It’s a little sad for me when I take down all of the Christmas decorations. The house just seems a little bit empty? We have a little nook in our kitchen which I have not figured out what to do with yet. It’s too small to make a little pillow nook, and the plants I’ve put on it all have pretty much died due to lack of sunlight. Erik’s mom gifted us with these beautiful cast iron lanterns from Restoration Hardware for Christmas (love!), and I thought, why not cozy up this little space for winter?
After putting the lanterns (and candles) in the spot, it looked a little bare. So I thought I’d finally finish up a project I’ve been meaning to do for a little while – a yarn wrapped vase! If it sounds pretty straightforward, that’s because it is! I’ve seen this idea floating around on Pinterest (usually with bright yarn) so I decided to try something a little more cozy and neutral.
- plain vase (or you can use a cleaned out jar – think tomato sauce etc)
- thick yarn
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
- newspaper (for underneath, just in case!)
- Get out all of your supplies.
- Unravel the yarn a bit so that it is not pulling from the ball.
- Using the Mod Podge, paint in a circle around the vase and as you go, wind the yarn around vase.
- Every inch or so, check to make sure the vase is covered and if there are any gaps, lightly push the yarn down on all sides.
- Continue to the top of the vase with the yarn.
- Allow to dry overnight then add flowers, branches etc for a little cozy winter decor.
Helpful Hints: I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn (seriously, that’s a terrible yarn name) in Grey Marble. I love the colors and how it has little pieces sticking out. It reminds me of a warm sweater! You can use any size vase, but I used a tall skinny one (found at Micheal’s – shocker). I love working with Mod Podge because it dries quickly but not so quickly that you can’t fix something if you need to. It’s worth having a bottle lying around if you don’t already!
To finish up I stuck some branches in my cozy winter vase and it’s now in my little kitchen nook.
I like foraging around the backyard for random items I thought it needed something extra, I decided to put a little clear vase with pine cones next to it.
And there you have it – my winterized kitchen nook. It’s so nice to have something in that space besides a half dead orchid plant. Now all we need is a snow day!