Got knitting friends and want to create the perfect gift for them? Why not try making a completely unique set of knitting needles?
What sort of gift can you make for a knitter?
This can be a tricky quandary. As knitters, we’re used to knitting gifts for everyone in our lives. But when we have friends and families who themselves are knitters, it gets a little dicey. You might not want to knit them something they could easily make for themselves.
If you still want to flex your creative muscles without knitting, here’s a great solution. Make them their very own set of knitting needles!
Read on for a fun, inexpensive, and truly heartfelt way to honor the knitters in your life.
Yes, You Can Make Knitting Needles!
Here’s what you’ll need to make knitting needles:
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–Oven-bake clay for bead making
-(Optional) Clear acrylic sealer (I suggest picking a glossy one)
- Carefully sand the chopsticks until they’re smooth and easy to handle. Pay special attention to the tips, which should be rounded and not too pointy. Take a look at the needles you own to get an idea what the tips should look like.
- You can leave the wood as is, or you can paint it with acrylic paint. Since you’ve sanded off the wood’s finish, the paint should stick perfectly.
- If you desire, spray the wood (outside!) with clear acrylic sealer. This produces a nice glossy coating.
- Now, use the clay to create shapes for the top of the needles. You can stick to simple baubles or get really creative, crafting balls of yarn or people’s names.
- Press the flat end of the chopstick into the shapes to create a hole, then bake the clay according to the package directions. The result should be a hard shape that fits perfectly on the edge of your “needles.”
- Use acrylic paint to decorate the shapes (unless you purchased clay with a pretty coloring already!), then glue them onto the edges of the chopsticks.
*Note: If you’ve used an acrylic sealer, do NOT try out these new needles until the sealer is completely dry. It should not feel at all tacky. Ask me how I know this…
What a fun way to make knitting needles that are beautiful and unique. Wouldn’t you love to receive a set of needles like these? They’re a joy to make and to give!
For more fun ways to make knitting needles, check out this article. Yes, You Can Make Your Own Knitting Needles!