Yarn ends bowl

maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowl(for Dutch tutorial/Nederlandse werkbeschrijving: click here/hier)

I came across this fabulous idea months and months ago on the wonderful blog of Elisabeth Andrée and pinned it to my “DIY/crafts Pinterest board“. Time to open the pin and get started! Elisabeth Andrée’s tutorial links back to yet another beautiful blog, by Carolyn and gives you the “recipe” to make the paste with which the yarn ends are sort of glued together to form a bowl. On Carolyn’s blog you can see that you don’t necessarily need yarn ends, you can very well use long strands of yarn and stick to one color as well.

You’ll be perfectly fine, just following Elisabeth Andrée’s and Carolyn’s instructions, but I just want to show you how things looked here when I got started and moreover, show you the result! I’ll be pretty much bombarding this post with photos, but that way you’ll get the picture – 😉 – even better!

So, I got everything I needed: yarn ends ….. maRRose-CCC, yarn ends maRRose-CCC, yarn ends maRRose-CCC, yarn ends
as well as the ingredients to make the paste with …..maRRose-CCC, preparing yarn ends bowl

Then, following the “recipe“, I mixed and cooked the paste and let it cool …..yb-26

Prepared the bowl(s) by covering the outside(s) with plastic wrap, making sure to cover all of the bowl(s) ….. yb-21

yb-14Placed the bowl(s) on aluminum foil (so the paste could safely drip) ….. maRRose-CCC, yarn ends bowlAfter all these preparations, it was time to p l a y!
I picked up a handful of yarn ends, got another handful of the paste and mixed them in my hands, making sure every piece of yarn was soaked with the paste. Then little by little I covered my first bowl with the gooey yarn ends, feeling like some sort of sculptor, really.

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After all this sculpting, the hardest part came …… finding the patience to let them dry! When I had finished my first (big) bowl, I very quickly got the feeling that I might have sculpted a bit to thick a layer onto the bowl. Since there were enough yarn ends ànd paste left, I prepared another, smaller bowl and made sure its layer of yarn-paste was considerably thinner. The first bowl is drying nicely, but is still not totally dry – after almost 48 hours! However, the second, smaller bowl with the thinner layer was completely dry this morning and so the exciting task of removing the yarn shell from the bowl started. Nervous moment, I can tell you …… But, the bowl came off nicely though, after which I carefully removed the plastic wrap from the inside of the bowl and T A D A H!!

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Isn’t it beAUtiful? I’m ridiculously happy with the way it turned out! So, go ahead, give it a try – you won’t regret it! It’s really easy (the drying part is the toughest, honestly) and I’m sure you lovely yarn loving people will get a kick out of this too. Oh ….. and please share photos of your yarn ends bowl, I would love to see all of your unique creations! Happy crafting!

Love, Marianne

151 thoughts on “Yarn ends bowl

  1. I wish I’ve seen this months ago!!! You can’t imagine the quantity of yarn ends that have ended up in the garbage on weekly basis… Definitely saving them from now

    • Oh dear – that does seem like a terrible waste, knowing you can create something cool as your own yarn ends bowl! Well, keep crocheting and saving those ends and before you know it, you’ll be looking at your own beautiful bowl! Good luck! Marianne xx

  2. Looks like not only a bowl made of yarn but a bowl that can be used as a yarn bowl… Is it smooth on the inside? Love it!

  3. Oh my gosh I love this!! I just have to figure out how to do the paste. And once the yarn is on do I put more paste on? Thanks outstanding job!

  4. This is fantastic! A simple, creative project with great impact! Thank you! Will be doing this project very soon with my granddaughter. (I got the photo on my FB feed through Knitting Fever and Euro Yarns)

  5. Very neat idea. I hate to waste anything so usually the only waste I have when I crochet or knit is what may be left on the skein at the end of my project, but the bowl turned out beautiful.

    • It is pretty hard when dry, but still kind of flexible. I use one simply as decoration (nothing in it) and another one holds some of my crochet. I’m guessing you could use it as a bread basket …. Marianne xx

    • Strangely enough the cotton yarn was easier to work with than the acrylic (I do not really understand why). I’ve thought about (spray) varnishing the projects – will probably make them look even better! Marianne xx

  6. Gosh… wish I’d known this sooner – now I’ll have to start saving those little ‘ends’ for this craft idea. I love it though – really cute!!! Wonder if it would also work with fabric scraps from quilting????

