Learn How To Make These Delightful Yarn Monsters

These Yarn Monsters were an utter delight to make and I have laughed all the way through writing this blog post at the photographs I have been editing. This is such an enjoyable craft from start to finish and my girls just adore playing with these little critters.

Yarn Monster

To Make These Yarn Monsters You Will Need

Yarn (various colours), 30cm pipe cleaners (I love cotton pipe cleaners as they not only look good buy are easier to glue things on to but you can use any kind), eyes (stickers or googly), scissors and a wee bit of PVA glue (white glue).

Watch the video at the end for more detailed instructions (coming later).

1. Bend your pipe cleaner in half and then twist it about 1/3 of the way down, just shy of the three finger width (adult hand) that you will wrap the yarn around. If a child is doing this depending on the size of their hand you will need to wrap the hand around four or five fingers.

Yarn Monster

2. Wrap your yarn around your fingers so you get a nice thick wodge of yarn. Thick is best for this so ‘over doing’  is better than ‘under doing’ this stage.

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3. carefully slide one of the pipe cleaner legs through the wodge of yarn and twist tightly to secure.

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4. Carefully snip through the loops of yarn trying to keep the lengths even.

Yarn Monster

5. Gently pull the yarn strands  down to cover the ;hoped part of the pipe cleaner and trim any irregular bits off. Create a little for with the pipe cleaner that will help your Yarn Monster stand up.

Yarn Monster

6. Curl each of the remaining pipe cleaner strands to create flat tight circles.

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7. Add some eyes and let the Yarn Monster fun begin …

Yarn Monster

Yarn Monster
Yarn Monster


Yarn Monster

Yarn Monster

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37 Responses to Learn How To Make These Delightful Yarn Monsters

  1. Emma says:

    Oh, these are super cute! It looks similar to making a pom pom but I just love the way these come out!

  2. Sarah Bailey says:

    Haha those are amazing! What some fantastic creatures. x

  3. Rachel says:

    Oh wow these are absolutely brilliant, I love the eyes on the bright orange one… x

  4. Lori says:

    ahh! So cute and eay to make too! My son would love playing with these. x

  5. Emma says:

    Super cute! I have a ten year old who owns a large stash of tangled wool, I am sure she would love to make these! 🙂

  6. Oh, these are so cute!

    I’m sure we have some wool upstairs somewhere 😉

  7. Jen says:

    Oh my these are ace, so cute and simple to make. A perfect kids craft. I adore them

  8. I laughed at you laughing whilst writing this post! They are very cute and remind me of something from my childhood… Do they remind you of Dougal from The Magic Roundabout?!!

  9. These look brilliant! I might have to surprise the boys with a set of them one day as I know they would entertain them for hours!

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  11. Kara says:

    Oh this look so simple but really effective – will certainly be trying to make these

  12. Erica Price says:

    This look so much fun and they are really easy to make too.

  13. I’ve got a bit of a wool stash at the moment and I think my son would like these.

  14. Michelle says:

    If it was possible to love yarn monsters, I would now be in love! These are so damn cute! x

  15. OMG these are so cute!! love them! x

  16. Stephen says:

    I think my cats would like these to play with!

  17. Gemma says:

    These look so fab! Easy to do too, definitely going to give them go with the kids

  18. What a cute little craft and super easy!

  19. Charly Dove says:

    Oh these are ace! POD would love some yarn monsters and she’s big enough now to be let loose with the scissors. Actually maybe not but she’d love to make them though!

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  21. Julie says:

    I ADORE these! very clever and SUPER cute!

  22. Kim says:

    I’m an OT and thought this may be fun to do for quiet hand fidgets.

  23. Sheila says:

    Oh my word……..these are adorable.
    My grandaughter is going to love making some of these when she comes to stay at the weekend.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  27. Tara says:

    These were fun to make and very cute, but I may have made a wrong turn somewhere; shortly after making them with my 3 year old son, I was finding pieces of yarn trailing behind him from playing too rough with the monsters or pulling some pieces through.
    Maybe better for kids a little older or gentler

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  30. Robin says:

    How many monsters can I expect to get out of one pound yarn?

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  32. Laura says:

    Do you happen to have a template for the cute eyes? They give so much personality to your monsters.
    My kids aren’t that creative or quiet about it “not being right” when they make something. I don’t want to end up doing it for them. Printing them out sometimes is much simpler & practices scissor skills and maybe tracing skills too!

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