Easy Coiled Yarn Button Embellishment

YOU can make this at home!  The orange one on blue paper is the one that I made.

I saw these coiled jute embellishments in a magazine ad and thought they were so pretty.  The more I looked at them I began to realize that I could make some similar looking ones with some things I had (and you probably have too) already on hand.

XXL Glue Dots are the best invention of the past crafty year.

Using some Glue Dots XXL adhesive and yarn I bought way back in October, I got started.  The process is much like it was when I covered this egg with twine.  You start with a small circle and build out.  Simple as store bought pie!

The circle is almost complete.

 I left a little bit of an opening in the middle of this yarn circle because I was planning on putting a smaller Glue Dot in the center and attaching a button.  When you’re creating your yarn embellishment you just stick and turn, stick and turn.  It’s so easy.  The hardest thing is not sticking yourself to the dot…which I did, of course.

Now I’m using some Glue Dots Pop Up Dots to stick the button to the yarn embellishment.  These dots are strong.

This is not a jellyfish. It’s a giant dot of glue.

UNAPPEALING!!  Don’t panic though.  It’s just the back of the Glue Dotted embellishment we just created.  I have to peel it off the backing and then lay it down on the paper.  You know what would be easier?  Lay the Glue Dot on the paper FIRST and then wind the yarn around it.  Guess who was having a “duh moment” today?  Uh, that would be ME.

Side of embellishment.

I like the texture and dimension of this embellishment.

Success! We have a circle!

After laying the embellishment on top of some blue cardstock, I cut the cardstock in a circle.  I think these would make great card and/or scrapbooking embellishments, don’t you?  Here’s another idea I had for using Glue Dots and making round embellishments.

Do you remember why I bought a bunch of yarn?  It’s because I went “POM CRAZY” back in October.  Check out this POM post for more explanation.

I hope you enjoyed this idea!


To be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to Custom Crops.com, leave a comment telling me what crafty thing you’re looking forward to owning one day.  I’ll list the winner here on May 5, 2012.


hen9975 says:
April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What a GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing….those XXL glue dots are on my list to buy….I am hoping to get a bind-it all soon….may be this gift certificate will be just what I need to purchase it! Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy Monday!!

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  1. CraftyJanis says:

    This is really cool. I’m going to try this today. I have tons of yarn in a basket just sitting and waiting to be used. It’s left overs from scraf making last Christmas, so I have lots of colors and kinds of yarn. Yeah! Thanks for the idea and the step-by-step photos. Are you sure that one photo really isn’t a jellyfish? No? Okay, just double-checking. Smiles! 🙂 Janis [email protected]

    1. Janis, It could be a jellyfish! 😉 LOL!

  2. CathyinMN says:

    Those really would make cute embellishments for cards and scrapbooks. Thanks for sharing. There are lots of crafty things I would like to own — a set of Perfect Layers rulers, Scrap N Easel, baker’s twine, etc., etc., etc. Thanks for a chance to win.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

  3. Very cool – I have some purple yarn laying around from a baby-shower game that I did for a friend. If my kids find it and unwind it one more time, I will LOSE MY MIND! So I should go and make some of these to use it up! Off to go order XXL glue dots!! Oh, and you already know this – I WANT A CAMEO!!!!!

  4. Love the idea! I have a ton of yarn. I would love to have more stamps! Guess I will have to put them on the Christmas list again for next year – way too long to wait!

  5. justyolie says:

    Fun and easy embellies!! Thanks for the chance to win….I would love to own The Cinch binding system.

  6. Going to make a flower right now! Am tryig to justify a cuttlebug (I have the small purse embosser), but not sure I want to try to figure out where/how to store the dies! And I do have a cricut to cut whatever shapes I have, i just don’t have space to leave it out, so dragging it out is a big drawback. Thinking a cuttlebug is smaller and lighter….

  7. These would make great wheels on a car or train for a card. I think I will make some into flowers for a birthday card. So cute! Now I just need some big glue dots! I would also like a cinch! Regina

  8. mom2patrickncolin says:

    These are super cute! I a mom of 2 boys and these would be so cute for their scrapbook pages. I think I would like a cuttlebug or a cinch someday!

  9. What a GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing….those XXL glue dots are on my list to buy….I am hoping to get a bind-it all soon….may be this gift certificate will be just what I need to purchase it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Monday!!

  10. bunnyfreak says:

    I look forward to Picket Fence Distress Stain and the Pet Shoppe Lite Cricut cartridge.

  11. celestelombas says:

    I am looking forward to only a new cutting machine.

  12. What a cute button idea!. I’m looking forward to someday owning a Cameo. I love my Cricut, but would also love to cut all the SVG files out there!

  13. I am wishing for a Cameo I am hoping to have enough saved soon!!!

  14. love this idea. It would be a way to use up scraps of yarn and make embellishments. I have many desires from a Cameo to a paper crimper–saw a super idea using aluminum foil I would like to try, if I had a crimper. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Very cute embellishments. I would like to own a Grand Calibur some day.

  16. What super cute and easy diy embellishments! I’m pretty content with my craft toys, I have yet to try out my Cameo! If there is a craft room cleaner upper, I’d really like one of those 😉

  17. Too cute, would make a great center for a flower. Some year I would LOVE to own a Cameo and the knowledge to use it! An Imagine looks pretty darn cool, too. Alas, the XXL glue dots are more in my price range, lol.

