Christmas Garland

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Tassel Garland Kit, cardboard, crepe paper, scissors, pen, hole punch, tape runner, pom pomshot glue gun

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I’m going to be honest here and tell you that our mini tree is just not cutting it this year! Luckily, Carmen from the Flair Exchange runs one amazingly festive shop and I was able to give our decorations a much needed boost with a DIY Tassel Garland Kit.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Assemble your tassels by following the instructions included with the kit. It just takes some simple rolling and twisting!

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Make yourself a tree shaped stencil and trace onto cardboard. Cut out when finished.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

Start by covering your tree trunk with brown crepe paper. To build up the texture of your tree, layer strips of green crepe paper on top of one another (securing with your tape runner). Trim the excess ends.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

If you want to add decoration to your trees, hot glue on a few pom poms! You could also hole punch colorful paper and glue on. When finished, punch a hole in the top and string up with your tassels.

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

DIY Christmas Garland | The Crafted Life

PS If my bar cart got you in the mood for a holiday cocktail, you’ll find dozens of tasty concoctions over on the Flair Exchange!

Inspiration of the Week: DIY Garlands

Whether you’re throwing a party, or you just need to spice up your home, garlands are the way to go. They bring color and life into any space and are relatively cheap and easy to make. So go on, follow the instructions in any of these DIYs below and jazz up those walls!

Must-Try Garland DIYS | The Crafted Life

1. Confetti Garland by The Purl Bee
2. Paper Cup Garland  by Mormorglamour
3. Chalkboard Banner by Delia Creates
4. Snow Cone Garland by Creature Comforts

Happy crafting!

Heart Garland

Time: 45 minutes, including dry time
Materials: watercolor paper, heart punchfood coloringtwinetape

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

1. Brush water onto your watercolor paper, the more the better. Then, before the water dries, add your food color drops. A few drops go a long way.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

2. Let dry.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

3. Once dry, use the heart punch to make your cutouts.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

4. Measure the amount of twine you’ll need so your garland will be centered.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life

5. Tape your hearts to your twine.

Watercolor Heart Garland | The Crafted Life
6. Hang up and enjoy!

See how I did it on Vine: