Doesn’t this image somehow make your day a little brighter and your heart a little lighter? I don’t know, it’s just so happy and airy and fun. I stumbled upon this DIY months ago and immediately filed it under my “easy to-do’s” until I realized it involved sewing. Basic sewing skills, mind you, but sewing nevertheless. Since this involves tearing through my crafts, scrounging around the back of my closet, dusting off my sewing machine, and refiguring out how to thread it properly…well, I took the easy road and set out to recreate the festivities sans sewing.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have a machine and know how to use it, I highly recommend taking that route. It makes for a much cleaner garland in which both sides can be displayed. BUT, if you don’t have a machine or prefer to avoid the sewing altogether, like myself, here’s what to do…
You will need:
- cardstock in your color(s) of choice
- twine or yarn
- glue gun
Trace out your shape on the cardstock using the straight edges of the paper as much as possible. For my triangle garlands, I cut out multiple sizes and simply used them as the template to cut the others. To save time, I also cut multiple pieces at once by cutting through 2-3 pages of cardstock at a time.
(By the way, if you would like to create a circle garland, the bottom of a wine glass is the perfect shape to trace. Perfect for a Girls Craft Night, perhaps?!)
Once you have your desired shapes, pull out your twine, crank up that glue gun, and start gluing. Only a SMALL dab is need at the top and bottom of each shape, and rather than attempting to set the twine by sticking your finger in hot glue, simply hold the twine taught and press down NEAR the dab of glue. Keep gluing and pressing and adding your miscellaneous shape sizes until you have reached your desired length. And viola! Garland complete. I would recommend throwing together 3 or more garlands in various lengths for the full effect.