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before & after: blair’s stockings + ashley’s wreath

by Kate Pruitt

I’m a bit late in my holiday preparations, as usual. I just managed to lug out my big box of lights and decorations yesterday, and I was surprised at how beat up everything looked. I might have to take a cue from these first two Before & Afters and repurpose some stuff to create fresh new holiday decor.

Blair had an ingenious idea for what to do with the hand-stamped burlap runners from her wedding — turn them into stockings! I love the idea of burlap stockings, and the off-center monogram design is definitely a nice alternative to the standard printed names on the stocking cuff. It’s great that Blair can pull these out year after year and get some serious use from them, while also getting a little reminder of their original purpose :) Great work, Blair! — Kate

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I’ve definitely got a few old articles of clothing that would be thrilled to have a second life, especially as an item of home decor. This clever recycled sweater wreath comes from sisters Ashley and Kimmy, who are no strangers to repurposed crafts. Together they run a site call Green Eyed Monster, where they offer up a range of environmentally friendly projects. You can see the making of this wreath in action here.

You could easily take the idea a step further and cut the sweater into leaf shapes or any shape for that matter. I love how textural this looks! Traditional wreaths are lovely, but they aren’t very soft. I just want to hug this wreath for some reason, and I consider that to be a good thing :) Thanks for sharing, Ashley and Kimmy!

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