November 20, 2012

Felted Sweater Trees and a FREE Mantel

I thought I'd try my own take on the sweater tree craze that is going around the web. I had some felted sweaters laying around that needed to be used before the moths had their Thanksgiving meal in them. These turned out better than expected and went together in about an hour. The cones cost $5 for 5 and the sweaters I already had as well as the glitter glue.

The design added such sweet texture to the trees

simple star designs were added

It is hard to see but I brushed glitter over the entire criss-cross design

and added just dots on the small tree

I left some plain because simple is beautiful

Here you get a glimpse of the beautiful lines of this mantel. My neighbor was putting this out for free! It was a little rough and it wasn't deep enough but free can be modified.

When we bought our house the owner's son had carpeted the entire first floor in a beautiful white Berber. However......after having to clean the foyer carpet every 3 months, I was not in love with it. They had also put faux wood grain linoleum over the real wood steps. HUH? When I started to peel it up to refinish the steps, I figured might as well pull up a corner of the carpet and see what was lurking there. Gorgeous hardwoods! I don't understand people. Of course when we pulled up the entire carpet it became apparent why he had to carpet. He must have used a sprayer to paint the wood work and walls and did not protect the floors. We had a company refinish the floors because my visions of doing them myself quickly evaporated once I had sanded the steps. My knees and arms wouldn't have made it. They did an amazing job.

There also was a wall here that covered the fireplace. I knew there had to be a fireplace here because we have one in every single room, except here. So when the carpet came up, the hearth was exposed and I was ecstatic. I knew there was a fireplace! However, the excitement was short lived when we tore down the wall. The mantle was missing. The owner's son had taken the original mantle. Boo.
It has been sitting mantel-less for about 6 years. Not from lack of searching, maybe lack of funds and time. So when this mantle became available, I jumped at it and decided to make it work. 

I am so glad I did. We made it deeper by taking the sides off and adding a 1x6 and then we added a 1x3 to the top . It still needs some finessing but it is good for the holidays. I am just glad to have it ready for Christmas decorating. 

It is so deep that I am going to have fun loading it up with greens and boughs of holly....

Fa, La, La, La, Lovely

Always being renewed,

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  1. Κim they're beautiful! I want them! :-)

  2. Your trees are beautiful. I may have to attempt to make these. I'm visiting from Claiming Our Space: Tout it Tuesday. I'm your 200th I get a prize? Just kidding. :)

  3. So beautiful, Kim. I really like what you've done inside the fireplace too. :)

  4. I'm speechless. Your mantle display is so gorgeous... So simple, so classy. Those sweater trees were such a great idea... and such wonderful execution. Good pictures too... :)

    hugs x

  5. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  6. What a terrific idea! Great pictures as well. I think I am headed to the attic closet to pull out a few old sweaters! Visiting from What's It Wednesday and am your newest follower! I would love for you to visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. They look amazing!! I now know what I'm doing on Black Friday :)

  8. This would be great for repurposed ideas weekly blog hop.

  9. I love your felted trees! I picked up some sweaters at goodwill to try this but it's on my very long to do list-the details on the mantel are really lovely -I'm featuring this on my Saturday favorites so stop by to visit-have a great weekend! Claire

  10. Those trees are darling and I love the candlelight in your fireplace! And your free mantel - yay!

  11. Those are so adorable. I have always wanted to try felting something... anything... I think this might be a good first project for me. Now for the questions...
    How do you do this? I know I need some old wool sweaters, hot water, and a clothes dryer, but after everything is all shrunk, what next?


  12. these are beautiful! they look so warm and cozy and I love the textures! Thank you for linking up to our Uncommonly Yours party! Featured these tonight!

  13. Those are beautiful! I'm going to have to make me one! I'm a new follower and enjoyed your blog.

    I currently have a blog party posted and would love for you to post this! :)


  14. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button:

  15. Yeah! A use for the old sweaters I can't bring myself to throw away. One with a holiday scene made a particularly cute tree -- no embellishments needed.

  16. Featuring YOU today! Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday.

    Ginger @

  17. This is just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up.



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