Today we are participating in a fun Upcycle Challenge with a few of our blogging friends. The challenge was to create something using clothing material – old shirts, pants, sweaters, socks, or anything else made from material. We used worn wool socks to create this fabulous Rustic Christmas Garland. I know it is a little early to be sharing Christmas projects, but for the DIY’er, it’s never too early!
I hope you will join us and stop by the other participating blogs to check out the creative projects they will be sharing too!
Tutorial For DIY Upcycled Rustic Christmas Garland
- Old Wool Socks
- Styrofoam Balls
- Hot melt glue
- Gray Hemp Cord
- tapestry needle
- red jingle bells
Mr. Hobby handed me a pile of wool socks with holes in the heels and asked me if I knew how to darn socks. I remember that my Mom used to darn socks a long time ago, but this was not a skill I had acquired. They sat in a pile for a long while, and eventually Mr. Hobby purchased new socks. I knew the socks would be perfect for what I had in mind for this upcycle challenge project.
Cut a simple pattern out of paper. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t very exact with it, and trimmed it until it covered a 4th of the small Styrofoam ball.
Socks are great for this project because they have elastic in them, not to mention that there were several different neutral colors in each sock.
Four pieces of wool were cut for each Styrofoam ball.
Next, I used hot melt glue to attach the wool pieces to the Styrofoam balls. I put the glue directly on the wool piece and then attached it to the ball shape which greatly minimized the Styrofoam from melting too much.
The elastic in the wool helped to stretch the wool when needed to be able to cover the Styrofoam easily.
Using a tapestry needle, I strung the wool balls onto a length of gray Hemp Cord, alternating red bells to add just a touch of color to my garland. I think silver bells would have been pretty too. You could just add an individual string to each wool ball and make ornaments out of them instead of a garland. Up to you.
Displaying The Garland
I wanted to show how the garland would look on a Christmas tree. This was more of a challenge than making the garland because I didn’t have a Christmas tree. So, I made my own. I clipped a few branches from my bushes. They needed a little trimming anyway and made my own sorry-looking tree.
Yes, my hastily put together Christmas tree is misshapen & small, and the garland doesn’t hang well because the branches are not very strong. But you get the idea, right?
This garland it going to look fabulous on my real Christmas Tree this year. Can’t wait! I’ve never done a rustic Christmas tree before and I’m looking forwarding to it.
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If you love upcycle challenges and missed our last one, you can see it here: Upcycle Challenge: DIY Craft Caddy