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Red! White! Blue! Woven Yarn Spangles to Make July 4th Sparkle!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:05
4th of July is almost upon us! A second look at the possibilities for yarn stars = pretty ideas for adding sparkle to home and garden to celebrate the upcoming holiday!
For example - red, white and blue yarn stars make a fun, colorful center piece or "table runner" for a relaxing July 4th brunch in the garden!
You will find the original tutorial for making yarn stars here. And all you need on hand - yarn, cardboard boxes and straight pins!
Make them any size you like. My biggest star was made using 6" x 6" cardboard squares (9" star) and the littlest star 2" x 2" squares.
Recently, I decided to revisit some of the tutorials previously shared on this blog and take a second look at fresh new ways to use the projects. Danish woven paper heart baskets was the first in the new series!
Today! Red! White! Blue! Woven stars! Because July 4th is almost here!
The wreath above - and actually every project on this post - is made from recycled and reused materials. Super bulky yarn rescued from the thrift and pulled apart into three single strands of red, white and blue. Cardboard boxes destined for the recycle bin. Bent straight pins saved for making yarn stars. Beat up old wooden embroidery hoop found at a thrift.
Mini visual tutorial for assembling the wreath!
1. Wrap the hoop in yarn. 2. Using a tapestry needle, run a 8" piece of yarn through the back of the star and then tie onto the hoop.
Pop a few yarn stars onto plant stakes. I used green bamboo garden stakes and saved (cleaned) bamboo skewers. Scatter among pots of plants on the patio or at the front door!
Or hang them in the trees!
Clustered together on a shelf or mantle - even a window sill - they make a bright and cheerful accent in any room in the house!
You have plenty of time to make your own eight sided yarn stars before the holiday! I made all of these - 15 in all - in one evening. Once you get the hang of weaving, making them is a piece of cake!
Get the kids involved! Once they get started weaving stars they won't want to quit!
If like most of us living in this country, you are a bit of a melting pot of other nationalities, you might want to create a heritage garland using yarn colors that represent the national colors of the countries of your familiy's ancestry. A great winter holiday project!