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55 Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet

These easy yarn crafts are perfect for adults and kids alike!

Updated November 05, 2019
55 Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet

If you're wondering what to make with yarn but you aren't big into knitting or crochet, you've come to the right place! Discover the best yarn crafts without knitting or crochet. 

Perhaps you ARE an avid knitter or crocheter, but you can't find the right scrap yarn projects to use up that last bit of a skein. These easy yarn crafts are perfect for leftovers!

Our collection is broken into crafts for adults and for kids. Discover top tips from our bloggers on crafting with yarn, and learn about the different types of yarn, too!

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Bonus: are you a visual learner? The quintessential yarn craft without knitting or crochet would be making a pom pom! Learn how to make the Fuzzy DIY Pom Pom in the video tutorial below.

Yarn Crafts for Adults

Pom Pom DIY Rug

Get ready to make your favorite new home decor, kitchen project, laundry craft, or something else! The yarn crafts for adults listed below will make your home a happier place. Did you know you could make dryer balls from your leftover yarn? How about dolling up some DIY kitchen utensils? The yarn craft ideas listed below are truly fantastic.

Photo Credit: Jess Coppom from makeanddocrew.com

Home Decor Yarn Flowers

Embellish a paper craft with a flower made out of yarn.

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How to Make DIY Doll Hair

Want to make your very own handmade doll? Learn how to make her hair with this project.

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Table Top Tree Decoration

Use your favorite shade of lime green to decorate a styrofoam tabletop Christmas tree!

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Heart Pom Pom

Don't just make a pom pom: make a heart pom pom using this tutorial!

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DIY Yarn Wall Hanging

Get in the swing of making tassels, then create a lovely tassel wall hanging.

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How To Make Dryer Balls

Yarn is practical for making dryer balls to keep those clothes from clumping in the dryer.

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Faux Fur DIY Wall Hangings

A few strands from that bulky skein make all the difference when embellishing wall hangings.

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Along Came A Spider Yarn Wreath

Grab some skeins in Halloween colors and wrap around a foam wreath form for a classy door decoration.

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Yarn Wrapped Pattern Weights

Need to weigh down a project or even some papers? This is a sweet and easy option.

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Pom Pom DIY Rug

Pom pom rugs are deliciously cushy and so much fun! 

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Giant Tassel Keychain Easy Yarn Craft

A simple tassel makes all the difference when you're trying to find those keys in your purse.

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Yarn Flower Keychain

Grab your favorite mini flower loom and make your own adorable keychain.

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Spring Hedgehog Yarn Wreath

Dress up this wreath as a bright accent for your equally bright front door!

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Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters

A few strands of yarn are essential to create bright hangers for your seasonal flowers.

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Refreshing Wrapped Peace Letters

Pick up some letters from your local craft store for the holidays or any occasion and embellish them with your favorite color yarn.

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No-Sew Fleece Scarf

This fleece scarf is only complete when you add some lovely tassels.

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Colorful DIY Kitchen Utensils

If you're looking for some cute ways to make plain kitchen utensils super cute, color block the handles for a neat effect.

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Autumn DIY Dreamcatcher Pattern

This is one of our favorite yarn crafts without knitting! Use an embroidery hoop and make a cute dreamcatcher.

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Retro DIY Plastic Canvas Glasses Case

Plastic canvas is another wonderful type of craft for using those skeins from your stash.

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Stylish God's Eye

God's eyes are fabulous projects for summer camp and also in general for decorating those walls.

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Decorative Yarn Globes

How cool are these? Wrap a balloon with string and add fabric stiffener, then pop the balloon for a fabulous look.

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Pompom DIY Topiary

Make some pom poms then create this adorable mini topiary as a tabletop decoration for spring.

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Neon Yarn Globes

Instead of potpourri, set a bowl of these brightly colored globes on your table.

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Spice Islands Placemat Pattern

Use a plastic canvas base along with raffia yarn to create a fabulous table setting.

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Neat and Natural Flower Pot

Who would have known you could wrap flower pots for a really gorgeous and natural look.

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Yarn Wrapped Bangle

Start with plain bangles and add stripes for a beautiful new accessory!

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Easy Yarn Crafts for Kids

Raffia DIY Headband

Knitting and crochet can be challenging for kids depending on the age of the child and the intricacy of the pattern. But kids can still work with yarn! These easy yarn crafts for kids are perfect for a range of ages, and they are so much fun. Kids can make a wearable project like the Raffia DIY Headband, holiday crafts, fun trinkets, and more. These yarn craft projects are so much fun and kids will love to make them!

Woven Yarn Hopi Eye Christmas Ornaments

This is a great project for kids because they can really exercise creative control with the colors!

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Pom Pom DIY Christmas Tree

This beautiful tree is made all the more delightful with pom pom "ornaments"!

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Raffia DIY Headband

Use raffia to wrap a headband in bright colors. Make them to match any outfit!

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Simple Popsicle Stick Crosses

This is the perfect vacation Bible school craft for kids.

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Yarn Covered Pencil Pot

Isn't this a sweet idea? This cute desk accessory would look fabulous at home or at school.

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Pom Pom Cupcakes

Make pom poms, then turn them into adorable imitation cupcakes!

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Handmade Yarn Pom Pom

Start with the basics! Learn how to make pom poms with this wonderful tutorial.

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Colorful Yarn Sticks

This summer, get in touch with nature! Embellish found objects with bright colors.

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Easy Yarn Woven Cup

This craft is a CLASSIC! Teach the kids about upcycling and have them make these sweet pencil cups.

