Sunday, June 5, 2011

Garland is not only a Christmas decoration.

This past weekend our dear friends Kristen and Aaron and their baby, Noah, came to visit us! It was SO MUCH fun. I wish they would have stayed forever. We had a great time showing them around Spring Hill, downtown Franklin, and Nashville. I also found out that Brian makes a really great tour guide :). While we were showing them around Hillsboro Village, we went into the store, Social Graces. Kristen and I saw this garland made of coffee filters, burlap, fabric and jute that we fell in love with. So we decided to try to make it ourselves. Thankfully, I had all the materials at home so this craft cost zero dollars. Definitely my kind of craft.

Here is the garland from Social Graces:

Here is how I made my own version. I made my "bunches" a lot smaller than the ones at Social Grace. All I did was cut circles out of coffee filters, fabric, and burlap (you all know how much I love some burlap). I then cut a small hole in the center of all of them and pulled the jute through. I had to use a little glue to make it look a little messier and more like a bunch. I also crinkled up the coffee filters to make the bunch look a little thicker and messier. I tied a knot in the jute on each end of the material I used to hold each individual bunch in place (sorry I forgot to take pictures of that part). 

And that is my non-Christmasy, hopefully a little summery, free, handmade garland.

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