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4 DIY crafts with chunky wool that will add soft texture to your home

These simple DIY ideas with chunky wool are the perfect projects for a chilly day. Use these crafts to add some soft style and texture to your decor

1. Plant pot

+ Cut 3 x 3.3m lengths of chunky wool.
+ At one end, tie ends with embroidery thread in a matching colour.
+ Plait wool and secure ends with same thread. Trim off excess wool.
+ Use a hot glue gun to glue one end to bottom edge of pot (ours was 14cm x 14cm.)
+ Wind plait round pot then secure with glue; try to start and finish coil on same side of pot.
+ Place a potted plant (still in its pot) inside plaited pot; remove potted plant to water.

2. Coaster

+ Cut 3 x 80cm lengths of chunky wool.
+ At one end, tie ends together with matching embroidery thread.
+ Plait wool and secure ends with same thread.
+ Lie plait flat on a table and tightly coil it around itself.
+ Use a large darning needle and embroidery thread to add stitches to the underside so the ends and coils all stay firmly in place.

3. Wall hanging

+ Take 2 gold rings (17cm and 30cm) and tie together with embroidery thread as per photo.
+ Cut 5 x 60cm lengths of chunky wool, 4 in one colour and 1 in another colour.
+ Fold in half and place loop ends (pointing up) over small ring.
+ For each, take bottom ends under ring, thread through the loop and pull down.
+ Cut 7 x 80cm lengths of wool in a single colour. Loop onto big ring in the same way.
+ Hang on a nail or hook and admire!

4. Napkin ring

+ Cut 3 lengths of chunky wool about 23cm long.
+ At one end, tie ends together with embroidery thread in a matching colour.
+ Plait wool and secure end with same embroidery thread.
+ Bring both ends together, slightly overlapping, and wrap tightly with embroidery thread to secure ends and create ring.
+ Now just pop in your napkin.

Created by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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