I have a habit of ‘holding onto things’, looking at things I’m throwing out and saying ‘I could probably use you for something’. I also have a habit of sitting on Pintrest for hours. The two go together marvellously.
I’ve seen lots of these sort of crafts involving bottles and yarn so I thought I’d give it a go!
It really is as easy as cleaning out your bottle, taking the labels off, picking a yarn and wrapping… with a few tips along the way.
To help make it super easy here are the ThreadCetera tips to bottle yarn craft:
PVA- It’s the best choice. UHU dries very hard and shiny whereas PVA goes clear and if you do the wrong part it’s easy to wash off. Also, this craft can get very messy very fast, PVA is just much easier to get off your skin after.
Start from the bottle neck- Starting up the top is logical because of the bumb in the middle. If you were to start bottom, the wool slides up when you hit the curve bumb without anything to hit against. Doing this top down eliminates this and the wool goes round much easier.
Double Wrap- Depending on what colour of bottle you use this varies in importance. Clear glass allows the wool to dictate the colour overall but if, like me, you have used coloured glass make sure to double wrap otherwise the tiny baby gaps show an awful lot of colour of the bottle underneath. D=
Turn the bottle as you go- If you keep the bottle stationary and just wrap, although the side you are looking at looks marvelous as straight, the other side will end up with a lot of gaps. Turning the bottle means you can keep an eye on the wool all the way round.
I’m currently working on a few of these in various heights to sit together on the windowsill.
I find the whole process really calming, I would recommend spending some time on it.
This weekend I invested in lollysticks and insulation tape from my beloved pound shop. I quickly set about making a sort of desk tidy for my man pals room (the colours just don’t match mine, so he gets stuck with my stuff, natch!). They act as mini planks and are easily painted.
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6- I painted my front panel with a base coat of basic colours, leaving to dry overnight and putting on black and white designs later. You don’t need to be too fancy, simple patterns look striking in the bold colours.
7- The back I painted black before using my other basic colours to fleck paint on. Flecking is easy and fun; use a spare bit of card (I used a toothpaste box!) and push your paintbrush against it. Don’t use water, the paint will dry very faintly. For best effect use paint straight from the bottle and do not be afraid to be liberal.
8- I made my sides 2 jumbo sticks deep to allow for plenty room. Strap the 2 together with insulation tape until strong. Sellotape won’t work as well because it is thinner. Trim edges as close to the stick as possible before sticking each section together- use a ‘hinge’ style to create structure before layering the tape to add strength. Make sure you stick this standing upright helps you make sure it will stay upright. Stick the front too high or low and it will end up tipping.
Today’s crafting pal is one of the best friends you’ll ever come across. UHU glue sticks EVERYTHING to EVERYTHING.
Paper to paper? Sure! Fabric to fabric? Yeah! Paper to Fabric to sequins and yarn? Absolutely! Beads to yarn to paper to doilies to… you get the idea.
I find it really useful as a tacking agent before using a lot of wool, I have a liking for wrapping wool round hoops and bottles… things I will show you when said projects are complete. It only takes a few minutes to tact dry and I leave for much longer to dry completely. It is much stronger than your average prit stick and easier to use than PVA. It’s one of the easiest things to use when card making, I can’t stand pva bottles…
It does have its drawbacks; it acts like mozzarella stringing all over the joint until you sever the thread. To get round this squeeze with the lid nearby and put back on when done to avoid any more coming out the tube. As much as I love tea lights, this stuff is flammable so don’t go using any during that candlelit dinner.
I discovered this once more in my faithful pound shop. A tube generally lasts about 3 weeks if you use some every day (I do =D) and it is the glorious price of £1. It is stocked beside the hardware section and generally it is at the stores discretion if they want to sell to under 16s (not a dangerous substance but not child friendly I had it explained to me as I watched a girl be refused).