  7. What a great idea! Hope I will be able to find the ‘recipe’ for the glue and then I will be sure to try this. I only hope I have enough yarn scraps. I do save them, add them to fabric scraps from my quilting (other hobby) and then when I have enough on hand I make up a small pillow/cushion which is then donated to the local SPCA for the cats. Dogs love them but end up ripping them so only the cats/kittens get the cushions. They go home with the cat when adopted.

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  9. Hi! I LOVE this Diy! Thank you sooooooo much for sharing!
    I have one question. When you take the plastic wrap off, do you then put glue mixture on the inside 9 the bowl?
    Thank you again!

    • Thanks so much, Patricia – so glad you like this idea! To answer your question: no, I’ve not done that – there was no need to (but I’m assuming you could do this, and it would make the bowl a bit sturdier). Good luck and have fun! Marianne xx

  10. I’m thinking Easter Baskets for the grandkids! Pretty, colorful & free. Thanx for giving me the recipe & idea. ♡ it.

  11. Awesome idea. I am wondering if they would hold up for “hand washing” also curious if the flour in the paste drys clear/transparent or if it is visible when the bowl is dry.

    • Thanks so much! I’m afraid I’m not quite sure what you mean by “hand washing” ….. Varnishing the yarn ends creations should make them pretty water resistant, I assume. The paste dries totally clear/transparent, pretty awesome – good luck with your project(s)! Marianne xx

  12. I love this idea and am going to use it as a project for my knitting class of young girls-which has dwindled down to two-but nonetheless they will enjoy it next week. Can you tell me where to send the photos when I have them ready? Thank you.

  13. Hi Marianne, just love this idea, will be trying soon. Just popped over to visit from your link on One Crafty Mummas blog today, Robyn from sewingtheseasons.

  14. I love the idea and have plenty of yarn ends. I usually stuff the yarn ends inside a glass Christmas ornament and give them as gifts. But now I am going to make these. I thought that instead of a big bowl I’d use an inexpensive clear custard cup and then when it was dry I could put the cup inside the bowl so that it could be used for a little jewelry bowl or something like that, plus I want to spar them with a clear “shellac” type spray. That way they would be protected. I will let you know how it works out.

    • Thank you so much! I like what you’ve done with your yarn ends so far – that’s a wonderful, colorful idea also!
      Have fun creating your bowls and thanks too for sharing your tips on improving this process. Would love to hear (and see) your bowls once finished! Marianne xx

  15. It’s so pretty! I have really wanted to do this for a long time, too, so maybe I should make the most of my cold and windy weather and just do it! I think my toddler would enjoy the process!

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  17. Love this idea! I usually throw out my yarn ends but am happy to find a real use for them. I’m thinking, since it’s a New Year, to start saving all the scraps from the projects that I am doing this year and make a bowl. It would nicely represent all the things I created over the year!!!! Pinned it and look forward to doing this in December – 2015 that is 🙂 Thanks for the idea!!!!

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! Good for you for starting to save your yarn ends – it will definitely make for a gorgeous bowl at the end of the year. And, yes, that’s what strikes me too when making a yarn ends bowl: you can track the projects I’ve been working on just by looking at the yarn, it’s great fun, enjoy your yarn journey! Marianne xx

  18. Hi great idea, was wondering if it is sturdy enough to put things in it or is it just for look purposes. it really is beautiful.

  19. A ceiling light cover is what I’m thinking. I have a ceiling light with double light bulbs in a spare bedroom that I don’t have a shade for. It probably can’t be too dense with yarn or too dark a color so the light will shine thru. What do you think?

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  21. beautiful bowl!! i was wondering if you could use elmers glue and water because it worked on some baskets i made.

  22. If you use an LED bulb there would be no heat! I’m seriously thinking of making a large one of these for over our dining room table. Thank you.

  23. Really neat. We only buy the yarn in colors and combinations we love, right? So this seems like a wonderful way to save a tiny bit of it to remember from the gifts we give away.

