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« on: February 16, 2004 08:32:45 AM »

hi guys,
here's another crafty challenge for your craftster brains.  

my favorite thrift store has tons and tons of garland for 25 cents a pound - and garland is pretty darn light! but, what can I do with it? i am always drawn to it in the store, it being all shiny and sparkly, but can't really think of a use for it.  some things i've thought of is to cut it into 'confetti' and glue that onto candle holders and mosaic over it, kind of like glitter.  or use it as glitter in snowglobes, do you think maybe i could crochet it into something? cover something with it?

let me know what you think of! thanks,
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2004 08:42:34 AM »

You mean like Christmas tree garland  right??

What colors do they have?

I've used green to wrap around a styrofoam cone to make a topiari tree. (this works really well with feather & marobou (sp?) boas too)
It would look interesting wrapped arount the base of larger pillar candles.

I always loook at stuff & say what other holiday will this work for?  LIke Chritmas candy marked wdoen afte tthe holiday. Hershey Kisses are wrapped in Red, Silver, & green  Red & silver is great for Valitnes day  & green for St. Pats.....  (chocolate would have to be well stored ot last that long, I have one of those thigs that sucks the air out & heat seals the bags)

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2004 08:49:41 AM »

ooh, try crocheting with it! you'd probably need an enormous hook, but i bet it would make a neat boa. or a bag, though you'd probably have to line it with fabric for stability. post pics if you try it!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2004 08:52:20 AM »

I'm not sure if crocheting (sp) would work? maybe it'd break too easily.

it could be weaved perhaps?

or you could use it to outline doors/closets/ picture frames etc.

make a fun collar for you pet,

put it around your bathroom mirror with clear mini lights wrapped around it

use it to decorate lamp shades, garbage cans

make funky bracelets for Halloween

make a "beaded curtain" except have just the garland hanging down

the possiblities are endless!

 Good luck
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2004 08:58:40 AM »

wow! such great ideas so fast!!!

another idea i just had was to wrap it around tin cans and use them as glam-planters for plants (i love plants!)

also, the curtain is a really good idea!
i'm going to try crocheting it tonight - i was thinking boa too!  i'll have to wear it around to let you know if it is sturdy enough!

keep those great ideas coming!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2004 09:28:22 AM »

Those all look like great ideas!  The only thing I'd naysay (with all due respect to Tracey) is the collar for your pet idea.  If your pet is anything like any of mine, it's drawn to anything shiny and immediately tries to eat it.  Naturally, that's not very good for them and would be even worse if he/she nibbled down to the wire.  I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!!!!  It would look so cute around frames, mirrors, or on top of pens!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2004 12:20:06 PM »

I agree, spaz_muse.  Any type of non-paper garland or tinsel can be extremely dangerous, especially to small animals.  It is non-digestable and can get bound in the intestines, causing blockages.  We had scotties as children, and were warned against using any kind of tinsel, and only new garland that was well out of the reach of the dogs.  Now, I have ferrets, and any kind of non-paper garland, tinsel, or even easter basket grass is entirely out of the question.

But I might suggest using it around lamp-shads, maybe even together with beaded fringe.  

Combine a number of colors and make a scarf-style curtain swag for your windows.

Save out some of each color to use at various holidays.  As was mentioned, Christmas isn't the only holiday you could use garland.  Red, silver and gold at Valentine's day, green at St. Patrick's, red, silver, blue or gold or all of them at the patriotic holidays, black and gold at halloween, etc.  Keep your mailbox, front door, windows and/or porch decorated for every holiday.

Speaking of Easter Baskets, I don't know what religion you might be, but even our family of agnostics still celebrates Easter with an egg hunt, easter baskets and a yummy family breakfast.  You could use some of it to use as filler for fun baskets for friends.  Heck, they don't even have to be easter baskets.  Could just make nice filler for any kind of gift basket, or even gift box.
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2004 11:59:12 PM »

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ooh, try crocheting with it! you'd probably need an enormous hook, but i bet it would make a neat boa. or a bag, though you'd probably have to line it with fabric for stability. post pics if you try it!
"Q" hook and a base yarn, baby.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2004 10:01:41 PM »

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ooh, try crocheting with it! you'd probably need an enormous hook, but i bet it would make a neat boa. or a bag, though you'd probably have to line it with fabric for stability. post pics if you try it!
"Q" hook and a base yarn, baby.

i tried crocheting it alone and it got all tangled up.  will a base yarn help?  i never heard this term before, i'm excited to try it again.
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2004 02:04:06 AM »

I think that it would add bulk and stability to something that otherwise might not be very strong.  A lot of times I'll get enchanted with a yarn or fiber that has a lot of texture or "pretty," but not a lot of strength or thickness (eyelash yarn, for instance).  I'll want to make something out of it, but have trouble working with it on its own.  I find that getting a second yarn that's kind of plain (not much texture, one color) and combining it with the fancy one as a "base" doesn't really detract from the original yarn, and makes it much easier to work with.  Just hold the two yarns together and work them like one.
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