Friday, November 21, 2008

Let's Make Garland!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope this finds you having a great week! I also hope you have been able to try out some of the great tutorial and recipes that all the gals have been posting. Today we are going to be making a fun and easy spool garland. This one is also great to do with the kiddos.

So let's gather our supplies...

1. Fabric - as many different colors as you would like. I did two, red and aqua. Scraps from other projects would work great for this.
2. Wood spools - can be found at your local craft store.
3. Beads - Just make sure the holes are decent size for a needle to go through. I used berry beads that you can find here.
4. Ribbon - I used seam binding that you can find here.
5. Craft Paint - any color to coordinate with your fabric. I used white. Can be found at your local craft store.
6. Embroidery floss - not pictured above. I used white.
7. Needle -  not pictured above. One that will fit through the beads you choose.
8. Scissors
9. Paint brush

Let's get started...

Step 1: Paint all of your spools and let dry. The paint job doesn't have to be perfect. My 9 year old painted these for me.

Step 2: Cut or tear your fabric into strips about 1/2" to 3/4" wide. I tore mine because I like the frayed look. Then cut them into about 6" lengths. Now if you have a big spool you might need wider and longer strips. My spools are small.

Step 3: Tie your strips of fabric around your spools. Center the strips and wrap from both ways so the ends are still loose and then tie a knot in the ends.

Step 4: Thread your needle with 6 strands of embroidery floss. You will just need a long enough piece of thread for all of your pieces plus several inches at each end to tie a loop.

Step 5: String all of your pieces on your thread. I alternated beads and spools.

Step 6: Tie a knotted loop in both ends of your string.

Step 7: Tie ribbons and/or strips of fabric through your thread loops.

Step 8: Hang and enjoy! You could make a long one or several to go around a small tree. They would also look great hanging on shelves.

Don't forget to show off  your finished projects from your tutorials in the Joli Flickr group! So many possibilities for this project and I can't wait to see what you come up with. There are some great projects being posted so be sure and check it out.

Have a wonderful creative weekend!


Lori said...

that is really cute Cindy!!! i love those berry beads:) you have the yummiest colors in your shop!!!

*SHeRRy B* said...

What a sweet little garland! TFS!

Debbie @ said...

I love this and it would work with any decor. YOu could use sparkly fabric, shabby chic rose fabric, traditional colors. What a great idea! Blessings,

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Creatively adorable! Come on by and enter my FRIDAY FREEBIE! said...


Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

How cute, and easy, too! Thank you!

Casii said...

Love it! I'm definitely trying this project!

Brandy said...

I LOVE aqua and red. This is so sweet! said...

Oh how pretty, I love it! I'll be linking.

jenny said...

realy pretty stuff

Recycled Rita said...

This is just adorable! I have to make one! Thanks for sharing!

Little Pink Studio said...

This is just darling Cindy!

Kris said...

Cindy this is the sweetest idea! thank you!

Maggie said...

That's it! Another project on my list... ouf How many days before Christmas????
Thank you for the idea, I love it.

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