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Busy Hands: Yarn Roller Printing

This is a simple process-driven art that creates beautiful patterns. It can be done by kids of all ages, but preschoolers may find it particularly appealing since they have the skills to do it themselves. The technique is similar to what we did with our Cardboard Tube Printmaking activity, which was fun too!

Simple yarn printing art project for kids.

Here's how we did the Yarn Roller Printing art activity:


1. Wrap synthetic yarn/wool around a cardboard tube. You'll need one at least as big as a kitchen paper towel roll. I think synthetic yarn works better because it won't absorb too much of the paint as real wool would. 

2. Wrap it around the tube, leaving space at both ends to hold it. Your child may need help wrapping it tightly in the beginning. In the end, simply tuck it in. 

Yarn Roller Printing - Simple art project for kids.

3. Use a brush to paint different colours on the yarn-wrapped tube. You can also put paint in a tray and roll the tube in it, for a single colour. 

4. Hold tightly with both hands and push down slightly while rolling on paper to make the prints.

Yarn Roller Printing - Simple art project for kids.

I love how the print came out! You can use the artwork to make greeting cards, canvas art for the wall, or wrapping paper. 

Yarn Roller Printing - Simple art project for kids.



Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.


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Karen Bell said...

Great idea. I would love to make some wrapping paper like that, pretty rainbow.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

abigail said...

Nice one! you can frame this one.

Caroline said...

This is fab, what a great idea and lovely result :) xx

Eileen Teo said...

This is very interesting and beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

Tickle Fingers said...

Love seeing what amazing things people think up to paint with! #MiniCreations

Jenny Eaves said...

A lovely idea! Great results too, will have to try this! :) x

domesstique said...

This cool, Tarana. I can't wait to try this with Olivia. Thank you for sharing. xx
#Minicreations

Jenni |Dancing in the Rain said...

Oooh we are definitely going to have to try this! I can see it being very appealing :-)

My Bored Toddler said...

I love this idea - will have to add this to our painting ideas! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

kidGLloves said...

Lucas says - I know you say this is for toddlers but it looks like messy play which means I would still think this is AWESOME!!! These would look great as prints framed. I made something like this for Sispa (my Aunty) and she framed it and put it in the kitchen as it matched her colours. It looks well cool. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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