Hi, there! We’re back with the next post in the Y is for Yarn theme. Now last week when I told you to cut up all that perfectly good yarn to create a yarn sensory bin, you may have wondered what in the world you’d do with all that yarn when you are done. Well, don’t worry. I’ve got a few ideas for you. Today we’re starting with a classic kids’ craft that you may even remember from summer camp days as a kid. I know we made a few of these in Girl Scouts when I was younger, and there’s a good reason. Yarn bowls are easy to create. They take only a couple of materials, and you can use them when you’re finished–practical!
How to Make a Yarn Bowl
Materials for a Yarn Bowl
- Strands of yarn
- White school glue slightly thinned with water
- A base to build your bowl on. We used a bowl turned upside down and covered with plastic wrap, but I’ve also seen people use a balloon
Making the Yarn Bowl
Now I should warn you that this project can be very messy. If a child does not enjoy messy play, then he or she may not like this process at all. It took my most mess-averse little ones a few minutes of observation before they decided to join in this craft. And for cleanup purposes I recommend either working outside or using a surface that you can remove and wipe clean like a vinyl tablecloth or large tray.
Lovey, however, was eager to dive right in. To get started she placed bits of yarn into the glue and let them soak up glue for a few seconds.
Then she gently squeezed out some of the excess glue and layered the yarn around the bowl. She added and added and added yarn.
She wanted to make sure the entire bowl was covered with yarn, so she kept adding and patting the yarn down.
It would have dried much faster if she had used less yarn, but we weren’t in any rush and she was proud of her creation. It did take a couple of days to dry though.
And I’d say the results were well worth the wait. She loves her creation, and she uses it to keep small items in.
Have you every made a yarn bowl or other creations like one? Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to read about them in the comments.
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