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

by Jean Van't Hul
February 25, 2013

Yarn paintings are a fun and tactile art activity for kids involving glue-soaked yarn and paint. And the results are strikingly three-dimensional!

Here’s a video showing Yarn Paintings in action! And don’t forget to scroll down to get the step-by-step instructions.

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Child dipping yarn into glue and putting it on paper


  1. Prepare your materials

    Pour some glue into a bowl for easy dipping. Then cut your yarn into shorter pieces.

  2. Create your image

    Dip the yarn pieces into the bowl of glue and arrange them on a piece of tag board in the design of your choosing.

    Let dry overnight.

  3. Add paint to your image

    The glue-soaked yarn dries hard to create a really neat textural base for your painting. Paint over and between the yarn lines with tempera paint.

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

    Child painting yarn with two paint brushes

    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.)

    Child using her hands to paint yarn

  4. Let dry and display!

    Allow your yarn painting to dry thoroughly before finding a special place to display it.

Table with paintings and materials

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

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