DIY mini yarn bowl - Full photo tutorial

10:40:00 AM

Hello darlings!

I wanted a small yarn bowl to put my yarn in for when I need to crochet a small project like one of my crochet cup cozies at the house. Natalia likes to play with my yarn and though most times I’ll let her, there are times when I don’t really have the energy to untangle what she’s “knitted”. 

I found this empty container of ice cream and thought that’s no fun! An ice cream container should always be full of ice cream otherwise it’s a sad container. Well, I don’t make ice cream (just ice cream cakes) but I can make this into a fun container, I thought! 

So I gathered my materials and when Nick took Natalia with him on an errand I made this. It’s really fast to do even for us super busy people, so fret not! 


Empty container
Piece of felt
Lace ribbon
Hot glue and glue gun
Hole puncher
A pen
A pair of scissors
Decorative scissors
Embroidery scissors
A round magnet (optional)
A crochet flower (optional)

How to make the yarn bowl

Start with measuring the felt piece over your container. You don’t have to be exact just a rough appreciation of the size and cut a rectangle to go around the container. Glue one of the smaller sides of the felt onto the container. 

Add some glue on the length of the felt and gently press it on the container. 

Now cover the edge you previously glued. With your decorative scissors cut the excess of the felt. 

If your container is smaller at the base than the top your felt with need to be glued onto the base and maybe a few folds will be formed. That’s ok, no worries, all part of the plan! 

Cut the excess of the felt and make sure the bottom is flat and stands ok. 

Trace the lid of the container onto the felt and cut the circle. Glue it on the lid with the hot glue. Now take you embroidery scissors and cut the edges. 

Take your lace trimming and glue it to cover any letters on the top of the containers, or just for fun! 

With your hole puncher make a hole on the lid. 

Glue the magnet on the inside of the lid to hold your yarn needles. It’s really easy to find them this way! 

Glue your crochet flower or any other decorative piece you like. 

As you see my container has white and gold and I think some pearls would look lovely on it but I am afraid of them coming off and they pose a chocking hazard for Natalia. But if you don’t have a baby or toddler at home, go nuts with those pearls! 

See? It’s really easy to make and it will keep the container happy and not sad! I know I could’ve spent the 20 minutes it took me to make this doing something else and just use the container as it was. 

But that wasn’t going to be cool since: 

1. I like nice things around my crochet supplies. 

2. If I’d seen an ice cream container all the time, I would want to eat ice cream all the time! 

3. Plus, after I made this, I was calm and happy having spent 20 minutes crafting which I love and I still had time to unload the dishwasher, change the cat’s litter, gather the washed clothes and tidy up before Nick and Natalia were back from the errand. So win-win. 

It’s really important to have small doses of the things we love isn’t it? I know I wouldn’t be super happy if I couldn’t craft a little bit each week!

Lots of love

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  1. This looks so cute! What a fun DIY for your yarn! Love your choice of colour for the felt~

  2. I really love all the colors in this. The pink and the gold really do go together quite nicely.

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  4. Looks Great. And colors are also attractive. Should give this to my email pal

  5. I agree that we should always make time for the things that we love each week. I love the look of your pink yarn bowl with the super cute floral rosette detailing. So pretty !

    1. Thanks Ana! Yes it's really important to take time for ourselves!

  6. I think you did an amazing job with this DIY! I love how it looks and it definitely makes it more convenient for people to store their yarn. It's so pretty!

  7. A yarn bowl...hmmm this is a good idea for my daughter's birthday party giveaway. I can personalize it based on her birthday theme. And then will just put some goodies in it. :D

  8. Such a nice idea in making a yarn bowl I will definitely try to make this also to keep my yarn clean. Thank you for sharing your idea with us.

  9. Oh this is super cute! I love this idea, it's always fun to make things for yourself too!

  10. I always keep things around the house thinking one day I will use them. Now the ice cream containers have a purpose. Such a cute idea. I could do one myself (without a lid) and keep my make up brushes.

  11. This is such a fun DIY! Loved seeing the work-in-progress pictures of this yarn bowl and the finished look is super cute!

  12. This is so cute!! And a great way to keep the cats from getting the yarn!!

  13. How lovely is this as an idea, so simple to make as well and from a lot of things you are just likely to have around the home.

  14. This looks like a super fun craft to make.

  15. I can see myself eating all the ice cream just to have enough of these containers for all my knick knacks!!! Oh well, it's a tough job...

  16. How cute and creative is this. I would love this even as my on the go coffee cup. Well done.

  17. This is so cute! Recycling at its finest. Your DIY projects are always so creative.

  18. That is really cute and a great use of materials! My sister is really into this stuff.

  19. I really love this little craft! It would make a cute little gift too!

  20. You are so inventive with a craft like this. I could see how it would be so helpful with yarn projects to keep it straight. I love it.

  21. Such a clever way to repurpose that container! My yarn always gets unraveled by my kids. I definitely need to make one of these.

  22. The colors here are great. This is such a cute DIY project.

  23. This is really cute. I'm going to have to reread it a time or two to make sure I can understand the directions. I love to crochet but only the stitches my mom taught me. I've never followed directions to make anything before.

  24. This looks cute. I have a lot of this kind of bowl. I just need to find time to do this kind of project.

  25. What a fun DIY project, right up my alley!. I love DIY's that are quick and easy, this shows creativity. Thank you so much for sharing!

  26. What a unique, fun idea! I would have never thought of this. You could make this into a gift. How cool!

  27. Oh wow what a fantastic and creative DIY! I wish I could croquet that flower but I honestly have no clue. But I love how detailed each step was.

  28. This is so cute! It helps to prevent yarn from any tangled and dirt.

  29. the most amazing recycling project ever! And now, I know how to convince myself to have this yummy ice cream I saw yesterday and tried to avoid it...

  30. Hi Maro. Recycling materials for a purpose is always a great idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial for a mini yarn bowl. Our readers will enjoy it. I've included your post in our latest craft inspiration roundup. Cheers Jodie :)


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