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DIY yarn Easter eggs

Jennifer Chidester

A little glue and reams of colorful yarn turn ordinary eggs into modern, decorative Easter eggs without all the mess of dyes or decoupage!

Yarn eggs collage

If you love Easter but you prefer modern home decor over plastic grass and stuffed bunnies, these DIY yarn Easter eggs are for you!

What you’ll need

Yarn egg supplies

There are a lot of options with yarn Easter eggs but the good news is, they’re not a lot of work! If you prefer smaller eggs with a consistent pattern, you can use plastic eggs — the kind you fill with candy — and baker’s twine. Or, if you want a big, bold look, consider using large wooden eggs and pair them with cotton yarn. To replicate this look, you’ll need:

  • decorative wooden eggs (Jo-Ann, $5)
  • cotton yarn, typically used for knitting or crocheting — like this multicolored yarn from Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (Michaels, $5)
  • glue gun and glue sticks

How to get started

Yarn eggs

Heat up your glue gun then prep your yarn by unraveling a strand that’s about a foot long, so it can easily be moved to wrap around the egg without getting tangled. It’s important to make sure you have enough yarn free since hot glue dries very fast and you won’t have time to untangle the yarn as you go. You could use other adhesives, like Mod Podge, but I used hot glue for this because I like how the glue builds up to fill in any creases between the strands as well as how clear it dries.

Tips for wrapping the egg

Yarn eggs

First, dab hot glue at the very top point of the egg and place the tip of your yarn in the glue. Give the glue a second to dry, then line up more glue around the egg in a single thin circle right under your first dab of glue.

Yarn Easter eggs

Wrap the yarn around the egg on top of the glue, making sure you stay close to where the yarn was first placed. Continue to place thin rings of glue around the egg and follow that with yarn as you work your way down the egg. Once you have the top part wrapped at least a half of an inch, you can get away with wrapping a few strands around the egg without adhesive since the top and bottom will be glued and the yarn will be tightly-packed.


Yarn Easter eggs

Another benefit to using hot glue is that since it dries so quickly, by the time you’ve wrapped your last strand of thread you should be ready to display your eggs immediately. You can showcase them in glass cylinders, rest them on your mantel or even create a little vignette on your coffee table!

Image credit: Jennifer Chidester

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