No Cost Yarn Ball Winder

I remember seeing this DIY idea a while back and stored it in my memory because I knew I would use it. All yarn “should” be wound into a ball. While in grad school I was spoiled taking a few Fiber Art courses and getting to use all the great tools they had on hand. I always wanted a ball winder but it was one of those tools I thought expensive and a luxury. After all, I can wind a ball of yarn by hand, but now I don’t have to. I love this hands-on McGuiver-type tool and bet you have everything you need on hand. 



  • Kitchen mixer with one whisk
  • toilet paper roll core
  • yarn
core on mixer

This is how you place the paper roll onto the mixer so you can wind the yarn. I wrapped some yarn around the core before turning the mixer on. Now, don’t just go hog wild here. I suggest turning the mixer on and off in small bursts so you can control the placement of the yarn. With one hand on the switch of the mixer and the other holding the yarn close to the paper core, begin winding. You’ll have a ball wound in no time at all and it cost you nothing!