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

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!

  1. Evita says:

    The stockings are brilliant!

  2. tiina says:

    Oh, the wreath is adorable. What a cool idea. I’ve made pillow cases from old sweaters but nothing that creative. Love it!

  3. Kate says:

    Sweater wreathes were my family’s Thanksgiving craft this year! Everyone brought wool sweaters that they had washed and dried (to shrink and felt the wool a bit), then we cut them all into random shapes and strung onto shaped wire coat hangers. It was great for a big group because we ended up with lots of colors and patterns to work with!

  4. kmart design says:

    Our designers are all about using things out of context, and both ideas are right along that line of using something in a different way.

    Love them both, and I too want to hug that wreath! ;-)

  5. Venice says:

    I don’t get that wreath, I preferred it as a sweater.

  6. Michele says:

    There’s nothing to “get.” You mean you don’t like it. Entitled to your opinion, but I just want to snuggle with it. Cute cute!

  7. Wow! I never would’ve thought to do this – such great great ideas!

  8. Rachel M. says:

    I love those stockings! My family has a tradition of making or buying an ornament or two every year to replace the old ones, but we usually can’t come up with a good idea for repurposing old things. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  9. jeni says:

    where did she get the STAMP? I don’t have runners already but I gotta get that stamp!


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