Halloween DIY Yarn Craft

Written by Jeran of Oleander and Palm

Hi friends! I’m thrilled to be here to share a Halloween version of my simple yarn art.  A couple months ago, I had the privilege of hosting a Craft Event and installing a window display at the South Coast Plaza Land of Nod store. Now the time of year to add a little spook to your home. I’ve made a simple yarn piece with orange, black, white and peach yarn and added a couple plastic spiders to get in the Halloween spirit.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 2 Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 3Supplies:

  • Yarn is a few different colors
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape
  • 1/4″ dowel cut to a 12″ length
  • Craft paint and paint brush
  • Plastic spiders

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 4Start by taping off the ends of the dowel and paint the tips one of the colors from your selection of yarn.  I chose to paint the coral/peach color because it’s not often a Halloween color and I like that unexpected element.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 5This is a really simple process and the pictures should explain how you attach the lengths of yarn to the dowel.  Cut the yarn twice as long as you’d like it to be for the finished piece.  Fold the yarn in half and place the folded loop behind the dowel.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 6Now, loop the ends of the yarn through the loop, bringing the loop to the front of the dowel.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 7Pull the ends of the yarn tight.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 8And repeat, over and over and over. Be sure to push the looped yarn snug together to get a nice full look to your finished yarn art piece.

There’s a lot of different things you can do with the ends of the yarn. This off centered inverted V is my favorite. You can see a lot more example here on some of the samples I created for the Nod window display.

Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 9 Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 10 Halloween DIY Yarn Craft 12I displayed my yarn piece grouped with an felt EEK banner I made last year after seeing this post, some twigs I painted black, a couple of owls from my collection, I mannequin hand I bought at the flea market and a few more plastic spiders.  It’s creepy but not over the top scary. Just the right amount of spook.

Also be sure to check out my girl’s amazing bedroom that was featured in the June catalog.

A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade/DIY pieces and global inspiration.

DIY Striped Straw Necklaces

Post by Christina of Just Call Me Chris

When I was a kid, my sister and I used to make beads like this out of magazine pages.  We made hundreds of paper beads. It was my goal not to let any magazine ever go wasted again. I bet my mom loved having bags of those paper beads all over the house. Twenty-some-odd years later, I’m still making things… so I guess nothing really changes.

When I remembered all the fun I had making those beads, I thought it might be fun to do a similar project with my four-year-old. She’s not quite old enough to make paper beads on her own yet, so we took a shortcut by using paper straws as our beads. The nice folks at Party Pail sent over some straws for us to use in our craft project. I love the combination of thin and thick stripes on their straws. We combined the straws with some colorful wooden beads and got to work.

DIY Striped Straw Necklaces

Want to make some necklaces of your own? You probably have most everything you need hanging around the house. Yarn, tape (not pictured), scissors (also not pictured), wooden beads, a handful of striped straws (Party Pail gave us the orangepink and green ones for this project), and a clip of some sort (or anything else you can attach to the end of the yard to keep the beads from falling off).

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Step 1: Cut up the striped straws. I didn’t measure exactly, but each straw made about 10 beads.

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Step 2: Tape one end of the yarn like the end of a shoelace. This makes threading easier for small fingers. Next, attach the clip to the opposite end of the yarn to keep beads from sliding off while you’re working.

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Step 3: Start stringing your necklace. Charlotte loved making up different patterns and she named each design. One was called “cotton candy” another was “pink lemonade” and one was the “unicorn necklace,” of course. Once you’re done beading the necklace, tie the ends together with a square knot, and cut off all but about .5″ excess yarn. You can easily tuck the ends into one of the straws to hide them.

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That’s it. Now throw on a necklace (or six) and hit the town. We made necklaces for our stuffed animals, for our friends and neighbors and we still have plenty of supplies to pull out for our next play date.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her blog, Just Call Me Chris

Land of Nod Locations Host Camp Nod

Back in July, we held our 2nd annual Camp Nod week at The Land of Nod stores. Camp Nod was a week full of creative events for the kiddos to participate in. A camp where you can create arts and crafts projects, and then have fun playing with Nod toys in the store afterwards? I’d say it was a hit! We wanted to share a few of the craft events we hosted with our Honest to Nod readers, so you all can try these fun activities at home!

Garden Day
We provided 3″ terra cotta chalkboard planters, chalk, soil, and Zinnia seeds for the campers. At the beginning of the event, we asked each camp attendee to decorate their planter with chalk. Some drew their name, a design, or some just enjoyed some minimalism. The best part about this is that they can always redecorate their planter for a future activity. After decorating, we helped them fill their pots with soil and handed each of them three Zinnia seeds to tuck into the soil. We loved watching them “garden!”

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Make Your Own Sock Puppet
We provided the campers with kid-sized tube socks and plenty of fun supplies like feathers, fabric markers, pipe cleaners, pom poms, felt sheets, googly eyes, and craft glue dots. The crafty glue dots made this activity less messy, and the kids had so much fun creating their sock puppet masterpieces.

And afterwards, our What’s that Stand For was a perfect stage for the campers to play with their socket puppets.

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Balloon Animals with Shop Sweet Lulu
We partnered with our great pals Shop Sweet Lulu to help us host another balloon animal activity with our campers. We hosted this event last fall with them, and it was such a hit we knew we needed to bring it back for Camp Nod. The DIY Balloon Animal kits are offered on their site, and include one balloon, one 15″ balloon stick, cut cardboard pieces with the animals’ faces, and adhesive glue dots.

The campers first blew up their balloons with their help of the grownups, and attached it to their stick. Afterwards they took the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth from the cardboard cut outs and created their animals with the adhesive glue dots. Campers loves showing off their pigs, bears, and chickens they created!

Camp Nod Balloon Bash

We hope you have as much fun with these activities as we did at Camp Nod! We can’t wait for more fun next year!

Try This: Frozen Play Doh

Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM. 

Frozen Play Doh Recipe My kiddos love play doh and they love getting messy. This frozen play doh combines both with the added bonus of cooling everyone off! It’s incredibly easy to make — you likely already have the ingredients on hand. We used ours to set up a little ice cream shop and they played until it eventually melted in the sun! Head on over to Not-So-SAHM for the full recipe.

Rebecca and Suzanne are bloggers, graphic designers, and event stylists living in Washington, DC. Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. Suzanne is a big fan of good design, good wine, and her two rambunctious little boys. They share DIY lifestyle and event styling projects at A Feteful Life. Rebecca also blogs kid-friendly projects at Not-So-SAHM.