Make Yarn Ornaments
This holiday season, save some money by making your own ornaments to hang on your tree or around the house. These yarn ornaments are a little messy to make, but totally worth it. Your child will create bright ornaments that are both fun to make and beautiful to look at! He can choose his favorite color yarn to use, or if he's feeling adventurous, he can make his ornaments with multiple colors.
What You Need:
- Yarn (in one or more colors of your choosing)
- Small round latex balloons
- White craft glue
- Disposable bowl (a plastic or paper picnic bowl will work great)
- Plastic wrap
- Safety pin
What You Do:
- Pour your craft glue into a small disposable dish.
- Add a small amount of water to the dish and instruct your child to stir the glue and water together until it has a thin and consistent texture.
- Inflate the balloon until it is the size your child wants their ornament to be. Tie a knot in the end of the balloon to secure it.
- Have your child pick a color yarn he would like his ornament to be. Leaving the yarn attached, help your child wrap the yarn around the balloon several times, going in all different directions, making a kind of criss-cross pattern. You want to cover the balloon substantially, but still be able to see plenty of the balloon through the yarn.
- Once your child is happy with the way the yarn looks, cut the yarn from the batch.
- Tell your child to carefully unwrap the yarn from the balloon.
- After all the yarn is off the balloon, let your child put the yarn into the glue mixture.
- Since your child’s hands will likely have glue on them at this point, you can brush the balloon lightly with flour for him. This will help to separate the balloon from the yarn later.
- While you hold the balloon, your child will slowly pull the yarn out of the glue and wrap the yarn around the balloon, in a pattern he's happy with. Again he should try to cover the balloon substantially, still leaving plenty of the balloon showing. The ornament needs to have enough yarn to be sturdy enough once it is dry to stand on its own without the balloon. Try to cover up the tied end of the balloon, to create a closed form.
- Instruct your child to use his fingers to wipe off any excess glue as he pulls the yarn out.
- When all the yarn is wrapped around the balloon, place the balloon on a piece of plastic wrap and set it aside to dry. You should leave the balloon to dry for a full day to ensure that the yarn hardens all the way.
- Allow your child to check the balloon to make sure the glue is completely dry, and the yarn feels set and hard.
- Using a sharp point, such as a safety pin, carefully deflate the balloon, and pull the pieces out through the openings in the yarn.
- When the ornament has dried and the balloon has been removed, you can attach ribbon to the top of the ornament so that it can be hung on your tree or around the house as a festive decoration.
- You can make as many of these beautiful yarn ornaments as you like!
Your child can also choose to sprinkle the ornament with glitter while the glue is still wet, so it sparkles when it's all done. These festive ornaments also make great gifts.