Yarn Hat Ornament made with Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls Craft Tutorial
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 on gift decorations next year.
Make sure to save your empty toilet paper rolls for this project. One roll can make 4 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.
Supplies needed for the ornament
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.
Step 1 - Cut the toilet paper roll
Cut the toilet paper roll into 4 even segments. You can get about 4 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.
Step 2 - Start putting the yarn on
- 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.
- Feed the other ends of the yarn through the "U", wrapping the yarn around the toilet paper roll.
- Pull snuggly so a knot forms on one edge of the roll.
Step 3 - Finish wrapping the yarn
- Continue wrapping in the color pattern of your choice.
- 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.
- Shake out the strings and untangle any that might need it. It should look a little bit like a jellyfish at this point.
Step 4 - Feed the yarn through the center
- Gather the yarn with one hand and hold the tissue roll with the other. Twist the bunch of yarn.
- Push the twist through the center of the toilet paper roll.
- Pull out all of the yarn through the center.
- Pull gently and untangle any yarn that needs it.
Step 5 - Tie off and form the hat pom pom
- Gather the yarn together and, using a piece of yarn in a coordinating color, tie the bunch together. Make sure to knot it securely.
- Take one of the pieces of the facial tissue you split earlier, crumple it up and put it inside the hat.
- 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.
- Fluff up the yarn pompom.
Step 6 - Add the hanger
To add a hanger, just get a piece of yarn, tie it once around the bunch of yarn, securing 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.
I'd love to hear about your Christmas tree tradition
What do you like to decorate your Christmas tree with?
Make these cute yarn hat ornaments in all sorts of colors
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
Reds, Greens, Whites, Golds, Silvers, Blues
Whites, Blues, Silvers
Gift Wrapping Decorations
Sunday School Craft
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 Mitchell