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Monday, April 25, 2011

Homemade Garland | Family Economics

By Cathe

Pennant bunting garland is festive, simple to create and virtually free! With spring and summer outdoor entertaining approaching, it’s a good time to begin making handmade garland to string outdoors around your patio for parties and gatherings.

You can make disposable pennant bunting garland from colorful clips of junk mail, newspaper comics, catalog images, homework or leftover paper, magazine subscription cards and more. I’ve even made pennant bunting garland from throw-away scraps of old paper!

How to Make Homemade Garland:

garland1. Collect pieces of random paper until you have a significant pile.

2. Begin cutting the papers into long triangles, focusing on the most colorful section of each piece.

3. Freehand the first one, then use that as your template pattern. The thinner the paper, the smaller the final pieces as large thin sections become more fragile and tend to curl outdoors. A good size all around is that of a 3-inch by 5-inch index card.

4. Use a simple stitch on your sewing machine and stitch the tops of your pennants together one by one leaving about a 1-inch seam allowance between each. Make garland sections of any length.

5. If you don’t sew or have a machine, simply glue the pieces to inexpensive, narrow ribbon.

pennants6. Hang the garland with sewing straight pins, or something similar.

7. String from trees, from the edges of buffet tables, along your backyard fence or almost anywhere!

8. The life of your garland may depend on moisture and sun exposure.

Homemade garland not only adds whimsy to your festivities but are fun conversation pieces!

Do you do anything clever with your junk mail or school paper scraps?

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On Thursday, May 5, 2011, Grammie from around the tornado and flood area wrote

This is so cute! My grandkids, (aged two and four), and I have parties for every occasion out in the yard, at least a few times a week. We have popcorn parties, tea parties, coffee parties, (Don't judge. It's mostly water.), treasure hunts in the sandbox parties, and whatever else we can think of. This will lend further excitement to our festivities as we have been separated by horrendous weather and my husband's recent surgery. Thank you for the inspiration.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Mary from Very Merry Vintage Style wrote

What a cute garland--love that it was made from scraps! Mary

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Sue@MyArtsDesire wrote

Seriously, your imagination and creativity is just the best! Adorable idea!


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