Mod Podged yo-yos from a yo-yo

How to decoupage dollar yo-yos - your kids will love this idea!I guess if I were to be describe by a toy, a yo-yo would be a good description. I can be a bit of a fruitcake, but in a very good way, I promise. I’m an Aquarius – you have to forgive me!  We have our heads in the clouds. So the yo-yos. When I spotted these at Michaels, I squealed. Can I tell you that a large part of my childhood was spent practicing with my Duncan? The funny thing is that I had more than one. These were competition quality yo-yos, my friends. My brothers and I had them and learned all sorts of tricks. I could walk the dog, do the sleeper and more.

24TomSmothers1I even watched the Yo-Yo Man (on the Smothers Brothers). And know I’m realizing that I’m an enormous dork, so I should probably move onto the tutorial before I embarrass myself further. I blame my mom, since she’s the one who bought us the yo-yos. If you want to do the same to your children, then follow these instructions.

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As I’ve written this entry, I’ve become intrigued by yo-yo’ing again, and I might have to take it back up.

IMG_3823I think I’m going into a “state of yo.” Peel the stickers off.

IMG_3824Trace the yo-yos onto your scrapbook paper. I used two different scrapbook papers, as you saw. Obviously you’ll need two circles – so do it twice.

IMG_3825Cut the circles out carefully. Set the paper aside.

IMG_3826Paint your yo-yos. If your papers are thick enough, just paint the edges. I didn’t worry about painting down into where the string was. Allow to dry.

IMG_3827Put a medium layer of Mod Podge down onto the yo-yo and spread out – put the paper down and smooth thoroughly. Wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the edges when you are spreading. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes and then repeat with the other side.

IMG_3828Coat the entire yo-yo with Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then put on another coat. Be careful not to get the Mod Podge down onto the string! If you do, your yo-yo won’t actually “yo.”

IMG_3829I wanted a little “schwing” added to the outside rim of both yos, so I added FolkArt Extreme Glitter. I added Royal Blue (which I have a “pre-release jar” of) to the Blue Ink and Hologram to the Ballet Pink. I allowed to dry and gave two coats.

How to decoupage dollar yo-yos - your kids will love this idea! How to decoupage dollar yo-yos - your kids will love this idea!I even went “wild and crazy” with the pink yo-yo – I did flowers one side and dots on the other. Now time to show all my friends and family my amazing yo-yo tricks!


  1. Michele Pacey says

    Those newfangled yoyos are so sweet, Amy! A great little gift for kids, too. You could mod podge their name or even a photo right on there and make it super-personalized, or even have a decorate-your-own-yoyo-craft at a birthday party! so many ways to use this idea… hmmm…. thanks for the inspiration!

  2. ~Isabel says

    Dang, those are too cute.

    I have no idea how to yo-yo as i always seem to knock myself in the head with it. Trying to be too fancy with my moves, LOL…

  3. Scatter says

    What a fun project!! You are so not alone in your dorkiness!! I owned several myself. YoYo Man ruled! How awesome that Michael’s has these, I would love to see them make a big comeback. *deep sigh* Thinking there’s probably an app for that, and that people wouldn’t be interested anymore.

  4. Christine says

    Kicking it “old school” with the yo-yos–nice! They are so much fun Amy! {Ummm, kind of love the extreme glitter too :D)

  5. lavendarrose29 says

    These are so sweet. Ahh the memories of walking the dog with the Smothers brothers. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  6. says

    so cute, love the pink one! thanx so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday! xoxoxSara

  7. Megan says

    love it! believe it or not, I just bought mod podge for the first time this weekend!


  8. Emily says

    How much did those wooden yo yo’s cost? They are super cute, and I think just maybe we will be making them in our upcoming kid’s craft camp I run in the summer!

    • says

      I don’t know if Michaels still has them, but I got them in the summer section for $1 each! I’m wondering if the dollar store has yo-yos too . . .

  9. says

    My boys are obsessed with yo-yos lately-it never occurred to me to mod-podged them! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Summer Inspiration Link Party! Pinning this to try soon, now to find the yo-yos in their mess of a room….