Monday, February 21, 2011

Yarn Ballls

I've been asked by a number of people how to make a yarn ball.  I love them.  They are nice to have around when you are teaching or just have kids around.  They are soft and you can make them any size you want.

To make a yarn ball:1.  Cut out a doughnut in poster board.  It needs to be poster board and not some flimsy paper or it will fall apart or rip while making the ball.  The doughnut hole needs to be 1/3 or less of the radius of the circle.  I think these circles are 3 inches across and the whole is one inch across.
2.  Put two pieces of cut out poster board together and start wrapping your yarn around.  I usually make a bunch of different sized balls to make the wrapping easier.  Like these:
Wrap and keep wrapping.  When your ball runs out of yarn just start another overlapping the yarn threads. 
 4.  Soon you'll wrap so much you won't have a hole left.  Then you are done.
 5.  Clip the edges of the yarn.

6.  Tie a piece of yarn in between the poster boards.  Do a square knot.   I sometimes tie two just to be on the safe side!

7.  Tear the poster board pieces and take them out.  Then you have a ball.  Sometimes it will need a bit of a hair cut to make it perfectly round.
Have fun!

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