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Sweater ball wreath for the holidays…

There is something about moving to a new home that causes the expiration date on many perfectly good items to accelerate.  I wanted a holiday wreath for my new front door and didn’t want to pay $100 or more for one already made, so I made one myself.   I am loving the sweater invasion into interior design so I knew I wanted to use sweaters in some way and I wanted a color scheme that would allow me to keep the wreath hung through January without being “that” neighbor.  Once I had my design idea in mind, I was ready to begin shopping. I got everything I needed at Micheal’s and Goodwill.   My design was to create several sweater balls in different sizes and layer in jingle bells for sound as people open our front door.

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Materials from Micheal’s

Here is  a picture of the materials I used for my wreath.  At Micheal’s I bought a branch wreath, wire, foam balls in different sizes, glitter balls, sparkly branches and jingle bells.   Then, I bought these two sweaters at Goodwill for $12.00.

Sweaters from Goodwill

Sweaters from Goodwill

Once I had all my materials, I began cutting up my sweaters into swatches.  As you can see from the picture below, the cream sweater had two textures.  One on the front and a smoother texture on the sleeves. I tried to make each swatch look slightly different in texture.   I wrapped the foam balls with the sweater swatches and hot glued them on.    The rest was just a puzzle arranging the balls onto the branch wreath. I attached them each with wire.

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sweater balls


     This project took me a total of 2 hours once I had the materials.  I love the outcome!  Can’t wait to tackle the rest of the front porch for the holidays!

The finished product

The finished product

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