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December 5, 2008

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:

Dottedline_4

December Daily post coming later this morning.

Comments

  • 1.
    Jodi Addy said…

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

  • 2.
    Amy said…

    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

  • 3.

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

  • 4.
    Molly Irwin said…

    love!

  • 5.
    Brandi Osborn said…

    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.

  • 6.
    Stephanie said…

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

  • 7.
    katie said…

    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…

  • 8.
    Tiffany said…

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

  • 9.
    HeatherC said…

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

  • 10.
    jenny said…

    What a great project. Thanks for sharing.

  • 11.
    Susan Bowers said…

    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!!!!!

  • 12.
    MelissaL88 said…

    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 :)

  • 13.
    Brian Kasstle said…

    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!

  • 14.
    Hannah said…

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

  • 15.
    Dreamergirl said…

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

  • 16.
    Emily said…

    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?

  • 17.
    amy said…

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

  • 18.
    Ali said…

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

  • 19.
    Ali said…

    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 :) .

  • 20.
    Ali said…

    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).

  • 21.
    Cheri said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Kathleen said…

    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!

  • 23.
    Steph said…

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

  • 24.
    Ali said…

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

  • 25.
    Krys said…

    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!

  • 26.
    Holly S said…

    I love this idea and super simple…I have a ton of felt squares and yards of it so I will give this a try this weekend-maybe using non-traditional colors to go along with our first non-traditional Christmas.
    BTW, I love seeing your growing belly:)
    There is nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman!

  • 27.
    leaca said…

    very cool idea.

  • 28.
    Suzie said…

    I love this idea and I can get my kids involved. Family Fun mag. has an idea for a felted wool mini wreath, but you can use felt instead, reminded me of your garland. My sister is due about the same time you are, so it’s fun to see you and her baby bumps. She had a boy 2 yrs ago and now is going to have a girl also. Thanks for the idea!

  • 29.
    Katie said…

    Such a simple project, yet so dern cute! I am heading out to WalMart today to see what kind of felt I can find~
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    P.S.
    Could you give me some insider advice on the best/cheapest place in Eugene to get Scrap supplies?

  • 30.
    rachel carlson said…

    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

  • 31.
    Tina Alldredge said…

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

  • 32.
    Anne Alley said…

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

  • 33.
    vanessa maez said…

    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

  • 34.
    Tona said…

    Love that garland. It looks great.

  • 35.
    kristyn said…

    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.

  • 36.
    Patricia said…

    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.

  • 37.
    Tina said…

    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!

  • 38.
    Joelle said…

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

  • 39.
    Courtney said…

    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!

  • 40.
    Suz Gray said…

    What a cute project

  • 41.
    Megan Cooley said…

    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.

  • 42.
    Bekka said…

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

  • 43.
    Crazy Daisy said…

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

  • 44.
    Amanda S. said…

    What a cool garland! Looks great! :)

  • 45.
    Robert Mahar said…

    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

  • 46.
    Cherie said…

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

  • 47.
    Deb Jones said…

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

  • 48.
    leaca said…

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

  • 49.
    emily ruth said…

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

  • 50.
    emily ruth said…

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

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