Inside: A collection of unique easy adult yarn crafts and projects for the home; that isn’t knitting, crocheting or macrame.
Ask any knitter, crocheter and other yarn artists; they will have a stash of wool and yarn scraps left over from other projects. Or you can often buy bags of odd balls of wool from thrift stores very cheaply.
These yarn scraps are a fantastic crafting resource for many reasons:
- Sustainability: Instead of letting leftover yarn go to waste or disposing of it, you can repurpose it into new creations, giving it new life and minimizing your environmental impact.
- Cost-effective: Instead of purchasing new yarn for every project, you can use the leftover yarn from previous projects and save money.
- Creativity: Yarn scraps can provide unique colours, textures, and lengths that add character and charm to your crafts.
- Versatility: Yarn scraps can be used in various crafts, from small embellishments to larger projects. You can use them for appliques, trims, embroidery, or patchwork, among other things.
So, before you toss away those leftover yarn bits, consider their creative potential and let your imagination soar!
Unique Ways To Use Yarn When Crafting
Working with yarn does not need to be as complicated as knitting, crocheting or macrame; there are many other ways adults can craft with yarn:
- Weaving and faux weaving: Yarn can create beautiful woven designs on a simple handmade loom. You can create wall hangings, rugs, table runners, and more by weaving yarn in different patterns and colours.
- Pom-poms: Yarn can be used to make fluffy pom-poms that can be used for various decorative purposes. You can make pom-poms in different sizes and colours to adorn blankets, pillows, bags, or decorations.
- Tassels: Yarn tassels can add decorative accents to home decor, such as curtains, pillows, or blankets. They can also be used as jewellery, keychains, or bookmark embellishments.
- Yarn-wrapped crafts: Yarn can wrap around various objects to create exciting and textured crafts. For example, you can wrap yarn around cardboard or foam shapes to make ornaments, wreaths, or wall art.
- Yarn painting: Yarn can create textured images by glueing or stitching them onto a canvas or other surfaces. You can make abstract or representational designs using different colours and textures of yarn.
- Gift wrapping: Yarn can add a decorative touch to gift wrapping. You can use yarn to tie bows, create tassels, or wrap around gift boxes to create a personalized and unique gift presentation.
- Home decor: Yarn can create various items such as wall hangings, plant hangers, and lampshades. You can use different types of yarn, colours, and techniques to add a cosy and handmade touch to your home.
40+ Easy Adult Yarn Crafts
These are just a few examples of yarn's creative possibilities beyond crochet, knitting, and macrame. With imagination and creativity, you can use yarn to craft unique and beautiful projects that showcase your style and creativity. Happy crafting!
Easy DIY Yarn Wreath For Spring From Scraps
It's the yarn colours on this wreath that make it so pretty. It shows what you can make by saving even the smallest yarn scraps from your other wool project. Change the colours to make a similar wreath for different seasons!
DIY Faux Latch Hook Heart Wall Hanging
This yarn craft may look like a latch hook rug, but I'll tell you that the wall hanging is made on a foam board with a glue gun. However, it's made it still looks gorgeous!
How To Make Rainbow DIY Pom-Pom Flowers Decoration
Pom poms are a favourite yarn craft; anyone can make them. They don't have to be just one colour, either. These rainbow flower Pom Poms are inspired by the iconic Marimekko poppy design.
A Rustic Wreath You Can Make in Under 30 minutes
This wreath may look like it has been knitted, but it hasn't—a great way to use up any chunky yarn.
DIY Tassel Fringe Christmas Trees
If you prefer more traditional colours at Christmas, you could easily make these trees with green yarn. But I love the colourfulness of these cone Christmas tree decorations.
Yarn Wrapped Sticks Wall Hanging Decor
Go pick some sticks from your garden or the park, then wrap them in colourful yarn for fun wall decor.
Pom Pom Christmas Tree DIY Wall hanging
I had a few skeins of green yarn left over from a knitting project, so I used them to make this unique pom-pom Christmas tree wall hanging.
DIY Easter Eggs Decorated with Yarn
Wrap plastic or blown real eggs in yarn for a fun Easter decoration. This is a great way to use up all those little scraps of colourful yarn.
No Weave DIY Wall Hanging on Driftwood – SO EASY!
Wrap colourful yarn around curtain rings to make this statement wall hanging. You can choose colours to match your decor and use up all those leftover wool scraps from other projects.
DIY Hygge Mini Christmas Trees
Make colourful mini pine cone Christmas trees and decorations by wrapping them in wool yarn scraps.
DIY Giant Tassel Wall Hanging
Tassels are one of the easiest yarn crafts to make. Use them for a beautiful giant wall hanging like this one or to adorn bags, blankets and pillows!
Beautiful Woven Planters Made From Recycled Nursery Pots
Put those empty plastic nursery pots to good use by recycling them to make beautiful woven planters with yarn. Use different coloured yarn to create your yarn-crafted bowl and add different textures using wool in different plys.
DIY Tassel Mirror
Another fun Boho way is to use yarn tassels in the home to frame a mirror.
Yarn Wrapped Letters
Buy wooden letters from the craft store or make your own out of cardboard, and then wrap them in yarn. Great for spelling out holiday words on the mantle or making someone a yarn-wrapped initial as a gift.
