Decorative garlands are quite popular right now and can be quite pricey in the store. So, here are two ideas that could be adapted for any season or occasion, and they are so easy that they can be done with children. I went to Michaels for all of my supplies.
Choose Your Twine or Ribbon For Your Decorative Garland
The first thing that you would do for both of the garlands is choose your twine and decide on the length that you would like to make the decorative garlands. I put up a couple of command hooks and eye-balled the length of the twine from there. Then you should make loops at either end of the twine as this is how you will hang the garland.
I will call the first one the bobble garland. For this you could choose and bobbles that you want that are not too heavy and can that be easily glued.
You can decide how far apart you want the bobbles. I visually placed them on the twine first. I had bought these lightweight hearts and I had two packages so there were plenty to play with. Try not to be too stingy so that you have ample decorative items to play with.
Next I used a hot glue gun to fix the bobbles to the twine. A tip I learned is that it is good to have something that use to hold on bobble on the twine while the glue is drying. The glue is hot to the touch so I used the ends of scissors that I had hand. If doing this with children, this would require supervision.
Tied Fabric Garland Garland
For this garland, I used a couple of squares of quilting fabric. The beauty of this is that it already folded so I used the pre-existing folds to help my cutting. The strips I made were 1 inch wide by 9 inches. You could go a little bit shorter but the length help with ease for tying. The quilting squares gave me 36 strips in the size mentioned above.
I thought that I had burlap at home in my tickle trunk of fabric ends but I didn’t, so I ended up using some upholstery fabric for my third fabric. This fabric was a bit stiff, so not as easy to work with.
You could make the strips one inch shorter but I would not suggest much shorter than that for ease with tying. An alternative would be that you could cut the strips with pinking shears which would give a really cute look.
The next step would be to tie the fabric strips on to the twine. I tied them loosely at first and then once I was sure that I had enough fabric for the entire length I tightened them up and pushed them close together.
Those are two easy ideas for garlands that you could make to decorate your home. They are so versatile that I may make some for my home for another season.
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