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How to Make the Perfect Sustainable Valentine Yarn Heart

Make this sustainable Valentine yarn heart using materials that are generally non-recyclable—styrofoam and yarn. Stryrofoam is made from polystyrene, a material that isn’t biodegradable, therefore not recyclable. But what about yarn?? Why can’t that be recycled? It’s all about what yarns are made of—problematic blends, natural yarns, man-made filaments, plastics, dyes, and metals. This makes them hard to separate so they can be effectively recycled. Additionally, yarns can become entangled in recycling machinery causing lots of problems.

So, let’s use these materials to create a sustainable Valentine yarn heart.Sustainable Valentine Yarn Heart

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam food tray
  • Yarn Heart Template
  • Yarn
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Binder clip or paper clip
  • Yarn needle

Let’s make a sustainable Valentine yarn heart:

  1. Print the Yarn Heart Template and cut out the pattern of your choice.
  2. Trace the pattern onto the styrofoam food tray using a blunt pencil, old ball point pen, or stylus.Trace Template on Styrofoam
  3. You want the tracing to leave indentations in the styrofoam.Traced Hearts
  4. Cut out the heart with a craft knife or scissors.Cut Out Hearts
  5. Pierce a hole in the top center for a hanging cord. Thread a 10″ length of yarn through the hole. Tie the ends in a knot.Valentine yarn heart
  6. Move the knot to the back side of the heart.Move Knot to Back of Heart
  7. Secure the beginning tail of your yarn to the heart template with a bind clip or paper clip. This end will be concealed as you complete the wraps.Secure Beginning Tail
  8. If  you need to add a new length of yarn secure both the old length and new length with a binder clip or paper clip as shown below. Continue wrapping and these ends will be concealed and secured.Adding a New Thread
  9. When you come to the end, tie the wrapping yarn to the hanging cord. Valentine yarn heart
  10. Then, using a yarn needle, thread the yarn end under the wraps. Trim the wrapping yarn.Run Yarn End Under Wrap
  11. Enjoy your sustainable Valentine yarn heart decoration!!Valentine Yarn Heart (Instagram)

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