Today that is changing. (At least for a day) I’ve always enjoyed doing arts and crafts. It is probably due to my mom being a teacher and using those kinds of projects to keep my brothers and I entertained when we were kids. I’ve always wished that I was more artistic, but I do enjoy trying.
A couple of weeks ago someone gave me a couple of spools, balls, I’m not sure what you call them, of yarn. They just happened to be in the colors of my alma matar, the University of Nebraska - Kearney. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the blue and gold yarn, but I figured I’d eventually find some project.
Last week on one of the local morning shows they were interviewing a woman who was sharing fun projects to do with the kids this summer using stuff you might have around the house. One of the projects caught my eye and was the perfect way to use the yarn. I found it to be a nice, relaxing project that even allows you to take out a little stress with a hammer.
The neat thing about this project is that the sky is the limit in terms of what you can create. You control the size of the wood, the pattern, and the colors. If you can imagine it then you can probably create it. It is also an easy project to do while you're watching TV or a movie.
- a board (should be at least an inch thick because you’ll be nailing into it. I bought a 1x6x8 board at Lowe's. I figure I can make at least 3 different things if they’re 2’ long. More if I cut them to shorter lengths. You can use whatever you have or buy for what you want to make)
- Nails (Make sure you get them shorter than the thickness of your board. I made the mistake of not doing this and was constantly pounding them back through from the back.)
- Yarn (Whatever colors you want to use for your design)
- Spray paint (Use this to quickly paint your board whatever color you’d like. You could use a stain or varnish too I suppose.)
- Your pattern (You can print this off from your computer. Use a shape, multiple shapes, letters, whatever you want. Just make sure it fits on your board)
If you try this, post a picture and let me know what you do.