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Easy Christmas Crafts: Yarn & Chenille Wire Heart Ornament


This Easy Christmas Crafts yarn and chenille wire heart ornament uses just a few materials to become a fun and whimsical decoration. The process is similar to, but not quite the same as, the wheat straw hearts found in prairie holiday decorations.

This easy Christmas crafts project can be fun for young and old alike. It can be an ornament, an addition to a pretty package or a small keepsake gift.

Plus, it can be a fun little Valentine's Day heart for someone special or to brighten your own space.

Display the Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament any time of the year!

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament finished and hanging

Easy Christmas Crafts: Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament Materials and Tools:

  • Two 12-inch chenille stems - red (or the color you choose)
  • Eight strands of yarn, each 30 inches long
  • One strand of the same yarn 14 inches long
  • Coordinating ribbon, 1/4-inch wide and 10 inches long
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters (optional - I just broke the wires)

The gray felt in the photos just provides a background contrast for the pictures.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament materials and tools 

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament:

Bend the first chenille wire at the halfway point - six inches.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 1 bend wire at the halfway point

Tie four of the 30-inch strands of yarn around the chenille wire at the bend.

Use a half knot rather than a hard or square knot.

Tie the yarns in the middle, which leaves an equal amount of yarn on each side of the knot.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 2 tie yarn at the bend

On one side, separate the four strands into two on one side and two on the other of the chenille wire.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 3 separate yarn strands

Begin wrapping the yarn around the chenille wire - this is wrapping, not braiding.

Begin by taking each side to the back of the chenille wire, overlapping the yarns and bringing them back to the front.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 4 begin wrapping yarn

Continue wrapping the yarns by overlapping them in the front before taking them backward again.

Leave space between the overlaps such that the red of the chenille wire shows.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 5 continue wrapping yarn

Continue wrapping the yarn back and forth until 3/4-inch from the end.

Circle the chenille wire with the yarns and secure the ends in a hard or square knot.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 6 tie yarn ends

Perform the same steps for the second chenille wire and the second set of four 30-inch yarns.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 7 repeat for second wire

Place the unwrapped ends of the chenille wires and the loose ends of the yarns back to back over the remaining 14-inch piece of yarn.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 8 place wires back to back

Tie the 14-inch yarn around the wires and all of the yarns in a hard or square knot.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 9 tie yarn around wires

Separate the strands of yarn and wrap the two chenille wires using the same process as earlier.

There should be five strands of yarn on each side - four long strands plus the end of the shorter yarn.

Wrap down the stems roughly 4 inches and tie a half knot.

This knot will be untied later.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 10 wrap yarn over wires

Gently curve the two individually wrapped wires to begin the heart shape.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 11 curve wires

Bring the end of one wire to the middle to form the first half of the heart.

Tie the yarns on the end of the individual wire around the two middle wires to secure the shape.

Use a hard or square knot.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 12 form 1st half of heart

Bring the second chenille wire to the middle and secure it like the first to make the second half of the heart.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 13 form 2nd half of heart

Untie the loose knot around the two chenille wires and spread the yarns up and out of the way.

Break (or cut) the excess from the two chenille wires.

Leave roughly 1-inch of wire below the heart's point.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 15 break excess wire

Fold the wire ends to hide the prickly points.

Fold up the bottom wires that were just broken.

Also fold the ends of the individual wires back onto themselves.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 16 bend wire ends

Spread the loose yarn over the folded ends of the chenille wire.

Trim off the excess yarns.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 17 trim yarn ends

Insert the ribbon through each side of the heart.

Tie a knot in the ribbon ends to form the hanging loop.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament step 18 add ribbon loop

Hang the fun Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament to add a smile or two or three.

Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament hang finished decoration

This is a fast, easy and inexpensive project for everyone.

The results can be used as ornaments, package decorations or small remembrance gifts.

Make just a few or many of these fun hearts quickly and inexpensively.

Have fun!

This Easy Christmas Crafts Yarn and Chenille Wire Heart Ornament provides productive fun for kids, adults and seniors!


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