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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


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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.

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54 thoughts

  1. Jodi Addy says…
    12/05/2008

    oooh, i like this a lot. thank you for sharing!

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  2. Amy says…
    12/05/2008

    Very cute Ali! That weight of the felt you found is very nice and thick! Looking forward to you new post! I'm hoping to catch up on assembling my DD book this weekend. I'm already behind. lol

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  3. Lisa @ celebrate CREATIVITY says…
    12/05/2008

    Nice idea and your "imperfect" squares actually look pretty uniform to me.
    Happy holidays!

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  4. Molly Irwin says…
    12/05/2008

    love!

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  5. Brandi Osborn says…
    12/05/2008

    Definitely going to give this a try today. I enjoyed all the links you included too. This garland will be great for my son's mini tree.

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  6. Stephanie says…
    12/05/2008

    You have the best ideas! Thank you for awakening my creative side

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  7. katie says…
    12/05/2008

    ali- I won the album 2 days ago & tried to e-mail you but just got a notification that the e-mail has been delayed...

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  8. Tiffany says…
    12/05/2008

    Cool idea!!! I love the way the felt looks on your tree!!!! How creative.

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  9. HeatherC says…
    12/05/2008

    Very cool -- how much felt would you say you used -- 2 yards???

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  10. jenny says…
    12/05/2008

    What a great project. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Susan Bowers says…
    12/05/2008

    So glad you showed this craft. I saw it in one of your album pictures and wondered what you were doing. I'm making this!!!!!

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  12. MelissaL88 says…
    12/05/2008

    Thanks, Ali! This looks like a lot of fun! My boys had a great time making the button trees, so I think we'll try this next :)

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  13. Brian Kasstle says…
    12/05/2008

    Oh an awesome idea! We would love to see your entire tree when you are done! Thank you for your creativite and generous spirit!
    Cheers!

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  14. Hannah says…
    12/05/2008

    what a fun idea!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  15. Dreamergirl says…
    12/05/2008

    Oh. I like this a lot!
    thanks for sharing this!

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  16. Emily says…
    12/05/2008

    Love it, definitely going to do this project this weekend. Let me ask do you think you can use a paper punch to cut out the squares?

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  17. amy says…
    12/05/2008

    Anna Maria Horner has a great blog, lots of inspiration, luscious colors and wonderful fabric. You could also check out www.hellomynameisheather.com if you haven't seen hers yet either. Again more inspiration...

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  18. Ali says…
    12/05/2008

    Katie - please try to email me again. Not sure what is up :).

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  19. Ali says…
    12/05/2008

    Emily - the felt I had was fairly thick. I don't think a punch would do through it. I literally just cut random strips and snipped them into squares/rectangles as quick as I could :).

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  20. Ali says…
    12/05/2008

    Heather - not sure on the yardage. I bought a bunch at one time last year and have just had it sitting around. You really don't need a ton (all depends on how long you want it to be, how big your tree, etc).

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  21. Cheri says…
    12/05/2008

    Looks like fun but time-consuming to cut individual squares. I'd recommend a large ruler and rotary cutter - then you could cut strips and just snip them apart to form the squares.

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  22. Kathleen says…
    12/05/2008

    Ali - Have you seen the Artgirlz website? I met them at a quilt show a couple of years ago and bought tons of their stuff. Their little felt tree kits are great (my friend bought it for her daughter) and I bought lots of charms and felt. They currently have felt balls on their site, which would be great for garlands. Here's the link:
    http://www.artgirlz.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=28625W
    Enjoy!

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  23. Steph says…
    12/05/2008

    love this! was hoping you'd share! :)
    noticed your baby bump in the photo and am hoping that you're feeling well!

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  24. Ali says…
    12/05/2008

    Great tip Cheri - I actually cut strips freehand with scissors and then chopped them up from there ;).

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  25. Krys says…
    12/05/2008

    Ali (and Amy!), Ana Maria Horner does have some beautiful projects - she has a new book out and not all of them require sewing (thank goodness 'cause a seamstress I'm not!) - love her color combos - they're an inspiration in themselves!

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