DIY Yarn Hearts Tutorial

DIY yarn hearts made with thin yarn in white, red, pinks, and purples.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy craft you can do for Valentine’s Day, maybe even with your kiddos, or easy holiday decor, you’re in the right place. These Yarn Hearts are quick, easy, and inexpensive to do. I did mine while watching an hour-long tv show one night. And I know my kids could do these with me if we wanted. Let’s get started shall we?

I made a Web Story if you would like the quick and easy tutorial in a video format! I find it’s nice to pin the Web Story as well as the tutorial post at the same time to keep them all in the same place on my Pinterest Boards.

Gather Materials

  • Card Board: Can be any kind, from shipping boxes, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.
  • Yarn: The thinner, less fuzzy kind seems to work better if you want to see real definition in the shape you’re making. In this case, the thinner, silkier yarn gave a nice silhouette of the hearts.
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Tape or glue
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Heart
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Cut Hearts Out of Cardboard

I decided to freehand cut one heart out of a piece of cardboard to start. Once I had a heart shape that I liked, I used that first one as a template and traced it on the remaining cardboard. My hearts all match now in size and shape.

DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Helpful Tips:

If you leave the heart with rounded edges on the top and the point at the bottom, it will be very difficult to get the yarn to stay in place.

I cut the bottom point and then along the rounded edges on top into small, flat edges so the yarn didn’t slip off that part as I wrapped it.

DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Wrap Your Heart

You can hold the start of the yarn in the center if you’d like until you’ve wrapped the yarn enough to keep it in place, but I found it was helpful to tape it to start. You’re able to hold more tension in the yarn from the very beginning, ensuring a tight wrap.

With the start of the yarn secured in the middle of the heart, start wrapping the yarn around the cardboard in all directions. Every time you wrap the yarn, you need to keep it pulled tight and go one complete loop around the heart in that direction. Then start to slowly move the yarn so that you fill in holes.

Try to fill in the empty spots of the cardboard before you overlap on top of the yarn you’ve already placed.

DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts
DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Once you’ve covered all cardboard so all you see on the shape is yarn, you can secure the other end of your yarn. You can tuck it under the yarn already placed, but I’ve found a dab of glue will do much better. You can still tuck the end and add the glue underneath some of the yarn you placed so that it is hidden. Just carefully slide the placed yarn over top of where you added the glue so it’s well covered.

This technique can be used for just about every shape, holiday, or season I can think of. My next project is going to be to try the shamrock shape. It will certainly be more of a challenge, but I’m up for it! I’ll let you know how it turns out soon. In the meantime, if you end up making these yarn hearts, I would love to see a picture! You can add it in a comment below or tag me on social medial (@designofyourlife) across all major platforms. Until next time friends….

XOXO Alicia

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