Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas Crafts 2009: Pretty Vintage Garland Tutorial

{Paper Crafted Garland, 2009}
Want a tree that is one-of-a-kind? This simple paper and ribbon garland is a great way to add a handmade touch to your holidays! I came up with this idea as a way to avoid using store bought garland and icicles. (which are dangerous to my two curious kitties!) I've decided to go all the way this year and decorate my tree with things I have made by hand. This is my first craft, but I plan to make a star for the top of the tree and some different ornaments too. Look for similar tutorials on my blog as Christmas creeps closer and closer...
To Make this vintage inspired garland you'll need:
  • 1" scalloped circle craft punch
  • single hole ribbon punch or hole puncher
  • Pretty double sided scrap-booking paper or cardstock (I found this inspiring collection!)
  • Thin ribbon (I used silver ric-rac that I found in the bargain bin!)
  • scissors
Step 1: Decide how long you want your garland to be and cut your ribbon to a little longer than your desired length. A regular sized 12x12 scrapbook paper will do about 85"-90" of garland. Tape each end of the ribbon so that it doesn't fray when you start construction.
Step 2: Use the 1" craft punch to cut out pieces from your double sided scrap-booking paper or cardstock.
Step 3: Take your single hole punch and make a hole on each side of each 1" scalloped circle.
Step 4: Start threading the ribbon through the prepared scalloped circles. Push them to the center of your ribbon of garland. (this is so you can approach it from each side and you don't have to travel the entire length of ribbon.)
Step 5: Continue threading the ribbon through the scalloped circles paying attention to the overlapping pattern. There are several ways you could play with overlapping. I overlapped alternating patterns from my double sided scrap-booking paper making sure that I looped on the back side of each piece. The tighter the circles are overlapped, the easier the garland is to maneuver.
Step 5: Once you have started to accumulate several circles on your garland, the front side should look like the above picture. No ribbons should go across the front side of the circles. The ribbon should look like it is connecting them from the front.Step 6: Flip over your garland and the back side should look like the above photo with the ribbon going through the center of each scalloped circle. Once I got going I developed a rhythm and made two different garlands. I would suggest making multiple garlands no longer than 95 inches. The longer the ribbon gets, the more you have to contend with! :) Plus, when I did two, I played with different patterns and even used up a few of my leftover embellishments from card making! (I'll be posting my Christmas cards pretty soon, too)
{Christmas Tree with Pretty Garland, 2009}
I hope you take some time to try out this craft! It was very relaxing and fun to do. I think you'll agree. Also, I feel that simple handmade touches can make your living space more personal and heartfelt. If you do make one for yourself, send me a picture so I can post it on my blog with your name and website!

1 comment:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my gosh candace!
this is fabulous!
thank you for the tutorial. your tree is amazing!