I like the yarn ball for a variety of reasons. I think that it’s better than a tennis ball, dodge ball, etc. because it’s soft and won’t be a problem if it hits a kid in the face or goes farther than you expected and lands on a xylophone or piano. It’s customizable because you can make it in any color, with patterns, multicolors, school colors, solids, fade outs, etc. You can make it bigger or smaller and you can make it with the softest yarn ever (which turns into a huge poof) or dollar store yarn. Seriously, the possibilities are endless!
Okay, enough about how I love this, and now to the process. Click the photos for a larger view. Please leave comments if any of the directions don't make sense. I'll try and streamline the process if my wording isn't clear.
Materials You'll Need
- Cardboard circles (medium-sized pieces of cardboard that are thick with a good weight cut into a circle with a hole in the middle) see dimensions below
- Heavyweight scissors. I use kitchen shears.
- Two skeins of yarn (for larger/thicker yarn balls). See below for more on choosing yarn...
- Zip ties (or rope that will hold) I use 14” zip ties and it is enough and more for my yarn balls.
Step by step process - Click photos for larger view
My cardboard circle dimensions
11” in diameter and
4" for each of the sides
3.5” in diameter hole in the middle