By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter
Simple and cute this little wall hanging can be made in about 15 minutes, is fun for kids, and cost almost nothing. If you are a knitter or crocheter this is a great way to use up any leftover yarn from other projects.
Tips For Doing This Craft With Small Kids
Although this is not a craft that small kids can do all by themselves, it makes a great project for parents to do with them. Some older children may also need help with knot tying and securing the yarn.
Wrapping yarn and tying knots are both tricky fine motor skills that work well for parents and young children to do together. When wrapping the yarn, the adult can slowly spin the stick as the child guides the yarn along the stick. For knot tying, you can cross the yarn and instruct the child to pull the end through the loop then pull both ends to make it tight.
- Yarn. I recommend using multicolour yarn so that the mobile is colourful without having to fuss with changing yarn.
Tie the yarn onto the stick close to one end. Use a double knot. Begin wrapping the yarn tightly around the stick making sure to wrap the yarn around the loose end of the yarn so that it is securely tucked in.
When you are about 1 inch from the end of the stick lay a loop of yarn along the stick and wrap around it. You will use this to pull the end of the yarn under the wrapped yarn to secure it.
When you are finished wrapping the stick and loop, run the loose end through the loop of yarn you placed along the stick and pull the ends of it to draw the end of the yarn under the wrapped yarn. Pull the now tucked end tight and trim it. The yarn is now securely wrapped around the stick with no loose ends showing.
Cut a piece of yarn to form the hanger. Tie a double knot securing the hanger at each end of the stick. Keep the loose ends long as they will be used to hang pinecones.
Add a few pieces of yarn along the stick. Use double knots to secure them keeping both ends long.
Tie pinecones on the hanging pieces of yarn at different heights. Try to pull the yarn into the groves of the pinecone so that they are well hidden. Trim the yarn at the knots on the pinecones.
You are now finished. Hang your wall art and enjoy.