Yarn Paintings :: A Fun & Tactile Art Activity for Kids

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Yarn Painting -- A Fun and Tactile Art Activity for Kids

Have you tried yarn paintings yet? The combination of yarn, glue, and paint makes it an especially fun and tactile art activity for kids. Plus the three-dimensional aspect makes it stand apart from most kids' painting projects.

I first wrote about yarn paintings a few years ago (this is mostly a repost) and they are well worth doing. The idea is from MaryAnn Kohl's book, Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff.

Yarn Paintings with Kids 5

Yarn Paintings


  • Mat board (tagboard, card stock, poster board, or cardboard would work as well)
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • White glue

  • Tempera paint


First we cut our yarn into shorter pieces. Then we dipped the yarn pieces into a bowl of glue and arranged them on a piece of mat board.

We left them to dry overnight.

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The glue-soaked yarn dried hard to create a really neat textural base for our painting. It was fun to paint over and between the yarn lines with our paint. 

Maia tried painting with two paint brushes at once to mix the colors.

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And then she moved on to painting with her hands over and between the yarn lines. (And then taking her paint-covered hands over to the easel to make hand prints.) 

Yarn Paintings with Kids 4

We both loved this yarn project! I highly recommend it!

More yarn art ideas for kids:

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  1. Karrie Zylstra says

    I like the doo dads for your paint and brushes, Jean. What are those called so I can find them?

  2. Amy Osborn says

    What a great idea! But, I too am interested in the paint holders that keep the paint separated. I have never seen those before-Please let me know where I can order them! Thank You.

  3. says

    This looks like so much fun! I love the texture. Might need to try with my daughter and her friend tomorrow. We could do the yarn part this week, then paint next week once they are dry! Love it!