DIY Yarn Bowls Eco-friendly Craft

Do you have yarn at home that you don’t know what to do with? Would like to have a fun eco-friendly craft that you can make with you child(ren)? Then you’re in the right place. Today we’re making do it yourself yarn bowls.

Know that this craft meets our three-fold criterion for what makes a great green craft.

First, the main element has to be something you’re upcycling. For this craft that would be the yarn.

Second, the craft should be made up of items you have on hand. The purpose of this is to save on time, money and resources, and it also reduces the waste associated with crafting. For this craft everything you need like the bowls, glue, newspaper, scissors and plastic wrap are easily found in your home.

Third, the craft has a purpose afterwards. You can use this as a gift, a centerpiece to hold decorative items, or even just a catch all bowl in your entranceway to hold keys and other large odds and ends.

This craft comes from Tonia Larson of The Gunny Sack by way Let’s get crafting.


What you need

  • 2 bowls
  • plastic wrap or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • glue
  • newspaper
  • water
  • yarn
  • scissors


1. Choose one bowl to use as your mold, keeping in mind that the shape of this bowl will determine the shape of your yarn bowl.

2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or use a gallon-size Ziploc bag—just stick the bowl in the bag and tuck the ends inside when you place the bowl upside down on your work surface.

3. Cover the work space with newspaper—this craft can get messy!

4. Pour some glue (we used Elmer’s White School Glue) into the second (unwrapped) bowl and add a little water to dilute it. Mix up the water and the glue.

5. Once you’ve lined up the cotton yarn ball, glue bowl, and bowl mold, unravel the yarn and dip it in the glue. (Note: Don’t cut it yet!)

6. Pinch the yarn between your fingers and slide them along it to squeeze off the excess glue.

7. Then, just wind the yarn back and forth, over and around the outside of the bowl mold.

8. Continue until the bowl is covered the way you want it and then cut the yarn. Press the yarn down gently to help the strands stick together.

9. Allow the yarn to dry. If you are in a hurry, use a hair dryer to speed things up.

10. When the yarn is dry, remove the bowl from under the plastic. Then, gently peel the plastic off the yarn bowl.

You can make the bowl as open or closed as you like depending on the amount of yarn you have and want to use.  Also you can customize this by using one really long piece of string to form the bowl and weaving different colour pieces in to make it interesting.

If you have a grandparent or friend that knits this might be a great activity for them to do when babysitting the kids.

Remember that children should never be left unattended when crafting. In the end, it isn’t about the eco-friendly craft you’re making, but the memories you’ll share for a lifetime. Happy Crafting.
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