Yarn wreaths seem to be all the rage right now and I think they are so beautiful. I was looking for an idea for a winter wreath for my door when I saw this one:
I saw this wreath in this post. It is from Anthropologie. I love the chunky, soft texture of it. I had to make something similar. The problem for me with yarn wreaths is that yarn is not something that I have on hand in my craft room. The other problem for me is that when I get an idea in my head I want to make it NOW and not wait until I can get all the stuff. So both those things led me to create my own version of a chunky yarn wreath:
This wreath is made from 2 knit sweaters. I wondered if there was a way I could create my own chunky yarn by cutting up sweaters. After a little trial and error I discovered that I could cut strips from a knit cotton sweater, stretch them and make them into simple pom poms and that putting those together created the gorgeous chunky texture I was wanting. Here is what I did.
Step 1: Start by finding a couple of knit sweaters. Acrylic sweaters work to make pom poms but they do not stretch and curl the same as cotton.
It isn't the same chunky texture as the Anthropologie wreath but I love, love, LOVE the end result. I have it up as my winter "snow" wreath but something about it screams summer to me as well so it might have to play double duty-we shall see. Sweater repurposing = gorgeous chunky yarn. This is the kind of recycling I love.
I shared this here: