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Go Green Yarn Caddy


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Use a large 1 gallon plastic vinegar bottle to create a handy yarn caddy with this idea from Tina Johnson. Go green, save money and make your crochet and knitting easier.

Yarn Caddy


  • 1 gallon plastic vinegar bottle (or similar gallon bottle)
  • Paring knife
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Flat rock or similar for weight
  • yarn


  1. Remove the label and wash the bottle. Let it dry.
  2. *Cut the bottle straight across were the top of the label would being sure to leave 2 inches of plastic uncut under were the handle is (this will act as a hinge).

    *Safety First: I placed the bottle on my counter, holding onto the handle (my hand was resting on the counter to stabilize the bottle) I very carefully inserted a pointed blade paring knife into the bottle (you need roughly a 1/2 inch long cut). I also made sure that the cut I made was away from my hand that was holding the bottle. Placing scissors into the cut I finished my cutting I needed to do around the bottle.

    Any children creating this project will need an adult to complete this step for them.
  3. On the other side of the bottle directly across from the 2" "Hinge" punch a hole in the top half of the bottle about ½ inch above the cut line and one in the bottom half of the bottle (1/2 inch below the cut line) directly under the top one using a paper hole puncher.
  4. Find a medium size flat rock outside that you can wash and place in the bottom or something you have around the house to put in the bottom to weigh it down.
  5. The Fun Part! Drop your yarn skein in bottle and feed the yarn from the center of the skein through the top opening of the bottle. Thread a scrap piece of yarn through the holes you made using the hole puncher and tie it like you would your shoe laces to securely close it.


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Neat idea.

My mom used to use 2-liter plastic soda pop bottles. I like the vinegar bottle better because it has a handle already.

Hey,, Folk did you know that a large pickle contanier , and drill a hole on the top, they work really great too... I'm 62 and I did my own drilling . it was very easy...now of course you want to use the plastic containers. Our if you all go to a warehouse that food comes in the larger container. they work just the same. Linda in Tucson

I like this idea but I use a two liter pop bottle and cut an opening in the side. Then I put masking tape around the opening so I will not cut or scratch myself on the cut edge of the plastic. I want a green idea for yarn that I can use but be able to remove the yarn from the container without cutting it. I like to be able to free my yarn from the container some times or even change yarns for other projects. I always have more than one project going at a time. One easy and one more demanding to work on depending on my mood or how my day was. Also, I don't like to take big bottles with me because they don't fit in my project bag. So I need to be able to free my yarn.

You could use colored tissue paper squares to decorate it and then lacuer it with something that's waterproof

I use big coffee cans for my crochet thread and they will also hold a skein of yarn (You have to bend the skein a little, but it works.) I just wash the can good and put a hole in the middle of the plastic top of the can. You don't need to weight it down because the can is heavy enough to stay on the floor. Hope this helps someone. Cherry

I too make a yarn holder out of a similar type bottle however I cut a flap at the bottom we poke a small hole so if you desire to tie it closed you can. I don't I let it just stand in the bottom of the bucket and stand it with a few others in a 5 gallon bucket from the local bakery. You can put 3 gallon yarn holder bottles or if you use 12 gal or quart sized blench bottles you can put up to 8 in the bucket. I decorate the bucket and have my husband make holes along the ridge below the cover and make a padded seat cover. I crochet and my little grand daughter sits on her special little stool.

Thanks for the HOW-TO, my Husband was bugging me about the mess of yarn that I always asked for his help with. Its not as easy as the old days when people sat on the porch at night and Husbands helped wind the yarn balls. by the way, I found that a well washed gl. Milk jug fits balls of yarn very well also. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE TIP. )

What a creative wonderful "Green" idea. I can hardly wait to try it. Will it work on yarn that has been wrapped in a ball? I assume it will and will try it.


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