I finally took down my Christmas decorations.
I put it off as long as I could, but Valentine’s Day was looking at me with a scolding face.
There’s seriously nothing worse than getting chastised by a holiday.
After the boxes were packed and the twinkling lights were put away and the halls were undecked, it all looked clean.
And ready for a new year.
It looked a little empty.
So I took 1/12 of an hour and a thrift store bargain and came up with this.
A five-minute DIY sweater vase project.
I started with a random set of vases I had around the house.
They don’t have to match.
No one will notice when they are wearing their sweaters.
I found three cream sweaters at the thrift store.
You may have some sweaters around your house that might work, too.
The rest of the sweater might look a little awkward, but just make sure the arms are cute.
Place your vase next to the arm of the sweater to measure.
Add six additional inches in case the sweater stretches.
(total aside: don’t worry if you mess it up—the sweater has another arm.)
Then cut the sweater arm off from the rest of the sweater.
Pull the sweater arm onto your vase.
Straighten the seam in the back.
Just cut to fit, leaving a small hem at the bottom.
Then just tuck the hem under at the bottom.
You could also add a little bit of fabric glue to hold it in place.
Fill it with water and add branches.
Place the vases at different heights.
I used books to stack and arrange them.
Here are a few tips I learned along the project way:
1. Know your vases before you pick your sweater. Some sweaters are looser and some are tighter weave. You want to make sure your sweater won’t overstretch.
2. Mix up the weaves of your sweaters to make the display even cozier.
3. I also thought it might be cute to add a pom pom to the top or front of the vase.
4. Cream sweaters are pretty, but you could add color and pattern, too.
Best five minutes I’ve spent this year.
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Here’s to the BEST 2019 EVER.