How to Make a Yarn Ball Ornament: Two Methods!

My mother-in-law is huge into knitting and crocheting.  She’s quite fabulous at both too (although she would never accept such a compliment).  Over the years, she’s made some beautiful handmade items for us, like blankets, hats, socks, and this adorable sweater for my son.

I thought this Christmas, it would be fun to make her a little handmade ornament that pays tribute to one of her favorite hobbies.  I spotted this gem on Pinterest which served as my inspiration, plus I decided to give a second method a try.  Both worked great, and they were so easy and inexpensive to throw together!

Oh, and I have LOTS more fun going on too!  It’s also Day 1 of our Holiday Craft Party where four other amazing bloggers and myself will be sharing all kinds of crafty holiday creations all week long.  Plus we’re celebrating even more with a GIVEAWAY!!  Keep reading for all the details and enter for your chance to win!

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How to Make a Yarn Ball Ornament: Two Methods!

I made these in the knitting variety, but if you have a crocheter in your life, just substitute the faux knitting needles with small crochet hooks!

Supplies for Method 1:

  • Plastic ornament
  • Chunky yarn
  • Two wooden skewers
  • Two wooden beads
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks

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Method 1:

  1. Remove top of ornament and start hot gluing yarn around neck.
  2. Continue gluing yarn around and around the ornament in a continuous spiral.
  3. Once you reach the bottom and have the entire ornament covered, start wrapping the yarn around in a haphazard pattern, gluing sporadically.
  4. Cut wooden skewers to desired length and stick through yarn in front so they’re crossing.
  5. Hot glue wooden beads to the end of skewers to transform them into faux knitting needles.
  6. Reinsert top of ornament and add twine (or piece of yarn or other string) for hanging.

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The reason I first wrapped the entire ornament in a continuous spiral all around and then went back in a haphazard fashion was because the plastic ornament is quite slippery.  The yarn does not want to stay put without using tons of hot glue to hold every inch or two in place.  I learned this lesson while wrapping dozens (and dozens and dozens) of plastic Easter eggs for my Spring Easter Egg Wreath….ughhhh, never again!

The process goes by much faster if you do this simple step first, trust me.  It also keeps the final product from being too bulky….you don’t have to wrap wrap wrap to fill in all the gaps and disguise the plastic ornament.

And here’s the completed ornament!  I think it looks quite cute.  Some twine was used for hanging, and I decided to keep the knitting needles as their natural wood color, but you can certainly paint or stain them before inserting through the yarn if you’d like.

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And now for Method 2!  It’s pretty similar to the first with just a few tweaks.

Supplies for Method 2:

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Light weight yarn
  • Two wooden skewers
  • Two wooden beads
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks

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Method 2:

  1. Insert wooden skewers in foam ball so they create an X.
  2. Cut wooden skewers to desired length (make them a little longer than you want them to look in the final ornament because the yarn will end up hiding a bit where they enter/exit the foam).
  3. Hot glue wooden beads to the end of skewers to transform them into faux knitting needles.
  4. Start hot gluing yarn around foam ball.
  5. Continue gluing yarn around and around the foam ball, wrapping the yarn in a haphazard pattern and gluing sporadically.  Make sure you fill in all gaps so no foam is showing through.
  6. Insert piece of yarn through loop at the top for hanging.

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And here’s the second final ornament!  I used a small strand of the same yarn and strung a loop through the top for hanging.

This method took a little longer than the first because I didn’t cover the whole foam ball in a continuous spiral first, so there were lots of tiny gaps to cover, especially using the light weight yarn.  It was also a little tricky maneuvering around the knitting needles since they were inserted first.

But, this ornament was still really easy to make and I think it is absolutely adorable!

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Personally, I think I prefer the look of Method 1 better.  I like how the knitting needles are nestled together near the front of the ornament as opposed to creating a perfect X like in Method 2 (that reminds me of a pirate ship’s skull and crossbones flag!).  I also think a chunkier yarn works better too, and having a real ornament top.  But it’s all just personal preference.

You can also combine parts of both methods to create a look that suits your style.  This is a super simple DIY project!

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Holiday Craft Party!  Day 1: Ornaments

There’s more fun!  This week I’m taking part in a Holiday Craft Party with four other lovely and crafty ladies.  Every day is a new theme and we’re all sharing tutorials!

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Today’s theme is Ornaments, so make sure you check out their amazing holiday creations too!

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Holiday Craft Party Giveaway!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy holidays!

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I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky blonde, blue-eyed two-year-old boy and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. We live our lives in the Deep South, and I spend my son's nap times getting my craft on. I blog at Where The Smiles Have Been about my adventures in craftiness, DIY decor, Silhouette projects, and life as a new mommy.

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  1. My sister and I just went out and bought everything to make these. We might be getting crafty on Thanksgiving while she is still couch bound from my nephew.

  2. I can’t wait to make the yarn ornament. I have just the knitting friend who will love it! Thank you!

  3. Carolynn M. slocum says:

    I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sharlene Piscitelli says:

    These ornaments are so cute! My favorite part of holiday gifting is crafting handmade gifts.

  5. Christine, these are SO stinkin’ adorable!!! I think my favorite is Method 1 as well – I love the look of the criss-crossed needles! But both are so fun, and would make lovely gifts! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. Christine, love these ornaments! they are cute and adorable. thank you for the tutorial! I have a friend who love knitting and this will be perfect for her gift :)

  7. Hi, Christine ~ I love your Yarn Ball Ornaments! They’re so cute and fun. I especially love the added details of the knitting needles. :0) I’m so excited that it’s finally Holiday Craft Party time!

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