As avid yarn crafters with tons of experience in knitting and crochet, we’re always looking for awesome new ways to use out leftovers and yarn scraps. There are just so many different things they’re useful for besides the needles and hook! That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled lately for cool, creative yarn projects that we’ve never tried before.
Check out this list of 15 awesome yarn based DIY projects that have caught our eye well so far in our search, and that we can’t wait to try!
1. Quick and easy yarn tassels
If you’ve never made simple yarn tassels before then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something very fun indeed! We like this particular tutorial from Red Ted Art because it’s clear enough that even our kids can follow along. This is actually how we taught them to make tassels for the very first time.
2. Pretty pastel wall hanging
Of course, you don’t have to follow the same colour scheme that you see here in this tutorial, but we sure did because it looks like a pastel dream! This tutorial from Sweetest Digs shows you how to make a beautifully easy yarn fringe wall mobile that has dimensional shape and visual appeal thanks you a dowel and a metallic crafting ring.
3. Yarn wrapped cereal box photo frame
Are you feeling very intrigued indeed by the idea of getting your kids in on the whole crafting with yarn thing, but you’re just not sure that they’re quite ready for tassels and you can’t help wondering whether there might be an easier technique out there? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at yarn wrapping! This tutorial from Hazel and Company that teaches you how to make yarn wrapped picture frames from upcycled cereal box cardboard is the perfect example of what we mean.
4. Cute yarn bird
Are you actually quite experienced in alternative yarn crafting besides just knitting and crochet, so you’re looking for something that’s at least slightly more challenging? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this adorable little yarn bird outlined step by step on Cut Out and Keep a try!
5. Easy finger knitting butterfly
Have you ever wondered whether there might be a way to teach your kids the basics of knitting in simpler steps, because they’re showing an interest but they’re not quite ready for the needles yet? Then we’d absolutely suggest teaching them how to finger knit! Start out by giving this adorable finger knit butterfly tutorial from Red Ted Art a try.
6. Yarn Dorset buttons
As enthusiastic and experienced knitters, we’re always on the lookout for new DIY ways to add to the things we knit by making even more embellishments and features to add to the designs. Imagine how thrilled we were, then, when we came across these fantastically decorative Dorset buttons outlined step by step on Studio Knit!
7. Yarn hat ornament
Has working with yarn always reminded you of winter and chilly weather? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Felt Magnet made these fantastic little yarn ornaments that are simply but strategically made to look like little winter hats. Whether you add them to a DIY figurine or strung up like a Christmas tree ornament, the effect will be just as cute!
8. Yarn wrapped farm animals
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of doing some yarn wrapping but you’re just not sure that you have a need for any more DIY photo frames? Well, if your kids are big animal lovers like ours are, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Little Hands Crafting used a similar technique to make these super fun yarn wrapped zoo animals in all different shapes and colours. The yarn is the fur or hair!
9. DIY decorative yarn balls
Perhaps you’ve actually been scrolling through our list hoping to come across something a little more decorative or abstract looking than you’ve seen so far? In that case, we wonder whether you might prefer to make something like these awesome structurally decorative yarn balls outlined step by careful step on Cut Out and Keep!
10. DIY ball of yarn wreath
Are you actually such an avid knitter, like we’ve talked about, that it’s pretty much the first thing your friends would say you’re known for in your social circles? Then we have a feeling you’ll think this next idea from Michaeli Marler is a real hoot. Check out their tutorial to see how they made their yarn scraps into a funny little knitting themed door wreath!
11. Yarn woven Christmas ornaments
Did we actually catch your attention quite well when we started talking about the idea of making yarn based Christmas ornaments and hanging decor but you’re just not sure that the miniature winter hats we showed you earlier on our list are quite your style? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Live, Craft, Eat used simple weaving techniques to create these beautiful Christmas stars instead.
12. Macrame yarn garlands
Just in case you’re still interested in making some kind of decor piece but you’re not entirely sure that you want it to be seasonal or themed, here’s a fantastic way to simply add some yarn based colour to your space! Take a better look at Smile and Wave DIY to see how these super fun easy macrame yarn garlands were made.
13. Easy woven yarn cups
Are you feeling quite keen on the idea of introducing your kids to simple weaving techniques, but they’re still quite young and you can’t help feeling like you’ll need a slightly easier idea than the ornaments we showed you earlier? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at how Fave Crafts made these adorable colour blocked and woven cups that are great for holding flowers or writing utensils!
14. Long perfect beaded tassels
Has your favourite idea on our list so far actually been the one for making little yarn tassels, but it’s you who wants to make them, rather than your kids? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make a slightly classier looking version that you might use to embellish a knitting project or make a bookmark to give to a friend! Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how TL Yarn Crafts made these lovely, longer shaped tassels that feature nice wooden beads.
15. Brushed yarn tutorial for amigurumi
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find something extra unique that the average knitter or crochet enthusiast probably hasn’t tried before but you just haven’t seen the thing that has quite caught your eye well yet? Then we think you’ll find this next idea from Chrisette Designs very interesting indeed! They teach you the simple steps for brushing out your yarn until it’s textured more like roving in order to use it in crafts like making amigurumi scenes.
Have you made other kinds of fantastic and super fun yarn crafts before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!