a perpetual garland is my fave

July 10, 2013

Today’s post is from Sharon, the party genius behind Cupcakes and Cutlery.

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Hi everyone, today I am sharing what I call a Perpetual Garland. The idea is that it is something that you can leave up all year and simply add some holiday flair depending on what holiday is near. Or if you don’t want to take up your precious wall real estate with a garland, you can easily put it up and take it down. Storage needed is minimal and the cost is very low.

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The base for the garland is a simple braid.  What can I say, I’m a simple girl.  I had previously used this white Ikea sheet for my son’s Lego Dance Party and decided to re purpose it here.  I’m not too worried about seeing dark pieces from the Lego ironed on images but if you are, just use a plain sheet or fabric instead.  I’m pretty certain you probably don’t have a sheet with Lego images on it just laying around your house waiting for this tutorial.  Cut the fabric in to strips.  Length to be determined by you.

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And braid…Knot it at both ends. Duh.

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Have you guys heard of Phoomph?  I’m obsessed.  (This is not sponsored in any way, I just love it. I literally bought out the store when it was on sale for 50% off).  I love to use fabric in my crafts but it is just so dang floppy.  Previously I have either used fabric stiffener which is super time consuming and messy or used spray adhesive and card stock to give it some body.  Phoomph is a total game changer for me.  They have two strengths, soft and stiff.  I only use stiff.  It comes in different colors and has adhesive on both sides.  This way, I can add fabric too it and it instantly lets me achieve the look I want with fabric while being more sturdy.  But I digress.  You will also need fabric for your holiday shapes, scissors, wire and hot glue.  Oh and a winning attitude.  I find that really helps me in my crafting.

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Peel off the protective cover from the adhesive and adhere your fabric. Since you won’t be seeing the back side of the shapes on the garland, you can just leave the back as it is.

I found the shape of a bat that I liked online and stuck it to the back side of my Halloween fabric to cut it out. I could also have just hand drawn a shape to cut out but I am not that artistic. It would have probably ended up looking like a butterfly. And that is far from Haloween-y.

Of course you can make your shapes when you actually need them but I did them for a few holidays all at once so I could show you what to do.

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Use a dab of hot glue on the back of your shape. I think they hang a little bit better if you put the glue towards the tow instead of centered.

When you add the wire, it helps to stay in the glue if you give the bottom a little twist.

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Since we just moved in to a new house and I am not ready to make nail holes in my wall yet I simply hung the garland with washi tape.

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You can also make this in to a birthday banner by cutting out the letters for Happy Birthday (or use HBD like I did here -I used Phoomph for the wall letters there too).

There are tons of ways to customize this to suite your personal style. What would you use to represent each holiday?

See more from Sharon on Cupcakes and Cutlery

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