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7 Unexpected Ways With Yarn

Crochet, knitting, making pom-poms – these are all crafts that everyone in our community is familiar with. They all have one thing in common: yarn. Even if you’re not a fan of these soft crafts in particular, most people have at least one ball of yarn floating around in their stash. If you’re struggling with ideas for what to do with your random skeins, you’re in luck! We’ve collated some of our favourite ideas on how to use up yarn in unusual, exciting and unconventional ways.

5 Makes for an Afternoon Tea Party

1. Tennis racket

If you take a trip to a car boot sale or a charity shop, there’s a good chance you’ll find some old sports equipment for sale, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find some amazing vintage tennis rackets! Wrapping yarn in between the strings of the racket creates an amazing geometric pattern that looks perfect hung on your wall. Check out a tutorial for this project here.

2. Yarn balloon balls

Here’s a project that the kids will love to get involved in, but a word of warning – it can get messy! Dunk some yarn into a bowl of PVA glue mixed with water, then blow up some balloons and start wrapping your wet yarn around the whole surface. Once you’re happy with how much yarn is stuck to the balloon, roll the whole thing in the glue mixture to make sure it’s all covered. Leave the balloons overnight, then once they’re stiff and dry, you can start popping! Pull out the deflated balloon and you’ll be left with a fabulous sphere of yarn that makes a great decoration.

3. Gift wrap

Forget the usual ribbons and tags – yarn is the way forward when it comes to gift wrapping! Once you’ve wrapped your present in plain brown paper, add a pop of colour by winding yarn all around the gift. Then, bring in a second colour by weaving it through the yarn already wrapped around the gift. Once both colours are securely attached to the gift, you can play around with how far apart you’d like the weave to sit.

4. Yarn stamps

This project is so simple, but the end result is super impressive! Pick up these Square Wooden Cubes (483004), then wrap some yarn around one of the blocks. Secure it with a blob of glue, and you’re ready to get stamping! You can get creative with your designs by crossing the yarn on the block, or changing up the spacing between the strands. Normal ink pads work well with these DIY stamps, but you can also try dipping the yarn into poster paints or watercolours for a different effect.

5. Word Art

Word art is so popular in the craft world at the moment, but did you know you can incorporate your favourite yarn colours into your creations? Use Silver Aluminium Wire (481691) to create the shape of your chosen word, then simply start wrapping with as many colours as you like! If the kids are getting involved, let them shape their letters using a safer alternative to wire – pipe cleaners such as the Creativ Pipe Cleaner Assortment 4mm (300pcs) work really well.

6. Nailed art

It’s amazing what you can create with a plank of wood and a few nails! For an impressive piece of art like this, you simply need to draw out a template, hammer in nails around the outline, then loop yarn across the design. The best part? If you’re not happy with the end result, you can simply unwrap the yarn and start again! Why not create someone’s initial and give it to them as a gift?

7. Fishtail braid

A fishtail braid is one of our favourite hairstyles, and it can only be improved by some pops of colourful yarn! It may look daunting, but all you need to do is tie yarn to the root of your hair before you start. Then, braid your hair in the usual fishtail method. Cut off any excess yarn that’s longer than your hair, and you’re done! We love the contrast that using three or four colours brings to the look.