Anthro Knockoff Coiled Pot

There’s nothing like a quiet house, the fireplace roaring, all snuggled up in a blanket watching your favorite TV series.  This is how our nights have looked the past few days.  With the addition of one thing: taking advantage of the kid-free hours by working on a project or two.

Sitting on the sofa, hands working at a slow, steady pace, takes me back to my childhood.  Watching my grandma quilt each night after dinner.  Always having a project to keep busy.

The past 2 nights I’ve been working on some utensil holders for my desk shelves.  Nothing new invented here, just a knockoff of the Anthropology Colored Coil Pots.  I first saw them on Buzzfeed’s 38 Anthropologie Hacks and stored them away in my mind for future use.

I love the warm fuzzy, yarn look and (obvious) functionality.  And the best part?  They were completely free for me to make (and around 10 bucks if you don’t have all the supplies)!

You’ll need:

Here’s how:

1. Start by cutting the length of your rope.  I estimated a long, 3 foot strand (and ended up using a few of them).  If you’re working with twine, like me, you’ll want to double the thickness.  Secure with a knot at both ends.

2. Cut (about) 10inch strips of yarn.  You’ll need 50, or so, total.

The great thing about this project is that it doesn’t have to have exact measurements.  It’s easy to add more and create seamless transitions with the rope and yarn.  So, let this be a relaxing, easy-going, TV watching project and don’t worry about how long or how many.

3. Place a bead of glue at the knot, adhere one string of yarn to it, then gently wrap the yarn around the rope.

4. Secure with another bead of glue.

5. Alternate yarn colors and continue to coil them around the rope, side by side.

6. Once you’ve reached the end of the rope, wrap the tin can (starting at the bottom and gluing often to hold it in place).

7. The first one I made only covered about half of the can, so I cut another rope and repeated steps 1-6 until the can was fully covered.

Notice how I continued into the inside top lip of the can for a completed look (and hidden can).

Although I love the clean lines of the Anthro design, I like that my beige yarn has dark tones in it. Giving more of a pulled, untidy look.  The colors don’t alternate perfectly, and that’s ok too.  They really add to the look of my shelves as I try to add functional, meaningful pieces to this space.

I’ll be working on other homemade (free) art for the shelves this Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s nice to have the husband home, family in town, and time to create.

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