Yarn Wrapped Letters {Classic Kids Crafts}

by Alissa Marquess on September 6, 2012

Yarn Wrapped Letters - these would be a great "letter of the week" craft.I am inspired by the book Raising a Creative Kid to start a weekly series of very simple crafts (Classic Kids Crafts) that we can do with our kids.  I want them to be simple so we can get right to the DOING of the craft without much fuss, and so they leave room for creativity, problem solving, and for parents to connect with the kids instead of being worried about the details.

These crafts will be good for kids approximately ages 4-7 and I’ll include a way to alter the craft so that you can include younger siblings as well. Often older kids will happily participate, especially when given a chance to take the craft in their own direction.

These craft How-Tos will be photo driven so you can easily look at them on a tablet or phone and just look at the pictures to see what to do.

Yarn Wrapped Letters

Wiggly squiggly yarn wrapped letters are the first in this Classic Kids Crafts series- I think an entire name made of these would look really neat, but they’re a bit futzy to make, so it would take a very patient or very motivated kiddo to do that.

Supplies:
yarn wrapped letters - supplies

This craft is good for hand eye coordination and can be expanded by adding glitter or sequence, painting on top of the yarn, or making the yarn wrapped letter just a part of a series of “fancy letters.”

Wrapping the letter:
yarn wrapped letters - kids craft

Kids might need a little help getting each piece of yarn going.  Wrapping around corners gets a bit odd, but it’s the perfect time  for encouraging creativity.  Just add more glue, more yarn and some encouragement and let them figure it out.

Each problem you solve gives you more confidence to tackle the next problem that comes along. ~Jillian Riley, Raising a Creative Kid

Ta-da! Finished letter!
yarn wrapped letters

For Toddlers and Preschoolers:
toddler yarn picture

For younger children you can let them make a yarn picture by giving them bits of yarn and a glue covered piece of cardboard.  Of course, being the destructive artist she is, my daughter made a picture and then spent about the same about of time pulling it apart; guess that means it got the toddler mark of approval!

*If you like this craft, you might like the book “Games for Writing: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write,” by Peggy Kaye, which offers some other fun way to get kids interested in words and writing.

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5 comments
Marcie
Marcie

Hi Kathleen. Some heavy-duty die cutting machines will cut very thin balsa wood. But I think what you are wanting will call for a jig saw, or scroll saw, at least. Or an electric scroll saw if you plan to make very many of the letters.

Kathleen Hamilton
Kathleen Hamilton

Anyone know of a letter cutter for wood? This is to create letters for names of children to hang on wall with a ribbon in their favorite room at home. Where could I find a wood cutter. It is a Letter Monogram project

Kathleen Hamilton
Kathleen Hamilton

Hi I love this idea for art craft for kids age 12 and up. How big should the letters be for working on this and completing this with two hours? Just love this one Do you know about letter monograming? What type letter cutter for wood is needed? Where can I find this?

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