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BioColor® Yarn Ornament

30-45 Minutes: 4 and up

BioColor® Yarn Ornament



In a world where instant gratification is the norm, even for young children, this unique yarn ornament project will have children practicing patience as they wait for their completed ornament to dry. Perfect for holidays or any time of year!

Set Up Ideas

When working with younger students, you may wish to cut pieces of yarn into 6" and 9" sections ahead of time. Younger students may have trouble measuring and using scissors.

Let’s Get Started

Since children will be using their hands, have them wash up beforehand so that no dirt or food get trapped in their artwork. It is wise to have a clean-up station set up so that they can wash up right after, as well.


Pour BioColor® paint into bowls. Cut 6" and 9" pieces of yarn and instruct children to place them in the paint. Allow the yarn to soak up the paint.


Have the children remove wet yarn from bowls and place it on foil. They should arrange the yarn into simple shapes and patterns with their fingers.


While the yarn is still wet, fill in the shape with generous amounts of BioColor® paint. Add to the design by adding dots of other colors on top of the base color.


Place a paperclip at the top of the wet design. Allow the paperclip to set into the paint as it dries flat over the next two days. Once dry, peel off of foil and hang.

Children tend to have very short attention spans and do not always take well to waiting. Ask your children how they felt when you told them that their ornaments would take two days to dry. Follow that question up by asking how they felt after their artwork was complete.


Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

Even though this project takes a short amount of time to do, it takes a bit of time to dry. Make sure to prepare your samples far enough in advance so that your students have a model to follow.

Follow up Activity

Follow up Activity

This project can be easily modified to make a sentimental holiday gift by sticking a portrait of the student into the wet paint. For Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, consider using pastel paint colors that are often used in connection to springtime.

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