Friday, February 10, 2012

DIY Yarn-Wrapped Bottle Vase

This simple diy is a great way to use up leftover yarn and upcycle empty bottles into bud vases. The best thing about it is that no special skills or equipment are required. Trust me, anyone can do this!

What you'll need: an empty glass bottle, yarn (you can do the whole thing in one color if you prefer; I just have a thing for stripes), glue (I used Mod Podge, but any white "school glue" will work), a sponge or paint brush, and scissors.

Start at the bottom, brush on a healthy dollop of glue, and start wrapping your yarn. (Some might prefer to remove the label first, but I don't think it's necessary since you will be totally covering it up with yarn.)

I decided to change colors about an inch and a half up. If you are a perfectionist, you'll want to try to have all of your seams (where one color ends and a new one begins) on the back side of your bottle. But I wouldn't worry too much about it if they don't line up; once it's finished, you'll hardly notice.

Keep wrapping and alternating colors, remembering to brush on more glue every few strands.

Wrap yarn all the way to the top, and you're finished! Place a flower (or in my case, a bouquet of beaded flowers) in your new gorgeous wrapped vase and admire your creation!

I've wanted to do this ever since I saw yarn-wrapped candleholders in Anthropologie's catalog a couple of years ago. Then this morning, I googled "yarn-wrapped" to see if I should hyphenate or not (the English major inside never goes away), and I discovered all manner of yarn-wrapped things! Apparently, it is quite the crafting trend right now. There are tons of bottles wrapped like I did, large letters wrapped for display on shelves or walls (also words wrapped by bending coat hangers into lovely cursive), small storage boxes, picture name it; people are wrapping everything with yarn. Personally, I love this trend because I'm all about soft wooley textures, and it's a great way to reuse old things and add color to your space.

What do you think? Love it or over it? Also, if anyone decides to try this diy, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. xo, Mary


  1. I love this!!
    I really like yarn wrapped items; definitely not over it!

  2. Yay for hyphens, and for the word "dollop"! :)

    This is great, Mary. It turned out so neat! It's like yarn-bombing for those who can't really knit (speaking for myself here —I don't presume to know about your knitting skills!)

    I will try it in our next apartment, when the time to decorate comes.

  3. This is a beautiful idea! I really love the colours you used with the stripes running through it.

  4. Oh, this is insane! I love it so much! I will have to make a Weekend DIY post just to include your awesomeness!

  5. This is lovely! Love the colours you used

  6. This is so great! I linked up to this post, as I tried the project out myself :)


  7. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of wine bottle crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  8. Very cool! It is fun wrapping things :)