Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Time For Crochet Decorations

The blanket is not finished yet, I want it to be bigger than it is at this point, so I thought I would put one more week of crochet into it before posting the finished product. Since I am on summer vacation, I have been thinking of making decorations for the blank wall above my desk in my office/craft/yarn room.

I have looked around the internet for ideas and have seen a yarn wreath, mandalas, framed granny squares, a crochet clock, and many different types of garlands. There are so many ideas out there it is hard to decided what to do. So if anyone has any ideas please let me know! I would like the wall decorations to reflect my love of crochet. But where do I start?

I knew I wanted to find a way to use up my leftover yarn, since my vase was getting full. Could leftover yarn be turned into something to decorate the wall? Would this make a nice yarn wreath?

I grabbed the vase of yarn dumped it out on the table, grabbed a few other items and set out to make a yarn wreath.

Besides the left over yarn, I grabbed some styrofoam balls in different sizes, 3 in-(76mm), 2 in-(50 mm) and 1-1/2 in-(38 mm), a glue gun and some glue sticks, a pair of scissors, tooth picks (not shown in photo) and a few wooden crochet hooks for decoration. *Note- I used styrofoam balls since I did not use any form for my wreath. If you would like to leave the yarn the way it is and not rewind it on styrofoam balls you will need a wreath base to attach the yarn balls to.

To cover the styrofoam balls in yarn, begin by adding a very small drop of glue to the foam ball and attaching the yarn, wind the yarn around the styrofoam ball.

Make sure to completely cover the styrofoam ball so none of the white shows through.

Here are all of the yarn covered styrofoam balls (They look like regular balls of yarn) that will be used for the wreath, small in the left photo, medium in the right photo, and large in the bottom photo. I used about 20 in all.

Once the styrofoam balls are covered, you will need to put them together to form a wreath. Arrange the yarn balls in circle, you can be creative here with color and size. To connect the yarn balls together, using toothpicks for support, put a small dab of glue on the toothpick and inserted it halfway into one yarn ball.  Put more glue on the other end and connected it to another yarn ball (see photos), continue in this manner until you have the wreath finished. Once you have the yarn balls in place decorate as you wish. This would make a great christmas decoration with red, green,white, gold etc.... yarns and some christmas embellishments.( yes, I know it is summer why am I thinking about Christmas?)

I really like this project for a few reasons, first it does not have to be totally even, you can add any type of decorations on the wreath once it is done, and you can be as creative as you want by using any color combinations you choose. For my finished product I added a few wooden crochet hooks and left a few of the yarn ends to drape. If I find anything else later I can always add it on, maybe I will be able to find a small "I love Crochet" sign.

Here is the finished wreath, hanging it up in my room I used a few nails to hang it, (if you use a wreath form you can add a hanger). It is a bit off center on the wall since this is the first decoration for my wall.  I am looking to add a few more so if anyone has any ideas please let me know!

Happy Crocheting!

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