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Modern Embroidered Baskets

If you're an embroidery novice or simply want an excuse to dress up some old, plain baskets, give this fabulous project a try.

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3D Springtime Scene on Canvas

Create an entire artistic scene with this adorable tutorial! 3D elements really take this sweet canvas to the next level.

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Adorable Cardboard Tube Giraffe

You can't make a giraffe without his mane! Learn how to make this finishing detail with this toilet paper roll craft.

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Baby Owl Toy

OMG! Use fun fur to make this little critter. He's a perfect craft for fall!

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String Art Projects

String Art on Wood

String art is one of the things to do with yarn and fingers that we thought warranted its own section. Most of the projects below are string art for beginners, but you'll find a few more challenging projects within this section as well. If you've wanted to give string art patterns a shot for a while now but haven't taken the plunge, now is the time!

Photo Credit: Tanner Bell and Courtney Chambers from alittlecraftinyourday.com

Vibrant String Art

Spell out an encouraging word or message with this wonderful piece of wall decor.

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Follow the Arrow String Art

Are arrows your "thing"? This is a great, basic shape for your first string art project.

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String Art on Wood

This sweet project shouldn't take you too long, and the results are just beautiful.

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Snowflake String Art

Learn how to make snowflakes for a totally lovely winter decoration.

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Happy Pumpkin String Art

How cute is this pumpkin?? This is an adorable little wall plaque you can put out every October.

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Trendy String Art Necklace

String art isn't just for wall decor! You can make a bold statement with this jewelry making tutorial.

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3D String Art Patterns

Maybe you're looking to make an abstract yet orderly design. Grab your favorite colors and create a sweet design with this project.

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String Art Picture Frames

This is a super easy and fun way to dress up a plaid wood picture frame from the craft store!

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Anthropologie Inspired String Letters

If Anthropologie is one of your favorite stores but the prices are not your favorite, learn how to make this knockoff.

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Fun String Art Ornaments

How adorable are these ornaments! I love the Christmas tree, and you can even get the look of peppermint with this project.

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Nailed It DIY String Art

Create an awesomely filled-in design when you densely weave this project. The finished results are so elegant!

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Spiderweb String Art

This awesomely spooky design is easier to make than you think, and it's some of the classiest Halloween decor we've seen.

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DIY String Art Wedding Table Numbers

If you're having a rustic chic wedding, why not make some of these pretty string art numbers?

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Twig String Art Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

I love this beautiful way to bring a bit of nature into your crafting! Bright yarn contrasts so nicely with natural wood twigs.

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DIY Rustic String Table Numbers

Here's another take on rustic table numbers you can make for outdoor parties.

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String Art Advent Calendar

This jumbo Advent calendar is amazingly impressive and fun as you and your family count down the days until Christmas!

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Types of Yarn

Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet

There are many different types of yarn you can craft with! Here is a short overview of those yarn qualities you will be interacting with most often:

Fiber: Acrylic is the most common type of yarn. It is inexpensive and great for beginner crafters! Other popular fibers are plant fibers like cotton and animal fibers like wool and silk.

Weight: Yarn weights range from very fine lace to thick, bulky yarns. Worsted is the most popular yarn weight. Learn about the different weights, how to pair them with the correct needle or hook size, and more with this handy yarn weight chart from our friends at the Craft Yarn Council.

Colors: The beauty of the yarn aisle in craft stores is unparalleled. From solid neutral colors to vivid variegated yarns and more, there are a slew of colors to choose from. Choosing colors is the part that's the most fun!

Learn more about different yarns in our article, Types of Yarn for Knitting or Crochet.

Are all yarns safe?

Are all yarns safe?

This is an important question to address! The short answer is that the vast majority of yarns are safe for kids and adults alike, but there are a few issues to keep in mind.

Wool Sensitivites: Did you know that wool allergies are actually allergies to lanolin, or the oil in a sheep's fleece? (You can learn more about wool allergies at loveknitting.com.) While true wool allergies are rare, many people are sensitive to wool. If you or your child has a wool allergy, making a yarn craft with wool could become uncomfortable. It may be safer to stick with cotton yarn, a wool blend, or acrylic yarn instead.

Acrylic Yarn: By and large, acrylic is the most popular yarn for crafting, and it is mostly safe, but what you want to be aware of is its flammable nature. Acrylic yarn is essentially woven synthetic plastic fibers, meaning it is flammable. It will melt under an iron, in the presence of fire, and more. Even when washing projects made with acrylic yarn, you want to be sure to dry them on a low heat setting. If you make a wall hanging out of acrylic yarn, it would be safest not to hang this over the fireplace.

How to Knit for Beginners

How to Knit for Beginners

I know, I know. This is an article about yarn crafts without knitting or crochet. It's possible that you're here not because you don't want to knit but because you don't know how to. We have a plethora of knitting resources here on FaveCrafts and over at our sister site, AllFreeKnitting. Learn all of the basics, from casting on to the knit stitch, purling, and binding off. 

How to Crochet for Beginners

How to Crochet for Beginners

If you love yarn and want to take your skills to the next level, learn how to crochet! Below you'll find a collection of great beginner crochet videos as well as our top crochet collections for great beginner crochet project ideas.

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Being a crocheter myself, I had never thought about all these yarn crafts that could be done without use of a hook or needles. It is an impressive list to say the least. My favorites are the wrapped planters, the fluffy pom pom rug, and the yarn globes that you make with balloons as the mold!

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