We’ve been huge fans of yarn crafts ever since we were little kids. Sure, we’ve learned how to weave, knit, and crochet in the years since our first few yarn projects, but our original skills were built on a hand held yarn loom, or a yarn cork! We were given a wooden spool with metal teeth when we were about five years old and we used it so much that we eventually broke it. That didn’t stop us, though! Since then, we’ve tried making and using all kinds of different DIY hand looms and spools and now we’re passing those skills and ideas on to our kids.
Just in case you’re a big corking fan too but you’ve always wanted to make projects in different sizes and styles than your original hand held yarn spool, check out these awesome DIY spool projects that will help you cork all styles and sizes of things!
1. Recycled wood and nail spool knitter
Have you always been pretty handy with at least the simplest tools and wooden materials, even though you’re a yarn and soft crafting enthusiast too? Then we can’t think of a better way to combine your skills in one place than making yourself a yarn spool from scrap wood and nails!
2. Large spool knitter from an ice cream tub
Even though you love corking with your little hand held spool, have you always kind of wished you could make bigger projects with thicker yarn? In that case, we’ve found just the project for you!
3. Paper clip and drink bottle spool knitter
Are you feeling pretty intrigued about the idea of making your very own yarn spool out of upcycled kitchen wares that are already in your house, but you’re not sure you want to make your spool quite as big as the one before this? In that case, here’s an awesome DIY alternative that will let you create a project that’s somewhere in between for sizes! Check out how
4. Corking and pipe cleaner lizard
Have you had your fill of making scarves and neck warmers recently, and you’ve also been making a lot of jewelry as of late, so you’re on the hunt now for other cute projects you can make with your yarn spool, no matter what size you’re working with? Well, especially if you’re working on crafts with your kids, here’s an adorable little toy idea that was a big hit in our house! Check out how
5. Ice cream tub corked scarves
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the big plastic ice cream tub yarn spool for larger projects, but you’re actually feeling kind of intimidated by the idea of making something in a bigger size so you feel like you could use more guidance for making the project itself, rather than just the spool? Then this tutorial from
6. Spool knit jewelry wire
Is your spool quite small because you made yourself one from an old wooden thread spool and nails, taking the term yarn spool very literally? Well, besides being punny and useful, that size of corking tool is versatile because it’s the perfect thing to use for corking eye cord style jewelry using jewelry wire! The idea of using your crochet hook to loop wire around itself over and over might sound a little challenging, and it’s definitely a unique crafting experience, but if you get the very malleable kind, we assure you it’s not as difficult as you might think. Find out precisely how it’s done on
7. Corked beehive pin cushion
Were you fairly interested in the idea of making something small that isn’t jewelry or a scarf, but you don’t think the little lizard we showed you earlier is quite the project for you? Then maybe you’d prefer to make something that actually serves a purpose and has some practical use to you once you’re finished with it! We love
8. Corked teapot mat
Regardless of what kind of corking you’re doing, what size of yarn and spool you’re working with, and whether you made the spool yourself, there’s still always the question of what you can make, especially if you’re a beginner to the whole process. That’s why we always hang onto this simple, cute little spiralling teapot mat tutorial from
9. Corked baby hat
Does the idea of corking something wearable appeal to you most but you’ve already made yourself a few scarves and you’re ready for a new challenge, as long as it’s something small and manageable? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest that you give this adorable little baby hat a try! We love the simple step by step instructions at this
10. Circular area rug
Perhaps you find the spiraling teapot mat idea we showed you earlier in our list interesting but you were actually hoping to tackle a project that’s a little bit bigger and more satisfying? Maybe you’re just looking for an alternative way to use similar techniques because you don’t actually drink tea! Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how
11. Cute corked candy kitchen sponges
Have you been scrolling through our list hoping to come across some kind of decorative piece or trinket that you can make for yourself or your kids, but the funny lizard we showed you earlier isn’t quite what you had in mind? Then perhaps you’d prefer these adorable yarn crafted candies in colourful “wrappers” instead! Check out how
12. Spiralled corked purse
Have you actually been yarn crafting since you were a very small child and now you’d consider yourself essentially an expert at corking? Then you’re probably already familiar with just how many things you can create from a simple corked eye cord as long as you’re willing to use a little imagination! At that skill level, you’re the perfect person to make something like this stunning corked purse by
13. French knit tool lanyard
Did you know that corking or yarn spooling can also be called French knitting thanks to its area of origin? Well, regardless of what you refer to your skills and tools as, here’s another awesome and super practical project for your list of ideas!
14. Small spool knit floral purse
Were you pretty enamoured with the spool knit floral purse we showed you above but you’re also convinced that it’s a little bit over your head in terms of the skills required to make it happen? Then maybe you’d be better starting off with this simpler yarn corked purse idea that’s a little more basic in its construction but still gives you a bit of the floral element you like so much! Get the full instructions for making your own on
15. Spool knit baby rattle
Did we really catch your attention when we talked about corking little toys for your kids but your little ones are still babies, so they’re not quite ready for bouncy lizards and yarn candies? In that case, we definitely think you should check out this corked and yarn wrapped baby’s rattle design instead!