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


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


  • Reply
    February 25, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for the idea! I’ve got to try this with my daughter :)

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    Karrie Zylstra
    February 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

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

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    Amy Osborn
    February 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    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.

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    February 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    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!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Oh, yes! Those divided paint cups are awesome!! I bought them from Discount School Supply. Here’s the link: https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=7528&keyword=divided%20paint%20cups&scategoryid=0&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price=

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Discount School Supply Double Dip paint cups! See the link above… They are great for when the kiddos want more colors.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm


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    February 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    This rocks!!

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    Karrie Zylstra
    February 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Thanks, Jean, for the name and the link:)

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