When I was a freshman in college, I learned how to knit from another gal in my dorm. A whole bunch of us would pile onto one of our teeny-tiny beds in the University of Oregon’s notoriously dungeon-like dorm rooms, and together we’d knit one, purl one for hours—instead of studying (or binge drinking!). I gave the resulting scarf to my sister for Christmas. I was so excited for her to open it. When she did, she oohed, held it up—and burst into laughter. The thing was enormous, more of a shawl than a scarf, and hilariously wonky.
I’ve gotten much better at knitting since then, though these days most of my yarn projects are of the arts and crafts kind, not the follow-an-intricate-sweater-pattern variety. That’s ok, though! Yarn is good for more than just cable-knit caps. These 10 easy yarn projects for kids are super fun anytime, no matter if it’s sunny or sweater weather.
- TP Roll and Yarn Monsters, from Danya Banya. These lil’ guys are SO CUTE. I think we may make a whole village of them.
- Yarn and Spoon Mermaid, by I Heart Crafty Things. Whenever we play Ariel—which is often—Peeper is always Ariel, I am always Sebastian, and poor Kiwi is always Flounder. Once we make some of these yarn and spoon crafts, though, maybe we can all be mermaids!
- Painting with Yarn Process Art, by Buggy and Buddy. I am a huge fan of process art—basically letting your kids get all creative without an adult-conceived outcome in mind—and I love how this project uses unconventional materials (yarn!) to add excitement to an arts and crafts day.
- Fashionably fierce sweater craft, by yours truly! After reading the bad-ass princess book The Princess and the Pony, Peeper and I came up with this fun sweater craft using yarn and paint. Pair the craft and a read-aloud to make sweaters for a whole menagerie of brutes!
- Dandelion bouquet, by Bren Did. It’s still grey here in Oregon, but today Peeper handed me a single dandelion that was growing in our yard despite the odds. Having a whole bouquet of yarn flowers in the house would cheer me up on these grey days—and would leave the actual dandelions alone to, ahem, struggle against our area’s record rains.
- Bird Finder Binoculars, by Art Bar Blog. Kiwi is obsessed with unrolling all our TP and stuffing it into the toilet. Annoying, I know. But on the plus side, we have plenty of cardboard rolls for these adorable, cheery and easy yarn projects for kids!
- Circle Weaving for Kids, by Hello Wonderful. Confession: I have always wanted to learn to weave a basket. This may be my gateway drug. I don’t even care if my kids want to do this craft; I am going to rock it!
- No-Paint Yarn Painting, by Picklebums. This blogger read my freakin’ mind. The source of almost all of my family’s latest meltdowns (including my own, if I’m being honest): paint. Messy, messy, messy paint. I’m ready for some no-mess art projects like this one!
- Yarn Block Prints, by I Always Pick the Thimble. My kids love stamping, and this project is an easy craft for them to make their own stamps (and some wrapping paper while they’re at it!).
- Yarn Rolling Pin Printing, by Kids Play Box. I love the criss-cross pattern you get when rolling a yarn-covered rolling pin in paint. Don’t these crafts turn out gorgeous?
Enjoy your weekend and these easy yarn projects for kids—and happy Friday Funday!