Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yo-Yo Ornament Tutorial

Here's the ornament we'll be making today:

It's so easy it barely requires instructions, but it's always nice to have measurements instead of messing around figuring them out yourself.

  • 1 yo-yo (yo-yo making instructions) - I started with a 5" circle to end up with a 2.5" yo-yo
  • 3 5.25" lengths of 3/8" wide ribbon
  • 6" of 1/8" ribbon
  • 1 20mm rhinestone
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors and pen
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Make a yo-yo and assemble materials.

Step 2: Create your first loop with one of the 5.25" ribbons. Each loop should be about 1/4" smaller than the yo-yo. Since this yo-yo was 2.5", the ribbon loops are 2.25" when folded. The ends of the ribbon are the back of the loop. Leave a tail of thread for knotting later. This photo is just to show how the ribbon is folded and sewn; the actual loop should be pulled tight.

You can also loop your ribbon this way instead:

This works best for thinner ribbon.

Step 3: Create your second loop and anchor it to the first.

Step 4: Add the last loop.

Step 5: Use the 1/8" ribbon to create a loop from which to hang the ornament. Stitch it to the back of the loops and knot your thread.

Step 6: Hot glue everything together. I'm not talented enough to photograph while working with quick-setting glue, so I don't have pictures of this. Add glue to just the center of the back of your ribbon loops and attach it to the center of the yo-yo. Then add glue to the back of the rhinestone and attach to the center of the ribbon loops. Ta-da! You're done.

Related tutorial:
Ribbon Bunching 

Also featured at One Pretty Thing.


  1. thanks for this, a great excuse to break my yo yo maker out of its packaging!

  2. Followed this from AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. Really cute , quick and simple. I am a crafter myself, mostly on crochet these days, want to try this one in crochet. I just started my first blog and post crochet, craft. Thanks for the pattern. grannyscrochet.blogspot.com


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