Weekend Creative : Felt Garland

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Garland_tree

[ this project was also featured yesterday in the Home & Garden Buzz at CafeMom.com : thanks Sheri ]


This is a very simple, fun, inexpensive, low-stress project that can be done while sitting on the couch watching your favorite holiday movies. I got the idea from a recent craft/antique fair where they had some great cream felted-wool garlands hanging on the trees.


Garland_supplies


Really all you need is some felt, scissors for cutting, wire & needle for stringing, and some wire cutters to snip at the end.


Stringing_garland


I cut up a bunch of wonderfully imperfect squares (this means no measuring) and strung them onto the wire using a needle. My squares (and some became more like rectangles) were about


Stringing_garland3


Make it as short or as long as you want. One color, multi-color, etc.


Garland_lap


String it on the tree when you are done.


I think this is definitely a project that kids could participate in with supervision.


Here's some other felt garland ideas I found online - some are how-to's and others are from shops:



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December Daily post coming later this morning.

54 thoughts

  1. rachel carlson

    2008-12-05 02:40:13 -0600

    oh goody, you found maria horner's site, she has a lot of good free tutorials and some awesome projects for the holidays. thanks for pointing me to the dot felt garland, helps my love for polka-dots! hope all is well, you are glowing. hugs, rachel

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  2. Tina Alldredge

    2008-12-05 02:41:22 -0600

    Oh what a wonderful idea. This is something my lil ones can help with!

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  3. Anne Alley

    2008-12-05 02:47:15 -0600

    What a great idea!! Definitely trying this one today!

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  4. vanessa maez

    2008-12-05 02:56:50 -0600

    Cute idea. I am currently doing your December Daily for the second time this year and love it. It really makes me do more during the season. I think it will be a great tradition to add to our family holidays.
    I just wanted to give you the link to my site and to a craft idea that I think your son would like.
    http://allthatiam.typepad.com/
    It's fun for the kids to add their own touch to the decorations.
    Have a happy Holiday.
    V

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  5. Tona

    2008-12-05 03:25:56 -0600

    Love that garland. It looks great.

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  6. kristyn

    2008-12-05 03:35:35 -0600

    another cute idea from Ali! I'm anxious to share my December Daily- can't thank you enough for your step by step instructions and pictures for that project.

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  7. Patricia

    2008-12-05 03:39:22 -0600

    Love your garland. Last year I made a wreath out of larger squares of recycled wool that I'd felted. Love it. Did kind of the same thing as your garland--just bigger squares and wasn't fussy about getting them perfectly sized.

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  8. Tina

    2008-12-05 03:55:00 -0600

    Love the garland Ali...not sure if I'll have time this year with all that's going on but will definitely be thinking about it for next year! Thanks again for all your inspiring ideas!

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  9. Joelle

    2008-12-05 04:04:49 -0600

    I love this idea - so cute and easy. I think I'll make a wreath instead of the garland. Thanks!

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  10. Courtney

    2008-12-05 04:25:55 -0600

    I love Joelle's idea about doing a wreath like this! I've already made two wreath's this year, so maybe I should stick to garland.
    How long did it take to string all the squares up?
    I love this idea Ali, thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Suz Gray

    2008-12-05 06:17:23 -0600

    What a cute project

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  12. Megan Cooley

    2008-12-05 07:18:20 -0600

    That looks great!
    Thanks so much for linking to my dot garland project here. I can't believe all the hits I've gotten today. Quadruple what I normally get. I'm not sure how you found me, but I sure appreciate you sending folks my way.

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  13. Bekka

    2008-12-05 08:26:14 -0600

    I'm doing this! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. Crazy Daisy

    2008-12-05 09:29:50 -0600

    LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing these great holiday ideas!

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  15. Amanda S.

    2008-12-05 13:31:20 -0600

    What a cool garland! Looks great! :)

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  16. Robert Mahar

    2008-12-05 15:58:42 -0600

    Alie,
    Thank you so much for the kind mention! Unfortunately the custom felt banners are no longer available in the shop - but we invite your readers to spend a little time browsing, there so many new holiday goodies!
    Kind regards,
    Robert Mahar, mahardrygoods.com

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  17. Cherie

    2008-12-05 22:50:08 -0600

    very cool simple project! Thanks for sharing. I really learn a ton from your blog!
    Cherie

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  18. Deb Jones

    2008-12-06 00:50:19 -0600

    Ali, I really like that garland. It would look great wrapped around a wreath too.

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  19. leaca

    2008-12-07 02:48:42 -0600

    This blogger made cute little trees this way.
    http://thelongthread.com/?p=1656

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  20. emily ruth

    2008-12-07 14:15:50 -0600

    i like how it just looks so substantial! this is not a wimpy garland! super cute, my dear, super cute...

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  21. emily ruth

    2008-12-07 14:15:57 -0600

    i like how it just looks so substantial! this is not a wimpy garland! super cute, my dear, super cute...

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  22. emily ruth

    2008-12-07 14:16:03 -0600

    i like how it just looks so substantial! this is not a wimpy garland! super cute, my dear, super cute...

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  23. Audrey B.

    2008-12-11 09:29:48 -0600

    I love to read your December daily and seeing what you are going to find next. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  24. Melissa Haworth

    2008-12-12 01:37:04 -0600

    Oh my goodness-thank you for the link to my felt garland tutorial. I checked my stats for the first time this month and wow do you drive traffic. I would have come by to thank you sooner if I had known. Your garland is great and my wool garland is still holding up a year later.

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  25. Amy

    2009-01-05 04:47:20 -0600

    I didn't find your post on this... or your wonderful blog... until a week or so before Christmas. However, I was so inspired that I went out and bought some felt. And guess what? I got it done! The garland is now in my "Christmas 2009" box waiting for my tree next year. :) Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas. They bring happiness to my day!

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