Scrap Yarn Project – Weave a Bird’s Nest

I have discovered a variety of scrap yarn projects to which I can apply all my remnant bits and pieces of yarn. This project is fun and I think the results are beautiful. Additionally, the final product can be shared with Wildlife Rescue Nests. I can’t wait for a little animal to have this beautiful new home.

Here is what you’ll need to make a woven nest:

  • Cardboard pizza circles. I save the cardboard circles from frozen pizzas. They aren’t oily or dirty with pizza stains. Start saving the cardboard circles for circle weaving and other crafts.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Ruler
scrap yarn project weaving
Use the ruler and pencil to draw equal pie segments around the circle. Next, use the scissors to cut equal depth (half-inch) notches on each pencil line.

 

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Tape a piece of yarn to the back. Then, run the yarn across to the adjacent cut. Repeat until the yarn is wrapped around your circle. Tape the ending yarn to the back.

 

scrap yarn craft project
Run yarn through a tapestry needle and begin weaving it over and under the spokes of the wheel. When you near the end of the yarn, leave it to run behind the spokes. String new yarn through the needle and repeat the process.

 

Scrap yarn project for a nest
Continue weaving. Stop when your pattern edge is about 2-inches from the point of the cuts of the notches. Cut and tie off. Weave threads into pattern. For the nest, I wove the circle very tightly so that it would form a cup when removed. This picture shows the outside bottom of the nest.

 

nest from scrap yarn
Here is a picture of the top of the nest. Rather than tightly weave all ends in, I loosely wove some ends in and others I left loose inside the nest to make it fluffy.

Scrap Yarn Project for Kids

The nest project is great for kids too, and here’s another circle weaving project. Leave the yarn on the cardboard. Hang to display.

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Jewelry Display DIY

I’ve never been one to wear much jewelry, but over the years I’ve been given costume jewelry that belonged to my mother and grandmother. It seemed a shame to keep it all in boxes, bags, and drawers and never look at it or wear it. So, a few weekends ago I created a jewelry display on the inside of a closet door.

If you like what you see, it’s easy to replicate. Find directions for each jewelry display below.

jewelry display diy

Jewelry Display DIY

I completed all that you see here over a weekend.

Jewelry Display Frame for Pin Collection

MATERIALS and DIRECTIONS:

  • Empty picture frames. I picked up the two black frames with gold trim at a garage sale many years ago. You can find similar frames at Michaels or JoAnn stores. You might also see what’s available at your local thrift store.
  • Canvas fabric. The pins are pinned to the fabric.
  • Batting. This is the puffy cushioning under the canvas fabric.
  • Cardboard.
    • Cut 2 pieces of firm cardboard to fit the “window” space of the frame.
    • Cover one piece of cardboard with the batting and then with the canvas fabric. The fabric has to be wide enough to stretch around to the back of the cardboard. Staple the fabric into place. You should have a pillow-like cushion that will look nice “popping” out of the frame.
    • Use another piece of cardboard to finish the back of the frame window. I hammered small tacks/nails to the backside of the frame window to hold that piece of cardboard in place. Then to make the back smooth and professional looking, I adhered wide masking tape around the window edges where the cardboard met the frame.
  • Adhesive Velcro strips. You can find these at Home Depot, JoAnn Stores, and Michaels. Follow the directions on the packaging. It’s really to attach the frames to the door using these strips.

jewelry display frame

Jewelry Display Frame for Hook Earrings

MATERIALS and DIRECTIONS:

  • Empty picture frame.
  • Window Screen. This is what you’ll stretch across the backside of the frame window. Cut the screen with heavy duty scissors. Attach the screen using a staple gun. Trim the edges of screen. Make the back look as nice and neat as you can.
  • Adhesive Velcro strips. Like I said above, these strips are perfect for attaching frames to a door. Follow the packaging directions.

jewelry display frame with screen

Jewelry Display for Necklaces

  • Plastic adhesive hooks. You can find these at Home Depot, Michaels, and JoAnn Stores. Follow the packaging directions for adhering the hooks to a surface.

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Knitting to Stay Sane – How Knitting Helps Maintain Well-being

I’ve been knitting to stay sane for awhile now, and when I knit I’m not stuffing my face or running one worry after another through my mind. Knitting is a very Zen activity. It quiets the mind and body, and that’s a great thing!

I thought I’d share with you extracts from a variety of articles on the subject of knitting and its health benefits. You’ll feel better for knowing that your hobby is doing more than just producing mittens, sweaters, and afghans. And, what applies to knitting also applies to crocheting, which I do and you may as well.

Knitting has been called the “new yoga” for good reason. Famous for its relaxing, meditative qualities, knitting increasingly is being used in hospitals, clinics, schools and even prisons to help people lead healthier, happier lives. And there’s data to prove it.

A 2009 study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders showed that when 38 women with anorexia nervosa were taught to knit and given free access to knitting supplies, they reported significant improvements. An impressive 74 percent said knitting lessened their fears and kept them from ruminating about their eating disorders; 74 percent lauded the calming aspects of the craft and 53 percent said it provided satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. [source: Craft Yarn Council]

Knitting to Stay SaneI know that when I knit I am fully involved in my project. I even like “troubleshooting” a knitting booboo, for example changing several rows of purl stitches to knit stitches without tinking every row. It’s better to obsess over a knitting mistake than obsess over a meal, a health issue, or a financial constraint.

A 2011 study from the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences showed that doing crafts such as patch-working or knitting during middle age, combined with watching less television, decreased the odds of later cognitive impairment and memory loss by 30 to 50 percent, and promoted the development of neural pathways. [Source: The Sacramento Bee]

I’m all for keeping my memory intact!
The rhythmic movements of knitting offer many of the same kinds of benefits as meditation, says Carrie Barron, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York and co-author of the book “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands.” In addition, she says, seeing a project take shape provides a deep sense of satisfaction. “When we have a life-affirming project going on that grabs the self and gets it to work in a positive way, that is an antidepressant,” Barron says. [Source: The Washington Post]

Didn’t I say knitting was Zen-like?

Research from 2007 at Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Institute proved that knitting induces the relaxation response and lowers heart rate on average by 11 beats per minute. Blood pressure also drops when knitting. [Source: SD Dickens]

Women with high blood pressure can certainly benefit from knitting/crocheting, but it would really be great to see more men knitting, especially those with this health issue. Knitting also helps those with PTSD and those with chronic pain. WWI Soldiers with PTSD, who returned to England after battle in Europe, found knitting helped them overcome stress, and those who have suffered chronic pain have used knitting to ease their discomfort.

You’re a lucky person if you knit or crochet! It means you’re equipped to improve mind and body health. Try to pass on your skill to others so that they too can benefit.

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