Friday, January 14, 2011

Yarn Ball Tutorial

How to make yarn balls. I love these things-and no they are not cat toys they are for decor :) They are really simple to make - I think one of the reasons that I love yarn so much is that it reminds me of my Grandma who crochets loads of blankets, potholders, ect. Can I crochet? I've tried it several times over the years, but I'm too much of a perfectionist when it comes to making uniform loops to truly enjoy it plus it takes a long time! I definitely admire those of you that can crochet! I start with these foam balls that I got at a local dollar store, then my yarn of choice and some tape. (I used packing tape because that's what I had around). I've also used a tennis ball and it worked great as well - you can get those typically in a 3 pack at the dollar store too.

Although you can barely see it, I stuck a piece of tape over the beginning of the yarn to hold it in place. It'll be covered so it really doesn't matter what tape you use, just that it can hold the yarn in place for a bit.

Start wrapping yarn all over the ball. There really is no right or wrong way to wrap. Then when I finish wrapping the ball I tie a knot in the end and tuck it under some of the yarn strands. That's it! This is also the same way that I made my yarn balls that I stuck on my headboard (which are still there cause I love them so much.) You can read that post here.


  1. So cute for decor! I made yarn ball ornaments for our tree last year with red and white yarn. Your yarn balls look much better than mine, though! It took me a while to get the yarn to look the way I wanted.

    1. At least you tried your best and like your yarn ball right? If the answers to the question would be yes with my yarn ball plan, I would be satisfied to.

  2. Those are so fun. Someday I'll get to have fun things on my coffee table again. When I don't have a toddler running around. I have so much yarn laying around that I could make 200 of those :)

  3. I am so making some of these! Which 99 cent store did you get the foam balls? They are expensive at Michael's!

  4. Thank you sooo much! My school(I'm a student) is having a small sale for us to learn about supply and demand and now I finally know what my group could sell and how to make my supply. (the yarn balls)