1.22.2014

Stashbuster: Cozy winter yarn wreath

This winter, one of my main goals has been to find projects that would use up my giant box of yarn odds & ends.  After being inspired by all the gorgeous yarn ball wreaths on Pinterest, I figured a winter yarn wreath would be perfect for stashbusting.  



Instead of yarn balls, I decided to do pom poms, partly because it seemed fluffy and cozy during ye olde polar vortex, and partly because I always wanted one of those little pom pom makers.  There were a bunch of natural colored single skeins in the box, so I chose white, charcoal gray and and two different mid-tone browns.  This project would also look adorable in different shades of white, or reds for Valentine's Day.  Pretty much any monochromatic winter color palette would work.

First came making all the pom poms.  They use a LOT of yarn!  I was really surprised and nervous I was going to run out.  I made eight medium sized poms each on gray, white, and beige-y brown, and six small poms each in all four colors.  The one shade of brown was so rich, it seemed better suited as an accent color, rather than using it all over.




Once all the poms were finished, I just hot glued them to a styrofoam wreath form using low temperature glue, and twisted some cranberry colored worsted weight wool to look like a skein for hanging the wreath.

Simple, cozy looking, and now the yarn box is four skeins lighter :)

In other projects, I'm sloooowly embroidering Tillie to hopefully use as my new blog banner.  It's my first time embroidering something- so far I'm enjoying the process.



I'm also working on some new printable handmade project wrappers and tags (and yes, there will be one for crochet!).  The response to the handknits tag was overwhelming, so thank you all so much for your kind words here and on Pinterest.  I'm so thrilled you liked it!

Valentine's Day crafting is also in full swing over here- felt heart garlands and Mod Podge gift boxes are in the works.

Finally, Cobberson & Co. was mentioned in Booskerdoo Coffee Company's  2013 review round up!  My original post can be found here.  Please head over to the shop and give these guys some love- great coffee from a great local business.

Enjoy your snow day and happy crafting!

PS.  We are taking part in this week's Craft Frenzy Friday.  Come check out all the amazing projects this week!  

1.03.2014

Five perfect snow day DIY projects!

cobberson.com snow day DIY projects


Impending snow day getting you down?  Let the wind howl outside while you get cozy inside, and make one of these quick DIY projects from materials in your craft stash:

  • Valentines Day is coming up, and while this Anthropologie inspired felted bow garland was originally made for Christmas, it would look great in shades of red and pink! Or for something a little less traditional, pink and chocolate brown shades make a great combination.  

Cobberson.com Anthropologie inspired felt bow garland


  • Now's the time to finally try making the Sharpie Mug!  You know you want to!

Cobberson.com sharpie mug


  • Another great Valentines Day project is a Family Hand Print Portrait!  Kids love helping out with this kind of stuff.  Just use scrapbook paper and a frame- those little hands are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face :)




  • Since the kids are off from school, how about making some matching rainbow loom bracelets, made edgier in black rubber bands with some metal studs or charms?

Cobberson.com punk rainbow loom bracelet


  • Maybe you've already finished a knitted project, but have yet to give it to the lucky recipient?  Wrap your gift with a  free Handknit With Love printable gift tag printed onto brown craft or scrapbook paper - it even has a spot for you to add special care instructions!

Cobberson.com printable knit gift tag free

We're also taking part in Craft Dictator's Craft Frenzy Friday.  Come check out all the amazing projects this week.

Enjoy your snow day and happy crafting!

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