The yarn bowl craft is the answer to knitting’s persistent tangling problem. It is so frustrating trying to untangle your yarn especially if you are already in the middle of a project. Remember how annoyed you get when your ball of yarn roll away from you and manages to collect lint and hair? You may think you are doing just fine now but wait until you experience using a yarn bowl craft. This will totally change your perspective. You just might thank me later!
This unique tool has many uses for your hobby. It makes knitting more efficient. You encounter fewer challenges so you can actually enjoy doing what you love.
Clever Yarn Bowl Craft Ideas To Keep Your Knitting from Knotting
Avoiding Knotting in Your Knitting
Once you experience using a yarn bowl craft, I assure you’d want to make it a staple in your working area. One benefit of the yarn bowl is that it keeps the yarn ball from rolling away from you. It keeps the yarn clean. You do not need to worry about it getting dirty or picking up random hair or lint.
Yarn bowls can be bought from your craft store or from artisans. However, you can also make your own. Here are some examples of yarn bowls or dispensers you can DIY:
- Hand made and hand painted in the heart of Europe in the town of Boleslawiec in Poland
- Lead and cadmium free. Safe to use in: microwave, dishwasher, oven up to 480 F, freezer
- Hand crafted from natural white clay by highly skilled artisans, highly collectable
- Fired twice, extra durable, crack and chip resistant, intended for everyday use, easy to clean
- Long lasting, colors will never fade. Dimensions: 6" wide, 6" long, 3" high. Capacity: 2oz
1. Plastic Container
Put some of your plastic containers to good use by making them into yarn containers. Create a perfectly shaped circle by drilling a hole and using an eyelet kit. Learn how to do it here.
2. Knitted Yarn Bowl from Plastic Store Bag
To create a knitted yarn bowl, you would need to make yarns out of plastic store bags first. You will use this together with some paracord in this step-by-step tutorial.
3. Bamboo Bowl
You would need a bamboo Ikea Blanda Matt bowl for this one. Expect some splintering so be careful when using the Dremel on it. Check out how Dtextor made his in this site.
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4. Polymer Clay Yarn Bowl
If you love colorful things like I do, a better alternative would be creating your own yarn bowl from polymer clay. You can get creative and make your own out-of-the-box design. Check this out!
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5. Binder Clip
Another really cheap alternative is using a binder clip. You can just clip it on the rim of a heavy bowl and ta-da…You now have your own yarn bowl!
6. Jar Yarn Dispenser
Have some of those empty mason jars lying around? I love how these are really like an all-around organizer! Learn how to drill holes on them from this site.
7. Flowerpot String Dispenser
- "Simple method of keeping your yarn clean, organized, and untangled.
- Stylish design for holding yarn ends and knitting needles.
- The perfect present for any knitting or crochet enthusiast!
- Can be carried in your yarn bag or yarn tote , take your work you anywhere.
- Large bowl for increased yarn storage."
Here is another unique yarn bowl inspiration from Martha Stewart. Turn a regular flower pot upside down, exposing its drainage hole. Use the hole to guide the string and you will have no more problems with wayward balls.
8. Colander Yarn Dispenser
Who said kitchen tools were only for cooking? Use your imagination and be resourceful. For example, a colander can be used beyond draining food items. You can also store your yarn here and even use it as a dispenser. Just let the end of the yarn slip through the hole.
9. Teapot Yarn Dispenser
I think this is the prettiest idea by far. Do not let your pretty teapot gather dust. Re-purpose your pretty teapots into a yarn dispenser.
10. Kleenex Yarn Dispenser
Another cheap way to make a yarn dispenser is using Kleenex boxes and punching a hole through them. Good-bye tangles!
Check out how Leona Wall upcycled her coffee can as a yarn bowl craft in this video:
Aren’t these yarn organizers a life saver? Having a yarn bowl craft can really save you from the trouble of tangled yarn, plus it keeps your yarn clean. But wait, below are some tips if you are going to buy or create a yarn bowl craft or dispenser:
- It should be heavy at the bottom so it doesn’t tip over.
- It should have a guide for the yarn like a slit or a hole.
- The material should not snag on the yarn.
So that’s it! Now take your pick! Which of these yarn bowl crafts is your favorite? Mine is definitely the teapot because of its whimsical charm! Don’t you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Hallie Fish says
Love all of the yarn bowl dispensers!
Sharon Hughes says
Great DYI solutions!