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Tutorial: Yarn Hat Ornament Made With Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Cute and easy to make, this yarn hat ornament made with recycled toilet paper rolls will be one your favorite holiday decorations.

Cute and easy to make, this yarn hat ornament made with recycled toilet paper rolls will be one your favorite holiday decorations.

Make Your Own Ornaments!

Who doesn't love making their own Christmas ornaments?

Right before Christmas, my daughter brought home one of these yarn hat ornaments that she'd made in school. I think it has to be one of the cutest homemade ornaments I've ever seen, and it was proudly displayed front and center on our tree.

I kept it out after all of the holiday decorations were put away in hopes of learning how to make one and, because she knows I write online craft tutorials, my daughter eagerly taught me.

I was surprised that they were so easy to make, and so far I've made five of them! Depending on the yarn colors you use, they don't have to be just for Christmas either. I'll definitely be adding them to my holiday crafting list and will be including them in gift decorations next year.

Make sure to save your empty toilet paper rolls for this project. One roll can make four ornaments. The roll, plus a few other supplies that you probably have on hand, are the only things you'll need to make it.

The step-by-step photos and instructions provided should help you create one of these cuties for yourself.

You only need a few supplies to make these yarn hat ornaments.

You only need a few supplies to make these yarn hat ornaments.


For this project you'll need:

  • Yarn - About 40 pieces of yarn, each cut about 12 inches long.
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Facial Tissue - Most brands have 2 layers of tissues, pull them apart and use one layer per hat so there isn't too much bulk.
  • Scissors - Nice sharp ones to cut through the yarn.
Cut the toilet paper roll.

Cut the toilet paper roll.

Step 1: Cut the Toilet Paper Roll

Cut the toilet paper roll into four even segments. You can get about four one-inch segments out of one roll. It may look a little squashed when you cut it, but that goes away once the yarn is applied.

It's easy to put the yarn on the toilet paper roll.

It's easy to put the yarn on the toilet paper roll.

Step 2: Start Putting the Yarn on

  1. Take one piece of yarn and match the two cut ends, forming a "U" on one end. Feed the "U" part of the yarn through the center of the toilet paper roll.
  2. Feed the other ends of the yarn through the "U", wrapping the yarn around the toilet paper roll.
  3. Pull snuggly so a knot forms on one edge of the roll.
Finish wrapping the yarn.

Finish wrapping the yarn.

Step 3: Finish Wrapping the Yarn

  1. Continue wrapping in the color pattern of your choice.
  2. Cover the entire toilet paper roll with yarn. Don't skimp here or you may be able to see the roll and that doesn't look so nice.
  3. Shake out the strings and untangle any that might need it. It should look a little bit like a jellyfish at this point.
Feed the yarn through the center of the roll.

Feed the yarn through the center of the roll.

Step 4: Feed the Yarn Through the Center

  1. Gather the yarn with one hand and hold the tissue roll with the other. Twist the bunch of yarn.
  2. Push the twist through the center of the toilet paper roll.
  3. Pull out all of the yarn through the center.
  4. Pull gently and untangle any yarn that needs it.
Finishing off the hat ornament.

Finishing off the hat ornament.

Step 5: Tie Off and Form the Hat Pom Pom

  1. Gather the yarn together and, using a piece of yarn in a coordinating color, tie the bunch together. Make sure to knot it securely.
  2. Take one of the pieces of the facial tissue you split earlier, crumple it up, and put it inside the hat.
  3. Decide how long you want the pompoms to be and, using sharp scissors, cut off the excess yarn. You may need to trim it to even it out or make it a bit shorter.
  4. Fluff up the yarn pompom.
Add the hanger.

Add the hanger.

Step 6: Add the Hanger

To add a hanger, just get a piece of yarn, tie it once around the bunch of yarn, securing it with a knot. Then decide how long you want your hanger to be and tie the two ends together. Make sure to double-knot it so it doesn't come loose. You can also tie it in a bow.

Just a few color combination ideas for your yarn hat ornament.

Just a few color combination ideas for your yarn hat ornament.

Yarn Hat Ornament Video Tutorial

If you prefer to watch a video, the one below is one I made showing you the entire process of making one of these ornaments.

