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Basket Made With Left Over Yarn
Items you will need
Never throw old yarn or pieces out
A while back I was playing with some left over yarn pieces and 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. So I decided to try something different.
You will need:
Left over yarn pieces tied together
All purpose flour
Mold such as an old margarine container
Wide paint brush
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 until I had a fair size ball of miss matched pieces.
2. I prepared a surface and protected it with a black trash can bag. I used the bathroom but it could be anywhere. As long as you can wipe it up if glue accidently lands on the floor.
3. I mixed the following together:
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup liquid glue
1/8 cup water
4. I rubbed a generous amount of vaseline on a container. I used an old margarine container so that the end result had a flat bottom. The vaseline would allow me to pull the basket free when it was dry. This way the glue would not adhere to the basket.
5. Now drape your yarn over the up turned container. The vaseline will hold the yarn to the container in the first layer. 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.
6. Leave the completed project to sit for at least 3 days. Every so often I put the hair dryer on hot and dried it. Truth is I was getting impatient and wanted to see how the basket would turn out. After the three days use a sharp knive and carefull 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.
Finally dry and ready to use
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 and then fill it with candy or nuts.
4. I am going to put it on my desk to hold my erasers and pencils. I lose them constantly.
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. What child does not enjoy a messy activity?!