Starched Yarn Hearts

Starched Yarn Valentines Hearts

I decided to try out a new craft idea I discovered at the Disney Family Fun website..... Starched Yarn Hearts!   I thought my three-year-old would want to help me make these, but alas, he was more interested in playing with water in the sink.  Kids are funny that way!

I think they turned out ok in the end, but man, this was a HUGE mess to make.  The instructions basically involve combining cornstarch and water, dipping pieces of string in the starch and shaping them into hearts using a cookie cutter.  Great concept, but the starch stuff was incredibly messy and once it cooled, it turned into huge globs.  At that point it was pretty hard to get the string saturated. 

So, if you want to try this one out, consider yourself warned.. It's Messy!  I also had to adjust the cornstarch/ water ratio.  I used 1 1/2 cups of water for 1/4 cup of cornstarch.  I've heard of others using fabric stiffener or even Elmer's glue.  Those probably work better.

Starched Yarn Valentines Hearts

I let the hearts dry for a good 24 hrs on some parchment paper and then strung them up for some simple Valentine's decor for my apartment.  I actually had more fun photographing them than making them- hehe!

Valentine's Craft: Starched Yarn Hearts
Valentine's Craft: Starched Yarn Hearts


6 comments:

  1. Well what a coincidence, I've been doing practically the same today. I've just made some granny squares and after sewing in the ends and snipping off the leftovers I thought what can I do with these, so I boiled them up so they matted together and then scruched them up with some pva glue and put in bunny moulds. They are now setting. Suzy x

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  2. I saw these on another blog too and they are really cute. After reading your post, I don't think I'm going to attempt them though. :)

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  3. oh this is far too sweet!!! am thinking myself and the littles will have to have a go!

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  4. What a fun craft idea, at least they look fun. Lol I really like the colors you used.

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  5. They look great. I end up enjoying the craft more than my kids. I arts and crafted them so much when they were younger. They're friends want to craft when they are over but my kids don't.LOL Water is fun and easy to clean up. Bonus!

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  6. I LOVE THESE! I linked over to your blog from Sunny Stitching where she nominated you for a Liebster Award. :-D

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