12 days of Christmas crafts…day 11

DIY Yarn ornaments


If you are a regular follower of mine then you know about my obsession with yarns. I love the colors, and different textures they come in but I was never able to accomplish crocheting so I use yarn for other craft projects.

A little blue bird made from wool yarn and felt wings.
The yarn I used for this tiny teddy was vintage mohair from Italy and it is so soft. Feels like I imagine a cloud would feel. The tiny flowers the bear is holding are from a neighbor who gave me a whole hobby store of supplies when the store closed down. Think these vintage flowers are from the 50’s.
More Italian vintage mohair yarn. The saddle blanket I cut from an old cloth napkin I bought second hand. 
This little pom pom snowman has a snow cap made from a sweater my daughter out grew when she was 8 years old.  The buttons are from a giant jar of mismatched new and old buttons my mother-in-law gave me. 


My aunts even tried teaching me how to crochet when I was a little girl but it just wasn’t happening. Then they tried again when I became an adult, again…just not going to happen. They have accepted that and we have all moved on. But I still love yarn. I always find the most beautiful wool and mohair yarns when I am out second hand shopping. I have so much that one of my aunts even gifted me with a big cabinet to store all my yarns in. I just bought a few baskets to help separate them all by colors. Baskets are great for organizing.

It is so easy to make these yarn ornaments. I had a bag of Styrofoam and all types of yarns so I thought I would combine the two. Later, months later, I would see something similar done with vases on YouTube. Remember there is nothing new under the sun as they say. To make your own yarn balls you will need these supplies:


Tacky glue or school glue


Yarn- assorted colors

Paper clips

Styrofoam balls-assorted sizes


Just glue different colors of yarn around Styrofoam balls

The day I worked on this project it rained. Everything is wet because in between the storm I went outside to work in my garden area which is where I prefer to work. 

Don’t forget to push a paper clip into your Styrofoam to hang a string from after you have finished gluing on the yarn.



This would be a fun project to do with family during Christmas celebrations. Have a table all set up with baskets of yarns, glue, holiday embellishments and a couple ornaments finished to use as guides. Multi colored yarns make the prettiest ornaments.When guests go home they get to leave with an ornament they made. Happy crafting everyone.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. mel says:

    Adorable and beautiful colors!

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  2. Emily M says:

    They’re so colourful!

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    1. Thank you, I love colors. I think having all white walls and furniture and then adding lots of colorful art looks so striking. I would love to have a room where I did that. My office area where I store supplies and paperwork is full of mismatched colorful art everywhere. I even have a daybed in there filled with lots of colorful pillows.

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      1. Emily M says:

        Ah that sounds lovely! I’m still in the process of reorganising my new crafting corner in the study as I got a sewing desk a couple of months ago but still need to find a suitable storage solution for my fabric and craft supplies on the wall opposite 💛

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      2. I found an old filing cabinet and painted it white, then I cut the file folders off and used the top part to fold over different colors of fabrics. Now I just open the file cabinet and there are rows and rows of all kinds of fabrics folded up and organized nicely in there. I will have to send a photo sometimes to explain what I am talking about. I also got one of those giant entertainment centers and painted it cream, then instead of filling it with a television set I filled it with a small shelf and folded up fabric. It is like a giant armoire of fabrics. The whole thing cost me $30 and the cabinet was free.

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      3. Emily M says:

        I’ve not thought of that before, that’s such a good idea!! I would love to see/read a tour of your craft room!

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      4. I will have to think of something for January to post. We all need to make room for all those holiday gifts and just starting a New Year organizing our lives.

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  3. Ok, I love, love, love your yarn crafts, and these yarn balls are super cute, but those critters, especially the bluebird, are amazing! I declare you the Master of Yarn Crafts!

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    1. Okay, that one is funny. Never thought I be considered a master of yarn crafts…thank you, so sweet once again. I am a big yarn fanatic. I have to stay away from those second hand shops when it comes to yarn. I was so happy when my aunt gave me that huge cabinet to store everything in. We spent that day getting baskets to store the yarn in. That was so fun to organize. I used to store my colors in plastic bins and I really couldn’t see the colors I had, now I can just look through the glass doors and get what I want when I decide to create a little critter.

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      1. Yes, that cabinet is a wonderful storage area!

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  4. Love these. the pom pom Christmas tree decorations are a great idea. keep your awesome craft ideas coming.

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