Yarn Bomb!

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Once upon a time I lived in New York City where the lights are bright, the streets are busy, and the yarn bombing is awesome. As a knitter, I can’t help but love yarn bombing. Colorful and fun, it makes me grin every time I see a bike rack or store handle or stop sign covered in yarn. Add a little yarn bombing to your life!

Yarn Bomb Squid Tree - The Dapper Toad

Yarn Bomb Squid TreeThe Dapper Toad

You can go big! Man I bet that was a lot of work! But it’s so awesome! An octopus tree! I want that in my local park.

Or you could go small

Yarn Bombing Candles - Garden Therapy

Yarn Bomb CandlesGarden Therapy

Chevron Pattern Yarn Bomb - Knit Hacker

Chevron Pattern Yarn BombKnit Hacker

You could yarn bomb a bike rack – this one looks pretty modern and artsy, am I right?

Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet Pattern - Knits for Life

Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet PatternKnits for Life

Or a bike (how beautiful is that? No, really. I want that for my bike. I mean, first I have to get a bike. But then I want that for my bike!)

And phone booths on either side of the pond love to be yarn bombed

A Phonebox Cosy Tale - Knit the City

A Phonebox Cosy TaleKnit the City

iPayPhone Yarn Bomb - The Dapper Toad

iPayPhone Yarn Bomb – The Dapper Toad

(See, how can you not giggle  a little at that?)

Look for a local yarn bombing group in your town or if there isn’t one, start one! Send us your yarn bombs and check out these and other yarn bomby goodness on our Craft Trends Pinboard.

Yarn Bombing the Broadway Bridge

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Here in Portland, the Broadway Bridge turned 100 today. And to celebrate, 150 volunteer knitters created a huge yarn bomb installation to bring some extra color to our bridge. It includes 4 giant yarn bomb blankets, each measuring 18 x 21 feet. At the end of the month, these blankets will be taken down, divided up, washed, and donated. The volunteer knitters used 100% Superwash Merino Wool, so the blankets will be very warm.

Broadway Bridge Portland Yarn Bomb

When the Broadway bridge went up in 1913, it was the longest bridge in existence. It crosses the Willamette River on the north side of Portland, Oregon and has since seen a brand new streetcar line go over it.

Have you seen any great yarn bombs recently?

For more information, and the Youtube video, head over to KOIN 6.

T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf

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Learn how to cut your own t-shirt yarn and arm knit an infinity scarf!

I love t-shirt redos because they’re always super cheap and rewarding. When I heard that you could cut strips of t-shirts to create your own “yarn”, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s quick and easy to create your own yarn, your cuts don’t need to be straight, nothing has to be measured, you can just go! I sat around with my t-shirt yarn for a while, wondering what I could make out of it. A lot of people crochet rugs or pot holders and I love the chunky look, but I wanted something to wear. Then, I found this video for arm knitting, and I thought this would be a perfect way to show off my homemade yarn:

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Simply Maggie

What You Need:

  • 2 XL T-Shirts (I used 2 of the same color, but you could mix and match for a colorblocked look.)
  • Scissors

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Yarn Butterflies

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Yarn Butterflies at ThinkCrafts.com

My daughter’s Kindergarten class just did a project where they raised some caterpillars and watched them build their cocoons then turn into butterflies.   The whole class did a document  where they got to draw pictures of the entire process and talk about each stage of the transformation.

Needless to say, my daughter thought this whole thing was pretty cool.   She talked about it a lot and was really excited when the butterflies finally emerged from the cocoons.  Last week the class took the butterflies outside and released them as a group.  The teacher made a big production of it and I know my daughter was so excited. When she got home, all she could do was talk about the butterflies.

So, I thought it would be fun to make some butterflies of our own for her to keep.  She was so excited about making these and has been playing with them for a few days now.  They are pretty simple to make I did help her put the buttons on the pipe cleaners, but she was able to do all the rest herself.  Once the excitement is over and she is done playing with them, I plan on hanging them from the ceiling in her room, I just think they would look so cute flying around the room!


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Yarn Dolls

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

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I remember making these yarn dolls when I was little.  We made them in the Girl Scouts and I gave them to my step-father.  He actually hung them up by his rear view mirror in his truck and kept them there for about 10 years.  I remember being so proud that he liked them and kept them there for so long.

The other day when I was thinking about it, I thought it would be fun to make these with my oldest.  We changed things a little since I did not have any cardboard to wrap the yarn around like we used when I was a kid,  so we just used a mouse pad, which worked fine.  Then the next set we made (because we had to make more than one set since I have two kids and a fight would surly break out if we made only one) we used one of my youngest daughters books which I think worked even better since it was harder.

Both my girls love them and each have their own set. However, I will not be hanging them in my car since they will not part with them for me to do so.  Oh well, at least they each now have a new fun toy to play with!



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Kids Crafts: Yarn

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Yarn Crafts at Think Crafts

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No matter how old your child is, they will have a blast playing with big, colorful yarn. In addition to stringing, yarn can be used for finger knitting (as seen below), stitching, basket weaving, and plenty of other fun and unique crafts.

Sticky Hands Warm Hearts - Spoonful


Sticky Hands, Warm HeartsSpoonful

Let your kids get a little messy with this fun yarn craft. You can use any shape cookie cutter you want to create the shapes, and create a garland, a mobile, or some fun wall art.

More Yarn Crafts…

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Yarn Snowballs

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.

This is a cute way to keep snowballs in the house! I love the look of yarn balls displayed in a bowl, and this takes them a step further to winter decorations. Perfect in a knitter’s house for the Holidays!


Styrofoam Balls

Ball of white or natural yarn

White plastic grocery bags with no printing

White Snow Glitter


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