You can make a simple yarn holder from a plastic soda bottle for a useful craft item that also demonstrates your commitment to recycling and the environment. Make a holder for each coloured yarn or make a yarn holder that can be opened over and over again to change the yarn rolls when you choose. Storing your yarn in the pop bottle yarn holder also helps to prevent tangles and knots while you work on your next knitting or crocheting project.
Peel off the label from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Use a glue remover to take off any glue residue left on the bottle.
Wash the bottle in the sink with soap and warm water. Dry the outside of the bottle and allow the inside to air dry completely.
Measure approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the bottle and make a small mark. Use a sharp knife to cut open the bottle at the mark and cut around 5/6 of the bottle. Make sure at least 1/6 of the bottle is still attached. Wipe away any moisture still left in the bottle.
Insert a new roll of yarn into the opening at the bottom of the bottle. Pull the loose end of yarn through the top of the bottle.
Measure the circumference of the bottle around the cut area. Cut a piece of 2-inch wide ribbon to this length plus ¼ inch. Cut a 1-inch wide piece of ribbon to the same length.
Cut two complementing pieces of ¾-inch wide Velcro to the same length as the ribbons.
Spread a layer of craft glue on the back of the Velcro strips and press one piece of Velcro onto each ribbon.
Apply a thin layer of craft glue to approximately ¼ of the width of the entire ribbon. Wrap it around the bottle at one edge of the cut line. Let the remaining ¾ of the width of the ribbon hang over the bottle to hide the cut line.
Connect the Velcro pieces to keep the container closed. Pull on the two sides of the bottle to open the Velcro when it is time to replace the yarn with a new roll.
Things you need
- 2-liter plastic bottle
- 2-inch wide ribbon
- 1-inch wide ribbon
- ¾-inch Velcro
- Craft glue