Every year around this time we look forward to unwrapping our ornament box and the handmade pieces are the ones that are the most special, especially the kid-made ornaments!

These colorful yarn ball ornaments are fun for kids to make (the yarn wrapping is great for practicing fine motor skills) and painting with watercolors makes a fantastic winter art project.

DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments – Materials:

Cream or white yarn
– Paint brushes
Polyfill stuffing
– Scissors


Step 1. Grab a ball of polyfill stuffing and start winding yarn around it to form a ball. You can make different ball sized ornaments depending on how much fill you use.

Step 2. When your ball is covered with yarn, snip off the end leaving a string behind. Then hook that string through one of the wound yarn pieces on the ball and then tie off a knot to make a loop.

Step 3. Now the fun part begins! Start painting your yarn balls with watercolors. Make sure you have a cup of water ready and brushes.

When you’re done you’ll have colorful yarn balls to hang up and brighten up your Christmas tree!

What are your favorite kid-made ornaments?

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