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Stashbust with Clear Glass Ornaments

24 December 2009 14,512 views 9 Comments

by heather

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I’ve seen this yarn-filled glass bulb project around, but I can’t remember where I saw it a couple years ago. I was so inspired by that post author (whoever you are!) that at the time, I got three boxes of these glass ornaments with which to make this craft. I was kidding myself because I was 9 months pregnant, it was Christmas time, and we were moving on December 26th… so I didn’t get around to making these ornaments until a year later!

The idea I saw centered around putting yarn from your stash into the glass bulbs. I love this idea because I have some pretty novelty yarn that I bought randomly with no projects in mind (like the Noro shown in the bulb above), that just don’t suit my crochet/knitting style.

I also used a length of the same yarn to hang the bulb with, showcasing the yarn another way, which is a pretty cool twist, I think!

You can get clear glass bulbs at your local craft store. They usually run $1 each or less, depending on size and sales.

Project Estimate:

  • Glass bulb ornament, about $1 each
  • Stash yarn, on hand

Total: $1

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To make them: I either fed the yarn through the hole in the bulb slowly (to create the coiling/balling effect), or I had a big mass of the yarn and shoved it through the hole with a pen (this method used for the pink ornament).

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These are hard to take good photos of if you’re in a hurry (as I always am), so I hope you will get the idea! I like the orange eyelash yarn – it looks like fire in a bulb in real life!

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p.s. If you know where I saw this project posted in 2007 (I think it was linked to on a pretty big blog), let me know and I’ll link to it!

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9 Comments »

  • Kathy V. said:

    Good use of stash, Heather!

  • Joanne said:

    These are such a good idea! I’ll be linking 12/29!

    Joanne @ Ready, Set, Craft!
    http://www.readysetcraft.blogspot.com

  • Lady in a Smalltown said:

    I did this for some of my students in 2006. I was teaching them knitting and wanted to give them a gift to remember the year they started knitting. I wrote the date and our group name on the outside with paint pen. I also made one for me because that was the year I taught myself to knit. I filled the ball with scraps of the different yarns I had use in projects that year. I don’t remember where I saw the idea either, I have searched through my craft links, but no luck.

  • aprilornament said:

    What a cool idea. I should try that at the preschool I work at.

  • DIY: 35 Out of the Ordinary Ornaments to Make | Frugal Upstate said:

    [...] 3.  Knitters with a yarn stash (and let’s face it-we’ve all got a yarn stash) can use a few glass balls and make these Stashbuster Ornaments. [...]

  • Aiknami said:

    I’ve made something similar, but I knitted my stash into I-cords before putting them into the ornament. Just another way to show off texture and color!

  • The "Make Your Own" Zone Saturday Link List - Presto Chango Christmas Decorating - The "Make Your Own" Zone said:

    [...] Leftover Yarn = Christmas Ornaments!Oh happy day!   Another way to use up my leftover yarn!  This project uses the fillable clear ball ornaments, and then simply fills them with pretty kinds of yarn.  How simple it that? [...]

  • The Make Your Own Zone Saturday Link List - Presto Chango Christmas Decorating - The Make Your Own Zone said:

    [...] Leftover Yarn = Christmas Ornaments!Oh happy day!   Another way to use up my leftover yarn!  This project uses the fillable clear ball ornaments, and then simply fills them with pretty kinds of yarn.  How simple it that? [...]

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist said:

    Love this project – so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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