We love yarn. Sure, it is great for knitting and crocheting, but it can be used for so much more. There are many wonderful arts, crafts and activities that you can make using yarn. It is perfect for teaching sewing to beginners, for working on fine motor skills, for creating fun and unique craft projects and even making lovely pieces of process art. Here are just a few of our favorite yarn crafts and activities.
Arts and Crafts
Make your own easy pop-up puppet with readily available materials.
Do you remember those old cone pop-up puppets? I used to love them as a child and just knew that my daughter would love them too. Puppets are wonderful for the imagination and for pretend play. These pop-up puppets are easy to make and you should have most of the materials readily available.
Baking soda and colored vinegar eruptions have been one of our daughter’s favorite activities for years. What’s not to like? They’re fun. They’re fizzy and they’re colorful. They are so beautiful that we have even made a few art projects using the eruptions. For Valentine’s Day this year, we made Fizzing Heart Art. The fizzing hearts were such a hit, that we wanted to try it again. The plan was that we were going to make red, white and blue fizzing stars for the Fourth of July, but my daughter stumbled across an idea of her own. We have been doing a large number of printing projects lately, so my daughter turned our original project into these beautiful baking soda eruption prints.
Paper mosaics are a simple and easy craft for all ages. This ice cream cone mosaic is a great project for the summer.
Summer is just a couple of weeks away. I love the summer for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is the ice cream cones. There is nothing better on a hot summer day. If you are looking for an easy and sweet craft for the season, this one is perfect.
Summer is only a few short weeks away and our yard is already starting to fill up with the flutter of butterfly wings. Today, we were lucky enough to get to study one resting in our garden. My daughter loves them. She was so excited about seeing that beautiful little butterfly that she wanted to make one later that day. We love working with bleeding tissue. I don’t know if it is the excitement of getting to tear the tissue paper into little pieces or if it is using the squirt bottle that my daughter likes more. Either way, the process is a fun one.
Have you ever tried black glue art? It is a glorious technique with bold and eye-popping results. This process is perfect for preschoolers to adults. There are endless possibilities. Create something funky and abstract or choose your favorite subject or theme and just go with it. If you are looking for a little inspiration, here is a tutorial on black glue seashells, as well as a wonderful collection of ocean inspired black glue projects. Enjoy!
These wax paper leaf prints combine two things that we love, nature and printmaking.
Leaves are fantastic for printmaking. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from and the veins in the leaves create such lovely lines. We are lucky enough to live in a wooded area, surrounded by such beautiful nature. We have unlimited art inspiration and free craft materials at our fingertips. My daughter and I walked around our yard and gathered different sizes and shapes of leaves for our printmaking project. We looked for interesting shapes with more prominent veins, as they make the best prints. Once we gathered all of our supplies, we were ready to make our wax paper leaf prints. Here’s how.
Last week, my daughter and I had a ton of fun making straw blown peacocks. The response was overwhelming and I received a few requests for additional ideas. We are always up for a challenge and were excited to play with this technique some more. So, here are a few more blow paint creatures with a couple of free printables. Also check out our video on Facebook.
Every Maui fan, needs a magical fish hook. Use recyclables to make this fun Moana inspired craft for pretend play.
Have your kids seen Moana yet? If they haven’t, I definitely recommend watching it. It is a great movie about a headstrong teen that is drawn to the ocean. The music in the movie is beautiful and so catchy. I find myself singing the songs all of the time. If your children have seen it, I am sure that you have heard Maui ‘s ‘You’re Welcome’ sung about a thousand times. Maui is my daughter’s favorite character from the movie. She loves him, but as Maui tells you himself, he is nothing without his fish hook. That is where all his magic is.
If your kids are peacock lovers like we are, you will love this pretty and fun painting project.
Our family took a trip to the zoo yesterday. We saw a lot of amazing animals during our visit, but my favorite of them all was the peacocks. I love peacocks. They are so majestic and beautiful. Seeing these amazing creatures inspired our latest project. We have made peacocks in the past. Last year. we made them by painting with bleeding tissue paper. This time around we tried using the straw blowing method. Here’s how.