Unicorns are all the rage right now. Shiny, glittery, and colorful, what’s not to love? My obsession with unicorns is not a new fad, but rather dates back to my childhood. When I was younger, I was fascinated by unicorns. I collected them, searched for them and played with them whenever I could. Unicorns represent the beauty, happy and love of your childhood, so it isn’t hard to see why my love for these mythical horned creatures has continued into adulthood.
This week while I was trying to inspire my kids with a new craft idea, I was inspired by my love of unicorns. It was cold outside and we didn’t want to venture too far from home, so I knew that our craft had to consist of supplies found in our craft drawer and recycling bin. When I came across some beautiful pink sparkly yarn, I was inspired to create a 3D unicorn out of yarn and cardboard.
Unicorn 3D String Art
- yarn (1 colour for main body, 1 colour for hair/hooves)
- glue gun
- googlies eyes
1.. Begin with a flat piece of cardboard. Your first layer is going to be the center piece of art. This one will include the head and body. Draw and cut it out.
2.. Using the first piece, create a slightly smaller image of the body. I included to bumps to mimic the should and hip of the horse. It looks similar to a peanut. You are will need two of these.
3.. This time you will be creating the external layer. Using the peanut shaped piece, create a similar size body and add legs. I created a running motion, so one side had the legs closer together and the other side has them further apart.
4.. Once you have all 5 pieces cut out, you will assemble them in a sandwich fashion using a glue gun (Legs, peanut, middle, peanut, legs).
5.. Once dry, select your hoof colour and begin wrapping the bottom of the legs in a circular motion covering the cardboard. Add a little hot glue here and there to keep your string in place. Cut and repeat on the other three legs.
6.. Using your body color yarn, begin wrapping your horse from the top one hoof up the leg. Without cutting the yarn, you can move on to each of the other legs. The more times you wrap an area, the bigger your horse will be. Try to keep it consistent on all legs.
7.. Once the legs are done, you can begin wrapping the body. I began with vertical line around the body and then switched to horizontal lines to ensure there was full coverage. Use the glue gun to hold the yarn in place.
8.. To create the tail, loop yarn around three fingers until you have the thickness you want. Using another piece of string, tie off one end. Glue gun to horse.
9.. To create mane, loop yarn around two fingers until you have the thickness you want. Tie it off with another string in the middle. Glue gun it on the head of the horse.
10.. Cut out a small triangular shape to be the unicorns horn. Begin at the tip and wrap the coloured yarn around it (thin at the top and thicker at the bottom) to create your horn. Glue it on the head. Then add googlies eyes.