Craft: Yarn Bomb an Oatmeal Container {tutorial}

About two months ago, we switched to using only cloth paper towels (check out how else we use cloth instead of paper products on my Green Homemaking page), and I decided I needed a pretty container in which to hold them so I could proudly display it on the countertop (and encourage us to use them!). In the spirit of green living, I couldn’t just go buy something, I wanted to upcycle something I already had, so I used an empty oatmeal container and yarn that needed using up. This ended being the perfect size for cloth towels, and since I didn’t need it to be waterproof or very sturdy, the cardboard works just fine.

First up, gather up your yarn scraps and choose the colors you would like. It’s a great yarn stash buster, and it uses very little yarn. So, if that’s all you’ve got, then you have enough!

Then, you’ll need an oatmeal container that’s been wiped clean, a hot glue gun, and scissors.

Attach the yarn to the container, leaving a small tail. Then, wrap the yarn around the container, making sure to overlap the tail. This keeps it clean and neat. Otherwise, it will look like the purple yarn section.

Attach a new color to the end of the previous one, and use the same method as above. Be careful because the hot glue is hot! I sometimes use an old pencil to push down the yarn so I don’t burn my fingers.

It took me about 10 minutes to finish this project, which is awesome when you need a craft that has almost instant gratification! I now see every object in my house as one to be potentially yarn-bombed!

This is perfect to hold:

  • Cloth paper towels
  • Large paintbrushes for a craft room
  • Cooking utensils in the kitchen
  • Small toys or blocks in a kids’ room
  • And so much more!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Very cute idea, Sara!

  2. Great idea. I could use that container for so many things around this crazy house. I also wanted to let you know that I linked to you in my post about crocheted head bands for my daughter. Thanks for the tutorials (I made a yoga mat strap, too). Have a great day.

  3. This is seriously such a cute idea! And what a way to bust that stash of mine! Gotta do this one! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Miranda Hessel says:

    The only thing that I would be afraid of is after messy hands grabbed the container to get towels enough times, the pretty yarn would turn grungy and I couldn’t wash it. Otherwise awesome!

  5. Lisa Deckard says:

    I know you did this in 2012 2013 time frame but just wanted to comment about the pencil and hot glue… My daughter loves to eat Chinese with chopsticks and I use them to handle hot glue… works great and also upcycles the wood. Pencils do not last around our house for some reason with school and working they never get very far for a craft thanks for the craft

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