Bow Garland

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: ribbon (wired works best), twine, scissors, hot glue gun

DIY Bow Garland

There may only be 8 days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop decorating! After browsing the #MadeWithMichaels hashtag on Instagram, I came across this holiday garland by Simple Bliss Blog that encouraged me to make one of my own.

Chances are that you’ll have left over ribbon from wrapping/receiving gifts, and before you toss it away, consider making this simple bow garland!

 

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandYou’ll need about 12 inches of ribbon to make each bow. I recommend playing around with length until you find the perfect size.

DIY Bow GarlandTo make your bow:

Make a loop and hold in place. Wrap the right side around your loop and then make a second loop. Slip the second loop under the ribbon wrapped around your left thumb and pull right. Make your adjustments and snip the ends.

Continue making bows the same way (and same size), until you have enough for your desired length. I made about 12 total.

DIY Bow GarlandApply a dab of hot glue on the back of your bow (in the center).

DIY Bow GarlandPush bow down on your twine until the glue is dry. Hang and enjoy!

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow Garland

DIY Bow GarlandBe sure to share your holiday projects with #MadeWithMichaels on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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DIY Fabric Scrap Garland

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: fabric scraps, scissors, baker’s twine

How to make a fabric scrap garlandAfter making this banner last week, I was left with a pile of fabric and no immediate use for it. I absolutely loved the color and painterly feel the inkodye created, but since the pieces weren’t large enough for any other project, I decided to make a garland! If you’re throwing a party or just want to add a little color to your space, a fabric scrap garland is the perfect way to reuse those pieces of fabric that are too good to toss.

How to make a fabric scrap garlandStart by cutting your fabric into strips (I probably made about 20 for a small garland). Mine were about a half inch in width and about a foot in length. Don’t worry about cutting perfectly straight lines since it isn’t super noticeable; just focus on getting the same length. If you’re looking to save time on this project, I recommend using a rotary cutter instead of scissors– just be careful!

Once you have all your strips cut, knot them on your string. You might have to play with the style of knot a bit until you get your fabric to lay flat; I had to double knot mine. If you’re not sure how long you want your garland, I recommend not cutting your twine until you’ve achieved your desired look, this way you can adjust as you knot.

Once done, hang and enjoy! What do you do with your fabric scraps?

DIY Wooden Garland

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: wooden triangles, twine, wood stainbrushsealer

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
I find myself fortunate to live with a man who let’s me glitter dip and paint everything hot pink until my heart’s content. Really, he’s a saint. To balance things out in our home, as well as on this blog, I decided to mix things up a bit with a DIY Wooden Garland. If you have the time and tools, you can cut the wood yourself, but I found the pre-cut & pre-drilled triangles at Michael’s for around .19¢ a piece. Talk about a steal!

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
Gather your materials and head to a well ventilated area.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life
Open your wood stain and stir. You won’t need much for this project, so the smallest can you can find will be okay.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

Apply a thin layer of stain to the wooden triangle, including the sides. If you apply too much, just wipe with an old rag or paper towel. Once dry, seal with a coat of polyurethane.

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

String pieces onto twine when completely dry. If you decided to use another material that’s thinner than twine, you may need to secure each triangle with knots. Hang & enjoy!

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Wooden Garland | The Crafted Life

 

 

DIY Heart Garland

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: heart punch, paper, double sided tape, baker’s twine, scissors

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Okay, so now that’s it’s officially February, it’s okay to bombard you with more heart shaped crafts, right? Sure, I’ve made a heart garland before, but that was before I knew about glitter paper. If you’ve been a reader for a while now, just consider this heart garland 2.0.

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Cut your paper into strips to make it easier to punch our your hearts.

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Place your hearts face down, lay baker’s twine on top, then seal with double sided supertape.

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Peel the back off the supertape and cover with another heart (like you’re making a cute heart shaped sandwich).

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

To gift, remove the wax from an old candle jar and place garland inside.

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Heart Garland | The Crafted Life