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.
- Mat board (tagboard, card stock, poster board, or cardboard would work as well)
- White glue
- Tempera paint
- Prepare your materials
Pour some glue into a bowl for easy dipping. Then cut your yarn into shorter pieces.
- 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.
- 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.
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.)
- Let dry and display!
Allow your yarn painting to dry thoroughly before finding a special place to display it.
We both loved this yarn project! I highly recommend it!
More yarn art ideas for kids
- Yarn Painting and Printing with Liquid Watercolors
- String Blots with the Toddler Art Group
- Action Painting Wrapping Paper with Yarn
- Yarn and Ribbon Suncatchers
Pin It for Later