A super easy Valentine Yarn Ornament tutorial for even the youngest crafters to enjoy! This is a favorite Valentine Yarn Craft for kids of all ages.
We first made these Valentine Yarn Ornaments back in 2012. That didn’t seem so very long ago to me, until I scrolled through the old pictures in this post (see below) and realized how impossibly small my kids were just a few years ago.
Of all the many ornaments we made back in 2012, we now only have one Valentine Yarn Ornament left. So, we decided to make a new batch of these to decorate with for Valentine’s Day.
Seven years later, this simple Valentine craft was just as fun as the first time around.
I’ve never considered myself to be very crafty. But this kind of super easy activity is very manageable, even for me.
It requires just a handful of supplies – yarn, cornstarch, water, glitter, and some heart shaped cookie cutters. And it’s easy enough that the kids don’t really need much supervision.
It is messy, but only in a sticky hands kind of way. A quick rinse in the kitchen sink and clean up is over. I can definitely handle that. (Plus, the kids love the feeling of cornstarch glue all over their hands! I think that’s the most fun part for them.)
You can make a Valentine banner with these Valentine Yarn Ornaments. Or, you can hang them individually because they’re adorable all by themselves.
You can even hand them out as unique valentines. They’re really fun!
Here’s the original post from 2012 with the step by step tutorial and helpful photos! (I can’t believe how tiny my kids used to be? How did they grow up so fast?!)
Valentine Yarn Ornament Tutorial
The girls and I caught the craft bug this week. I think it’s the Valentine holiday that gets my fingers itching for construction paper and glitter glue – childhood programming I suppose. So we’ve been dreaming up sticky, sparkly projects and these Valentine Yarn Ornaments were the most fun!
I don’t know about you, but our house is going to be a veritable Valentine Factory this weekend. I think we’ll try to fit in a few more of these yarn ornaments just because the entire family had so much fun making them together.
We’ll probably also squeeze in a few too many Valentine candies too, because there are no rules about that sort of thing when there’s a holiday involved, right?
Here is the easy tutorial, with helpful pictures, so your family can enjoy a fun Valentine Yarn Ornament too! XOXO
- Yarn, cut into 6 to 12 inch pieces (no need to measure exactly) Cotton or acrylic yarn works best
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters in various sizes
- Sheet Pan
- Parchment Paper
Make Corn Starch Glue
Combine cornstarch and water in small saucepan. Stir until smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Remove immediately from heat. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of glitter. Allow it to cool to touch (just a few minutes).
Prepare Sheet Pans
While glue is cooling, lay out cookie cutters on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
Make Yarn Ornaments
When glue is cool, completely coat a piece of yarn with glue. The glue is very thick, just press the yarn right into it and smoosh it all around. Pull yarn between two fingers to remove large clumps of glue, then place yarn in cookie cutter on parchment paper.
Repeat until the yarn pieces fill the cookie cutter and resemble its heart shape. Then, remove cookie cutter carefully from yarn. If needed, use a pencil and press down the top of the heart to emphasize its heart shape.
If desired, sprinkle with a bit more glitter (my daughter says you can't ever have too much glitter!). Repeat until you have as many yarn hearts as desired.
"Cook" the Ornaments
Place parchment paper with hearts carefully on large cookie sheet. Place in oven on Warm, or 150 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2 to 3 hours, or until hearts are hard. Remove from cookie sheet and cool.
Attach a ribbon and display your sparkly handiwork!