previous post > < next post
  Make It Happen: More DIY Garlands We’re on a...
11/6/2013
share.

image 

Make It Happen: More DIY Garlands

We’re on a roll here, friends. We say, why stop at one garland when you can have two… >

Make It Happen: More DIY Garlands

We’re on a roll here, friends. We say, why stop at one garland when you can have two? Here’s another festive how-to from our display director Erika (and, in case you missed it, here’s our first garland DIY, a bottle cap-and-beaded beauty.)

image

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Magazines
Paper clips
Red and gold spray paint
Gold Rub n’ Buff
Straws
Hot glue gun and sticks
Exacto knife and blades
Pencil
Scissors

HOW TO MAKE IT


First, make the beads:

image

Create triangular-shaped stencils in a variety of sizes {ranging from 12”- 17” in length}

image

Prepare lengths of magazine sheets to fit your stencils by attaching with hot glue.
Trace around stencil and cut out with scissors.

image

Place a straw at the base of the triangle, secure with hot glue and start to roll. Add dots of hot glue to keep bead in shape as you continue to roll. Beads should have a tight, smooth shape that feels a little fuller at one end. Trim excess straw from ends of bead.

image

Use two shades of red spray paint to give a subtle ombre effect. Finish with gold Rub n’ Buff for a metallic highlight.

image

Pinch at one end with needle-nose pliers. Insert pinched end of a paper clip into bead, leaving a small loop sticking out at the top.

Next, make the chain:

image

Link together gold paperclips in a variety of lengths {ranging from 7 to 16 paperclips long}. Lightly mist sheets of magazine with red spray paint {same as used for beads} so that print shows through.

image

Wrap each paperclip in a small square of the red magazine paper.
Finish chain with a dusting of metallic gold for a subtle shimmer.

Then, put it all together:

image

Select 3 swags of chain in slightly different lengths and attach ends to 2 paperclips.
Attach 1-2 magazine beads to each end with another paperclip, covering paperclips with magazine paper.Twist a small length of floral wire at each end of garland to attach to tree.