Color and Occasion Ideas for Your Ornament


Christmas Ornaments

Reds, Greens, Whites, Golds, Silvers, Blues

Hanukkah Decorations

Whites, Blues, Silvers

Gift Wrapping Decorations

Any colors

Sunday School Craft

Any colors

Birthday Party Favors for Winter Birthdays

Child's favorite colors

In my mind, there aren't too many winter craft projects that are as cute as this one. I will say that it is not a good project for young children, but my daughter is in sixth grade and she had no problems.

It would be a nice craft project for a winter birthday party or an older Sunday school class. How cute would it be as a wrapping decoration on a gift for someone going on a ski trip or something like that? The possibilities are endless.

So next time you have a few spare minutes and feel like doing a fun craft project, give this yarn hat ornament made with recycled toilet paper rolls a try. It's great fun!

© 2015 Claudia Porter


Charlette p on November 05, 2019:

Just completed thirty of these hats. I used fancy yarn for a holiday brunch. Much faster than folded fabric stars. Very cute and ea add y.

Glenda Hyde on December 21, 2017:

This is so adorable , Will have to find my yarn and let grandkids try these out this weekend . Thank you so much for sharing .

Susan on October 17, 2017:

Easy and cute diy

Laurie on September 30, 2017:

Love them thinking about figuring out how to make them work for a giving tree for all my residents 60 plus? Very cute idea!

Pat Cooke on July 19, 2017:

Not sure what I did wrong but my hat looks nothing like yours

I used 4 worsted weight which obviously was to heavy. What weight of wool did you use?

Also when I pulled my wool through the tube I had 4 inches to work with but your video shows a quantity in the length of the wool pulled through

Cute project just wish I knew where I went wrong

Claudia Porter (author) on December 29, 2015:

What an awesome decoration for a wine bottle! Thanks for that idea. That would be a great gift for a New Years Party. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy New Year.

Judy Specht from California on December 27, 2015:

Got one of these hats on a bottle of wine. It had a little crochet scarf around the neck of the bottle. It was awesome.

Claudia Porter (author) on December 27, 2015:

Hi gerimcclym - So glad you enjoyed this project. I love these and we have a few of them on our tree right now. They really are fun. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Geri McClymont on December 15, 2015:

What a darling ornament! I am going to begin saving my t.p. rolls for this. I have been wanting to get back into making crafts for some time now, and this is an excellent start. Thank you for sharing with us how to make this darling ornament.

Claudia Porter (author) on November 17, 2015:

Thanks Jill. These are always fun to put on a package because people love them. Have a great day!

Jill Spencer from United States on November 16, 2015:

This ornament idea is cute it's hard to believe it's made of scraps!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 04, 2015:

Anytime Glimmer. My pleasure, my friend.

Claudia Porter (author) on June 04, 2015:

Hi Kristen - I definitely think these could be made anytime. I bet if someone worked on these all year they'd have enough for a whole tree. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 03, 2015:

I love your crafty hub ideas, Glimmer. What fun this would be to make them year-round to recycle toilet paper rolls. Voted up for beautiful!

Claudia Porter (author) on March 09, 2015:

Thanks so much peachpurple. They are really fun to make and I hope you enjoy trying one.

Claudia Porter (author) on March 09, 2015:

Hi pstraubie - I agree, I think this may be one of my most favorite crafts my daughter has ever brought home. It's also so easy. Thanks for all of the support and the angels. I hope you are doing well. It's always nice to get a lovely comment from an hp friend.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 04, 2015:

this is really extremely easy and cute deco. I must try. Thanks

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 04, 2015:

This is the cutest!!! I wish I had known about this when I was still in the classroom. What an adorable creation.

Pinned shared and voted up

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Claudia Porter (author) on February 28, 2015:

Hi sgbrown - I think this is still a great craft. Kids can hang them in their room or give them as little gifts to their friends. Hope you make some soon and thanks for stopping by and reading.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 27, 2015:

These are so cute! This looks like a great craft idea! It's still cold outside, I think my little grandchildren would really like making these! Really cute!

Claudia Porter (author) on February 26, 2015:

Thanks so much FlourishAnyway. I think they'd be great in school colors. Sometimes kids need a little something to give during the holidays and this would be really cute.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 14, 2015:

Very cute! Pinning this. I can imagine that teens would like to make this in their high school colors.

