Guest Post: DIY in Real Life: Holiday Garland
Hi! I'm Joanna, from Honey Coast. I'm so excited to share this little DIY with you today. Normally, I spend my time pouring candles and melts, but since having my daughter last year I've tried to branch out into new crafts. Especially durable crafts.
Which brings me to this Holiday Garland. Between working, mom-ing, wife-ing, friend-ing and being a business owner I don't have a lot of time, but I love having a homemade touch to my Christmas decor. If I'm going to take on a a project it needs to be fast, durable, cheap, and easy. I also can't spend days figuring out what to do - my real life is not planning on DIYs, or meticulous crafting rooms. It's messy and fast and doesn't always turn out the way you expect. But luckily, this garland did.
This garland comes together quickly using a few different DIY ornaments:
- Felt Pinecones
- Stacked Felt Christmas Trees
- Yarn Poms
- Styrofoam eggs (variety of sizes)
- Twine (or more yarn)
- Embroidery Thread (I used cream)
- Felt - brown, cream, oatmeal, tan (if you want yours to look like mine)
- Glue (I mostly used hot glue but you have options here)
- Tiny bells (optional)
I found two main methods for creating these: scalloped strips of felt, and felt circles. I did one of each, but I found the circles to be much easier to work with.
Select an appropriately sized coin (I used a dime) to trace onto dark brown felt. I used a highlighter, but you could also use a pen or fabric marker. Then, cut them out. You'll need a lot more than you think, but this part will also go much faster than you think it will.
Using a glue gun, attach three circles to the narrow end of the egg, forming a point. Then, glue the circles in overlapping rows up the egg. It looks most natural if the circles are offset from the previous row slightly, instead of lined up.
Once you reach the top, use one last circle to cover the rest of the egg, and affix a loop of embroidery thread. That's it!
Stacked Felt Christmas Trees
You can do these in as many (or as few) colors as you want. I did one monochrome and one in oatmeal, tan, and cream. I love them both equally, to be honest.
Take your felt sheet (I bought 9"x12") and measure out a series of squares based on how tall you'd like your tree to be. Mine is about 4" high, and I started with 2" squares and decreased by 1/4" down to 1/2" squares. If you want your tree to be larger, start at a larger square and decrease down to 1/2" squares.
For my tree, I cut:
- 6 - 2"
- 9 - 1 3/4" (I used 3 as the base to mimic a tree's natural shape)
- 6 - 1 1/2"
- 6 - 1 1/4"
- 6 - 1"
- 6 - 3/4"
- 6 - 1/2"
You could do 4 or 5 of each size, and your tree will be a little shorter. Or you could do more and have a taller, more slender shaped tree.
Then I grabbed my needle and thread and stacked as below, threading the needle through the center of each stack...
- 1 3/4" (x3)
- 2" (x6)
- 1 3/4" (x6)
- 1 1/2" (x6)
- 1 1/4"(x6
- 1" (x6)
- 3/4" (x6)
- 1/2" (x6)
Roll a small strip of brown felt as the tree trunk, and hot glue to the bottom of the stacks. I finished these off with a small gold bell, and a loop to hang.
Last but not least, I made a few yarn poms. There are many tools and tricks for these, and so many DIYs on the internet for how to make these. You can make them in whatever size and color you want - it's up to you.
I grabbed some twine (yarn would work, too) spaced them out, and voila! Easy ornament DIYs become a festive garland. I love that this project doesn't scream CHRISTMAS but rather casually mentions it. That's more my style.