7 Super Fun Yarn Crafts for Kids of Every Age ...

It’s tough to come up with things to keep the kids occupied while home for the summer, so when I saw these yarn crafts for kids, I added them to the list of summer projects we’ll tackle. These crafts are not too expensive, which helps the budget for sure. If your children enjoy these, simply check out the yarn brand web sites such as Bernat or Lion Brand for more yarn crafts for kids.

1. Yarn Monsters

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Bernat yarn has a list of yarn crafts for kids that includes these cute little yarn monsters. Seems monsters of all kinds are super popular, so why not? Once you click the source link, you can see the templates needed that are mentioned in the instructions as well as the yarns colors and numbers used.

Materials:

Bernat® Super Value™ (197 g/7 oz; 389 m/426 yds)

Cardboard for pom-pom templates

2 white pipe cleaners

2 googly eyes

Piece of felt or construction paper for ‘feet’ of creature

Craft glue

Black felt-tipped marker

Scissors

Blunt-tipped tapestry needle

Instructions:

Body Pompom

- Print out 6" [15 cm] template for each disc (make 2 discs). Glue to cardboard. Allow to dry, then cut out along solid and dashed lines.

- Using matching yarn, approx 10" [25.5 cm] long, place between the 2 discs around center cut out and hold discs together.

- Holding 2 strands together, wrap MC yarn around the cardboard template 200 times. Break yarn.

- Pull yarn between the 2 discs and tie very tightly in center.

- Slip scissors between the 2 discs and cut the wrapped yarn all around the circle.

- Pull the discs from the yarn. Fluff and lightly trim pompom so it is even but a little floppy for Large Creature. For Small Creature, trim pompom until Body is smaller and more dense.

Eye Pompoms (make 2)

- Print out 2" [5 cm] template for each disc (make 2 discs). Glue to cardboard. Allow to dry, then cut out along solid and dashed lines.

- Using matching yarn, approx 8" [20.5 cm] long, place between the 2 discs around center cut out and hold discs together.

- For Large Creature: With B, wrap yarn around template 30 times. (See Diagrams on page 2)

- With MC, wrap 80 times, starting on right side of B and wrapping over top of B evenly to the other side.

- With A, wrap 150 times from one side of template opening to the other making sure to cover MC wraps.

- For Small Creature: With B wrap 40 times.

- With A, starting at one side template opening and ending at the other side wrap 180 times making sure to cover B.

- Slip scissors between the 2 discs and cut the wrapped yarn all around the circle.

- Pull the discs from the yarn. Lightly trim Contrast A, just to make even. Trim MC to be ¼" [6 mm] shorter than Contrast A.

- For Large Creature, trim Contrast B very short to make it smooth, round and dense.

- Glue googly eye to center of each eye.

Finishing:

Put one end of pipe cleaner through eye of tapestry needle and bend pipe cleaner to secure. Poke needle through center of Body pompom from the side and pull through so that one half of pipe cleaner is on each side of Body. Bend pipe cleaner in half from the middle. Attach one eye to each end of pipe cleaner, using tapestry needle.

Creature Feet

Print out Base Template and cut along solid line. Place template on felt or construction paper and using felt-tipped marker, trace the outline of the base. Cut along traced line. Glue Body to Feet.

2. Pom Pom Flower Bookmark

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These would make a great gift to give to teachers on the first day of school! Even with a lot of people using e-readers, some of us still think there’s nothing like a real book, right? Once you click the source link, you can see the templates needed that are mentioned in the instructions as well as the yarns colors and numbers used.

Materials:

Bernat® Super Value™ (197 g/7 oz; 389 m/426 yds)

Cardboard for Pompom templates

Scissors

Blunt-tipped tapestry needle

Optional: Size 5 mm (U.S. H/8) crochet hook to make chain

Instructions:

Pompom Flower

- Print out two 3" [7.5 cm] templates (you need 2 discs). Glue to cardboard. Allow to dry, then cut out along solid and dashed lines.

- Using MC, approx 8" [20.5 cm] long, place between the 2 discs around center cut out and hold discs together.

- With B, wrap yarn around template 30 times.

- With A, wrap 80 times, starting on right side of B and wrapping over top of B evenly to the other side.

- With MC, wrap 150 times from one side of template opening to the other making sure to cover MC wraps.

- Pull yarn between the 2 discs and tie very tightly in center.

- Slip scissors between the 2 discs and cut the wrapped yarn all around the circle.

- Pull the discs from the yarn. Lightly trim Contrast A, just to make even. Trim MC to be approx ¼" [6 mm] shorter than Contrast A. Trim Contrast B very short to make it smooth, round and dense.

Finishing:

Chain: With MC, crochet chain, finger crochet or braid a length approx 10" [25.5 cm] long and attach to back of Pompom Flower.

Tassel: Wind MC and A around 3 fingers 10 times. Break yarn leaving a long end and thread end through a needle. Slip needle through all loops and tie tightly. Remove yarn from fingers and hold all strands together with tie at top. Wind yarn tightly around loops ½" [1 cm] below top. Fasten securely. Cut through remaining loops and trim ends evenly. Attach tassel to end of chain.

3. Finger Knitting Good Scarf

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These scarves are too cute! The instructions seem super easy and it just takes yarn and kid hands! Once again, when you click the source link, you can see the templates needed that are mentioned in the instructions as well as the yarns colors and numbers used.

