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So it was COLD here this weekend.  I really just wanted to spend the weekend under a blanket but decided to be productive instead.  So remember that last week I cleaned out my closet right.  I had some sweaters that over time had shrunk.  (I am going to go with they shrunk rather than I just got bigger!)  But they were still fairly nice and I had four that I thought really coordinated well together.

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And then I remembered this vase that I fell in love with last year.  Does anyone else remember this project by Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming?

Well rather than just do one vase I decided I would do four!  So I went to the Dollar Store and picked up one vase and 3 glasses.  All varying heights and circumferences – but they were all very straight.  Not tapered very much at all. 

DSC07388 So I set out to make my little vase collection – following Stephanie’s directions of course.  You simply cut off the sleeves of your sweater.  I used the chunkier sweater for the glasses that had more detailed cuts.

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And then slide the sweater around the vase.   I decided I wanted all of mine to have the sweater extend about an inch into the vase.

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Now to do the bottom – so it doesn’t get all bunchy –  cut down to about one inch below the base and then cut slits in the sweater about 2 inches apart (Stephanie’s brilliant recommendation). 

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As you lay down the sweater across the bottom you have to trim out the excess pieces of fabric in between your slits so you can ensure that the bottom of your vase stays flat.  Then you just glue with a hot glue gun and your little vase is complete!  I also put a ring of glue around the tops of mine too – just to make sure both ends stayed in place.   Wanna see how my little collection turned out?

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Aren’t they cute, cozy and snuggly?  I just love them!  Not too bad for $4 total and about 20 minutes of work!

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I am trying to decide what I should put in them now.  What do you think of some rustic branches?  Decorative grass?  Something that looks like an early spring bloom?  I would love to hear your opinion!  

Linking this up to

Metamorphosis Monday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Motivate me Monday with Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple

15 frugal friends said ...

Erin@likegrandmas said... @ January 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Those look so super cozy.. I think the possibilities are limitless and know you'll come up with something great!

Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said... @ January 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

great idea! I love them. I can't wait to see some belly shots. :)

Making It Work Mom said... @ January 23, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Seriously - how do you do this stuff??? I can't wait to see what you come up with for the baby- the possiblities are endless.
I say go with some branches.

Victoria said... @ January 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM

wow, thats a really cool Idea!1

Angi said... @ January 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM

What a great idea!!

Pattie said... @ January 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Jess thanks for stopping by, This idea is so clever how cute.

fafner said... @ January 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Those are adorable! It makes me want to cut up my own sweaters...although I just made a Goodwill drop-off, so all I have left now are the sweaters that still fit me. Probably best to wait.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said... @ January 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Love you sweater cozies! Can you work on some ideas to do with jeans, a few of mine have "shrunk" since the holidays.

BTW, I haven't been receiving updates in my reader for your blog and a few others, this happens sometimes for no reason. I'm off to catch up!

Upscale Downhome said... @ January 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Love your sweater cozies. I've made some, too, but have the exact same problem...I don't know what to fill them with...it's driving me crazy! Let me know what you come up with and I will do the same. Thanks for the post. I love your color combinations.

Christine said... @ January 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

these are so cute! I love recycled sweater projects. I hope that you will link this up with my Show and Share Sunday linky party, going on all week. http://craftygeordi.blogspot.com/2011/01/show-and-share-sunday_23.html

Shelly said... @ January 25, 2011 at 1:37 AM

I really like this idea, love the colors & textures combination. :)

Tammy said... @ January 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM

I like the texture and the warmth that the sweaters give to the vases. Fabulous idea!

Dana @ Cookin' At Cafe D said... @ January 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Very cozy. If you can fold up the inside sweater part a bit and put some water in em - I think real flowers would be amazing!

Heather said... @ January 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Love these! I awarded you the stylish blogger award today, btw. :)

http://straightstitches.blogspot.com/2011/01/thank-youthank-you.html

Anonymous said... @ January 26, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Take some strong tree limbs with a lot of short stems coming off of it and cut them about 2 or 3 inches long then glue on medium size pinecones on each short branch. Then cut the tree limbs to just where they will stick up above the edge of the sweater vase. Add some Blue Spruce branches with needles and it will look very wintery w/o looking Christmasy. Love your vases and am going to try it myself.

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