Today is the 4th day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Crafts! If you have not started decorating for the holidays, there is still time! I know with seeing everyone posting pics of their trees and homes on Pinterest, Facebook, and their blogs I definitely feel behind in my decorating this season.



I created this super quick handcrafted garland that can also be used to wrap gifts. Wrap the garland around a gift wrapped in newsprint for a fun decorative touch or cut the garland apart and into gift tags on Christmas night.



This garland is as easy as it looks and really comes together in minutes. I have listed the stitched garlands on my etsy shop for you to purchase as well as the chipboard diecuts if you would like to stitch the garland yourself or just use the chipboard shapes for other projects. 

  1. Diecut chipboard, felt, or cardstock into festive holiday shapes.
  2. Run the diecuts through my sewing machine, leaving about 3-4″ between shapes. The thread will not be stitched together between the shapes but they will still be connected and that is what we want. 
  3. After stitching several shapes together, cut the thread form the machine to the last shape in the garland.
  4. Spray the garland shapes with spray ink or paint on both sides. A natural look is good for eco-friendly decor or a more rustic feeling. 
  5. After the garland is dry, punch a hole in the first and last shapes and thread ornament hooks through the holes. Hang or string as desired.


Here you can see the garland across my curio cabinet as well as some shorter pieces hung from the celing to create a small vignette on top of the curio cabinet. 

I hope you are inspired to look in the scrap bin, on the edges of your table, or even under the table for some extra supplies you can turn into fabulous tags. Diecutting the phone book, painting junk mail with acrylic paint and cutting it into tags, and using extra letter stickers for the “to/from” lines can all make your gifts stand out with a handmade touch and keep your wallet safe :)


Supplies:

  • Smooch Spritz in Ice Rink by Clearsnap
  • Diecuts by Sizzix
  • Chipboard by hydrangeahippo.etsy.com

Happy Creating :)

Jennifer

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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