Materials:

Scissors

Blunt-tipped tapestry needle

Adhesive tape

Instructions:

Make 3 Scarf Lengths

(1 each in color A, B and C. You will see these once you click on the source link.)

**- **Leaving approximately 6" [15 cm] tail, lay the yarn across your left hand palm.

- Using your right hand, wrap yarn clockwise around your left-hand index finger.

- Repeating as in Step 2, wrap the yarn clockwise around your middle, ring, and pinky fingers. You’ll now have loops on all fingers, excluding the thumb.

- Lay the yarn across your fingers above the loops.

- Lift your pinky finger loop over the yarn, and let it drop off your finger.

- Repeating as in Step 5, lift the loop over the yarn and let it drop off the ring, middle, and pointer fingers. You’ve just completed your first row!

- Repeat Steps 4–6 until your finger-knitted cord is 48" [122 cm] long. Keep in mind that at the end of each row the yarn end will be on the opposite side of the palm. Simply lay the yarn across your palm, beginning from whichever direction the yarn is oriented. To finish off, cut the yarn, leaving a 6" [15 cm] tail. Using tapestry needle, weave the tail through loops, letting them fall off your fingers. Pull tight and knot. That’s all there is to it!

Finishing:

- Tape the ends of all 3 Scarf Lengths together onto a table or the floor.

- Braid the Scarf Lengths together.

- Using tapestry needle and a strand of any color yarn, sew an “X” at either end of the braid to tack the Scarf Length pieces together. Trim yarn ends.

4. Yarn Lady Bug

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For kids who are a little older, this is a really cute project from Parents.com. Balloons, yarn, Elmer’s glue, and water are all you need. Be sure to put down lots of newspaper to contain the mess.

Instructions:

Blow up two balloons, one larger than the other. In a nonstick bowl, create a mixture of one part Elmer's glue and one part water. Your kids will love dipping red and black yarn into the mixture and wrapping it around the balloons. Once you've reached your desired coverage, allow it to dry for 24 hours or until the yarn hardens. Then pop and remove the balloons and trim the bottom edges of the ladybug to create a flat base. Decorate by adding black chenille stems for antennae, googly eyes on the face, and black felt dots on the body. Attach the head using black chenille stems.

5. Yarn Bracelets

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I love these! Check out your local dollar store for plastic bracelets and turn them into some really cute yarn-wrapped jewelry. This project is also courtesy of Parents.com. Note that this link is the same as the Lady Bug, but you just have to click “next” to see the photos and instructions for these bracelets.

Instructions:

Attach a long strand of yarn to a store-bought plastic bracelet with a knot, and wrap it tightly around. Switch strands as desired by tying a new color to the end of the old one and wrapping over the loose ends. Continue until the whole bracelet is tightly wrapped. Finish with another knot and tuck any loose ends under the yarn.

6. Covered Hair Stretchies or Bracelets

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This is super easy, but perhaps for the tween or teen-aged child. You’re actually crocheting around the hair elastic, which is a little more substantial and easier to hold than just the yarn itself. I’m giving you the instructions below for single color stretchies of each style. On the link under sources, you will find instructions for two-color stretchies as well.

Materials:

Bernat® Super Value™ (197 g/7 oz; 389 m/426 yds)

Blunt-tipped tapestry needle.

Note: For best results, choose yarn colors to match color of hair elastic as color of elastic may show when stretched.

Instructions: Small Bracelet-Single Color

- Join yarn with slip knot around hook.

- Insert hook into center of elastic and work 1 single crochet around elastic.

- Work single crochet stitches evenly around elastic until elastic is evenly covered when slightly stretched.

- Join with slip stitch to first single crochet. Fasten off.

- Weave in ends securely using tapestry needle.

Our sample was approximately 2½" [6 cm] diameter and we used 26 single crochet stitches to cover around.

Instructions: Large Hair Band-Single Color

- Join yarn with slip knot around hook.

- Insert hook into center of elastic and work 1 single crochet around elastic.

- Work single crochet stitches evenly around elastic until elastic is evenly covered when slightly stretched.

- Join with slip stitch to first single crochet.

- Fasten off. Weave in ends securely using tapestry needle.

Our sample was approximately 9" [18 cm] diameter and we used 94 single crochet stitches to cover around.

7. Wired Words

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Another great sleepover project is this one from Giddy Giddy and super easy! Shape whatever words you’d like out of pipe cleaners and wrap in colorful yarn. SO cute!

Instructions:

**- **Connect your pipe cleaners by twisting together and then shape your word.****

**- **Start tying yarn pieces around the pipe cleaner and then wrapping loosely several times until desired thickness is reached. ****

**- **** **Once the pipe cleaner is covered in yarn, it becomes even easier to reshape the word or letter.

There are so many more ideas for yarn crafts out there that you could have the kids do one a day for the entire summer. There are projects for toddlers through teens so take your time and research which are appropriate for your children. They’ll have lots of fun and hopefully you won’t hear “Mom, I’m bored” too many times!

Sources: www.bernat.com, www.bernat.com, www.bernat.com, www.parents.com, www.parents.com, www.bernat.com, blog.giddygiddy.com

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