and apparently yarn art is not too original. Oh well. I set up to do the yarn art on stock paper. However, our neighbor came out to say hi as I was setting things up, and we ended up chatting for a while. My girls went to hang out with her girls for a bit. No more time to do this particular activity. So, I postponed it. However, I had left a piece of yarn that had been dipped in glue on the table, and this was the result:
The yarn had stiffened. I began to wonder if we could create art that wasn’t on paper. I thought that the yarn could begin to stick to itself and stiffen. So, the idea was that I would try and create the artwork on wax paper. Then, when it dried, we could peel it away. I thought they could be cute to hang in the windows. Here’s what we did:
Here are the steps:
1. Draw out a simple design on a piece of paper. Tape the paper to the table. We did a flower, an owl and this butterfly.
2. Tape a piece of wax paper over the top.
3. Cut the yarn to the desired colors and lengths. I did yarn that was about a foot in length.
4. Put the glue in a cup and dip the yarn into the cup. Pull out the yarn and drag off the excess glue.
5. You can start by outlining the design in black if desired.
6. Then, start to loop the yarn. It’s easiest if you start on the outside and loop in to the center.
7. Once you have finished the entire design, stick your fingers in the glue and put a layer over the top.
8. This takes a couple days to dry completely. Then, you’ll be able to carefully pull the yarn off the wax paper. The final product is very fragile, so you’ll have to handle it with care.
* Note: My niece (age 7) joined us for this craft. Kenzie (age 3) was an out once her hands got too sticky. Abby (age almost 5) did the owl and only got so far (see above). I helped her a bit on the outline too. I think she is also a tad too young for this craft. It was almost great for the 7 year old. She got about halfway done and wanted me to finish the rest, which I did. She enjoyed it while she was doing it, and I would recommend this craft for ages 7 and up. Hers didn’t dry in time, so I cut it out on the parchment paper. You can also do yarn art on stock paper.