Colorful Garlands

I might be addicted to making fun, colorful garlands – – – I can’t get enough!  Well, actually I only made two, but still….let me tell you about them and their awesomeness

First up, the Paper Ball Garland (you might have seen a glimpse of this on Trevor’s Blog Post)-

I saw this over at MADE - hers is really cute with the solid colors:

But I wanted to go a little crazier so I used some fun patterned paper mixed in with solid paper – there was a huge sale on packs of paper at Michael’s, so of course I stocked up.

MADE has a detailed tutorial, so check out that if you need it.  I got a big circle punch for Christmas anticipating it’s many crafty uses – and it was perfect for this project.

I made stacks of 5 circles (because some of my paper was cardstock so I was worried about thickness issues with anything else) and just ran those stacks through the sewing machine.  
Can you believe that this is the first time I have sewn on paper – me either!  I just ran it through like fabric, didn’t change the settings or anything.  I see a lot more of this in my future….although since it was a thick stack I was breaking the thread on my regular machine, so I busted out the trusty standby that I use for thick projects – it powers through anything!

Then you just fold the paper around the thread to make it stick out various ways.

I love the mix of patterns and solids and the bright fun colors!

 So, next up I made a scrap fabric garland.  Also fun and cheerful:

I cut a length of twine and just tied strips of fabric to it – it was that easy.  So easy that I didn’t take any how-to pictures for you.

 I included strips of burlap in the garland because I thought it added depth and texture.  I will be using both of these garlands to top off a bulletin board (more on that to come…)

 Have you made any garlands??  Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll check them out.  Maybe I’ll even do a garland round-up, because like I said, I think I’m hooked!

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  1. says

    i didnt know the paper ball was going to be sooo easy!! I must do that!
    I am also dying to make a scrap fabric garland, I just might have to do one to dress up the boring tan curtain’s in my baby’s room

  2. says

    I love the paper garland…it is so colorful and fun! I don’t have a sewing machine, but in sure there is another way to make it! It really looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!!!

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