Mar 21, 2009

How To Make Easter Yarn Art

I used to love making yarn pictures as a child but I was unaware of the history until now. I have learned that the Huichol Indians of Mexico are known for their yarn paintings. They took beeswax which was melted in the sun, and spread it over a piece of wood. They then pushed pieces yarn into the wax to create pictures.
You can create your own yarn painting using glue and scraps of yarn. Here is how we made this Easter Egg painting:

  1. I used a free coloring page for the Easter Egg template.
  2. It was glued to a piece of thin cardboard for stability.
  3. Then I applied a thin coating of tacky glue to the surface of the paper with a stiff paintbrush.
  4. Starting from the outside in, lay strips of yarn in the glue following the pattern of the egg.
  5. Only apply glue to one small section at a time so it doesn't dry too fast.
  6. Press the yarn flat with your hands.
  7. Let dry and your done.

You can also use double sided tape or a glue stick, for less mess with little ones if you like.
It's a great way to use up yarn scraps and their art work will last for years to come.

For more information on Huichol Indians visit Mexico Connect. For more yarn painting ideas visit Kids Corner or Fiber Focus.


Karen said...

That is such a great idea! Very pretty yet easy for a youngster to do.

Stephanie said...

Mine definitely aren't ready for a whole project - they're more likely to toss down a few strands and call it good. :)
But it's a great idea that I'll keep in mind. said...

What a great idea!

Nodin's Nest said...

Karen: Thanks, it really is super easy!

Stephanie: My son and I did it together, he chose the colors and brushed on the glue, then I wound the yarn around and he pressed it down. It was a team effort.

Stitchinchicken: Thanks so much for visiting.

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