Yarn Craft Ideas for Kids – Free Patterns

A simple ball of string can create some fun new friends with some easy yarn craft ideas for kids. If you have a kid who loves crafts, this is an inexpensive idea with many possibilities that can easily be adapted to different ages. There are free yarn doll and kid craft patterns and instructions below.

We had a blast making these when we were kids. Then we make some again recently and had even more fun!

multi-colored yarn ball

One inexpensive ball made several creatures.

There is also a thicker yarn version, which would make nice pom-poms or creatures with thicker “fur.”

Some Simple Yarn Craft Ideas for Kids

You can “paint” with yarn, weave, and lace – make bracelets, animals, pictures, and more!

yarn painting craft

Yarn Painting


  • Yarn (I bought multi-color yarn and some solid, in different thicknesses, from the dollar store)
  • Sticky paper (Self-adhesive paper known by different names such as adhesive shelf-lining or contact paper – I also bought this at the dollar store)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hard surface (like a board or cardboard)

    Instructions for Yarn Painting

    Remove the backing, and tape the contact paper, sticky side up, to a firm surface.

    Start playing! Just cut up strips of yarn, stick to the paper, and re-arrange as you like.

    You can make designs and use different colors and thicknesses to fill in gaps.

    Or you can create a picture, like this sailboat one.

    FREE yarn craft PATTERNS for kids

    yarn crafts for kids yarn spider

    Slinky Yarn Spidey

    This colorful spider takes a little more patience, but it’s still easy to make.

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