Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Garland Tutorial

I love fall.
The cooler weather,
hot drinks,
pumpkin flavored goodies,
fireplaces, etc.

I used to have a bunch of cute fall decor but since the move I haven't come across any of it.
I'm pretty sure it's still buried in storage somewhere.
Anyways, that didn't stop me from doing a little fall decorating.
I just decided to make something of my own.

I wanted something to have the essence of fall
without being overly pumpkiny or the typical orange and black.
(I love fall but I'm not such a big fan of Halloween).
Lately I have been loving the combo of navy and mustard so I used that as a base and then added some browns, cream and grays to go along.

Once I finished the garland it was a little plain for me
so I decided to add the words "give thanks" to spice it up a bit and
also as a reminder to me and my family what this season is really all about.
Giving thanks to God for all that he has so graciously and abundantly blessed us with.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Psalm 107:1

In case you want to make some super cool fall garland for yourself I included the how to below :)

Step 1:
Cut a small, medium and large circle out of card stock to use as your pattern.
Mine were approximately:
Small- 1 1/2 in.
Medium- 2 1/4 in.
Large- 2 3/4 in.

Step 2:
Using your templates, cut a bunch of different size circles out of felt (in whatever colors you fancy).

Step 3:
Line your circles up in a pattern that looks good to you.
There were no rhymn or reason to my pattern.

Step 4:
Sew your circles together one after the other until you have a long string of garland. Just keep feeding the circles under the sewing foot as you go. Oh and make sure you leave a tail of string at the beginning and end to hang it from.

For the "Give Thanks" sign:
Step 1:
Print off the letters for your sign in the font and size of your liking.

Hold the printed letter over a piece of card stock as your template and cut through both layers at the same time.

Repeat until you have all 10 letters cut out.

Clip onto your garland with clothes pins and attach your letters.

*When I tried to clip the letters to the garland itself the letters kept flipping over so they were upside down. So I ended up taping each letter to the bottom of the clothespin instead. It worked just fine.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Fall!


Melissa said...

Love all of the circles! Very fun and different from the triangle banner everyone does!! Awesome!

Starfly Designs said...

This is so cute! I love the colors you used. The typical orange and black does get a little boring to look at year after year. Great job!


Rachel S. said...

An even easier/quicker way to make vircles on your felt, is to find bottle caps, jar tops, etc. That have the desired size circles on them. Then push the cap into a pigment ink stamp pad, and use it as a rubber stamp to create a lot of circles. It is super fast! Saves a lot of time. Found that tip on someone else's blog. I am in the process of making a felt circle garland myself!