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Topic: Sinfully Easy Garland with Tutorial (Christmas and beyond!)  (Read 23178 times)
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« on: November 28, 2004 12:51:35 PM »

Store bought garlands are cool, but they're always short (like six to nine feet) and expensive (like eight to twelve dollars and beyond).  This garland costs about 25 cents to make.

I was inspired by this Martha Stewart Kids magazine garland that used old Christmas cards cut into circles, but I used felt rectangles (easier to cut, readily available cheap material) instead.  You can pretty much use anything for this, though, including paper (construction, cardstock, scrap-booking, etc.), cardboard (I did this the other day with painted cardboard discs), bits of ribbon (did this the other day), fake flowers and leaves, etc.

So, I used about 20 cents worth of felt for this project.

1.  Get your felt ready.  In my case, I cut some up into squares.
2.  Pull about six to eight inches of thread "tail" and then sew through your first square.
3.  Continue to sew a few revolutions without anything under the needle
4.  Put your next felt square through -- I start holding the tail out immediately to help the square make it through straight.
5.  Repeat.

That's it.  Sooooo easy.  You can wrap it around cardboard for a very fancy-schmancy looking way to store it.  You can even give it as gifts.  It looks fabulous on the tree, on wreaths, around presents, around garlands, etc.  This is the cheapest, most eye-popping, handy, diy garland out there.

If you don't want to spend any money (and I'm all for that, I'm sure you have what you need at home!) try using:  cut up junk mail, fabric scraps, yarn bits or six-inch pieces of yarn that you sew through and then tie into a bow, bits of wrapping paper, candy wrappers, magazine cut-outs, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2004 01:17:59 PM »

This is such a great idea thanks so much for sharing
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2004 05:18:49 PM »

This is a great idea, you can even use after christmas for decoration!! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2004 01:31:12 PM »

That is to cute! I'd love to make a curtain out of something like that Grin

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004 01:45:34 PM »

you are a genius.

« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2004 08:35:32 AM »

Yeah, you could adapt this easily for any holiday or occasion.

« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2004 03:34:20 PM »

What a wonderful idea! And it can be done by kids to boot! Curious, do you know someone with MS since you got the idea from their kids mag?  I was thinking of getting this for my 14 yr old daughter.  I am the one with MS but, she would benefit from the mag b/c she IS always looking for crafty things to do and she can also learn more about MS.

Thanks for sharing this. 
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2004 05:38:39 AM »

Sorry, the MS stands for Martha Stewart... didn't mean to confuse!

« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2005 09:14:24 PM »

Try it and post pics!!

« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2005 09:28:01 PM »

Totally cute. I love it because you can pick all these crazy colors that felt comes in.

It would look nice to dangle a few strands from a window, or in leiu of a beaded curtain!

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