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Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Turn a handful of yarn into a hangable heart ornament using cornstarch glue.


  • Yarn
  • Cornstarch Glue
  • Water
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper


Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts - Step 1

1. First, make the glue by combining ¼ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and stirring until smooth.

Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts - Step 2

2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.

3. Cut yarn into foot-long pieces.

4. Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter.

5. Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat. Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.

6. You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to "warm" for an hour or two.


You can store cornstarch glue in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the mixture gets too gel-like, stir in ¼ cup of hot water.