Easy Yarn Ball Garland How To

Lora Bloomquist
by Lora Bloomquist
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Wonder what to do with leftover Yarn? Make an easy yarn ball garland with this simple how to. Cute for the Holidays, or any time of the year!

Ever wonder what to do with all that leftover yarn, once you’ve finished your project? If you knit or crochet anything, you’ve probably got leftover yarn. Or, if you’re lucky like me, you may find someone else’s yarn balls while thrifting! I seem to gravitate to what others have left behind. Today’s Easy Yarn Ball Garland How To is a fun and pretty way to upcycle extra yarn scraps.

At a recent church sale, I spotted several bags of brightly colored, mostly cotton yarn balls, I envisioned fun craft room decor! At .50 a bag, I scooped up as many as I could find! Other people’s trash inspires me:)

At first, I was thinking of just placing them in large glass containers, and maybe having a small Christmas tree coming out the top. But then I remembered the fun, brightly colored garlands I saw last year in the stores and decided to make my own garland, DIY-styled.

This project was super easy, and turned out so cute! Most of the yarn balls were cotton yarn, which made them quite solid. I’ll give you a trick for getting the needle through.


Cut twine to 72″

Thread large-eyed needle by folding over twine on itself and flattening.

Use a pliers to push threaded needle through yarn ball; it will save your fingers.

At first yarn ball, make a knot to create a loop to hang. You’ll do this at the end also.

To pull needle through yarn balls, use the pliers again.

Vary 1-3″ yarn balls on twine. Don’t pull them too tightly together; you want to be able to flex the garland.

How to Decorate with Your Yarn Ball Garland

You can place your yarn ball garland on a wreath, suspend it from a shelf, or weave it through your decor. I hung it from the scaffolding shelf we just hung in my new craft room/studio. It was so fun to have a new place to decorate! I added a little bit of twinkle for Christmas. I may add some vintage tinsel garland to the yarn ball garland, too.

Don’t all those bright colors just make you smile? I love how they coordinate with some of my vintage quilts.

If you ever come across someone’s stash of leftover yarn pieces, or happen to have your own, have fun whipping up this easy garland. Depending on the coloration, you can enjoy decorating with it anytime of year, in any room of your home.

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Suggested materials:
  • Twine   (craft store)
  • Large eye needle   (craft store)
  • Yarn scraps   (secondhand)
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  • LeeAnn Lindsey LeeAnn Lindsey on Dec 12, 2021

    I love this so so so much!! It makes me want tyo do all my decorations and tree in pastel with these beauties everywhere!! super cute!

  • CaliGal CaliGal on Jan 15, 2022

    Never thought of using yarn balls for a garland. I love the texture and every color imaginable is in there. Where else can you use every color there is… and have it look soooo good!! I’m not a knitter but I have friends that do and this would make a lovely gift for them. We sometimes get together and bring our projects we’re working on and enjoy a creative time together. It’s a bummer that we haven’t gotten to do this since rt before C-19. Sorry a lil tangent rt there.