Craft A Colorful Yarn Wrapped Animal Statue

How-To
Finished yarn wrapped animal statue...no glue required!

Finished yarn wrapped animal statue…no glue required!

Here is a fun and super easy project to welcome the start of a colorful and creative new year! With so many post holiday sales, finding paper mache, burlap, or even cardboard animal statues will be a cinch. The one we used here was a flea market find just waiting to be wrapped in yarn and transformed into something truly unique and fun – kind of like this bird-on-a-branch keepsake. My inspiration for this project? A window display which totally caught my eye:

The inspiration: a window display!

The inspiration: a window display!

I knew I could DIY this at home, so here’s all I needed…

Supplies:

Use leftover yarn plus any other to create the look you want

Use leftover yarn plus any other to create the look you want

• leftover yarn (the thicker and more colorful, the better)

• small push pins

• burlap/paper mache/bamboo statue (any type that is porous enough to take push pins)

Instructions:

1. Start by wrapping the nose of your animal. To begin, leave a small tail and over-wrap it to hide and secure the yarn piece.

Start your wrapping at the nose

Start your wrapping at the nose.

2. Use push pins to create spaces and add wrapping edges where needed (eyes, hips, haunches, etc.). Once you’ve secured the push pins, you can wrap the yarn around it, then pull over some of the threads to hide them.

Use push pins to keep from wrapping over the eyes

Use push pins to keep from wrapping over the eyes.

Insert push pins to help wrap in hard-to-reach spots

Insert push pins to help wrap in hard-to-reach and wrap spots.

3. When switching colors, tie end to new colored yarn end, then over-wrap to hide the knot. Don’t worry if you do see the knot…it actually adds character!

Tie ends together, then over-wrap to hide knot

Tie ends together, then over-wrap to hide knot.

Tie off to finish.

Tie off to finish.

4. Use different colors of yarn to create any pattern and look you desire. Have fun! Go nuts and use your imagination when adding color…there is no wrong way to do this which is why this is such a fabulous project!

Your statue is now a colorful piece of art

Your statue is now a colorful piece of art!

Yarn adds texture as well as color.

Yarn adds texture as well as color.

Yarn wrapped deer is a wonderful winter decor piece

Yarn wrapped deer is a wonderful winter decor piece.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR…and go DIY your home space!!!

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).