Most people don’t think of yarn when they think of creating new Halloween decorations but yarn can be used to give a Halloween theme to many different things. Braid black and orange yarn to make curtain tie-backs or a braid to go around a large candle. Use yarn to make a beaded curtain-type decoration for an interior doorway. Yarn has lots of uses during the holidays. In fact, you can make some cute and cuddly Halloween characters when you use yarn – in any color you want!
Leftover yarn can turn an ordinary Styrofoam ball into an adorable goblin or ghoul. Angora yarn is absolutely perfect because of it’s long fibers. The wispy, fluffy yarn is ideal for creating the “fur” on the creatures. Although black and white angora make cute Halloween characters you can really use any color you want.
All you have to do is wrap the yarn around a Styrofoam ball until the entire ball is covered. Use a small ball to make the character or a much larger one. The balls come in a huge assortment of sizes so that you can make mantle decorations, table centerpieces and more. As you start wrapping the ball, glue or hold down the end, then begin wrapping. Turn the ball this way and that to completely cover it. Use a dot of glue to secure the end when you’re finished wrapping. Now simply glue on wiggly eyes. Make assorted characters by giving some of them one large eye and other ones multiple eyes.
There are many different combinations of yarn goblins and arrangements you can make. Create a really large one, and several small ones, and place them in a bowl. This makes a cute ghoul family centerpiece. Make them all the same color or different colors. Instead of placing them in a bowl you can align them on a table or mantle.
If you want to make the yarn characters but have no Styrofoam you can use balls made entirely of yarn. One skein will work to create several different sizes of Halloween characters. Just wrap the balls as you do when you prepare it for knitting or crocheting but make them the sizes you want.
The yarn ball goblins tend to roll unless they’re placed in a dish or leaned up against another object. You can fix this by gluing a small square of cardboard to the underside of the ball. Or, align the assorted ghouls on a thin piece of wood and glue them in place. Make feet for them by cutting a heart shape from flat foam or cardboard. Glue the ball on by placing the point of the heart to the back of the character.
You can give the monsters embellishments, if you want, like small hats, bow ties or bandanas, and even pipe cleaner arms. When you’re finished creating them, sit back and smile, because they’re simply adorable!