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Currently Crafting – Upcycled Llama Ornament Preview

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Currently Crafting! Although I was super tempted to highlight another baby knitting project, I though it would be a little more interesting and inclusive to give a quick preview of some upcycled llama ornaments I made recently. I’m all about upcycling! For one, it saves me a trip downstairs to the recycling bin/dumpster area. That’s a pretty big bonus when you have a newborn! For another it’s just plain fun to turn ‘trash’ into something fun, functional, and desirable.

Although these upcycled llama ornaments are already finished, I still have to find the time to edit photos and write the tutorial. I seem to run into this problem every holiday season, even before I had a baby. I have all these ornament and decoration post ideas but then time gets away from me and I struggle to finish any of them before Christmas!

What’s upcycled about them, you ask? The llama! I made them out of a cracker box! Pretty much any chipboard or pasteboard box will work for these.

It turned into a bit of a stash-busing project because I used yarn and embroidery floss scraps I’ve had sitting around for about three years. Yarn was also my inspiration for creating these upcycled llamas. My husband recently became very interested in Andean knits and signed up for a Craftsy class called “Knit Faster with Peruvian Knits.” The class project is an Andean-style hat that uses six different colors of yarn! I’ll probably need to write updates about that project, even though it won’t technically be mine, because it seems pretty cool.

That’s it for this week’s Currently Crafting – I hope you come back soon for the full tutorial!

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  • Duni December 7, 2017, 23:39

    Those llamas are adorable! What a great idea to add some colorful yarn. It’s wonderful that your husband is interested in knitting 🙂

    • Natasha December 8, 2017, 11:22

      Thank you! And, yes, it’s pretty great. He’s very excited about knitting things for our baby and it’s sweet. He’s become a faster knitter than I’ll ever be because he’s really gotten the “Continental” style down, whereas I have to rely on the English/throwing method that’s a lot slower because of an injury a long time ago to my left index finger that makes it less dextrous.

  • Sarah December 8, 2017, 08:51

    Those are super cute and from such humble beginnings!

    • Natasha December 8, 2017, 11:20

      Thank you! I love turning ‘trash’ into something fun and cute!

  • Marieken December 10, 2017, 01:01

    I’ve never seen llama ornaments before, I like them 🙂

    • Natasha December 11, 2017, 06:09

      Thank you! We don’t have a tree, but they’re hanging on our wall and we’re enjoying them.

  • Julie December 10, 2017, 22:47

    These are so darn cute!! And definitely adds a talking point to the tree decor!! One day I’ll have a tree for the hols again!

    • Natasha December 11, 2017, 06:11

      We don’t have a tree but they are hanging up on our wall to add a bit of a festive vibe. We’re headed to my mom’s house for Christmas and I can’t wait for that Christmas tree smell!

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