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Heart Yarn Art Project For Kids

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Completed Heart Yarn Art Project For Kids on diplay

Crafting vibrant yarn art is a breeze! In this article, I will help you dive into the world of colorful yarn "paintings" by adhering leftover yarn onto canvas. This engaging craft offers a playful opportunity to explore a spectrum of hues and textures, making it both enjoyable and visually appealing.


Let your creativity run wild as you experiment with various yarn shades, transforming a simple canvas into a stunning masterpiece. The ease and fun of this project make it an ideal choice for anyone looking to infuse their space with a touch of artistic flair.

Closeup of yarn art.

The roots of yarn art can be traced back to the Huichol people of Mexico, who pioneered this unique form of expression. In their traditional method, yarn was pressed onto boards coated with beeswax, creating intricate and vibrant designs. Originally, these yarn paintings depicted nature or conveyed stories of profound religious and cultural importance.


Initially rooted in folk art, Huichol yarn painting has evolved into a recognized form of fine art due to its intricate details and cultural significance. Exploring the history of this captivating fiber art adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the process of creating your own unique pieces.

DIY Yarn Art On Display

Here I will give you step by step directions to create your own heart shaped yarn art project. This project is not only perfect for Valentine's Day but can also be made any time.


I found that it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes from start to finish. It all depends on how thick your yarn is. Thicker yarn covers more area so so you won't have to glue as many pieces. This craft is meant for kids 8 and older because they have longer attention spans and their art skills are more developed.


Material List:

  • 8x10 Canvas

  • Elmer's Glue All

  • Yarn (At Least 2 Colors)

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Paint Brush

  • Free Heart Template


DIY Yarn Art Project For Kids

Example of how to draw a heart onto canvas.

Step 1: Draw Heart Onto Canvas

Start by drawing a heart onto an 8x10 canvas. Since I was working on two separate yarn art projects and wanted them to match for display, I created a downloadable template for free use.


Example of girl cutting out her Free Heart Template for yarn art project.

The template is designed specifically for 8x10 canvases. Simply download, print, cut the 8x10 outline, and then cut out the heart shape. Place the template on the canvas and trace the heart. Directions to download your FREE copy of the Heart template can be found at the bottom of the page.


Pro Tip: You don't need to spend a lot on an expensive canvas. I purchased mine from the local dollar store. Alternatively, you can repurpose a cereal box by cutting it down to the desired size. This budget-friendly option works just as well for this creative project.


How to apply glue to canvas.

Step 2: Spread Glue

Apply the glue evenly across the heart section using a paintbrush. Given that the yarn absorbs the glue, it's crucial to have a generous and well-distributed layer of glue across the entire section. If the glue layer is too thin, the yarn may not adhere effectively.


Step 3: Apply Yarn To Heart

Start the process by positioning the yarn along the outer line of the heart. Progress gradually, layer by layer, moving towards the center until the entire heart is covered with yarn.


How to glue yarn straight across canvas.

Step 4: Cover the Rest of Canvas With Yarn

Due to the expansive surface area, it is advisable to work in sections to ensure the glue remains adequately wet during the process. Utilizing a paintbrush, evenly spread Elmer's Glue All from one end to the other of the canvas. Lay the yarn in a straight line from edge to edge.


Opting for a different direction in laying the yarn introduces visual intrigue to the artwork, enhancing the prominence of the heart. Experimenting with a yarn color distinct from the heart adds an extra layer of visual appeal.

How ot glue yarns straight across the canvas.

Continue working in sections laying the yarn until it fills the entire canvas.

How to glue yarn to sides of canvas.

Optional: Glue Yarn to the Sides of the Canvas

Choosing to display the canvases without frames, I opted to wrap yarn around the sides of the canvas, providing a finished and cohesive appearance.

Completed Heart Yarn Project For Kids

There you have it! The completed DIY Yarn Art Project for Kids. I loved how it turned out so much that I made a second one using a different color combo. They look absolutely festive next to each other.


Join us in the magic of Valentine's Day with our special collection of themed arts and crafts projects, perfect for creating heartfelt memories with your little ones! From charming paper bag puppets to delightful heart-themed crafts, our blog is a treasure trove of projects designed to spread joy and celebrate the season of love. Whether you're crafting for a special someone or just embracing the festive spirit, our Valentine's Day-themed arts and crafts promise endless fun and inspiration for you and your friends. Let the love-inspired creativity blossom!


Example of how to download Heart Yarn Project Template

How To Download Heart Template:

Before you can begin your craft you need to download the Heart Template. This download is available to all members for FREE! You heard me correctly, memberships are free to join for everyone who is 18 years an older! Click on the link to signup and to find the Template. You choose which one you want to download and print.


Completed Heart Yarn Project For Kids


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