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Topic: Cheapest, simplest garland ever!  (Read 552 times)
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« on: December 27, 2013 07:31:30 AM »

There are beautiful trees in my town that shed gorgeous leaves in the fall. I love bringing them indoors and decorating with them, as I could never make anything half as beautiful from scratch.

You will need:

Jute twine
Leaves, seedpods, moss... just invite the forest in!
Drill or electric screwdriver
Cup hook
Knob, hook, nail or other anchor (not shown)
Charming Assistant (also not shown)



There is really nothing to the process. Just go to my tutorial for cheap, fast, easy baker's twine diy:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430330.0#axzz2ogjCezfx

Just use a single strand of jute twine about 2.25 times the length you would like your swag to be. It is a little heavier and springier than embroidery floss, which makes it easier to handle long lengths. Two people still make it easier, though.

Once you have a nice, long, twisty string, just separate the strands and insert the stem of each leaf between them:



Smooth twists give you even spacing automatically. If there are multiple kinds of leaves, I like to start with the ones I have the least of and put one at each end and the middle, then halfway between, dividing the spaces evenly each time. I don't measure, just fold each portion in half and guesstimate. That ensures even coloring and is faster than using a ruler. This one is just maple leaves:



The leaves will dry, of course. I think they are just as beautiful. If you are planning on having yours up for awhile, you may want to make it extra full because it will thin a little. This is the same one after five weeks:



This one is over a year old:







This would also be nice with flowers as wedding or party decor.
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013 10:14:04 AM »

What a beautiful and easy project!  Thanks for sharing this idea!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013 08:26:08 AM »

Thanks always!

Easy is good. Cheap is good.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014 06:25:27 AM »

Well, it may be cheap to make, but it sure doesn't look it!
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