The girls and I caught the craft bug this week. I think it’s the Valentine holiday that gets my fingers itching for construction paper and glitter glue – childhood programming I suppose. So we’ve been dreaming up sticky, sparkly projects and these Valentine Yarn Ornaments were the most fun!
I don’t know about you, but our house is going to be a veritable Valentine Factory this weekend. I think we’ll try to fit in a few more of these yarn ornaments just because the entire family had so much fun making them together. We’ll probably also squeeze in a few
too many Valentine candies too, because there are no rules about that sort of thing when there’s a holiday involved, right?
Here is the easy tutorial, with helpful pictures, so your family can enjoy some fun ornaments too! XOXO
Valentine Yarn Ornaments Tutorial
Yarn, cut into 6 to 12 inch pieces (no need to measure exactly)
Corn Starch Glue (see recipe below)
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters in various sizes
Cornstarch Glitter Glue Supplies
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
Step One: Make Cornstarch Glue
Glue Instructions: Combine cornstarch and water in small saucepan. Stir until smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Remove immediately from heat. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of glitter. Allow it cool to touch.
Step Two: While glue is cooling, lay out cookie cutter on large sheet of parchment paper.
Step Three: When glue is cool, completely coat a piece of yarn with glue. Pull yarn between two fingers to remove large clumps of glue, then place yarn in cookie cutter on parchment paper. Note: If glue is too thick to thoroughly coat each string, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and stir to desired consistency.
Step Four: Repeat Step Three until the yarn pieces fill the cookie cutter and resemble its heart shape. Then, remove cookie cutter carefully from yarn. If desired, sprinkle with a bit more glitter (my daughter says you can’t ever have too much glitter!). Repeat until you have as many yarn hearts as desired.
Step Five: Place parchment paper with hearts carefully on large cookie sheet. Place in oven on Warm, or 150 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2 to 3 hours, or until hearts are hard. Remove from cookie sheet and cool.
Step Six: Attach a ribbon and display your sparkly handiwork!