holiday garlands three ways are my fave

December 13, 2011

Just take a look at the half wall spreading Christmas cheer. It’s a real Buddy the Elf I tell you.

To make your own felt letter garland you’ll need:
– 1/2 yard white felt
– printed letter templates
– scissors
– hot glue
– needle and twine

Print off letter templates in the appropriate size (I used helvetica). Pin paper to felt and cut around to form letters. Cut felt squares slightly bigger than the letters. Hot glue the cut letters onto the cut squares. String with a needle and twine. Then sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas in the voice of the lead singer of Creed.

To make your own paper circle garland you’ll need:
– medium weight paper
– circle punch
– sewing machine

Punch out about 100 paper circles and make stacks of three. Run each stack of three through a sewing machine one after the other. Mark them way up and try to peddle them at the Anthropologie counter.

To make your own painted wooden bead garland you’ll need:
– wooden beads
– acrylic paint
– tape
– small paint brush
– hemp cord

Put tape around one half of the beads. Use brush and acrylics to paint the non-taped side (duh) of the beads. Let dry and take the tape off. String with hemp cord or similar material. Take extra beads and chuck them at the nearest person’s head then claim you have holiday spirit.

images by me


  • On December 13, 2011 , Michelle said:

    You inspired me to make my own Christmas garlands. I did one that looks like little Chinese lanterns in Christmasy paper (I think that was one of your ideas of the week). And then I learned how to make the awesome Christmas 16 point 3-D stars that were featured in one of your posts too. They look so good. I have them hanging down from my bannister. I need to take photos because they are just so fun. Thanks! I have this vague idea that someday when I live in Denver, we will get together to work on these sorts of projects.

  • On December 13, 2011 , abeautifulparty said:

    This is such an easy and great idea! Thanks for the info.

  • On December 13, 2011 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    LOVE that white on white letter banner. You’re so awesome, and once again, love your own photography!!! 🙂

  • On December 13, 2011 , Kelly said:

    so cute, i wish i had more time!

  • On December 13, 2011 , sharon garofalow said:

    That white on white Christmas garland is SO great! So fresh and so clean, clean.

  • On December 13, 2011 , Brooke Premo said:

    White on white felt! I never would’ve thought of that but it looks great.

  • On December 13, 2011 , r o x y m a r j said:

    oh my. I looove garlands of any kind and these are absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing. :))

  • On December 13, 2011 , brianne said:

    That white on white is very clever and subtle. Love it!

  • On December 13, 2011 , Mare said:

    Melanie I love this! You are so crafty!

  • On December 13, 2011 , sarah said:

    Love the white felt, very creative Mel!

  • On December 13, 2011 , Lena said:

    Cut it out-these are amazing!

  • On December 13, 2011 , domestikate said:

    Love love love the felt letter banner – def making one of these for my festive gathering this weekend!

  • On December 13, 2011 , maggie said:

    so glad you figured out how to make the Anthro paper garland!

  • On December 13, 2011 , Lori Anderson said:

    I love how pure and simple that is.

  • On December 13, 2011 , Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said:

    go girl. the white on white is legit. may just have to make a paper garland now. our house is covered in them already.

  • On December 13, 2011 , Katie said:

    adorable. the merry christmas banner looks like that paper one at anthro… but WAY cuter!

  • On December 14, 2011 , kristine said:

    i love the painted wooden beads. you could leave those up all year long!

  • On December 15, 2011 , casey said:

    I LOVE that wood garland!! so making it next year!!! or maybe i won’t wait till christmas 2012. you can always use a good garland!

  • On December 15, 2011 , casey said:

    were you able to find wood beads that already had holes? i am assuming michaels/hobby lobby?

  • On December 15, 2011 , m a said:

    Thank you for the last line in each set of directions. Anthropologie mark ups and the lead singer of Creed — ha! I love it.

  • On December 15, 2011 , Jess said:

    “Mark them way up and try to peddle them at the Anthropologie counter.”

    Mwahaha, it’s funny because it’s true.

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  • On December 16, 2011 , Stephania said:

    Loving the polka dots! Such a cute way to add a little holiday spirit to your home!

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