Cookie Cutters and Huichol Yarn Painting = Pretty Holiday Ornaments

Huichol Yarn Painting holiday tree ornaments

Recycle cereal boxes and scraps of leftover yarn into beautiful Huichol tree ornaments using cookie cutters as your patterns and this tutorial: how to paint with yarn from "That Artist Woman"!

Meg over at Mega Crafty inspired the use of cookie cutters and their simple shapes seemed a perfect background for playing with yarn painting.

Grab a few saved cereal boxes, find some richly colored yarn and felt scraps in your stash, and gather together a pencil, scissors, Aleene's Tacky Glue, small brush, and if you like, some embellishments - buttons, beads, - that sort of thing.

Now let's make ornaments!

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Trace the shapes of your cookie cutters onto the cereal boxes.

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Cut them out! I never tire of these cookie shapes! They make me smile!

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Cut a piece of felt just a tiny bit larger than your shape. I have found the best way to do this is to glue your cardboard shape right onto the felt and once it is dry, cut around the shape leaving about a 1/16" to 1/8" border as shown above.

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Place a "bead" of glue along the exposed edge of felt and carefully outline the shape with yarn.

You will find that a wooden skewer is a valuable little tool for maneuvering the yarn and keeping wet glue off your fingers!

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

If you are feeling creative and adventurous, go for it!!

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Let your yarn edges dry overnight

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

I loved how these looked edged and ready for "painting"!

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

And now pop over to Gail's tutorial to complete your yarn paintings!

A couple notes:

1. Practice! Pratice again! It will be worth the time, trust me. It takes a bit of practice to get used to maneuvering the yarn so that you get a nice smooth painting.

2. A wooden skewer will help you adjust and push the yarn.

3. Use worsted weight or even bulky yarn - you can see I used several different weights and kinds.

4. Gail suggests Aleene's Tacky glue and after having used Mod Podge on a previous project, I can honestly say, Tacky Glue is the best choice because it grabs and holds the yarn in place - just like Gail said it would!!

5. It is almost inevitable that there will be bits of glue on the surface here and there - it will disappear when dry.

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

Have some fun with this! Try a little inlay, experiment with twisted yarn and yarn that is more like a lightly twisted roving. Try a few fancy yarns.

Huichol Yarn Painting and cookie cutters + holiday tree ornaments

And finally - embellish!

I used hot glue to attached the buttons, beads, bows… but Aleene's Tacky Glue is also a good choice. Both nearly disappear when dry.

Huichol ornaments are beautiful on holiday trees, strung as garland, decorating wreaths or tied on packages!

Have fun! And let me know how you use them!

These look great! I love the

These look great! I love the tree.

Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE

Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE these. The texture of the yarn is wonderful and makes the simple cookie cutter shape pop. Brilliant idea! I will definitely be making a few of these this year- thanks Pam!

this is an cute idea!!! and

this is an cute idea!!!
and soooo lovely, and smart, great tute as well.
i think i will send this idea as well to my sis she is a teacher so she can do this with the kids.
thank you Pam for sharing this great idea of Gail.
Xo's

Thank you Jet!! The blue star

Thank you Jet!!

The blue star is my favorite - well so is the Dala horse! Two favs!  

I used left over scraps of Lamb's Pride wool/mohair blend for the star and loved how it worked - accentuating the tight turns.  I used it in the Folk Art angel wings as well.  I love this yarn for making Huichol designs. And for felting!  

LOVE the Dala one, naturally!

LOVE the Dala one, naturally! :) Such a GREAT idea!!!!

oh, cute idea! :) I really

oh, cute idea! :)
I really like the dala horse

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