2 creative craft ideas: A wooden coat rack and a loop scarf

The days are getting shorter and colder and you increasingly spend more of your free time inside than outside. We have two ideas that can help you stave off boredom and create something practical at the same time.

1. Wooden coat rack

You'll need:

  • enough thick sticks
  • saw
  • pruning shears
  • 2 pieces of wood, 20 in long
  • 2 pieces of wood, 12 in long
  • drill and screws
  • hammer and nails

First, pick out some suitable sticks and cut them to 12 inches in length. Trim the small twigs on the branches with the pruning shears until they are about 1.5 inches long. Then, screw the branches upright along one of the 20-inch pieces of wood.

Complete the frame by nailing the two short pieces perpendicular to the longer one, and then nailing the second longer piece across the top. Then nail the top of the frame to each branch.

To finish, hammer two nails into the wall and hang the coat rack on them. Your handmade piece of furniture is now complete.

2. Loop scarf

You'll need:

  • 2 balls of wool, weighing 5 oz, 328 ft long
  • scissors

A quick tip to start: the more wool threads you use at a time, the thicker and fluffier your scarf will be. 

First, take the loose end of both balls and unravel a strand from each ball about six arm-lengths long. Don't cut the wool from the balls. Instead make a slipknot at the point where the six arm lengths end and slide the loop over your right wrist.

Next, gather 12 stitches from the free ends of the yarn along your right hand. To start the second row, hold the thread you are working with in your right hand and let the first stitch slip from your arm and pull the newly-created stitches over your left (free) hand.

Gather another 12 stitches, this time from the balls of wool. After every 12 stitches, change from left to right and vice-versa, each time continuing with the same method you used to start the second round of stitches.

Repeat the change from arm to arm until the wool is used up.

Next, bind off (also known as casting off) the stitches, cut the loops and knot both ends securely together. Trailing ends can be cut off.

To finish, lay the ends of the scarf over each other and stitch them together with the threads from the end. Then your handmade loop scarf is complete.

It's really something, right? Whether it's a piece of furniture or a stylish accessory, you can't help but admire something you've made with your own hands. And what's more, it's something sustainable you can use too!

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