For this tutorial, everything you need can be found at Goodwill!
First, I found these great sweaters. At our Goodwill, Sundays and Wednesdays are 99 cent day. Meaning any clothing that is the "color of the week" is 99 cents on these days. These two sweaters were $1.98. I picked these out specifically to use for vases and they were selected by color and texture. I wanted a nice cable knit and another texture which ended up being ribbed.
Tip: When shopping for sweaters to craft with, look in ALL sizes. Since you're going to cut them up, they don't have to fit YOU.
Or... before you clean out your closet and toss your old sweaters, see them in a new light. Can you use pieces of them in crafts?
I found this beautiful red sweater which, let's be honest, if it would have been in my size, I would have kept it to wear. LOL It was virtually brand new.
And then I ran across this beauty. Do you see what I see? It came with a bonus embellishment! BLING!
Let's get started!
For this craft, I used vases that I had also bought at Goodwill. This one was glued onto a candlestick to give it height.
Slide the sleeve over the vase with the wrist end towards the top. I like to leave a bit of glass showing for depth and some reflection of candlelight.
Cut the bottom of the sleeve to leave just enough sweater to glue under the vase.
Then bunch the sweater under and hot glue down.
Remember the bling from the white sweater? I pulled that off and threaded white ribbon through it to add to the red sweater vase. Also, you'll notice I used the white sweater on a plain cylinder vase. You can get these vases at Goodwill or the Dollar Store.
Additionally, remember the red sweater had a nice turtleneck? That could easily be added to a nice large round glass cylinder serving piece for your holiday table.
Ta da! Easy sweater vases that add texture, color and an additional winter element!