Faux Woven Easter Eggs
Another fun yarn craft for Easter. These giant egg decorations are made with a glue gun and not woven. I love the chunky wool and assorted textures.
How to make a Rainbow Wall Hanging
These rainbow wall hangings are trendy; I've seen them both on gallery walls in the living room and hanging on bedroom walls. I particularly like the ones made in muted colours.
DIY Yarn Rainbow Essential Oil Diffusers
No more naff furry dice hanging from the rearview mirror in the car. How about something prettier and more modern with this pom-pom and rainbow diffuser? It would make a lovely handmade gift.
DIY Valentines Heart Pom-Poms
Who said pom-poms have to be round? Make heart-shaped ones in shades of pink and red as a fun adult Valentine's craft.
DIY simple yarn wall hanging with felt flowers
The yarn colours used to make this simple wall hanging give me strong fall vibes!
DIY Mini Yarn Wrapped Rope Bowl
Wrap yarn around the rope to make colourful patterns and then coil it into a cute little bowl.
Quick Thrift Store Lamp Makeover with paint and yarn
With a few skeins of yarn, give a tried-looking lampshade a trendy makeover. This is so simple to do; you can choose wool to match your decor.
Mini Snowman Hats - Fun and Easy Winter Crafts For Kids
These mini yarn hats are so cute and straightforward to make. They are trendy, too; my crafty friend sold these on her craft stall last Christmas.
DIY tassel chandelier. Anthropologie inspired
These stunning high-end chandeliers can be made at a fraction of the cost at home. Also, not only do you save money, but you get to choose the colours when making one for yourself.
DIY Yarn Wrapped Yule Goat Julbock Christmas Decoration
The yule goat is a traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornament, and this is a fun version made with wrapped yarn in festive colours.
Yarn wrapped recycled bottles
Upcycle old shampoo and wine bottles into beautiful colourful vases by wrapping them in yarn.
Keyhole tassels are super fun and easy to make. They can be used as a keychain or a fun way to spruce up your favourite tote bag or decorate your door handles.
DIY Fluffy Feather Wall Hanging
Hanging feathers make a lovely Boho decoration. I've made a denim feather wall decoration before, but mixing it up with some yarn feathers would also be fun.
Yarn-Wrapped Flower Pots
Update your plant pots by wrapping them in yarn. Use different colours to create stripy decorative patterns.
How to create the best Valentines backdrop with yarn hearts
Use yarn in pink and red shades to create this Valentine's backdrop. The only other thing you need is some scrap cardboard. Individual hearts would also make a sweet Valentine's gift.
How to Make Yarn Wrapped Star Ornaments for Christmas
These yarn-wrapped crafted stars would look great year-round and not for Christmas. Make larger ones to hang on the all. Or use red, white and blue yarn to make patriotic star decorations for the 4th of July.
DIY Tassel Christmas tree
Another fun way to use yarn tassels is with a Christmas wall decoration.
DIY Pompom Wreath
Pom poms are a great yarn craft and a way to use up the odds and ends of wool. When you have enough of them, you can create a fabulous wreath like this one.
Easy Pom Pom Gnomes
Combine yarn pom-poms with snowman hats to make a cute gnomes decoration.
Swirly Twirly No-Sew Yarn Coasters
Twirl strands of colourful yarn together and then glue to a felt backing to make funky mug coasters.
Yarn Wrapped Picture Frame
This a fun and easy way to upcycle a picture frame with a yarn wrapping craft.
Yarn and Pom Pom Monogrammed Ornament
You might recognise these monogrammed ornaments; this is an Anthropologie hack. The shop sells similar ornaments every Christmas. Hang them on the tree or use them as a funky present tag.
Yarn Ghost Garland
Make friendly-looking tassel ghosts decorations for Halloween and then hang them in a garland on the mantle.
Sweet DIY Valentine's Light Decorations
Glue yarn around a heart-shaped balloon to make these sweet Valentine's Day lights.
Lovely Yarn Wrapped Rocks
I never know what to do with the souvenir pebbles I pick at the beach, but I love the idea of wrapping them in yarn for decoration.
Yarn-Wrapped Carrot Craft
If you have a spare skein of orange wool, this carrot yarn craft is for you. They make a fun spring decoration.
Resin and Yarn Bowls DIY
I've made paper mache bowls before, but I also like the idea of these yarn bowls. They would be good to use as fruit bowls, and you'll be able to see all the fruit, even the pieces at the bottom of the bowl.
DIY Hanging Succulent Basket
This yarn craft is a great way to upcycle plastic containers from everyday household waste into lovely hanging succulent planters.
3 Creative Gift Wrap Ideas For Christmas
It's easy to make the plain brown paper look like fancy gift wrap by adding yarn trims. I did this for my friend the knitters' birthday, and she loved it!
DIY Pencil Holder
Wrap yarn around cardboard tubes to make unique pencil holders for your desk.
Other Craft Ideas To Check Out
As well as having a stash of yarn scraps, I also have plenty of fabric scraps. You should check out all the wonderful things you can make from fabric scraps, including many beautiful handmade fabric flowers.
Scrap paper is another excellent craft resource; there are many cool adult paper mache ideas for home decor crafts to check out.
Check out all these easy craft ideas for adults; I’m sure you’ll find one you can’t wait to try.