Easy Christmas Crafts: Fringed Yarn Ornament
Some yarn, a chenille wire and a couple of beads become this fun and interesting Fringed Yarn Ornament.
Though not difficult, this does take some time. It's a great project to prepare for younger, smaller fingers to do as a project.
Easy Christmas Crafts: Fringed Yarn Ornament Materials and Tools:
Yarn - I used size 10 crochet thread
Stiff paper - heavy cardstock or card board 3 inches wide
Chenille wire - similar color to yarn
Beads - two
Needle nose pliers
Take a look at the simple materials and tools shown here.
The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Fringed Yarn Ornament:
Cut (or break) a 7.5-inch length of the chenille wire.
Pull the fuzz from the chenille wire 1/4 (.25) inch from one end of the 7.5-inch length of wire.
Push one of the beads over the stripped end of the wire.
Use the needle nose pliers to twist the wire into a small loop to hold the bead.
Make sure the point of the wire is pushed toward the hole in the bead to keep it from pricking fingers.
Measure and cut the stiff board 3-inches wide by four to six inches long.
Begin wrapping the yarn around the stiff board.
More will be necessary than is shown in the image. I wrap the yarn in stages to make it easier to pull off the stiff board.
Pull the yarn from the stiff board and cut through the circle of yarn one time to form a bundle of 6-inch lengths of yarn.
Select three lengths from the yarn bundle.
Fold the three yarns in half to form a loop.
Place the folded yarn around the chenille wire near the bead.
Pull the yarn ends through the loop to fasten the yarn around the chenille wire.
Take care to pull the ends evenly.
Pull the yarn ends firmly to tighten the yarn loop around the chenille wire.
Push the yarn against the bead.
Continue adding the yarn loops using three strands of yarn for each loop.
When you need more, wrap more yarn around the stiff board, pull off the board and cut through the circle of yarn.
Continue adding the yarn loops until just over one-inch from the end of the chenille wire.
Push the second bead over the end of the chenille wire until it meets the yarn loops.
Remove the fuzz from the chenille wire past the bead.
Use the needle nose pliers to form a loop in the end of the wire.
Wrap the end of the wire around the base and push it into the hole in the bead.
Cut a length of yarn six to eight inches long.
Thread the yarn through the wire loop, pull the ends even and tie into a knot to form the hanging loop.
Gently form the yarn covered wire into a spiral shape. (Note: a cylindrical object roughly 1-inch in diameter is helpful in forming the spiral.)
The fringed yarn ornament is finished and ready to display.
The white version used a stiff white yarn. It was easier to add the yarn loops to the chenille wire but difficult to get the yarns to hang straight.
The green version above used a softer yarn that hangs pretty, but the yarn loops are more difficult to add to the chenille.
Either one is a fun and easy project using just a few inexpensive materials and tools.
Have fun making one or many!
The Fringed Yarn Ornament would be a great project to do with children with adults doing the wire parts and children using their smaller fingers to add the yarn loops to the chenille wire.