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DIY Decor Tutorial: Playful Yarn Balls

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Yarn Ball Tutorial

YARN BALLS are one of my favorite DIY party decor ideas for a few reasons:

1. They are SUPER EASY!
They are really cute & versatile (in other words they work well with so many different themes, in many different ways)
3. they remind me of one of my favorite people who also happens to love them as much as I do… the lovely Amy from Operation Shower. That’s always a bonus. =) And now for the tutorial…



You’ll need:

Yarn Ball Tutorial


1. Unwind a bunch of yarn so you have a LOT to work with, but don’t cut it yet (in case you need to unwind more, which is usually the case). Hold one end of the yarn down on the ball and and start wrapping it around the ball, criss-crossing it randomly in all directions.

Yarn Ball Tutorial

2. Keep wrapping the yarn around until the styrofoam is completely covered.

Yarn Ball Tutorial

3. Cut the yarn and attach a Glue Dot to the end to secure it. (I usually use either Mini or Craft size Glue Dots.) Make sure to pull it tight when you secure it so it doesn’t come loose.

Yarn Ball Tutorial

4. Ta da! See… super easy and super cute! These are the kind of project you can do in front of the TV or while chatting with friends… which is an especially great option when you have a bunch to do and those friends can help you out with them too. =)

Yarn Ball Tutorial

Here are a bunch of the yarn balls I made recently for the Goodnight Moon Baby Shower. I love how they look all mixed together – they even make for a cute centerpiece just displayed in a bowl like this!

Yarn Ball Tutorial

And here are a few of the ways I used them in the the baby shower…on the dessert table, sit-down table, chair backs, etc. (You can see the full Dessert Table for this theme here and the Tables & Decor here.)

Yarn Ball Tutorial

Last but not least, here are a couple more examples of my past obsession with yarn balls: 1) used as “ice cream scoops” for a Vintage Sweet Shoppe Baby Shower

Yarn Ball Tutorial

… and 2) Paired with mini candy canes to make these “Yarn & Candy Cane” Christmas ornaments last year (the link will take you to the DIY tutorial).

Yarn Ball Tutorial

Have fun with these!!


  1. Stephanie Sklar September 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Love the yarn balls and decor! Do you mind if I post in on NameMaker.com’s blog? We make personalized woven labels for knitters and crafters, and I know our customers would love to see and be inspired by this great idea. We also make personalized letterpress gift wrap, ribbon, stickers, and many other great party products, please check us out!

    Thank you,

    • jenn s. September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

      That’s fine, Stephanie – as long as the proper credit/links are given. Thanks! :)

  2. MonogrammedEverything.com! September 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    These are adorable!!!

  3. Vanessa Williams January 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I can put this on tv! congratulations I love your ideas!

  4. Lelani January 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

    These are so adorable! Where can i find or buy yarn?

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