Yarn Hearts


  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Cardboard
    • Scissors
    • Tape
  • Things to buy:
    • Yarn – the set linked here is the same weight yarn I used, but different colors

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Ideal Age Range:

18 months+

Mess Factor:

Low

Prep Time:

10 minutes – unless you are doing this project with much older children, I recommend cutting out all of the cardboard hearts before you get started.


This is a great project to help you a) use up some leftover yarn you have from other projects, b) reuse ALL of the Amazon boxes you have, or c) pump up the volume on your Valentine’s Day decorations this year (because what else are you doing right now?).

We’ve created a few different versions of these yarn hearts, but you can experiment and create your own depending on the materials that you have. You will see versions of a heart frame (with the center cut out), solid heart, and heart with slits below.

I love using ombre yarn for these projects because it integrates many colors. However, feel free to use what you have or experiment! (You can use multiple solid color yarn strands, knotting them together, but that increases the complexity of the project.)

Use these as a starting point for your creativity!

I recommend that you use the strongest pair of scissors you have to cut and prep the hearts before your kids get started. Unless you are working with much older children, cutting these out from recycled boxes is hard work for the hands.

If you are planning to hang hearts up so that both sides will be seen, try to pick the pieces of cardboard that don’t have labels or printing on either side. For single-sided hearts (or the fully-wrapped version) it doesn’t matter what the cardboard looks like.

If you have a group of avid crafting kids, you can split this up into two sessions of activities. Cut out your cardboard hearts and paint them – use several layers of Valentine colors. Let the cardboard dry completely and then add the yarn techniques below!

Active Instructions:

Spaced Frame Wrap Style

Cut out any size heart shape, including cutting out the center leaving approximately a 1″ frame.

  1. Tape the beginning of your yarn onto the back side of your heart.
  2. Wind the yarn around the heart frame, leaving about 1″ of space between each turn to start.
  3. Once you wrap it around the entire heart once, switch directions for your wrapping (but keep spacing about 1″ apart).
  4. Continue wrapping the yarn, switching directions after each time you complete a full heart.
    • Your spacing will start being smaller than 1″ as the heart gets full.
    • Keep wrapping yarn until you get your desired look.
  5. When you are done, tie a knot on the back side
  6. If you want to hang the heart, cut a 6″ piece of yarn (or size as you need it), slip it under a piece of yarn in the top crook of the heart. Tie one or two knots tight to the heart frame to secure. Tie the ends of the yarn together to make a loop.

Fully-Wrapped Solid Heart

Cut any shape heart from cardboard to use as a template.

  1. Tape the beginning of your yarn onto the back side of your heart.
  2. Wind the yarn around the heart. You don’t have to worry about super even spacing at the beginning, you are just trying to get coverage and make sure the yarn is secure.
  3. As the heart started to fill up, make sure you are spreading out the yarn to cover empty spots.
  4. Keep wrapping yarn until you get your desired look. In the last few layers, make sure to space out your wraps so that you don’t have too many going in one direction or place.
    • If your kids are doing this on their own, don’t worry about the look. This is fun and great motor skills practice. Just make sure they are wrapping the yarn so that it doesn’t slip off of the sides.
  5. When you are done, tie a knot on the back side
  6. If you want to hang the heart, cut a 6″ piece of yarn (or size as you need it), slip it under a piece of yarn in the top crook of the heart. Tie one or two knots tight to the heart frame to secure. Tie the ends of the yarn together to make a loop.

Heart with Slit Edges

Cut any size heart shape that you wish. Cut approximately 1/2″ slits around the entire edge of the heart about 1/2″ apart.

  1. Tie a knot at the start of your yarn and thread it through the slit at the top of your heart (knot on the back side).
  2. Wind the yarn around the heart, pushing the yarn into a slit on the edge each time you wrap. Space the yarn out to start and cover the entire heart. You don’t have to follow a pattern here, but make sure to fill each slit in the sides at least once.
  3. As the heart started to fill up, make sure you are spreading out the yarn to cover empty spots.
  4. Keep wrapping yarn until you get your desired look. In the last few layers, make sure to space out your wraps so that you don’t have too many going in one direction or place.
    • If you want, you can also wrap some of the last stiches around the exterior of the cardboard (not in a slit), as I did a few times in the picture below.
  5. When you are done, tie a knot on the back side.
  6. If you want to hang the heart, cut a 6″ piece of yarn (or size as you need it), slip it under a piece of yarn in the top crook of the heart. Tie one or two knots tight to the heart frame to secure. Tie the ends of the yarn together to make a loop.

There are endless sizes, shapes, colors and styles you can create with this project. I can’t wait to see what you make! You can email us pictures of your creations at info@somethindesigns.com or tag us on social media.


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