Who doesn’t love a simple satisfying craft project? This is like a dive off the one meter springboard … degree of difficulty 1.
We have this little area in our family room that is a little busy with our thermostat and a wall switch. I hung Stefan our Silver Stag there to fill the space but visually I kinda wanted something more. I liked the idea of something more organic and textural and started a Pinterest board of garlands. I was all set to bring some fabric into the mix until I ordered a 1 1/2″ circle punch for something else and… I got lazy. Again, I say… stupid easy.
You want to use a heavier paper so it’s easier to run through the sewing machine, but that’s the only concern… aesthetically, pick your fancy. I grabbed some plain ol’ white card stock and gave it a light watercolor wash.
Next, grab the circle punch and start making your circles. (I told you this was a crafting layup…)
You can’t tell when these garlands are hanging, but I liked the idea of incorporating a quote onto mine so I chose two quotes that involved laughter and fun:
A day without laughter is a day wasted. -Charlie Chaplin
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. -Dr. Seuss
(Sidenote: Does anyone find a quote you love and then see that it was by, like, Lindsay Lohan?)
I had these awesome rubber stamps from the flea market so I used those to stamp out my quote.
Now for the fun part. I should have included a disclaimer that you will have to use your sewing machine, but even for the sewing machine challenged, I’m confident this is do-able. Start by feeding your first circle through the machine. Then… keep the needle going and feed the second circle through the machine. And so on and so on. Yep. That’s it.
When hanging, the quotes aren’t really obvious, but I love that they’re in there somewhere. I used some small little command strip hooks to help with the draping, but I’m still playing around with the ‘draping’… those folks on Project Runway were right- draping is much harder than it looks. This is the latest taken with my iPhone…
Overall it’s a subtle little hint of whimsy for this space.
Time spent? Maybe 90 minutes…The kids were still watching Lion King so that’s pretty quick.
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