As spring approaches (obviously not quickly enough), short sleeved shirts and summer dresses will replace bulky sweaters in our closets. Rather than donating all of our tattered sweaters, we might save a few to transform some ordinary decor into something brimming with texture and warmth.

The best part about these projects - four out of five of these only require a hot glue gun and some scissors to complete the project. Instructions for the pendant lamp, decorative bowls, sconce, vases and pillow are all over at Country Living.

Not only are we surveying sweaters we currently have in our closet, we are also thinking about other fabrics that might make for fun projects as well...tweed? flannel? Perhaps it's time to pull out our knitting needles.

(Image credits: Country Living)