Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cozying Up with Yarn!

It all started with this:

Photo Credit: Country Living

After browsing the most recent Country Living and seeing the yarn flowers above,
I wanted to make some!

I don't have the fancy pom pom maker they suggest - a piece of cardboard works for me! And, I already had the red and white yarn - so a skein of pink was added and I was ready to go!

After flowers were made ~ I was just really loving the three colors together and seeing a few other bare spots that could use some Valentine color!

I remembered two lonely styrofoam balls on my dryer that needed a home. And, the yarn ball idea was born! Why did I never think to wind some balls of yarn in seasonal colors and stack in a jar or basket?! An inexpensive and really easy touch!

If you have styrofoam balls - great, but if not - you can easily wind the balls from scratch.
In fact, I like the varying sizes of just winding your own!

I took one pink one and tied a piece of baker's twine and made a tag: love.
Just for fun!


Leftover skeins of yarn look cute in a tray with a couple of flowers, a little heart and why not a yarn ball up on a pedestal?!

Yarn strikes me as a great January and February material to make things out of!
It adds a warm look, creates a cozy feel and brings yummy texture!

24 comments:

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Cute, cute, cute!! :)

heicoc said...

I love it! Everything looks so cute - what great ideas.

Wendi said...

Cute!

Mom said...

Simple, cozy, and cute!
Love, Mom

*carrie* said...

Those are darling. I have NO valentine decorations. I pulled out the heart wreath I made a few years ago (inspired by you) and I don't like it at all. The fabric and the way it looks are not very me, so I added it to the thrift pile!

Lynette said...

Love that!

Lynette said...

Love it!

barbara said...

Adorable. Can you show us how to make those yarn flowers?!

Chelle said...

Your decorations are very cute.

being molded said...

Each day you inspire me to do a little bit more, Monica! It is such a blessing to visit your site each day.
Now a question, I was looking for your dryer ball post and can't find it. If it's not too much trouble could you let me know where it might be?
Have a blessed day!

LynnMarie said...

Clever, very clever. I'm afraid that my grand daughter would be playing with the balls very fast however. but still, very clever!!!

peggy said...

All these are so sweet, especially the little simple love tag.

angela said...

LOVE IT.

Jen said...

These are lovely!

Elaine said...

So cute!!! Very creative!!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Monica, That is a really creative idea ;) :) :) I have lots of extra yarn, so this could be a great way to add some color :) :) Those yarn flowers are really cute!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

thank you so much for sharing this! My g'ma gave me a HUGE box of yarn before she died. I'm going to see what colors I can make some of these flowers in. I love this!!

Melissa said...

Super cute! Those would make great center pieces for a spring birthday party or tea party!!!

Lee said...

Yes, please show us how to make the pom pom flowers. They're darling.

angie said...

Oh good, I'm not the only one who would love for you to post directions for making those pom-pom flowers. I had that same Country Living magazine and actually cut out that picture for the front of a card. But I didn't think of actually making them myself! I love how you used sticks for the stems! I remember you doing something similar with sticks to make pie markers once.
I thought of another way to make the yarn balls. Wrap yarn around various sized sports balls. My son always has a myriad of bouncy balls lying around. They come in various sizes, too.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Monica,
I actually purchased this issue of Country Living magazine because there was an article by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Ch ic...and I put that article in my scrapbook, p lus this project for yarn flowers :) :) Aren't they just the cutest? Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Crystal said...

So cute! I love the idea of using yarn for Valentines decor, we're still needing that warm cozy touch up here in WA!

thehomespunheart said...

being molded:

Thank you so much for your sweet words!

The dryer ball post was originally posted September 11, 2008. You can either get to it by the date archives, clicking the Handcrafted Christmas button on my right sidebar or type "dryer balls" into the search box in the right sidebar.

If none of those work, please e-mail me and I will send you a link!

Thanks!

Kelly said...

I, too, was drawn to the country living pom pom article. Would you be willing to share how you used the cardboard to make them? Thank you!