  18. carboncopies says:

    What a great idea! I am going to have to get some of those XXL glue dots. There are lots of little things I could pick up. At this point I don’t have any ‘larger’ item I’m yearning for – other than more time to work and a space of my own to do it in.

  19. Fun idea! Good use of the large gluedots.

    Someday I’d like to own a Zutter Bind-It-All 😉

  20. binkiemonstermom says:

    I am loving the new login system…..it is MUCH easier!!!!! The craft item I hope to own is ALL the copic markers. I have about 60 now but would love all of them for great shading and color. To dream a little dream………

    1. Thank you SOOOO much Binkiemonstermom! I’m thrilled to hear that the new login is easier. YAY!!

  21. I would like some day to own: a heat emboss gun( I really cant belive I don’t own one),& some kind of markers

    Never seen the xxl glue dots they are heat. I cant wait yo try them out!;)


  22. What a fun project! I have some great colorful yarn and am going to try these 🙂
    The craft item I would LOVE to own one day really isn’t an “item” per say..but I would love to have a proper craft room one day…hey a girl can dream LOL

  23. I have to try this Joy! I ended up just signing in the old way!

  24. TeresaK,
    Yes, I want to hear what you think about the new way once you try it out. 🙂
    Have a great day!

  25. I have a few machines, lots of carts…..I would love to own a crafty job! to earn money while doing what i like to do would be great! 🙂

  26. Linda Harris says:

    I look forward to someday having a Cameo!!1 I need to try these xxl glue dots!!! Look fun!! I love the new sign in to by the way. I never got to comment before because my loggin wouldnt work for me!!! Thanks!!!

    1. Linda,
      I’m so happy you can comment now! YAY!

  27. janicesjems says:

    This is a great idea, can’t wait to try it out myself 🙂 I look forward to owning a Cameo, and a sticker maker… I think that will come before the cameo! Have an awesome day 🙂

  28. meredeEnA says:

    OK, so I have a lot of great crafting tools, but I, along with many other of your superfriends, would love a Cameo or maybe just a Tiny Attacher or Distress Inks or…

  29. Cute idea, it can be made with so many different strings, rope and twine. I have got to make me some. So many ideas of what to do with this, gotta go do them.

  30. BetsyBrown says:

    Love those yarn circles! You could use them for so many different things … flowers, bubbles, card wheels, etc., etc., etc.!!!
    I hope to one day be able to get a Cinch. I’ve just started making mini-albums, and a Cinch would be a perfect way to bind them rather than using the metal rings.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Betsy B.
    [email protected]

  31. scrapper69 says:

    I LOVE this Joy! I’m gonna have to try and make some….. I honestly don’t know what Crafty item I would like…. I own wayyyy to many cricut machines and now I got a Cameo and I have wayyyy to many tools already…. I guess I would say I need more time for crafting… 🙂 Cuz that’s the one thing that is lacking at this time!


  32. lewistruth says:

    cute coils! I would love to own cutting/embossing plates/folders, whatever they are that cut and emboss at the same time! Great stuff!

  33. Wow I never though of using a glue dot this way. Joy you always stretch my imagination. I’m going to have to try this. I’ve been wanting to own a CAMEO for the longest. I can never save up enough because I keep spending my savings on sales. Woo woo woo. Smooches…

  34. rocionryan says:

    Wow! these are really cute. What I would like to have one day is a binding machine like the cinch or sometihing like it. Haven’t really had time to looked into comparison yet but I love the idea of making all of my own albums both for myself and as gifts. I think it makes a great gift! Thanks,
    Cheers, Rocio

  35. I would really like to own all the copic markers. They are so exspensive and imposable for me to own. But a girl can have dreams. [email protected]

  36. suekimmet says:

    Those are really cool! I’m going to make some… I do not NEED anything for my crafting, but I would love to have a Big Shot. I’m pretty happy with everything I have.

  37. I would love to get a Cameo. Everything I have read about it is impressive. I mean I haven’t read one negative thing about it! So I have to say it is on my wish list now! What I am sure I will get first is some XXL Glue Dots! LOL! Just what every crafter needs, right?

  38. Oh, yes, I forgot to say logging in and commenting are so much easier. Thank you for making it so!

  39. First, I love the login! Very easy 🙂
    These are are super cute and look super easy! I can’t wait to try these.
    There are a few crafty items on my someday list. The more I get into papercrafting the more I want some really good stamp sets, inks and chalks. I would also like some extra time and a place to dedicate just to my crafting . I guess I have to add those to my someday list!

  40. jksmitley says:

    Adorable and so much cheaper than buying pre made! Thanks for the giveaways!

  41. shoespink says:

    So very cute will be making some.
    would love a Scrap-N-easel.

  42. these are fabulous, i really need to get me some of those giant glue dots…..
    lets see what is a crafty thing I would like to own….that would probably be the Cameo, I love what you have been sharing but that is in the future, fo rright now I am going to get me those XXL Glue dots..lol

  43. Michele from MS says:

    OH EM GEEEE…I have glue circles, I have yarn, I have twine…the possibilities are endless!! Thanks so much for sharing this cool idea with us!! On the top of my wish list is a Cameo. I have seen soooo many amazing projects but $250+ is a lot to spend on a want (not a need). LOL Maybe Santa will bring me one this year! Have a great day

  44. I love the large glue circles such a cute project!!!

  45. Oh and i would really love a sizzix big shot !

  46. sarahvaitstamps says:

    LOVE this! What a great use for the huge glue dots– must order some of those asap! I would LOVE to add a Cameo to my crafting collection!

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