Looking for simple winter projects? Oh, good. I have a few ideas for you. Here are eight including a set of sweater vases and a winter twig wreath.

simple winter projects

Before we get into winter projects, can we press pause for just a moment and discuss the BEST new show I found for all of us?


It’s called “The Gilded Age.”

The show is produced by Julian Fellows (from Downton Abbey) and setting is the late 1800’s in New York City. It’s all about the age old struggle between new money and old money and trying to fit into a society that has unspoken rules and an entrenched social class structure.

And one of the main characters is my favorite character from Poldark.

It’s on HBO Max and there’s a new episode released every week.

I am counting the minutes.

And now while I’m waiting? I’m winter projecting it. There’s the entire rusty jingle bell project (that I had to circle back on) and the spring pots with tiny beads and wood tassel pillows and something I’m making with clay, but I haven’t figured out yet.

Stay tuned for all of that.

But to tide us over in the craft department?

Here are eight simple winter projects for your next open afternoon.

Eight simple winter projects

1. DIY roman shade tutorial

I’ve shared how to create a faux roman shade before.

And this super simple hack for no-sew curtains.

But did you know I can actually sew?

(total aside: sometimes I surprise myself, too.)

Here’s a step-by-step DIY that’s easy to follow to make an actually moving roman shade.

simple winter projects

2. No sew pom pom throw

I am all about cozy right now.

And if you are looking for an easy, cute way to add a little cozy to your home, here are the directions to a pom pom throw you can make in minutes.

Here’s my favorite yarn to use with this project.

You can see it here.

3. Felted wreath from sweaters

All you need to make this wreath is some wool sweaters and a dryer.

You can see the project here.

And once you learn how to felt wool, the sky is the limit.

You could make pillows or garlands or pinecones or appliques, too.

simple winter projects

4. DIY Monogrammed Pillow

You can see the directions to this DIY monogram pillow here.

Make a monogrammed pillow the easy way.

You can just glue the monogram on instead of sewing.

See the instructions above.

simple winter projects wreath

5. Winter Twig Wreath

I know I’ve shared this before, but it is SO worth repeating.

All you need to do is shop your yard and add a little glue and spray paint.

This craft is basically free.

You can see the instructions here.

simple winter projects pillow

6. Pom Pom Pillow

Drop cloth holds up really well when used on a pillow.

You can see this pillow project here.

Here’s my favorite yarn to use with this project.

You can see it here.

7. Faucet Handle Tassel

I know this is a little random, but I love a think-outside-the-box-I-have-vintage-stuff-at-my-house project. Do you happen to have an old faucet handle laying around?

Why not use it for this simple project?

Make your own tassel with burlap and ribbon.

See the entire DIY here.

8. DIY sweater vases

Remember when we used the sweaters to make a wreath?

Guess what you can do with the rest of your sweater?

Use it to cover a vase.

You can make this entire project in under 10 minutes.

See the DIY here.

And one bonus project for the road.

What about pom poms that look like snowballs?

I got you.

See this DIY pom pom snowball garland here.

And now?

I’m off to craft and count the minutes until it’s time for The Guilded Age to show up again. 🙂

Here are just a few of the supplies I used to make these projects:

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  1. Image for Myra Freshwater Myra Freshwater

    I still love the pom poms I made from your tutorial several years ago! They're hanging atop a furry throw that's thrown over my white leaning ladder. :) Thanks for your inspiration, Karianne! <3

  2. Image for Renae Renae

    I am so going to weather The Gilded Age. I want to jump right out of bed, ignore all that I have to do today and find that show. It sounds amazing! Hugs to you.

  3. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I loved the Gilded Age…it’s going to be a good one. Thanks for the reminder of the Roman shade tutorial…those are in my future.

  4. Image for Hannah Reyor Hannah Reyor

    I thought of you as I started watching ‘Gilded Age’ first episode Hopi g you knew about it. Knew it was right up your alley!

  5. Image for Hannah Reyor Hannah Reyor

    I thought of you as soon I started watching ‘Gilded Age’s first episode Hopi g you knew about it. Knew it was right up your alley!

  6. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    AWESOME projects! And I haven't seen Gilded Age yet, but hear lots of great things about it. And Poldark - a fav, and DA a true fav. Thanks for all the ideas and heads upping! Hope you are having a great week, KA.

  7. Image for Judy Westmoreland Judy Westmoreland

    I really like the weathered wooden heart with the old latch on it. Did I somehow miss the directions on making it? Or Was it a gift? How can I find out more about it? Thank you, Judy Westmoreland

  8. Image for Carole Carole

    Just started watching The Gilded Age. Love it! If you ever get a chance to visit Newport RI, you will hear about the old money rivalries with the nouveau riche of that time period by visiting the mansions. Its unbelievable that they used these enormous homes in the summer to escape the heat in the cities and actually called them cottages.

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