December 10, 2015

felt garland diy



felt garland diy

[what you need]

paper
pencil
ruller
scissors
felt
twine, or other sturdy string
glue (i used fabric glue, but a glue gun would also work really well)

[to make]

first you need to design the shape for the garland.  i wanted a simple  looking garland, so i went with classic triangles.

for the triangles, i measured out how large i wanted it to be and drew it out on a piece of paper.  then i folded the paper to create a diamond shape.  this is the template to use on the felt.


once you have selected your colours, begin by cutting out the diamond shapes from each piece.  felt isn't the easiest to cut a straight line with, so don't worry if they are not perfect - you can always trim them later.


for mine, i went with christmas colours - red, green, and white - and did 2 shades of each.  i cut out 3 diamonds from each colour, making a total of 18 pieces to use for my garland.  the nice thing about this project is you can add or reduce the felt shapes depending on the size of the space you intend to hang it in.


once you have all of the felt diamonds cut, you can start to glue them to the string.  leave a decent amount of string empty from the end (you can always trim it if it is too long), and lay down your first piece of felt.

place the string in the middle of the diamond, where the two triangles meet, glue along the edges and along the string, fold the felt over and secure.  the fabric glue was a little difficult to use - in order to get the pieces to stay firmly down, i used sewing pins to secure the two sides together.


continue doing this all the way along the string, leaving 2-3 inches between each piece of felt.

once the glue has dried, loop the ends of the string for easy hanging.


since you can make this felt garland in just about any shape, for any celebration, it's an incredibly versatile project.  you could make small trees for christmas, leaves for fall, bright multi-coloured circles for a birthday, add letters for a message - the possibilities are endless.  hope you have as much fun picking out the shapes and colours as i did.  happy decorating!

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