Knitting and crochet are hugely popular at the moment and if you have had a go at one or both then you will have some lovely left over yarn to play with so why not inspire the kids to make things with wool?
If you haven’t been bitten by the woolly bug yet then pop in to your local pound shop or discount store to see what treats they have available in their bargain section.
This collection is billed as Wool Crafts For Kids but there are quite a few I fancy having a go at myself … we will just gloss over how old I actually am.
Friendship Bracelet from Crafts Unleashed
Friendship bracelets never go out of fashion and this one would work just as well using a yarn of a decent weight, like double knitting, as it does with macramé twine.
We will be having a go at this one during the summer holidays with out a doubt.
The finished bracelet will make a lovely gift for a family member. Once you’ve caught the bug you can find a variety of intricate designs and tutorials on line.
For more information visit Crafts Unleashed.
You might also like the simple braided bracelet from Red Kitchen.
Wool Web Ball from We Lived Happily Ever After
This is one of my favourites and great for kids as they love getting messy. You can also make them egg shaped at Easter.
They are used to make a garland in this tutorial but you could put them in a basket on the table as a decoration.
Make them as big or as small as you like … big ones would look great hanging outside at a BBQ.
In the UK school glue is also called PVA glue.
For more information visit We Lived Happily Ever After .
Paper Plate Weaving from Red Ted Art
It wouldn’t be a crafty blog with out featuring an idea from the fabulous Red Ted Art and so here it is.
We are a little weaving obsessed in our house and so I can personally recommend this one as a big hit.
If you don’t have paper plates don’t go out and buy the specially … draw round a plate on to the cardboard from a cereal packet.
For more information visit Red Ted Art .
Wool Dolly from My Kid Craft
I have to admit I got a bit nostalgic when I found these woollen dollies as we made so many when we were kids.
Little fingers might find tying the knots a touch fiddly but it would be a fun thing to do together or with an older sibling.
For more information visit My Kid Craft .
Easy Pom Pom from The Organised Housewife
This is super simple no cardboard templates or fancy gadgets you just use your fingers.
Younger children might find it easier to work in pairs with one winding the wool on to their partner’s hand.
For more information visit The Organised Housewife .
Lolly Stick Butterflies from Craft Train
This fun activity is a cross between weaving and pom pom making which is ideal for younger crafters and it’s a great scrap buster too.
For more information visit Craft Train.
Finger Knitting from Little Bird SOS
These days it seems like kids can’t sit still unless they have a mobile phone to tap on but how about finger knitting instead? It might seem a little pointless but actually you can join your knitted pieces together to make all kinds of things.
Look in bargain bins for practise yarn.
For more information visit Little Bird SOS.
Yarn Wrapped Letters from Catch My Party
This is the ultimate scrap buster as you need very little yarn.
You don’t have to use MDF for your base you can cut your initial out of an empty cereal packet.
Embellish your initial with goodies from your crafty stash.
You could make a collection of letters that spell out a word and give them as a gift.
For more information visit Catch My Party.
Olivia Octopus from Red Heart
If you knit or crochet then you will find a bunch of fab free patterns on Red Heart.
The instructions for Olivia Octopus are free and older children will love creating this sweet sea creature in a colour of their choice.
Red Heart yarn is not always readily available in the UK but you could use any double knit wool (DK) or aran weight for a more substantial octopus.
For more information visit Red Heart.
DIY Sewing Cards from Today’s Creative Blog
This is a great way to start little ones off on an easy sewing project.
Pop in to your local pound shop to find a yarn needle or a darning needle and look for the longest and thickest one you can find with a nice blunt end to avoid any accidents.
I love to craft however drawing strikes fear in to my heart so instead of going free hand have a look on the internet for simple line drawings or silhouettes and copy those.
For more information visit Today’s Creative Blog.