Yarn Wrapped Letter Ornament Tutorial

Yes, I'm sharing a Christmas themed craft so early in the season.  I love the occasional christmas song and seeing some things around, but I'm generally against all out celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving has even arrived... so I surprised myself a little when Cora and I were Targeting a couple weeks ago and I decided to check out the Christmas section.  I figured it was fun for her to check out all of the Christmas things (picture her going "WOOOWW!" as she looks up at the giant white trees), but I also came away with a little inspiration.  I saw this yarn wrapped ornament and almost bought it for Cora before I quickly reminded myself "Why buy when you can DIY?!".  So I got busy after Cora fell asleep and whipped this thing up in under an hour.

+ cardboard
+ tape
+ glue gun
+ 2-4 colors of yarn

1. Trace out desired letter twice (I've found it's a little easier when the letters are less curvy) 
2. Cut out letters

3. Cut out long thin strip about 1/2"- 1" (this will be the thickness of your ornament)
4. Use about 2" long pieces of tape to tape the thin strip between the letter pieces... I found it was helpful to 'loosen' up the strip of cardboard by running it between my pinched fingers at an angle.

5. Cover ends of letter shape with yarn
6. Wrap the yarn around the letter and hot glueing only on one side.  Make sure to glue in the middle of the shape instead of the edge.  I found glueing at the edges then wrapping made the yarn push the hot glue up a little bit and made it slightly visible. (sidenote: check out my hot glue gun set up, ha!)

7. Wrap until finished... be very generous with the glue on the ends, so the yarn doesn't slide off.
8. Braid yarn and add a loop for hanging on the Christmas tree.

Here is Target's version vs my version:

While the initial cost for the DIY would be higher than the cost of one ornament (3 skeins of cheap yarn is probably around $10) there would be a lot of extra yarn leftover and you can make tons of ornaments (or other crafts) with the yarn. Overall, a pretty easy/fun DIY and I love thinking of all of the color combinations I can make.


Happy Halloween

Cora is loving the costumes and treats that Halloween brings.  We had a trunk-or-treat event at her school last week and we had a blast despite the rain.  Ben and I spent the morning crafting these cardboard pumpkins and enjoyed watching Cora run around with her buddy asking for candy.  She loved getting her face painted and getting extra cuddles from her teacher.  She had such a blast that she fell asleep at 6 O'clock and slept 14 hrs that night... now that's what I call a successful event.

Happy Halloween Friends!


Walks with Cora : A Good Hike

As we were headed to our regular route at our favorite park, Cora redirected me over to the trails. We've done the trails a couple times, but she has always been in the backpack carrier. I wondered aloud if we should go back to the car and get the backpack and she told me no... so we forged ahead.

Cora was excited for each obstacle we came to and cheered when she finished the hard ones.  She was so excited about climbing over the fallen trees, she'd hurry ahead looking for the next one. Eventually, she started showing me how she could 'climb' over small roots and sticks on the path.

When we first started out, I thought I'd be carrying her on my shoulders most of the way, but she managed to complete almost the whole path except the last hard hill/steps.  It was so fun to watch her reach an obstacle, figure it out, then confidently crush it.  I love this adventure loving baby.

Once we finished our hike, we headed to the fancy part of the park and check everything out.  Cora showed me how she was 'training' her puppy.  She points at the puppy, shouts "Sit!", sets him up in a sitting position, and looks at me with the proudest grin ever.

When we got in the car, she sighed and said "Good hike!"... yes baby girl it was a good hike!
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