Yarn painting is nothing new to the art world. Many a child has taken a piece of yarn rolled in paint and smeared it across their papers. The problem with yarn painting is it’s kind of messy. Paint saturated yarn ends up on tables and floors and leaves me feeling a bit regretful of ever offering the activity. It was NOT an activity I planned on offering my toddler for quite some years…
While I was at the grocery store I came across these extra-large smoothie straws by The Monster Straw Company. These are the largest smoothie straws I have ever seen (1/2 an inch wide!) They are also colorful and VERY durable (much thicker than most other straws). Seeing as how these were thick, colorful, and large, I knew I needed them in my life. And not just for smoothies either…
Monster Straws (I would not recommend any other straws as the opening will be too small)
Decorative tape (optional, but a fun addition)
2. Loop the yarn around your hand several times. Tightly tie one end of the gathered yarn as seen in the picture.
3. Cut another piece of yarn (make sure it is longer than the straw!) and pull it tightly through the top loops. Tie the yarn securely to these loops!
4. Now lace the long portion of your yarn into the straw and pull it through the hole at the top (I used a ballpoint pen to help me pull the yarn through this hole).
5. Make sure the paintbrush tip is secure in the straw, then test the pull-string by gently pulling it and making the yarn bristles shorter.