The first year that my husband and I were in our new home, we were gearing up for our Fall wedding and honeymoon and then were whisked away to visit family over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This travel schedule left us little time to outfit our new home with much more than a few leftover decorations that we had acquired throughout our years of apartment living.
While we traveled for Thanksgiving and will be hitting the road again for Christmas, I vowed that this was the year to begin gathering a few decorations for our home. While growing up, my family would typically get together on a weekend afternoon and my Dad would drag out boxes of holiday decorations from our basement. We would spend the time together decorating the house and eating seasonal treats. While it will take some time to gather a several boxes of decorations, I’m looking forward to carrying on this tradition in our new home.
One of the items on my Wish List when we were house hunting was a fireplace. Sure it wasn’t at the top of the list, but it was certainly a home element that I was hoping we would find. Fortunately, I was in luck, and our current home has an adorable red brick original fireplace with a crisp white mantle, which is the perfect background for a seasonal garland.
It wasn’t until I started wedding planning (which basically means spending a whole lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy) that I became more familiar with garlands. I must say, they are one of my favorite decorating elements. They’re simple, but they add just the right touch of décor to set the tone of your theme.
…and I knew I needed one for my fireplace mantle.
No matter what, whenever I’m at a Target, I always swing by the dollar bin section. For whatever reason, the Target Elves always seem to stock things in these bins that I seem to need (wink). Earlier this month, I was perusing the section and came across some adorable wooden die cut snowflake ornament tags. The package included six good-sized snowflake tags and a good portion of rustic twine—and yes, the two packages cost me exactly $2. Immediately, my mind jumped to a garland. Could I make one out of these cute snowflakes?
When I got home, I googled a few similar garlands to get a sense of style. I decided that I wanted to keep this quite simple and ended up only needing to grab a ruler and a pen. I measured twine to get the exact middle point and looped my first snowflake to the marker, tying it off with a double knot.
Some quick and easy calculations later, I knew exactly how much space I needed between each snowflake, and continued stringing and tying until I had seven spaced evenly across my twine. NOTE: Be sure to leave a good amount of empty twine on the edges of your garland (especially if what you’re hanging is heavy), as it will help the items hang more evenly.
Voilà! In about ten minutes, I had an incredibly simple (and inexpensive, I must add) snowflake garland to decorate my fireplace.
The wonderful thing about making your own garland is you can customize the process. For example, I considered painting my snowflakes and adding in a dusting of glitter, but ultimately opted to keep them plain to match the rustic color scheme of this year’s decorations. Also, Target had a number of other die cut options, and craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s Fabrics carry entire sections devoted to die cut shapes, so the sky’s the limit!
Also, no matter what your level of sophistication is, when it comes to crafts, you can tackle this project and end up with a decorative product for your home.