Miss 4 is enthralled with letters at the moment. She is constantly asking me how to write this letter or that and our house is smattered with little pieces of paper filled with her fabulous efforts at writing. I have wanted to make a set of tactile letters to use as a letter learning resource for the longest while and had dreams of sewing a set of quilted flannel letters but it just hasn’t happened (it’s the idea of all that cutting that seems to be the issue!) So I was determined to come up with a simpler, interim solution, and I think these fit the bill!
Made from pipe cleaners and wool, Miss 4 is fascinated by them.
And all it took was a night on the couch binge watching Orange is the New Black! It felt so good to get my crafty back on, it’s been way too long.
To Make Pipe Cleaner & Yarn Letters
You will need:
- Pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun or clear craft glue
1. Twist and fold pipe cleaners to form each letter shape. You might need to trim the length of your pipe cleaner for some letter shapes, or add additional pieces, depending upon the letter. Just twist the ends over to join them together.
2. Wrap each letter shape firmly with yarn. I wrapped around the end of the piece of yarn to hold it securely in place as I started but you could tie a small knot instead. When the letter is fully wrapped, tie off the yarn with a small knot at the back of the letter.
3. Pop a small dab of glue onto each knot and the end of each letter to help keep the yarn secure. Leave to dry.
4. Re-shape the letter if necessary. The yarn will help keep the pipe cleaner firm. I love that you can make your letters to suit whichever handwriting style your school system uses.
Once you’re done you’re ready for fun – finding letters you know, making your name or simple words, putting the letters in alphabetical order and singing the Alphabet Song! My next step is to make an uppercase set of letters. Oh, and to get onto that quilted letter set…some day!