Multiple cards that have been upcycled with scraps of yarn.

DIY Yarn Embellished Cards | DIY Upcycling

Written by Kate Curry

Do you have some old cards that you want to pep up and upcycle? I’ll show you how to give your plain old cards a little something-something, and all you’ll need is some scissors, glue, and those yarn scraps from your last project!

Materials


Scrap yarn - for my cards I had some left over worsted weight silk yarn, sparkle worsted weight silk yarn, and lace weight silk yarn
Scissors
Pencil
Glue - I used hot glue
Old cards or cardstock paper
Three different colored cards are laid out on a dark wooden table.

Time To Upcycle!


Step One: Sketch out the words, shapes, or patterns you want to add to your card. This is helpful stencil for when you start gluing down your yarn strands.
An upclose image of a white thank you card being written on by a purple mechanical pencil

Step Two: If you’re using a hot glue gun, plug that puppy in. While that is warming up, prep your scrap yarn. Cut your yarn into workable strands so that you won’t have to cut while you’re gluing at the same time.
Step Three: Once your glue is ready to go, add small strokes of glue to your card and press your yarn into the glue. Don’t worry about any extra yarn hanging off the edges - we’ll clean those up later!
A purple plaid card with a K at the center is being upcycled with shiny orange worsted weight silk yarn

Step Four: Let the glue dry for a few minutes before you start snipping off the excess yarn.
Multiple cards that have been upcycled with scraps of yarn.

And now you have gorgeous, handmade, upcycled cards to send to your loved ones!

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.