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1306-1 Japan
Temari Ball

Designed by Kathleen George

Temari Balls are one of the most intricate and beautiful Japanese designs. Designs are made by weaving multi-colored threads into exquisite patterns.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts
Math – e.g. measuring

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour

Main supplies:

  • Yarn – black and 3 colors of your choice
  • STYROFOAM™ Foam Brand: 3” ball
  • Rubber band
  • Small jingle bell
  • Plastic needle
  • Pins
  • Elmer’s® Clear School Glue

Basic Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Serrated plastic knife


1.  With the serrated plastic knife, cut the Styrofoam ball in half. Imbed the jingle bell into the center of the ball. Glue the ball halves back together. Let dry.
2.  Tightly wrap the Styrofoam ball with black yarn. Tuck the yarn ends under and secure with glue. When the ball is evenly covered, mark the center with a rubber band.
3.  Thread 2 yards of colored yarn onto the needle. Pull under the black yarn. Wrap the yarn around the center of the ball being careful not to pull the end of the yarn out. Continue wrapping until you have a band of solid color around the center. Secure the end of the yarn under the black yarn at the point where you started. Carefully cut of excess.
4.  Wrap 2-3 rows of a second color on either side of the first band. Continue until the band of colors is as wide as you like.
5.  Make a band of color around the ball in the other direction. You can make the areas where the bands cross more interesting by weaving the yarn through the first band instead of just wrapping it over the top.
6.  To make a tassel, wrap yarn 10-20 times around a cardboard about 4” wide. Slip a 6” piece of yarn under the loops then tie tightly. This is the top of the tassel. Cut the loops opposite the top then wrap a contrasting color of yarn around the tassel near the top. Tie to secure then trim uneven ends.

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