Make it: Winter Hat Ornaments

Another November sponsor is here with a SUPER adorable DIY! My son is on Thanksgiving break and I think we’ll be making a few of these this week!
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Hello, Goodknits readers!

I’m Kate from, Otillie’s Closet and I’m thrilled to be posting on one of my favorite knitting blogs. Lisa is such an inspiration by balancing an active knitting and crochet life all while keeping track of her two adorable boys. Because of that, I thought her readers (you!) might enjoy a fun holiday DIY that involves yarn and is kid-friendly. I remember making these as a kid and in fact I still have a few hidden away in a box that I put on my tree every year. These simple Winter Hat Ornaments are perfect to make while digesting your Thanksgiving turkey.


You might have even made these as a kid as well! In case you don’t quite remember this tutorial is for you! Let’s get started by gathering a few supplies…



1. Scissors
2. Toilet paper or paper towel tube
3. Sharpie
4. Measuring tape or ruler
5. Scraps of yarn! Grab any size and any colors you have in your stash.


Flatten your paper tube. Don’t worry about bending it.


Measure sections that are 3/4 of an inch wide. Use your sharpie to mark and then cut.


With a regular toilet paper tube I got five rings.


Cut yarn strands roughly 14 inches long. Don’t worry about being too exact! Fold each piece in half and cut as many as you possibly can.


Slip the loop from one strand of yarn through a paper tube. Loop it around the two ends and pull tight.


Keep going all the way around the tube. Make sure you have enough strands to cover the paper but don’t squash the yarn too closely together.



Now squish all those strands through the tube….you’ve just formed the brim of the hat!


Using one of your spare strands of yarn tie a double knot about an inch from the brim. I also used this strand to tie a little loop which I will use to hang the ornaments.


Trim the loose strands to form a puffball. Make it as fluffy or as short as you want!


And there you have it! Pretty cute, right? It’s pretty fun to get creative with different colors and fibers. I used two worsted weight yarns and one bulky. Little fingers might have more success with bulky yarn.


I hope you have fun with these little guys…they are kind of addicting to make! Thanks to Lisa for letting me do this post – it made me feel like a kid again. If you make any of your own stop on by my blog and let me know!
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Aren’t these the cutest??! I want to grab my whole jar of scraps and start making a bunch. I may have to pass this DIY on to my kiddo’s teach for them to make before Christmas vacation. Go visit Kate’s blog and tell her how awesome she is!

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54 comments to Make it: Winter Hat Ornaments

  • jordiNo Gravatar

    Thank you Kate; very nice, easy craft for us knitters with all our leftover yarn.

  • I sorry I don’t have a blog yet. Next year when I retire and I am counting the days!

    These little hat ornaments are so cut and they are perfect for me. I have most of the scrap yarn left from when my mother passed and not enough of one color to make anything with. Yeah, thank you Mom for being so thrifty!

    My daughter, granddaughter and I are getting ready to make Christmas gifts for everybody we know this year. I have a couple of ideas but now I KNOW everybody is getting a hat ornament.

    I’ve never seen or made these, Lisa. Thank you SOOOO very much for posting. Now I have to make one to show my girls how cute they are!

    Vicki Martinson

  • lauraNo Gravatar

    Thank you for this fun and easy project. It’s one that my granddaughter and I can do together and have fun. Not too hard for those young little fingers.

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