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


  • On July 10, 2013 , Chris @ Celebrations At Home said:

    This is my kind of craft – easy and inexpensive! I love all the possibilities too.

  • On July 10, 2013 , Melissa said:

    How fun and easy! I decorate a lot from fall to Christmas and this would be a great craft to for all the fall/winter celebrations. I also like the washi tape idea, creative way to not to mark the walls if I change my mind.

  • On July 10, 2013 , Jessica said:

    I think this is adorable, and honestly, the washi tape makes it even better.

  • On July 10, 2013 , Kristin A. said:

    LOVE how simple this is. And you could leave it up all year!

  • On July 10, 2013 , Jill said:

    I love this idea. Super cute!

  • On July 10, 2013 , Carrie Harris said:

    This is so whimsical and fun…and simple, which is my absolute favorite type of decoration!

  • On July 10, 2013 , pattie said:

    I love this idea! It’s super easy and something that I could totally do. Thanks!

  • On July 10, 2013 , Dinah said:

    This is awesome! I think I’m going to use it for a bridal shower I’m doing this summer. So fun and easy!

  • On July 10, 2013 , lyndsay said:

    woh woh woh this is awesome!! love this post, sharon – also, i had no idea that fabric stiffener or anything like that existed… seems genius!! i love the visual look of the big old X’s used to hang up your perpetual garlands, too! i have many perpetual gardens kicking it around my house… reminds me of wonderful parties or just feels festive… ^__^

  • On July 11, 2013 , Angela Bishop said:

    Love the garland! I have never heard of Phoomph but it looks like it’s right up my alley.

  • On July 11, 2013 , Whatever DeeDee Wants said:

    What a great idea, I love it!

  • On July 12, 2013 , Tanya said:

    Fabulous idea!! I love seeing creative ideas. It totally inspires me to get crafty!

  • On January 6, 2014 , Make these super easy Party Hat Headbands said:

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