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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?

Check out lots more creative holiday ideas for kids!


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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.