ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Basket Made With Left Over Yarn

Updated on January 10, 2022
celeste inscribed profile image

I've been crafting since I could hold a paintbrush. I love to repurpose random things. Most of my articles are about arts and crafts.

Basket made from yarn off cuts

Never throw old yarn or pieces out

A while back I was playing around with some thread. I decided to tie them together and then to crochet with the pieces. The end result has been exciting and I now have an eclectic picnic blanket. However, since I crochet quite a bit, the little pieces kept piling up. I could never bring myself to throw the remnants out. So I decided to try something different.

You will need:

Leftover yarn pieces tied together
Liquid glue
All-purpose flour
Mold such as an old margarine container
Wide paintbrush
Large plastic bag to protect your work surface
A bowl into which you will mix the glue, flour, and water.

Starting your bowl

1. I started to tie the pieces together. Then rolled it until I had a fair size ball of miss matched pieces. I used a ball about the size of an oversized tennis ball but I think it should have been bigger.

2. I spread a black trash can bag on our kitchen island. If any glue spills onto your counter, clean it while it's wet. It's much easier than dried on glue.

3. Mix the following in a bowl:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup liquid glue

1/4 cup water

4. Rub a generous amount of vaseline on the container that you are going to use as your mold. I used an old margarine container so that the end result had a flat bottom. The vaseline allows me to pull the basket free when once it dried. This way the glue would not adhere to the basket. *** Please see pictures below of another basket that I made using a different container and more yarn.***

5. First, pull your yarn through the glue mix, then drape it over the upturned container. The vaseline will hold the yarn to the container. Continue to drape and brush the glue mixture to the yarn as you go. The aim is to soak all the yarn in the glue mix while twirling it onto the container. You may prefer to dunk the yarn in the glue and forget about the brush. I used the brush, to begin with, and then climbed in with my fingers instead. The brush can be too harsh and move the threads. Continue this process until you have used up all your yarn.

6. Leave the completed project to sit for at least 3 days.

7. It's ok if you see a puddle of glue around the bowl. Just move it to a dry spot.

8. Every so often I put the hair dryer on hot and dried it. This is optional. I was just getting impatient and wanted to see how the basket would turn out. After the three days use a sharp knife and carefully lift the yarn off the mold. You will need to leave it for another day for the inside to dry now that it is free of the mold.

Items you will need

I thought of the all purpose flour later to strengthen the glue, so it is not in this picture.
I thought of the all purpose flour later to strengthen the glue, so it is not in this picture.

Detailed process of my second attempt using plastic bowl

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dragging the yarn through the glueDraping the yarnProduction lineCompleted bowl but still wetDry bowl. It is now ready to paint if you want to.
Dragging the yarn through the glue
Dragging the yarn through the glue
Draping the yarn
Draping the yarn
Production line
Production line
Completed bowl but still wet
Completed bowl but still wet
Dry bowl. It is now ready to paint if you want to.
Dry bowl. It is now ready to paint if you want to.

Uses for a left over yarn basket

Now you might think, "What on earth do I do with this?" Well, you could:

1. Put it on your dresser to hold your hair clips

2. Use it as a gift basket. You could line it with burlap or a pretty piece of fabric before filling it with gifts such as craft essentials or craft luxuries for the crafter in your family. Perhaps you could fill it with a DVD, a packet of microwave popcorn and a gift certificate and invite the family for a movie night. Theme gift items around a gift card etc.

3. You could find a lovely glass or plastic bowl the same size to put inside it and then fill it with candy or mints.

4. I am going to put it on my desk to hold my erasers and pencils. I lose them constantly.

5. I've been thinking about making one and then spray painting it one color to match the silvery blue color pallet of my room.

6. One person in the comment section is going to add ribbon and beads to her basket. You could do this during the making process or weave it in later. What about weaving in some faux flowers.

It is a perfect rainy day activity and it is easy but messy. This is why I think it is a wonderful activity to do with your kids. Which child doesn't enjoy a messy activity?

My first basket with the margarine container

The end result dries hard, making it quite sturdy.
The end result dries hard, making it quite sturdy.

My second basket. I used more wool / yarn for this one.


More Ideas For Leftover Yarn

More ideas for scrap pieces of yarn and string. Never throw any of your scraps away.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Celeste Wilson


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)