Nothing says holidays to me like handmade decorations. In this post, I’m sharing two simple yarn decorations that even a beginner can make (or that would make great binge-watching projects for more experienced crocheters and knitters): DIY Felted Balls Ornaments and a Crochet Button Garland. I used red, white, and green for Christmas decor, but you could change the colors for other holidays.
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Simple Yarn Decorations
Tutorials by Underground Crafter
Tutorial 1: DIY Felted Ball Ornaments
If you’re gifting these ornaments, make larger felted balls in one color that can be used as dryer balls by the recipient. (It’s like two gifts in one!) If you’re keeping these ornaments, make a combination of small and large felted balls in different colors for visual interest.
Materials for Felted Balls
- 100% wool yarn (approximately 1/2 – 1 skein for each ornament) — I used Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Chili and Lion Brand LB Collection Pure Wool yarn.
Materials for Ornaments
- Oriental Trading DIY Clear Ornaments in your choice of size.
- Small amounts of Oriental Trading Primary Yarn in red or green.
- U.S. Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size that feels comfortable with yarn.
- Yarn needle with eye small enough to fit through small hole at top of ornament.
Make felted balls
- Follow my DIY Felted Balls tutorial to make felted balls in your choice of size(s).
- Open each Oriental Trading DIY Clear Ornament by separating the 2 pieces.
- Fill each half of the Oriental Trading DIY Clear Ornaments with several felted balls. Do not over-stuff (because then the ornaments will pop open).
- Snap the ornament closed.
- Chain 20 with Oriental Trading Primary Yarn in your choice of color. Fasten off with long yarn tail.
- Thread the yarn tail through the yarn needle. Draw through the small hole in the hanging area for the ornament.
- With yarn needle, seam the 2 ends of the chain together and weave in ends into chain.
- Hang and enjoy!
Tutorial 2: Crochet Button Garland
These Crochet Button Garlands can be used to wrap gifts, to hang across mantles, or to decorate a tree. Make approximately 9′ (3 m) per 1′ (31 cm) height of tree.
- Oriental Trading Bag of Christmas Buttons.
- Approximately 15 yd (14 m) Oriental Trading Primary Yarn in red or green for each 9′ (3 m) strand of garland.
- U.S. Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or any size that feels comfortable with yarn.
- Yarn needle with eye small enough to fit through button holes.
- With yarn needle, thread 36 buttons onto yarn. I organized mine into groups of 4 buttons (clear, white, red, and green) but you could also do this randomly.
- Slide buttons down towards ball of yarn so that you have ample yarn to work with. You will need to slide the buttons down as you use up yarn.
- Chain 10.
- *[Slide 1 button, chain 2] 3 times, slide 1 button,** chain 20. Repeat this step, ending the last repeat at ** when you have used all the buttons.
- Chain 10, slip stitch to first chain to join.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.
- Enjoy your garland!
Looking for more yarn-y decorations? Get the free crochet pattern for the Button Christmas Tree!
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