Gorgeous Recycled Sweater Valentines Decoration

3 Materials
$1
30 Minutes
Easy

I keep all my old families old wool sweaters to recycle. When I came across this particular stripey jumper I had just the right project for it. I was going to use it to make a lovely Valentine's decoration for my home.

You don't have to have a stripy sweater for this craft any old wool sweater patterned or plain in a pinky, reddish or purple color would work just as well.

The only other thing I used with this DIY was an old wire coat hanger.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
The first thing I did was shape the coat hanger into a heart shape and clip off the hook with some wire clippers.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
The next thing I did was to felt the sweater by putting it on a hot wash in the washing machine and then the tumble dryer. This shrunk the sweater and felted it.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
I cut off the sleeves as I didn't need them for this craft. However, they won't go to waste as I will use them to make a lovely scrap felt garland like this one here.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
I then turned the rest of the sweater inside out and using a rotary cutter (like this one) I cut the sweater into even sized strips and turned it into one long piece of felt yarn.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
I cut the sweater up to make the felt yarn in the same way you would make t-shirt yarn. If you want more details then you will find a good diagram on the blog post at the end.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
Finally, to make the lovely heart decoration I wound the felt yarn around the heart frame in a random criss-cross pattern. I used a hot glue gun to glue the strips of felt yarn to the wire frame as I went along.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
I carried on until the whole frame was covered.
gorgeous recycled sweater valentines decoration
I'm really pleased with how my Valentine's wall decoration turned out. In fact, I've hung it on my kitchen door and I think I will keep it up all year round.

Do you decorate your home for Valentine's?
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