In my house there is a room where all the unfinished projects go.

Actually…..there is a room, two drawers, five cabinets, one closet bin and a footstool.

Full of projects waiting for an ending.

You see, I love a good project as much as the next person.  It’s usually the project sheets at Hobby Lobby that are my downfall.  Last year I went into Hobby Lobby for a bottle of black acrylic paint and emerged with this incredible yarn that looked like it came from the ocean floor, a scarf pattern sheet and a crochet needle.

The pattern sheet looked so easy and the scarf looked like something I could hand down to future generations and I just knew 2011 was going to be the year of the amazing crocheted scarf.


But I don’t know how to crochet.

And I lost the pattern sheet.

And the yarn has taken up with the other 479  residents of the unfinished project room.


There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though.

Every now and then….a project graduates.

It finally gets completed and leaves the nest.

Here is one of the most recent graduates. 🙂

Make It Snowflake Ornament

 “Spring” Snowflake Ornament

(Easiest DIY….ever in the history of ever)


Step 1:   Find springs

I think that bed springs or mattress springs or springs in general or even just referring to the word “spring” in the context of a project is so 2012.

They were all over the flea market.

These springs came in a “x” pattern already put together.

They were four for $1.00.

That’s cheaper than a McDonald’s diet coke.

And much better for you.

Handmade Spring Ornament

Step 2:  Spray paint the springs

I spray painted them white.

Then I added a little gray.

Then I added glitter.

Then I said enough already with the spray paint.

Handmade Snowflake Ornament

Step 3:  Hot glue two “x” springs together

Hot glue the two spray painted “x” together.

I tried to hammer the two “x” together.  Weak.

I tried ribbon.  Weaker.

Hot glue worked perfectly.  Just twist the springs until they fit together and hot glue.


You can tie tags or hang on a tree or string on a ribbon over a chalkboard calendar.

Just be glad that one project has left home to get a job and its own apartment.

Only 478 more to go. 🙂


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  1. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Ahh..a project that I think I can actually handle. I, too, have cabinets full of waiting to be discovered projects. Very cute idea!

  2. Image for Amy @ The Avery House Amy @ The Avery House

    These ae the cutest snowflake ornaments and SO creative! I love how you described them as leaving the nest and "Project graduates." These are simple enough that I can have my girls help me with them and we can gift them to all of their teachers and ballet instructers and coaches and such! Thank you ever so much for also giving very detailed instructions. Step-by-step instructions are a gift in and of themselves! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

  3. Image for Laura Laura

    Excuse me while I dig down into the bottom of my closet for those ever elusive springs.....rustle, rustle.......ahhh here they are, Now, where is that glue gun.....rustle, rustle..... Love these :)

  4. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    How lovely! I wish I could find springs at Hobby Lobby or something so that I can make this, but I always get lost in that store unless I know what I'm going in for. This is really so pretty, Karianne. I love the glitter! Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    There is nothing like a bit of "Spring" in the "Winter"...such an incredibly cute and knee slapping idea!!....So glad that you are down to 478 projects....look forward to the many "graduations"....Fantastic project Kari!!

  6. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Thanks for the solution. I must admit I have tried your first two suggestions for the springs - with no luck. Can't wait to try your "hot" solution. Have a "springy" day and enjoy.

  7. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    WHEW!!! So glad to know that somewhere in your house there is something unfinished, unperfect and maybe even messy. :) I will rest better tonight!! LOVE those little snowflakes, they would be perfect on my tree! Where did you find said adorable springs?

  8. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    So cute! It's so hard to get them to graduate, isn't it? You've done yourself proud! How many did you make? ;)

  9. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Cute, cute, cute! Fantastic use of those springs! And oh my, do I have unfinished projects! My husband could tell you about them...he fusses at me-says I should finish one before I start another. So not happening! Bits and pieces all over (and in and under and stored away)! I try to keep it confined to one room. :D

  10. Image for Laura @ Our Prairie Home Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Oh my gosh! Love this idea! How cute is that?! Man, I wish I hadn't by-passed all those springs this year!. Too cool!

  11. Image for Marsha Kern Marsha Kern

    I love them! Now I need to take the rest of the day off of work, go hit all the junk shops and look for the springs! Too cute!

  12. Image for talia talia

    What a darling idea! I actually think I might be able to do this! (I am not terribly talented in the crafty department) Off to find springs...

  13. Image for Sherry Smyth Sherry Smyth

    I love how you describe your started but never finished might as well be talking about me! Nice to know I'm not alone. This project with the springs made me easy and so unique, never mind how fabulous it looks!

  14. Image for Heather @At The Picket Fence Heather @At The Picket Fence

    heart! heart! love! love! These have put a "spring" in my Christmas decorating step...yes, yes, I'll be here all week. ;) Seriously though, adorable and so 2013...because everyone is going to be copying you next year! lol Heather

  15. Image for andrea andrea

    Thank goodness you have unfinished projects. Maybe my UFP's and your UFP's can get know, maybe skype or support eachother in therapy. Isn't it a great feeling when one of these UFP's breaks from the pack? Your spring UFP is so cute!

  16. Image for Mrs. C Mrs. C

    Well, just look at you and your adorable little snowflakes, I am impressed! Your pictures on FB have me wishing I had more time for decorating, changing out fall for winter. I have to do that soon! These little gems you've made make me wonder, what else would make a cute snowflake? Honestly, I don't have any springs laying around, so I'll just try and work w/ what I've got.

  17. Image for Regina Regina

    I. LOVE. THIS. It almost makes me want to take apart the springs on that bed in college-girl's room that REALLLLLY needs a new mattress anyway . . . LOL :) Would you believe I have unfinished sewing projects in my closet from the late 80's? I just can't seem to throw them away . . . and now I want a sewing machine again . . . like I could fit into that green corduroy skirt NOW! Ha!

  18. Image for Tiffini Tiffini

    I can't tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE these...if I could find springs this weekend...I want to make them for our tree this year. It is perfect! xo

  19. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    Such a cute idea!! You confine all your undone projects to ONE ROOM?? Mine are all through the house, every room, on the front porch, everywhere. They are running amok. I can so relate to your crochet project. Sounds like me, exactly. I watched an episode of "One Stroke Painting" and decided I could do that!!! In spite of the fact that I have not one whit of artistic talent. I rushed out and bought the paints, the brushes, the art paper, the palette, the videos. I was going to be soooo creative. Uh, yeah, right. Trust me, it ain't that easy! As for the baby quilt I started making for my unborn daughter in 1984, and then worked on again in 1987 for my youngest daughter, and then again for my granddaughter, and then for my great-granddaughter, and it is STILL not finished, we just won't talk about that.

  20. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Absolutely adorable!!! Adding the little touches of gray and then glitter to the white paint were the perfect accents. And I'll bet that the next 478 projects will be just as spectacular. I can hardly wait to see them!

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