    • Thanks so much, Rondi! That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking as well – while working with the yarn ends, I remember what project I made with the particular ends and I love that too! Marianne xx

  24. I am bad about taking an idea and running in a different direction. How about just putting a layer of the wet yarn on apiece of plastic, letting it dry and then hanging it in the window like a Sun catcher. OR put the wet yarn between two sheets of glass and frame it after it sets (May be baking it between the glass at a low temp. for a couple of hours. Very low so the paste do not boil or the acrylic yarn does not burn.) Just saying. 🙂

    • Haha! Excellent thinking – I love it! I’ve done different things with my ends as well and have written a separate blog post about this. I’ve made a lamp shade, votives, little hearts: fun-fun-fun! Marianne xx

  25. Sorry about this post but some people will use salt instead of sugar in the past. I was wondering if little things would like the bowl as a snack.

  26. If you don’t mind that your yarn is all the same length or don’t have enough yarn tails, I’m pretty sure the yarn used to make “Latch Hook Rugs” would work just as well.

  27. Such a great idea as you could make the bowls to b used for anything thinking of making one for the grand daughters to put all their hair clips in

      • Does the paste keep the yarn ends pretty smooth once the bowl dries? Or is it still kinda fuzzy like dry yarn is? I was thinking of making a little jewelry bowl for my young daughter’s earrings. But if it’s going to snag up on them, it may not be the best project idea.

        • I’d say it’s an in between thing: not really fuzzy, but not exactly smooth either. You could maybe try polishing/varnishing the bowl? However, I keep some of my yarn in my yarn bowls and the yarn never gets caught in the bowls …. Definitely worth a try – love your idea of a little jewerlry bowl, good luck! Marianne xx

    • Great idea! I was thinking I would like to try making one of these, but had no idea what I’d use it for. Now I do, but for my daughter instead of granddaughter. Thank you ?

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  30. Hola Marianne!
    Quedé fascinada con esta fabulosa idea que pronto pondré en práctica y tu verás los resultados!
    Gracias por compartirla
    PS: Como tu amo el crochet y también las pequeñas mascotas, tengo 2 gatos y una perrita.
    te invito a visitar mi blog:
    Desde Montevideo, Uruguay, Sudamérica

    • Hola Estela,
      I don’t speak any Spanish, but I think I understand your lovely message here – thank you for your compliments! It seems we have a lot in common: a love for crochet, cats & dogs ;)! I’ll make sure to visit your blog! Marianne xx

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    • The paste prevents the yarn ends from sliding down. I think “elmers” is a kind of glue? I’m not familiar with it, but you can give it a try with a few ends and a small area, maybe? Good luck! Marianne xx

  33. Love your bowls. Can’t wait to try them.
    Elmers and PVA are much the same—white glue. If you water it down, about 70% glue to 30% water and it will dry clear.

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  35. Looks great! 😀
    i just have one question, do you let the paste fully cool down before you use it?
    i am just wondering becouse i wanna try it too, but i do not wanna make any mistakes

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  38. I live in a very humid place, Florida USA. I think I will try this using Elmers Glue. I am afraid the cooked glue might not work here and might even get buggy. We have lots of those here. LOL

  39. I really love this idea, but I am curious, do you have any recommendations for a way to seal the bowl? Like using a varnish or resin to make sturdy and waterproof? If so, what are some products and brand names? I’m not familiar with that sort of thing, but I want ot make sure my bowls are nice and sturdy if I give them as gifts or sell them.

    • Thank you! To make the bowl sturdy, without using anything but the paste as per the “recipe” in the tutorial will be achieved by making the layer(s) of yarn ends drowned in the paste quite thick. It will take longer for the bowl to completely dry, but that’s ok. I’ve never varnished mine, but I’m sure you could us a spray-on varnish (like Krylon), or even a clear paint on one (like the ones used to varnish boats). Good luck! Marianne xx

  40. Wow love this idea! Is it heavy? Was thinking would try this and leave a opening on side to resemble a yarn bowl to feed my yarn through while crocheting it.

    • I’d say “medium”, Vikki; mine hold for example yarn, and you could easily use them as bread baskets. Hope this helps? Marianne xx

    • Ah, thank you so much! It’s a whole lot of fun to do – I still love my yarns ends projects! Enjoy making yours! Marianne xx

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