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A New Twist on Christmas Trees

I discovered several interesting Christmas Tree craft ideas on Pinterest.  Two of my favorite ideas used yarn to decorate foam bases.  Living in Germany, I have discovered a great lack of craft and hobby stores – most people order supplies online.  So I had to be inventive since I had no foam core, plastic, or cardboard shaped trees to start with.  I used cardstock to form the base for the trees.  I imagine this project would have been a touch easier using something more solid as the base.  Nevertheless, I powered through and ended up with 3 festive trees to add a touch of Christmas to my apartment.

wrapped treesspiral yarn trees

Original Inspiration

Drawing tree shape Photo Nov 23, 12 04 35 PM bases complete

Drawing, cutting, and making the cardstock bases

 wrapping flecked thread wrapping gradient yarn wrapping spiral yarn

I added glue in small sections as I wrapped the yarn around the base

adding pearls

The spiral design left me with blank spaces, so I filled them in with pearls

completed flecked completed gradient completed spiral

I added a sparkly snowflake to the top of each as the final touch

Completed trees

The finished trio of trees

Decorative Letters

While exploring Pinterest, I came across a lot of different ideas for making decorative letters .  Michael’s Crafts has wooden finished and unfinished versions for a few dollars, so I picked up some letters to try my hand at making my own.  I decided to wrap them in variegated yarn and decorate with felt and buttons.

button letter twine letter

The original inspiration pins

letter c prep letter o prep

Letter prep with materials

letter c ends letter c yarn wrap start letter o yarn wrap start

First, I covered the exposed ends of the letter “C” and then began the wrap.  With “O”, wrapping presented its own challenges- pushing the yarn length through the tiny center opening

letter c yarn wrap complete letter o yarn wrap complete

The completed yarn wrapped letters

letter c ready for bow letter o ready for bow

After adding the decorative buttons and felt

letter c complete letter o complete

The completed letters “C” and “O” – the decorative bow acts as the hanger

Recycle Glass In An Artful Way – Part 2

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I really enjoyed creating the different looks and combinations for the original yarn bottle projects.  There are limitless possibilities that one can achieve by using different yarns and embellishments.  I was inspired to see if I could use a combination of yarn and some of the decorator fabric samples I got at SCRAP.  I started with a spaghetti sauce jar and used 2 different yarns with 4 different fabrics.  I am really happy with the way the flower embellishment pulls it all together in the end.

Materials

The material and yarn combination

fabric start

Setting the fabrics first

chunky yarn

Topped with the chunky yarn

thin sparkly yarn

Completed the skinny yarn part

completed yarn wrapping

The final yarn/fabric wrapped bottle

finished product

And just a little flourish to pull it all together

up close of flower

Flower detail – 2 fabrics with 2 braided yarns wrapped in the center

Recycle Glass in an Artful Way

Another Pinterest-inspired project under my belt.  I saw these yarn covered bottles and thought they were beautiful.  So I thought to myself, “I can make those!”.  I picked 3 different glass bottles – a Perrier bottle, a wine bottle, and a glass jam jar.  I used Tacky Glue and a foam applicator to spread the glue on each bottle.  Then you wind the yarn, being careful to hide your start and stop.  The possibilities are endless.  **Note to self – next time choose fatter yarn!  The smaller the yarn, the longer it takes.  But I think the results are worth it.

yarn bottles

Original Pin

soaking the bottles

Soaking bottles in order to remove labels

the supplies

the supplies

starting pinkyyarned pinkyfinished pinky

Jam jar transformed

starting wineyarned winefinished wine

wine bottle transformed

marled waterfinsihed marleddetail of marled

Perrier bottle transformed

finished bottles

The finished glasses