Looking for easy Christmas crafts for kids? These simple yarn wrapped ornaments are the perfect make and take for this year’s classroom holiday party!
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We’re getting in the Christmas spirit around here! The tree went up this weekend, shopping is underway, Christmas cards are ordered – and I’m loving every minute! The best part of this season for me is that it gives me an extra excuse to craft!
Art and craft activities for kids can be hit or miss. But something about creating craft projects around the holidays usually draws their interest, especially when they’re making something as a gift for someone else!
Christmas Crafts for Kids: Yarn Wrapped Ornaments
We whipped up these super simple yarn wrapped ornaments over the weekend and they turned out so cute that I think we’ll use them as gift toppers on all of our Christmas gifts this year!
This craft is a great bilateral coordination activity, encouraging kids to use one hand as a stabilizer and the other hand to do the work. Bilateral coordination is using both sides of the body together in a coordinated way.
Kids need bilateral coordination for all kinds of daily living and school-related tasks, including tying shoes and cutting with scissors. They use both sides of the body together when they learn how to ride a bike and even when they’re babies learning how to crawl!
Here’s how we made these colorful little beauties…
What You’ll Need:
-Cardstock or cardboard
-A star-shaped cookie cutter or other star template to trace
What to Do:
Check out the video tutorial here!
Trace your star shape onto the card stock and cut it out (or for kids who are getting good with cutting with scissors, have them cut out the star themselves).
Tape the end of your yarn into a loop about an inch from one of the tips of your star.
Then, set your child loose, wrapping the yarn around the star shape like crazy! They can cover the whole star, or leave some of the cardstock showing underneath – either way, the final product is really cute!
How to Change it Up:
-Try some other holiday shapes! Little yarn-wrapped Christmas trees would be so cute too!
-String several smaller stars together to make a holiday garland!
-If the yarn isn’t staying in place, try cutting several small snips around the edges of your star template to give the yarn a place to catch.
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Love this star activity. Going to try it with my 2′ and 3’s this week to celebrate the Three Kings!
Great Laura! So glad you liked this activity – let us know how it goes with your little ones! We’d love to see a picture of your final product! Email us or share on Facebook! :)
I am going to have the kids at my church do this. I was just wondering, about how much yard do you think you used per child? I am already buying supplies for Christmas next year! Thank you!
Hi Amy! I’m not sure exactly how much yarn I used per ornament…but what I did was make a practice one with some scrap yarn/string at home so I could see how much I would need to cover most of the ornament. Then I just took that length and measured it out for each child. Hope this makes sense! :) Send us a picture of your finished products at Christmas time! :)
I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong….but it seriously took like 36 feet of yarn to get my star mostly covered?! That’s just so much yarn. Do you have tips for the best way to wrap?
Also…I can’t figure out how to cover the very tip ends?
Hi Melissa! Hmm. I’m wondering if it has to do with the size of your stars? Also – when we made this with kids, we didn’t worry about covering the whole star. We just wrapped the yarn around, leaving white space here and there. As far as the corners go – you could try using a little bit of glue on each corner to see if that helps secure the yarn? Hope this helps! Happy Holidays! :)
Hi…These are so cute! Just wondering how you finish it up? Do you glue the end in somewhere? Thinking about these for our preschoolers. Thank you!
So glad you like our ornaments! I love these too! When we finished ours off, we just tied the yarn in a knot to secure it. You could definitely glue it too, or even use a hot glue gun if you wanted to make it really secure! Hope they turn out great! Happy Holidays! :)
These look great! Going to make these at our Breakfast with Santa this weekend! Thanks for the idea!
Awesome Mary! So glad you liked this idea and that you’ll be putting them into action at Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy! :)
They are so cute. … how Do you change the Colour? Glue the Two Ends of the Yarn Together?
I think they used multi colored yarn but you could tie multiple colors together. Hi
Thanks for the blog.
I just took that length and measured it out for each child. so glad you liked this idea and that you’ll be putting them into action at Breakfast with Santa, Enjoy. you could definitely glue it too, or even use a hot glue gun if you wanted to make it really secure. we just wrapped the yarn around, leaving white space here and there.
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