project 2 of 25: yarn-wrapped vases

hello, friends! thank you for coming to this space! it means so, so much. especially when i am about to dedicate a blog post to yarn & bottles... oh yes.

these days, my crafting is almost always gardening related. working as a program coordinator at a garden-based non-profit organization means i have a blast with kiddos several times a week in the garden. unfortunately, during our scheduled gardening clubs this season, it has rained a lot. that means a whole lot of inside time during what should be a glorious afternoon outside planting seeds & harvesting school-grown vegetables. don't worry, though. we sure have made the best of it - cooking, nature journaling & crafting! 

today i want to share with you a little project that gets the wee ones involved & brightens your home! it's even a perfect mother's day gift! 

yarn-wrapped vases

supplies needed:
- bottle
- hot glue gun & hot glue
- yarn

1. place a dot of hot glue on the very top rim of your bottle & quickly press the string of yarn to it. this is a great opportunity to use up your stash of not-so-glamorous yarn. i filled up a canvas bag full of yarn & my sweet students had so much fun digging through the pile to find their favorite colors.

2. begin wrapping the yarn around the bottle, making sure there are no gaps. you should not need hot glue to do this until the very end. i found that the easiest way for my students to do this was placing the bottle on the table right-side up & (very) slowly spinning the bottle around, allowing for the yarn to curve around the bottle.

3. once you are at the bottom of your bottle with the yarn, carefully hot glue the entire last row of yarn. 

this is such a quick project! it took me about 10 minutes per bottle. i would love to make these for a wedding shower & have them displayed in groups with stems of flowers. this project would also look wonderful with garden string for a natural look.

if you make this project, i would love to see your final product!

before i turn 25 on 4/11/2014, i plan to complete 25 projects.
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Heather said...

That is so cute! :D I'll have to try that this summer!~

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

this is fun! i'm adding it to our summer craft list for sure.

NewMrsAdventures said...

Natalie I'm a new follower to the blog, but I just wanted to say I love this!! I have some great remnants of yarn left over from winter's knitting projects that would be perfect for this! Thanks for the idea!!

Kee said...

Natalie! you are amazing. This summer I will be teaching at an educational summer camp, primarily gardening, "eco-tastic" week (composting, worm bins, etc.), and cooking organic produce from our school garden. I would LOVE to hear some of your other ideas for the kids (indoor and outdoor, as the Northwest weather can be unpredictable!). I would be forever indebted to you for some words of wisdom and fun ideas to teach the kiddos. the age group is mainly 4-7 year olds. I can send you my e-mail address if you're willing to share some ideas. Reading your blog is always a bright spot in my day! -Keelin

natalie said...

keelin! email me at natalie.j.freeman(at) & we can chat!

Chris said...

eek! love this, well done!

Erin said...

Oh lady, did you know that the IGA on College now carries Mexican PEPSI?!?! Swoon. Now I can enjoy an occassional Pepsi with actual sugar in it. I've been picking up a Mexican Coke for Daniel while I grocery shop for ages but, alas, I don't like Coke.

ANYWAY...I made this discovery the other day and now I have a soda bottle just sitting on my counter waiting for me to make this sweet little craft! Hopefully I can find my glue gun....

Megan Rowell said...

I really like this idea! Resourceful and so lovely. I was inspired to do a 'fun with yarn' day at my Farmer's Market this week. We didn't have bottles but we made yarn flowers and yarn wrapped initials with pipe cleaners. Thanks for sharing you kid-friendly crafting too.

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