Textiles are one of the media artists use to make art. Making something with yarn is an easy way to meet a curriculum requirement for teaching about textiles. It’s also an inexpensive craft material that can be used in summer camp or after school care programs. Students in first grade and older can use yarn to make a pencil holder.
To make a pencil holder, you will first need to find some type of cardboard tube that is thicker than a TP tube and about as wide as a vegetable can. Pringles cans work well if they are cut in half with a sharp serrated knife. Some brands of wrapping paper come on a large tube that can be cut into four-inch pieces. Commercial rolls of toilet paper that are used in public restrooms come on large tubes. Ask the janitor to save them for you. Oatmeal boxes and containers from products such as bread crumbs are also good choices.
The tubes will need a bottom. Before class or meeting, cut circles from cardboard that will fit the end of the tube. Use all-purpose glue to adhere the cardboard to one end of the tube. Scraps of mat board can be cut into squares and glued to the end.
The yarn also needs to be prepared. If the teacher hands out full skeins and just tells the students to cut a piece of yarn, some students will cut pieces that are way too short. The pieces need to be at least three feet long, which is longer than their arms can reach. Sort out all the small balls of yarn, and if needed, make more small balls before the class meets.
The yarn will be glued to the outside of the tube. Most of the craft instructions for this type of craft call for brushing white glue all over the tube. Young students will not be able to do this neatly, and if the brush is left to dry, the glue will ruin the bristles. For this reason, a glue stick is the best choice.
Have the students think about the color of the room where this holder will be used. Ask them to decide on a color scheme that goes with that room.
Apply a glue stick to about one inch of the outside of the tube. It’s easiest to start at the bottom, and work your way up. Apply some glue, wrap yarn around the tube neatly, apply more glue, and wrap more yarn. Continue until the entire can is covered. Make sure the ends of the yarn are glued down and not hanging out.
Sunshine State Standards
VA.A.1.1.2 uses art materials and tools to develop basic processes and motor skills in a safe and responsible manner.
- The student chose a color scheme that goes with a room in their house.
- The student applied glue neatly.
- The student wrapped the yarn close together, covering the entire surface of the tube.
- The student glued the ends of the yarn neatly.