3 Unique Ideas For Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments

Do you save your old sweaters that are too worn for the donation bin? I do and have a tub that I've been saving to use for craft projects or making pillows one day. That one day is today but instead of pillows, I turned three into festive recycled sweater ornaments and they are so easy to make!

3 Unique Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments

I have a lot of the red and grey sweater leftover so I think I'll make that pillow after all. It'll look lovely in the living room with the ornaments. But more about that project another day.


3 Unique Ideas For Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments



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It's Day 6 and we are sharing DIY Ornament Ideas!




Here is a recap of the previous days if you missed any:
Day One: DIY Wreath Ideas (I didn't participate)
Day Two: DIY Gift Ideas - A DIY Basket For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift
Day Three: DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar - Christmas Countdown Santa Cottage
Day Four: DIY Kid's Crafts - Easy Snowflake Craft To Make With Your Grandkids
Day Five: Holiday Party Food - Favorite Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheeseball



These are the garments used to make the recycled sweater ornaments.

Festive Recycled Sweater Ornament Garments
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To make these ornaments you will need:


Ornament 1 - Red Knit Sweater Ornament

Festive Recycled Red Sweater Ornament

Ornament 2 - Plaid Sweater Ornament

Festive Recycled Plaid Sweater Ornaments

Ornament 3 - Red & Grey Felted Sweater Ornament

Festive Recycled Red & Grey Sweater Ornament

These are the items used to embellish the sweater ornaments.

Festive Recycled Sweater Ornament Embellishments

The instructions to make all three are pretty much the same except for minor adjustments to both the plaid and red & grey ornaments. We'll discuss those later in this post but these are the instructions for the basic assembly of the ornaments.

Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments

Sweater Ornament Instructions

  • Cut salvaged sweaters in squares about 1-inch larger than the embroidery hoop.
  • Lay the fabric, good side facing up, over the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.
  • Line up the pattern so it's straight.
  • Fit the outer hoop over the inner ring.
  • Pull the fabric taut.
  • Tighten the embroidery hoop screw.
  • Pull the excess fabric over and tuck it into the inside of the hoop.
  • Run a bead of hot glue to secure in place.
  • Trim the excess fabric.
  • Tie jute twine around the embroidery hoop screw to form a 4-6 inch hanger.

Additional instructions for Red & Grey Sweater Ornament

The only difference with this ornament is that I added eyelet trim from the felted wool sweater to form a pocket on the bottom half of the ornament.

Festive Recycled Red & Grey Sweater Ornament With Eyelet Trim

Tuck a sprig of faux flocked evergreen with small pine cone inside the eyelet pocket and hot glue in place.

Festive Red & Grey Sweater Ornament With Evergreen Sprig

Make a small bow with 3/8-inch plaid ribbon and hot glue on the top of the ornament.

Festive Red & Grey Sweater Ornament With Plaid Ribbon

Additional instructions for the plaid sweater ornament

When you cut the fabric for this ornament don't cut off the tassels.

Festive Recycled Plaid Sweater Ornament With Tassels

We want them to hang on the bottom of the ornament as pictured below.

Festive Recycled Plaid Sweater Ornament With Hanging Tassels

Salvage the tassels that were cut on both sides.

Festive Recycled Plaid Sweater Ornament Salvaged Tassels

Glue the salvaged tassels to the back of the embroidery hoop. 

Festive Recycled Plaid Sweater Ornament Extra Tassels

Hot glue a sprig of faux flocked evergreens to the top of the ornament with three red berries.

That's it! They are so quick and easy to make and I had all three finished within 15 minutes. They don't have to be hung on the Christmas tree. I made six and have them hanging on three tall grapevine screens on a wall in my living room. They look lovely!

3 Festive Recycled Sweater Ornaments

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