If you love the look of yarn but aren't in the mood for complicated knitting or crocheting, have your child create simple and beautiful yarn letters. Constructed from cardboard and wrapped in yarn, these appealing letters can spell out a special message or even your child's name.
What You Need:
- Masking tape
- Hot glue gun
What You Do:
Have your child draw the letters she wants on a sheet of cardboard.
Let her use scissors to cut each letter out.
To make yarn letters, she'll need two pairs of each letter. Show her how to trace each of her letters on more cardboard before cutting out the duplicate letters.
Have her stack each letter pair on top of one another.
How wide does your child want her cardboard letters to be? Help her cut out long strips of cardboard that are all her desired width.
Time to construct her three-dimensional letters! Have her use tape to attach a long strip of cardboard to the sides of the top letter of each pair. You may have to help her wrap the bend the cardboard strips just right.
When she's finished, she should have letter-shaped boxes that are missing their lids. To complete each letter, have her tape the second cardboard letter -- the duplicate of the first -- to each cardboard box.
Now that she has her cardboard letters constructed, she's ready to add the yarn. Use a glue gun to attach one end of the yarn to the top of the letter-shaped box.
Help her wrap the yarn around each letter. Make sure each loop of yarn is right up against the previous loop. She doesn't want any cardboard to show through the yarn.
Let her wrap all her letters in this way. Some of the letters may be tricker to wrap then others, so she may need to cut individual strips of yarn to wrap certain curves and edges separately.
When she's done, have her set up her letters in the right order on a table or shelf to display her artsy creation.