Double-the-Design Yarn Paintings!

Double-the-Design Yarn Paintings! lesson plan

Use yarn as a painting tool to explore math concepts! Create one-of-a-kind designs with Crayola Pearl It! Mixing Medium.

  • 1.

    Have students cover their painting area with recycled newspaper. In a small bowl, combine Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint with Crayola Pearl It! Mixing Medium. Create a variety of different colors and effects.

  • 2.

    Crease construction paper in the center to make halves. Measure and cut yarn in different lengths with Crayola Scissors. Dip most of each piece of yarn into a different color of paint. Arrange the painted yarn on one side of the folded paper.

  • 3.

    Fold the paper over the painted yarn. Gently press down. Lift the paper and carefully remove the yarn. You have a mirror image on the paper halves. Air-dry the double design!


  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Encourage students to experiment with different types of yarn, ribbon, and string in various weights and textures. How does the use of various string-like materials alter the artist's results?
  • Students use other Tempera Mixing Mediums (such as Texture It! And Glitter It!) to achieve different effects. Mix it with the paint or apply over dry paint.