Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recycled Wool Christmas Trees

I got in a felting sort of mood today...have to be in a special frame of mind to be able to get all wooly and scratchy! Anyway, I had been cutting out circles from all wool sweaters that I washed in hot water (felting them by doing so). I have been looking for all sorts of neat colored and designed sweaters to make these trees.
I "sewed" the circles together with a thin wire, two layers.

And then I topped each one with a wet felted ball (much like the acorns I made the felted balls for here http://ellenscreativepassage.blogspot.com/2009/09/acorn-makeover.html ). I used some yellow, some red, some white fuzzy roving to make the toppers for the trees.

I think they look sort of Dr. Seuss-ish...

I made the all green one first following the pattern I found online...Ithought it would look more "real" if I just used green.
I don't know what I was thinking, I like the green one a lot, but I LOVE the ones with all the colors!!
Here is the link for a great tutorial for the trees--http://thelongthread.com/?p=1656.
It is November, so I suppose it is time to be thinking about Christmas...

17 comments:

Sarah said...

I love them! They turned out great! You have inspired me to put aside everything else that is screaming "make me next!" and make these trees!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Those trees are absolutely ADORABLE!!!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What a cute idea! They turned out wonderful!

Vintagesquirrel said...

These are fantastic! I love recycling old wool sweaters.

Cindy said...

Ridiculously cute! I'm so trying this. Thanks oodles for sharing this craftola :o)

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

I LOVE this! my diy day post is on a felted wool dog sweater that I made. :) Your trees came out so cute. I'll have to look up how to make felted balls as I have a few sweater left to work with.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love the all green one - my favorite.

{ L } said...

How cute and whimsical! Great work!

TheOldPostRoad said...

The green is my favorite. How CREATIVE !! Thoes are all beautiful.

Red Writing said...

These are so neat! I would love for you to come share this post at my Christmas blog party--this week is about Homemade gifts. Although this would make a great gift--I think I would keep mine for myself--ha!

Check it out : http://redswriting.blogspot.com/2009/11/twoc-homemade-gifts.html

The Whispering Creek House said...

very cool idea!!!

Patti said...

These are very clever...i love them!

Randi said...

Very cute!

Jayne said...

I've heard of felting, but never would have dreamed sweaters could become such cute trees! I love them and plan to follow that link.
Keep making those trees!
Christmas Blessings,
Jayne at mysongwithin

Carrie said...

How cute! I love how they look Dr. Seuss-ish! It adds to their charm! :)

Jenny said...

Oh my! I love, love, love these! Super easy and clever and adorable and different! Wow! Thanks for sharing this idea. I will definitely be making some of these!

Red Writing said...

Thanks for linking up to TWOC!!