Now that the fall season is here, it’s time to break out the crafts! There’s no better way to bond with your kids than through the power of craft, and this year, yarn-inspired crafts are all the rage.
Below, we’ve offered up two great fall-inspired yarn projects that you can easily complete with your kids. The first involves making yarn letters and is a beginner project, great for kids ages 5 and up. The second project involves making a yarn pot dangler and is best for kids ages 10 and up.
These projects are not only fun but also easy — all you need is to do is find some super bulky yarn in dozens of colors and then free up an afternoon to craft!
So, without further ado, here are 2 fun fall projects with yarn to help you decorate your home and bond with your kids.
This is a really simple project for any fanatic of fonts or typefaces. It’s also easy enough that kids should be able to handle it on their own! Just remember to show them the fundamentals and help them along!
What you’ll need:
- Some yarn
- Some pipe cleaners
This is a great project for you to do with your kids as you can help them read along the way. Once you master the creation of single letters, you can eventually spell out whole messages like Happy Halloween!
Step 1 – Connect the pipe cleaners by twisting them together to shape your letter.
Step 2 – Now, simply start wrapping yarn pieces around the letter and tie them off. Continue this until you reach your desired thickness.
Step 3 – Once you have the thickness you’re looking for, you can reshape the pipe cleaner to form any letter you please!
Flower Pot Dangler
Who wouldn’t want to dangle their potted succulents in bright fall oranges or deep browns? With the right yarn, you can create your own macramé plant hanger to brighten up any indoor space, or better yet, hang them from the porch.
What you’ll need:
- Wooden pole ring
- Tape measure
- Plant pot
- Orange or brown yarn
Here’s how to make the dangler. Remember to talk your children through the steps carefully, and don’t let them handle the scissors.
Step 1 – Cut four pieces of your yarn into 2m lengths. Fold them in half and then take the folded end of the yarn and pass it through the pole ring. Now, take the other end through the yarn loop and pull it tightly. You should now have eight strands of yarn.
Step 2 – Separate the strands into four sections, with two strands per section. Tie one of those sections into a knot roughly 35cm down from the pole ring. Repeat for the other sections.
Step 3 – Now you’ll need to pair off the left strand from one section with the right strand from the left section. Tie the strands together roughly 10cm below the previous knot. Repeat with the other sections.
Step 4 – Repeat step 3 one more time, leaving an 8 cm distance between the knots.
Step 5 – Tie every strand together at the base where the plant pot will sit. Cut off the excess yarn to make sure you have an even tassel. Now simply place the pot inside the macramé dangler, and you’re set!
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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)