Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY: Yarn Wrapped Storage Tin Tutorial

One of my long-term goals is to organize my "workspace" in our house. I use quotation marks for this name because I don't actually work in it... and there's no space. It is too messy for either working or for space. It's just an overflowing storage area. One of these days, when it's transformed, I'm going to do a before and after makeover post...

So, on my quest for organization, I encountered this lovely DIY for rope bowls from The Gilded Hare:

When I first saw this on Pinterest, I mistakenly thought that she had wrapped the rope around tins. That's actually not the case if you take a look at her DIY! But the picture above is what inspired my yarn wrapped storage tins. I figured, instead of rope, why not use a few of the endless yarn scraps I have lying around? The plus side of using a tin is that the project is extremely easy: I made my yarn wrapped tin in about 15 minutes.


  • An old tin, cleaned out (mine is a coffee tin, but you could also use cleaned out tin cans as well, or a plastic container)
  • Yarn (Thicker yarn like I used will keep this project quick. You can use thinner yarn, but be prepared for more time spent wrapping.)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook (I used this for tucking in the end of my yarn at the very top of the tin... it's optional, however, if you use enough glue.)


1) Put a couple lines of glue running up the sides of your tin. This will help keep the yarn in place as you go.

2) Starting at the bottom, begin tightly wrapping the yarn around the tin. Be sure to tuck the end under the first few wraps to hide it and keep it in place. 

3) Every once in awhile, pause in your wrapping to push the strands toward the bottom of the tin-- you'll want to get rid of any spaces in between the yarn and keep the wraps even.

4) If you want to change colors, like I did, simply start Color B by wrapping over the end of Color A. All of my ends are just tucked underneath the yarn wraps.

5) When you get to the top, tuck the end of the yarn underneath the last wrap with your crochet hook (optional) and glue it securely in place.

That's it! Now I've got an awesome storage tin for knitting needles, and the yarn lends it a knitting theme as well. I'm planning to make a set of storage tins in various sizes with some other yarn scraps.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)

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