Claudia Porter (author) on February 07, 2015:

Hi Suzanne - Nice to see you again. These are just so much fun for all ages. I'm thinking that next year I'll make lots of them and add them as a decoration for the cookies I give out. Glad you like them too. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 07, 2015:

A very cute project and I'm glad your daughter is passing it on through you! I know my kids would find these Christmas ornaments really easy, just like you did and the colours are perfect for the season. Voted interesting ;)

Claudia Porter (author) on January 28, 2015:

Ha - poetryman - your comment is my best one yet. Yeah I can see where not everyone may want to use toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls are the perfect substitute, plus you get a couple more out of one roll. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Have a great day!

poetryman6969 on January 28, 2015:

I think I would prefer paper towel rolls but a cool idea nonetheless!

Claudia Porter (author) on January 24, 2015:

I like that idea aviannovice! Just change the colors for the seasons. There are so many fun things to do with these little hats! Thanks for stopping by.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 21, 2015:

Those are really very nice. Now, all you have to do is keep he tree up, and just change the ornaments and colors with the holidays.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 21, 2015:

How cool and fun. I'm glad they enjoyed the project. I would have loved to see the finished project. Thanks so much for letting me know Sally!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 20, 2015:

Thought I would return to tell you that my sister in Tasmania made some of these with her grandchildren - via a link I sent her. She was delighted and sent me a photo of the finished article. Wish I could have shared it with you here but there is no way of doing that unfortunately.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 20, 2015:

Thanks Mom In Gods Hands! I hope you have fun. I was just thinking how pretty light blue and white would be for one of these.

April from Fort Myers on January 18, 2015:

Love this! Can't wait to try it.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 17, 2015:

What a nice comment GoldenRod LM - Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. I do hope you give it a try. They really are fun and easy to make.

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona USA on January 16, 2015:

I don't normally do Christmas crafts. But your instructions and photos were so good, I think I will try my hand at it. Thank, voted up and all of that.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 10, 2015:

Hi randomcreative and thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. I think this little hat is quickly moving up my favorite crafts to do list. Have a great weekend.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 09, 2015:

Fabulous as always! Pinning right away.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 09, 2015:

Thank you tirelesstraveler - I like that aspect of them as well. They aren't just for Christmas. Glad you stopped by to read the article and comment.

Judy Specht from California on January 09, 2015:

These are really cute; so glad they can be made for lots of winter themes.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 09, 2015:

Hi Bill - I agree - Some things people come up with are really amazing. Hope you are well. It's always nice to hear from you. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 09, 2015:

You make a good point Blossom - It's definitely easy on the pocketbook which makes it that much more appealing. I appreciate your comments. Have a great day!

Claudia Porter (author) on January 09, 2015:

Hi MsDora - You are right, this one looks a lot harder than it is. I wish every craft was like that! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 09, 2015:

Thank you vespawoolf! When my daughter showed me how to make these I was amazed at how simple they were. I'm sure your could make one of these. They take no time at all!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 08, 2015:

Hi Glimmer. How creative. How do people think of these things? This looks so easy yet it's something I would never think of. Thankfully there are creative souls out there. Great job.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 08, 2015:

Love it! What a creative idea and so easy on the pocket, too. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 08, 2015:

Wow! Very cute and not as difficult as we would think. Thanks for sharing this nifty bit of craft, and thanks to your daughter.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 08, 2015:

You are so creative Glimmer! These are adorable and I think even I would have the patience to make them. Thank you for all the detailed instructions.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 08, 2015:

Hi Bill - I'm glad you paid attention to the intro and I'm glad you found it interesting. I'm always working on it. Thanks for stopping by, reading and your kind comments. Have a good day!

Claudia Porter (author) on January 08, 2015:

Thanks purl3agony - I love the idea of snowman topper. When my daughter brought this home I instantly knew I had to do a post on it. It is so cute. Glad you liked it too and thanks for all of the support!

Claudia Porter (author) on January 08, 2015:

Wow - Thanks for the super kind comments Sally! I really appreciate it. This was a really fun project for me to do.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2015:

So naturally I paid close attention to the introduction because, well, I'm a writer and not a yarn crafter...and the introduction was interesting and pertinent. Well done, very creative....just what I would expect from you.

Donna Herron from USA on January 08, 2015:

Wow, this project is really ingenious! This ornament is adorable and would make a great topper for a little snowman craft too. Love it! Voted up, pinned, brilliant as always!!!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 08, 2015:

Great project, super video and gorgeous images You have done a great job on this Hub. Definitely worthy of a HOTD - I look forward to seeing it there.