Monday, December 10, 2012

DIY Christmas Garland {tutorial}

I recently guest posted for Sugar Bee Crafts and shared my Christmas garland.  Now, I want to share it with you.  I love how it all came together!


Hi everyone!  I'm Eva and I blog over at Tales of the Scotts.  I'm a stay-at-home momma to two little people that keep me on my toes.  Much to my patient husband's chagrin, my dining room table is always full of  little "projects" I have going on. 

I'm the type of person that will find a particular element and then create it several times.  So, last month, I made my Fall garland and banners and fell in love using fabric scraps, pumpkins and burlap!  So, I knew I wanted to use the same concept for my Christmas decor.  I absolutely love how it turned out!  Come see what I did so you can create your own!

Fabric Scraps Garland

First grab some fabric you want to use.  I went to Joann's and bought 4 coordinating fabrics but use whatever you have on-hand if you don't want to spend any extra money.  I knew I didn't want to use only traditional Christmas colors (red/green).  So, I added that wonderful bubblegum pink in my main fabric.  Loving it!  Next cut your fabric into 1 inch strips (or however wide you want it) and into the length you want it.  Now you have a pretty pile of fabric strips!  To make mine, I had roughly 75-100 strips.

Then you want to turn your fabric wrong side up and cross one "tail" over the other.  Put your ribbon or rope on top (I do mine upside down for whatever reason but it doesn't matter which way you turn it, just be consistent), bring the "tails" up (or down in my case) through the hole (make sense?), pull down until it looks like a tie.  Then pull tight and move into place.  This is really easy to do this while watching your favorite show.

I love how bouncy and colorful it is!  It makes me happy!

Noel Burlap Banner

To create a personalized burlap banner, you need some burlap, fabric and interfacing.  Cut all three pieces to your desired size.  I like to make my burlap into banner shapes but do whatever you want.  Cut your fabric and interfacing down to the size you'll need for your letters.

Lay your fabric on the "rough" side of the interfacing and iron.  Peel off the white back side (I always forget to do this!) and lay it wrong-side down onto your Silhouette cutting mat.  Cut out your letter (this could easily be done with a X-Acto knife if you don't have a Silhouette).  Then place your letter onto your burlap and iron down.  I did a wide zig zag stitch all the way around my letters.  I don't think that you have to do this but I wanted it to stay in place since my little people like to get into everything.

Lastly, I attached some wide bias tape to it.  Super easy project!

Paint-Dipped Pinecone Garland

When I made the Pumpkin garland for my Fall decor, there were some small pinecones that came with them.  I held onto them because I knew I could incorporate them into my home at some point.  I got the idea to make paint-dipped pinecone garland from Smile and Wave.  When I saw hers, I knew that's what I wanted to do with my pinecones.

Since this involved paint, I didn't take any pictures mid process.  But just grab some pinecones, paint and shallow cups.  Pour some paint into your cups, dip your pinecones in half way or so, then lay them to dry on some wax paper.  I let mine dry overnight, turning a few times every few hours, and they were still a bit wet so I blow-dried them to speed up the process.  :-)  I used some cording and made a small loop and slipped the tip of the pinecone into the loop and pulled it tight.  I double-knotted them so they were secure.

They added the perfect touch to finish off my decor!

I ultimately decided to put my Christmas garland just underneath my Glitter Deer Canvas.

I just love how everything turned out!  It's exactly what I envisioned!

I hope to see you over at Tales of the Scotts!  You'll find some other great tutorials like my Snowman Pumpkin and more recently my DIY Superhero Artwork!

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Our Pinteresting Family said...

That looks great! I really love the colors that you incorporated. :) Megan

Joanne said...

Fabulous Christmas decor!!!

K Coake said...

So pretty! I really like the fabric garland. Would be a great way to use up Christmas fabric.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Very cute!

Meeha Meeha said...

This is what I call "Joyful"! Your colors are so sweet, not the usual suspects for Christmas but this is why I like the garland even more (and those painted pine cones...)

Smart! School {House} said...

Just adorable! I love your holiday spirit. You make Whimsy Wednesday look so good!

Thanks for joining us,
Kelly at Smart! School {House}

Sarah said...

Wow - I love all of these projects! So inspiring, thank you!!!

southernscraps said...

Cute! I love fabric garlands and made one for Thanksgiving.

Kristina said...

Very nice!

April Hoff said...

Sooooo cute! Love every single element! I pinned it and am your newest follower!


jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I love this! It is adorbs! Visiting from the Linky party! Thanks for sharing!

designeddecor said...

Very creative banner! I love it! New GFC follower, found you through One Artsy Mamas birthday bash!


Tutus & Tea Parties said...

Love it! I love those paint dipped acorns too. Super cute.

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

So, so cute!! Love the colors you used. Great job!!

Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week :)

Heather Inspired said...

Your garland is super cute, I'll have to save this for next year!

Christa from Controlling Craziness said...

Love the natural look and texture the burlap adds to the garland. Oh, and I tried commenting on your wreath post but there was some error. So I wanted to say I love that festive wreath, looks perfect for new years.

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