Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Card Garland Tutorial

I've seen several versions of the Christmas Card Garland online, but all of them seem so specific. I wanted something that gave a little more freedom with how it's constructed, while still looking beautiful. So here's my version, hopefully you all like it!

Christmas Card Garland
  • Wide can use wired or unwired, festive or plain. I would suggest 2-3" ribbon, just for stability and to get a real feel for the "backbone" of your project.
  • Thin ribbon-I use this to make the "hangers" along the ribbon and at both ends
  • Wood Clothespins. I got a pack of 24 from AC Moore for just under $3
  • Scrapbook Paper...make this as plain or fancy as you want. You can use holiday themed or whatever suits you. (Optional, you can skip this step if you just want plain painted clothespins)
  • Paint...Whatever you think is going to work best to paint the clothespins, in colors that you like and that go with the feel of your project
  • Mod Podge-I used the gloss
  • Foam Brush
  • Small Paint Brush(es)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Waxed Paper (to make clean up easier)
  • Embellishments that will fit on your clothespin (optional)

Step 1: Lay down a piece of waxed paper that is big enough to fit all of your clothespins. Paint your clothespins in your selected colors. You need to make sure to paint one "face" (the flat side), the small ends, and the two sides where the pieces of the clothespins come together. Whatever you feel will show. You only need to paint one "face" because the other one will be covered with scrapbook paper (or not, if you choose to skip that step). Make sure to do enough coats to achieve the color you want (I used 2 coats). If you are not using the scrapbook paper, skip to step 4.
Step 2: When your clothespins have dried, lay the "face" of one on the wrong side of the scrapbook paper. Trace around the edge of the clothespin, getting as close as possible. Cut out your piece of paper. Repeat for all clothespins.
Trace Around Clothes Pin
Step 3: Mod Podge your scrapbook paper pieces onto the unpainted face of the clothespins. Using the foam brush, put a layer of mod podge on both the clothespin and the wrong side of the paper. Place the paper on the clothespin, mod podged sides together, and line up edges. Make sure to press down the paper well and keep rubbing it so that bubbles don't form. When you are sure that the paper is on there to your liking, use the foam brush to put a layer of mod podge over top of the will dry clear.

Step 4: After Mod Podge has dried (I would give it overnight, it can stay a bit tacky for a while)Hot glue your embellishments to your clothespins (on top of the scrapbook paper, if you used it). I chose to use "jewels" for my embellishment, just to give it more bling. I have seen buttons, felt bows, little Christmas Trees, berries, etc. used. Just go with what feels right to you...even if that's not putting anything on there!
Step 5: Cut your wide ribbon to the length you need. I chose to make mine about 2 1/2 yards long, so that it would hang where I wanted and still have a bit of "swag."

Step 6: Cut lengths of your thin ribbon 4" long, as many as you need to achieve the swag you want. I didn't want my swag to be too long, so I cut 4 lengths. Hot glue the thin ribbon to the back of the wide ribbon at evenly spaced intervals. On the ends, make sure to fold the end of the thick ribbon back over the thin, so that raw edges don't show.
Step 7: Hot glue the BACK of each clothespin to the FRONT of the thick ribbon. Space them however you like. I tried to be as even as possible, because I'm a little OCD that way.

YOU'RE DONE! I used command hooks to hang my garland from the counter that divides my living room from my kitchen. I love these because they are barely noticable, and come off clean. 


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